If you’ve felt that the iMac’s baseline R21 999+ price was too high, you’re in luck… to a degree. Apple unveiled a new 21-inch iMac last week that lowers the cost of entry to a more palatable R14 999 as Core Group confirmed today. As you’d expect, though, there are a few catches involved in saving that much cash. To start with, you’re getting the same low-voltage, 1.4GHz Core i5 processor that you find in the MacBook Air — this isn’t a powerhouse by any stretch.
You’ll also have to make do with a 500GB hard disk. The move isn’t going to please those who were hoping for a full refresh of the iMac line, but that may not happen until Intel launches desktop-class Broadwell processors. This system will mostly be appealing to schools and anyone else who wants a complete Apple desktop for the lowest price possible. Still at R15k, this is a bargain, me thinks!