The rumors were right, in a way. We got a new iMac, but it wasn’t quite what people were expecting. The previous 4 members of the iMac line retain their specs and price points, but are joined by a new low-end 21.5″ model. The low-end iMac has specifications similar to the refresh of the MacBook Air. It has a 1.4GHz Core i5 with Turbo boost up to 2.7GHz, Intel HD 5000 graphics, 8GB of memory, and a 500GB mechanical hard drive. This can be upgraded to a 1TB drive for $50 or your choice of a 1TB fusion drive or a 256GB SSD for $250. The new iMac configuration starts at $1099. That’s $200 cheaper than the previous entry level machine. Unlike previous attempts at a low-end iMac, this one does not skimp on the modern i/O. You have 4 USB 3.0 ports, twin Thunderbolt ports, gigabit Ethernet, an SDXC card reader, and 802.11AC Wireless.
I know everyone was hoping for an full line update, but it seems Apple has filled a more mainstream niche instead. It’s got decent specs for a kid-of-non-techy-parents computer. What do you guys think of the new entry level iMac? Let us know below in the comments or on social media.