Apple’s New, Cheaper 21.5-inch iMac Goes On Sale. Starts At $1,099

If you have been considering getting a new iMac, but the asking price won’t allow you to jump in and purchase one, here’s some good news. Apple has announced the addition of a new wallet friendly version of its desktop computer, the iMac, reports MacRumors. It looks just like the other iMacs and there is nothing that distinguishes it from its more expensive brethren.

It’s slightly lighter on the wallet because it uses budget friendly components. This, by the way, is a new addition to Apple’s 21.5 inch iMac. As you might be aware, the company also sells larger 27-inch models. The launch of this new wallet friendly iMac comes barely two months after Apple refreshed its MacBook Air lineup and started offering upgraded, better spec-ed, affordable MacBook Air variants.

As you might have guessed by now, this new 21.5 inch iMac is the new entry level variant to iMacs. What you get for the $1099 base price is a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost Speeds up to 2.7 GHz. This is $200 lesser than Apple’s cheapest 21.5 inch iMac offering until now.

As for the other features on this machine, you would get Intel’s new HD 5000 graphic card, a decent sounding 8 GB of memory and a 500 GB hard drive. Like all other iMac variants, this one also packs in support for Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac. Other connectivity options include four USB 3.0 capable ports and two Thunderbolt ports. While buying, you can also opt for a 1 TB hard drive, a 1 TB Fusion Drive, and up to 256 GB of flash storage.

The new iMac is available today through Apple’s online store, the company’s retail stores, and select Apple authorized resellers. All new Macs also come with iLife and iWork software for free.

For those looking out for an Apple purchase far out in the future, we have news for you, as well. Apple is rumored to begin offering new iMac models with its trademark Retina Display. There is no specific date for this one, although it is likely that this new iMac will see the light of the day this very year. Unless you are willing to wait till then, you might have to drop this purchase.

Also noted is the fact that Apple had recently announced the newest version of Mac OSX at the recent WWDC event. Dubbed OSX Yosemite, the new version will be available as a free download in the Mac App Store later this year.

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