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New iMac Starts at Lower Price, But Is It Worth Lower Performance?

By    |   Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 03:40 PM

Apple Inc. has released a new version of its iMac with a $1,099 starting price, which is $200 less than its previous entry-level iMac.

According to CNN Money, the new iMac’s lower price tag may help the company compete for a broader customer base.

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The new iMac is slower than its predecessor, with a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor and a 500 GB hard drive, compared with the previous 2.7 GHz processor and a 1 TB (1,000 GB) hard drive.

It has a 21.5-inch LED-backlit screen and comes with Apple’s software suite.

In an article for Popular Mechanics, Andrew Moseman questioned whether the smaller price tag was worth the tradeoff in the computer's performance.

“Apple might think $1099 is ‘entry-level,’ but it's still a steep chunk of change for lots of people. And frankly, if you can afford to spend $1099 on a new machine, you can afford to spend $1299 on a good one,” Moseman wrote.

Emily Dreyfuss wrote for Wired that “Apple is decidedly not ripping you off with this exchange.” She said the price cut could be worth the drop in processing speed for everyday computer users. But Dreyfuss pointed out that the new iMac is comparable to the company’s MacBook Air laptop computers.

“Why spend a thousand bucks on an immobile iMac when the (MacBook) Air is the same price and will perform nearly identically?” Dreyfuss wrote.

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