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Apple makes cheaper iMac for education

Aimed at students, new iMac offers less hard drive space, lower graphics quality, but a $900 price tag.

Apple Computer today announced the release of an iMac desktop computer specifically designed for educational clients, hoping that its compact, 2-inch-thick frame will appeal to students in space-constrained classrooms and dorms. The desktop computer, featuring a 17-inch screen, will retail for $899.

With the release of the iMac for education, Apple will discontinue production of the eMac desktop, the last Mac to come with a CRT monitor. The new iMac will be available only through the Apple Store for Education, which offers discounted products specifically for academic clients. Educational customers will be saving $400 off the $1,299 price for a standard 17-inch iMac, but the new machine comes with a weaker graphics card and half the hard drive space, making it potentially less attractive to digital media enthusiasts and "World of Warcraft"-addicted college students.