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2013 iMac Education Prices Inline with Past Practice

1 October 2013 6,529 views No Comment

Apple's 2013 iMac education discounts aren't generous. Nevertheless, if you are a student, educator or parent, then this is your way to buy Apple's latest

Apple’s 2013 iMac price discounts aren’t especially generous. Nevertheless, if you are a student, educator or parent and live by the words, “a penny saved is a penny earned,” then this is your way to buy Apple’s latest offerings.

With the new 2013 iMacs, which are visually identical to last year’s Apple all-in-one revision, it is all about what’s under-the-hood — Thunderbolt 2, improved integrated graphics, better power management, SSD performance and more.

Apple’s 2013 iMac education prices are also visually identical, though I suppose one could argue that inflation has eroded them if only a little. So, more Haswell-powered iMac goodness for less-ish!

• 21.5-inch 2.7GHz i5, $1,249 (1299)
— Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz
— 8GB (2 x 4GB) memory
— 1TB hard drive
— Intel Iris Pro graphics

 • 21.5-inch, 2.9GHz i5, $1,399 (1499)
— Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
— 8GB (2 x 4GB) memory
— 1TB hard drive
— GeForce GT 750M w/ 1GB video memory

• 27-inch, 3.2GHz i5, $1,699 (1799)
— Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
— 8GB (2 x 4GB) memory
— 1TB hard drive
— GeForce GT 755M w/ 1GB video memory

• 27-inch, 3.4GHz i5, $1,899 (1999)
— Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz
— 8GB (2 x 4GB) memory
— 1TB hard drive
— GeForce GTX 775M w/ 2GB video memory

And, a couple of things to consider: yes, hn/click/camref:10l72/destination:http://store.apple.com/us/mac/education”>shipping is free and the RAM in the 21-inch models isn’t user upgradeable. However, Apple’s build-to-order (BTO) educational pricing is also slightly reduced.

So, for example, the 16GB RAM upgrade price is $180 for edu buyers rather than the $200 the rest of us pay. Ditto that for for the 1TB Fusion Drive upgrade.

The REAL Educational 2013 iMac

If past is prologue, Apple won’t upgrade its bulk purchase only education iMac until the first quarter of 2014. The current edu model (i.e. iMac 21.5-inch, 3.3GHz i3, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, HD Graphics 4000) was introduced in March and sells for $1,099 in 10 packs to institutional buyers only.

However, if cost is your first consideration, then you should absolutely be buying a refurbished iMac now starting at $799 — smoke ’em if ya got ’em…

What’s your take?

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