Apple released a more affordable version of its iMac all-in-one today. The 21.5" iMac now starts at $1,099, continuing the downward trend in Mac pricing we've seen over the past year and a half.
Previously, if you wanted to get into the world of iMacs, your coach-class ticket was $1,299. The new, $1,099 system looks to have the same 21.5" display and chassis as the $1,299 one, and it also ships with a Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM. However, its processor has a much lower base speed (1.4GHz instead of 2.7GHz), and it trades Intel Iris Pro integrated graphics for HD Graphics 5000, which lacks eDRAM. The $1,099 iMac also ships with only 500GB of mechanical storage instead of 1TB, though the spindle speed remains at 5,400 RPM.
On the connectivity front, the new iMac mirrors its peers, with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, dual Thunderbolt ports, and quad USB 3.0 ports.
Apple has taken a number of steps recently to make its Macs more affordable. Last year, the 13", Retina-infused MacBook Pros saw its price drop from $1,699 to $1,499 and then, following its October hardware refresh, to $1,299. In April of this year, Apple also cut the prices of its 11.6" and 13.3" MacBook Air laptops by $100 each, bringing the most affordable offering down to $899.