Apple announced a new iMac this morning, made specifically for educational institutions.
They’re marketing it as an option for volume buyers to save money when buying in bulk. This model is about $150 cheaper than the base iMac, but it does include some less powerful specs.
- 3.1GHz i3 dual-core processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 250 GB
- 21.5 inch display
It does ship with Lion, but unfortunately doesn’t include a Thunderbolt port.
I think most educational institutions would find this model adequate, since users would generally just get on to check email, write a paper, or something else that was very non-resource intensive. If an institution is looking for an editing machine, however, I think they’d be better suited spending a little more money to get the larger model.