Apple quietly launched a new sub-US$1000 iMac model for the educational market. The new iMac is similar to current models, but has a set of slightly toned specs that make it less expensive than current retail versions.
The educational only model will include a 3.1GHz Intel Core i3 dual-core processor, 21.5-inch display, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 250 GB hard drive, SuperDrive and an AMD Radeon HD 6750 GPU. Mac OS X Lion is included, but noticeably absent from the specs is the Thunderbolt port.
This new model sits in between last generation's 20-inch, Core 2 Duo iMac which retailed for $899 and the current $1149 model which includes a 2.5GHz Quad-Core i5 processor with 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive.