Apple introduces $899 education configuration for 17-inch iMac; replaces out-of-production eMac

Apple today introduced a new $899 configuration of the 17-inch iMac designed specifically for education customers featuring a 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, a built-in iSight video camera and iLife ‘06, the next generation of Apple’s award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications. The 17-inch iMac for education is available immediately and will replace the eMac, Apple’s last CRT based computer, providing students and teachers everything they need to learn and create in today’s digital classroom, all in the ultra-efficient iMac design.

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. The iMac design has continuously improved generation after generation, resulting in increased material efficiency, decreased packaging mass and volume, and decreased energy consumption—all of which lead to a smaller environmental footprint.

Featuring a 17-inch widescreen LCD display, the iMac for education includes a Combo drive for burning CDs and reading DVDs, 512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory expandable up to 2GB and hard drive storage capacity up to 160GB. Every iMac also includes a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing out-of-the-box using Apple’s award-winning iChat AV, or recording a video podcast or iMovie using iLife ‘06. Providing the latest in high-performance connectivity options, the 17-inch iMac for education includes built-in 10/100/1000 BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet for high-speed networking, built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11g WiFi for up to 54 Mbps fast wireless networking, a total of five USB ports (three USB 2.0) and two FireWire 400 ports.

Designed with today’s digital classroom in mind, every iMac comes with iLife ‘06, the next generation of Apple’s award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications featuring iPhoto®, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand and iWeb, a new iLife application that makes it super-easy to create amazing websites with photos, blogs and Podcasts and publish them on .Mac for viewing by anyone on the Internet with just a single click. Every iMac also comes with the latest release of the world’s most advanced operating system, Mac OS® X version 10.4.6 “Tiger” including Safari™, Mail, iCal, iChat AV, Front Row and Photo Booth, running natively on the Intel-based desktop.

The 17-inch iMac for education is available immediately for education customers through the Apple Store for Education or by calling an Apple education sales representative at 800-800-APPL. The eMac will no longer be in production and is available for purchase while supplies last through the Apple Store for Education (http://www.apple.com/education/store) or by calling an Apple education sales representative at 800-800-APPL. Apple will showcase the 17-inch iMac and its complete line of products and solutions for education at the National Educational Computing Conference in San Diego, California from July 5-7, 2006. For details, please visit http://www.apple.com/education/necc

The 17-inch 1.83 GHz iMac, for a suggested education price of US$899, includes:
• 17-inch widescreen LCD display
• 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo processor
• 512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable to 2GB
• 24x Combo drive
• Intel GMA 950 graphics
• built-in iSight video camera
• built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking
• 80GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm
• mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately)
• built-in stereo speakers and microphone
• Mighty Mouse and Apple Keyboard

Build-to-order options and accessories include up to 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, 160GB Serial ATA hard drive, iWork ’06 (pre-installed), Apple Remote and Apple USB Modem.

More info at the Apple Store for Education here.

Also available via Apple’s Home for HomeSchools.

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36 Comments

  1. Apple needed to do something and this is a good move. With tight budgets, it would be nice if they had something a bit cheaper as schools look at price, not overall ownership. I wish I could buy one for that price.

  2. Seems like a good idea on Apple’s part, although there are a lot of schools that like the eMac because it is so strong (compared to a flat panel monitor), and because of the very low price.

    Oh and the UK Store hasn’t been updated to reflect this yet.

  3. Guess this kills the rumors of an all-new flat panel eMac.

    BTW: If you are a student or teacher (not only an institution), you can buy one of these. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”cheese” style=”border:0;” /> At $899, it’s an excellent value when compared to the Mac mini.

  4. 64MB of shared Video Memory. Ugh. A Mac mini in an iMac case.

    could you name 3 things which a home user might want to do which he/she could not do as a result of having this inferior graphics chip in the iMac?

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