College students get $899 iMac, free iPod nano

Apple is attempting to make some headway in the education market with a replacement for its aging eMac and a new promotional offer aimed at college students. To replace the eMac, the company has introduced a $899 flavor of its wide-screen 17" iMac for education customers only. This iMac sports the same 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo processor and 512 MB of RAM as the $1,299 consumer version, but with an 80 GB hard drive instead of 160 GB, and Intel GMA 950 graphics instead of the ATI Radeon X1600. Bluetooth support is also out, and the Apple Remote is only offered as an option for an extra $26.

The new $899 iMac is available to all qualifying education customers, but Apple has also thrown in a promotional offer to attract college students in particular. Students who order a MacBook, MacBook Pro, PowerMac G5, or iMac—including the new $899 version—can sign up (PDF) for a mail-in rebate of up to $179 on any new iPod. The rebate is $179 from the 2 GB iPod nano up, but it shrinks to $129 for the 1 GB iPod nano and below $100 for the iPod shuffle models. Nonetheless, Apple touts this rebate as a means for students to get a free iPod nano along with a new Mac, which could conceivably lure in a few new adopters.

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