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A price cut for the 21-inch Apple iMac makes it a mainstream machineA new, mostly frills-free configuration brings the price of this all-in-one down to $1,099, but requires performance concessions.
[MUSIC] If you wanna desktop iMac for about the same price that you'd pay for a MacBook Air, well that's Apple's new 21.5 inch model. I'm Dan Ackerman, and this is the Apple iMac. Now this new iMac skew is 1099 ,which is $200 less than the previous least expensive version. Now, that version still exists. This is actually an entirely new model. With components that are closer to what you'd actually find in the 13 inch MacBook Air, which used to be similarly 1099. Now it's actually $100 less, that's 999. So you get a dual core Core i5 CPU, which is fine for general web surfing and office work, and even streaming you know, HD video from Netflix or wherever. If you're gonna do a lot of photo and video editing then I would consider trading up to the slightly more expensive 1299 version, where you get a quad core Core i5 CPU, and a bigger hard drive. That's the other concession you're making here. You're just getting a basic 500 gigabyte platter based hard drive. You can upgrade for about $250 to a a fusion drive that's an Apple called the Hybrid drive, and that's a one terabyte drive, with a 128 gig SSP that's actually a fairly nice upgrade as well, but still gets you back up to kind of what these things used to cost. And the entire point here is, you have a less expensive iMac. You still get the great design and construction, still very thin here at the edge. Kinda bows out a bit in the middle. Adjustable hinge like this, and a pretty generous selection of ports in the back, including four USB 3.0 ports two thunderbolt ports, that double as mini-display ports. And an Ethernet jack, and of course if you're using WiFi, you just have that one single white power cable coming out of it, and even though you're only paying 1099, you still get the excellent Apple keyboard and wireless mouse included. You can even swap in the magic trackpad instead of the mouse, which I, frankly, prefer. So even though you're getting basically you know, ultra portable laptop level performance out of a desktop you're paying less for it than you did before, so if you're just doing basic everyday online social media and web surfing tasks, you can actually get away with using this. And save a little bit of money. And if you're a student there's probably even another 50 bucks off if you use Apple. They have very popular education discount. I'm Dan Ackerman, and that's Apple's new 21.5 inch 1099 iMac. [MUSIC]