Monday, 8 August 2011

Back to basics with new affordable Apple iMac by The Gadget Show


When it comes to all-in-one computers, few are more popular than the Apple iMac, and it’s easy to see why. With an excellent high-quality aluminium and glass design, and one of the most vibrant computer screens we’ve seen to date, the iMac really is a nice bit of kit. It seems like Apple could also be readying a cheaper version of the iMac as well – read on to find out more.

At present, the cheapest Apple iMac ships with a 1920×1080-pixel 21.5-inch screen, 4GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive and a quad-core Intel Core i5 processor. There’s also a powerful AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics card under the shiny metal casing. Targeting the education market, a new cheaper iMac could be on the cards, and although it could retain the same 21.5-inch screen, the specs could differ quite a bit.

According to rumours, the affordable iMac could get a dual-core processor as standard, although at 3.1GHz, and with 2GB of DDR3 memory, it should be easily fast enough for most uses. The hard drive could also be slashed in capacity, with a 250GB HDD on the cards.

Unfortunately it doesn’t look like the affordable iMac – which could get a price tag as low as £800 – will be hitting the shops any time soon, going on sale to education customers only instead.

We’d like to know what you think though – would you buy a cheaper, lower spec Apple iMac? Or would you rather pay more, and get faster performance. Leave a comment and let us know.

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