The new Apple hardware speculation following the Worldwide Developers Conference has mainly focused on mobile devices and what features could be added to the latest version of the iPhone and iPad. However, a different product has been the first to receive an upgrade, though it happened quietly.
Today, Apple rolled out a new model of the 21.5-inch iMac which is being positioned as an "Entry Level" system because it comes with a price tag of $1,099, $200 cheaper than the previous low end model. The system itself is a slight downgrade from the next step. This includes:
- Dual-core CPU instead of a faster quad-core
- Hard drive space cut in half from 1-terabyte
- Graphics drop from Intel's Iris Pro to Intel HD Graphics 5000
As with any Apple computer, some of this hardware can be upgraded, including the hard drive, storage, processors and memory. The hardware comes with a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost Speeds up to 2.7 GHz, 8GB of memory, next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi, two Thunderbolt ports and four USB 3.0 ports.
On top of that, they all come loaded with the latest operating system (OS X Mavericks, which can be upgraded to Yosemite for free later this year), iLife — GarageBand, iPhoto and iMovie — and the iWork suite of Pages, Numbers and Keynote.
This new model could be enough to convince some companies to start investing in iMacs as business computers. With the help of an Apple support service, any company can find a better way to embrace these systems.