Apple has released an education version of their line of Mac computers priced at just $899 (£490), complete with a 1.8GHz Intel Core Duo processor and a 17" monitor.
"The ultimate in design simplicity, the iMac is ideal for the space saving needs of both the classroom and the dorm room with the entire computer built right into a two-inch thin display".
Along with the hardware comes the iLife '06 which is a nifty software containing a bunch of programs including iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand and iWeb. All this will be running on the latest version of Mac OS X Tiger with its standard features.
Apple has traditionally had a strong education market, although in recent years many schools have opted to buy computers from companies such as Dell at lower prices than what Apple is offering. Since many school kids are comfortable with Windows, there’s a question on whether schools will actually continue to buy Apple kit.
The new iMac is something of a bargain given its full-price big brother, and it would certainly spice up the computer rooms a little. It replaces the eMac, an all-in-one CRT Mac that was an evolution of the classic 'Blueberry' iMac design.
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