What Did the Little Birdie Say…

June 2014 iMac

…when his cage fell apart?

Well, Andrew Cunningham said it, too, in Apple’s new $1,099 iMac is a MacBook Air in a desktop’s body, on Ars Technica: “The 2013 iMac isn’t getting an upgrade – there’s just a new cheaper, slower model in town.”

Apple isn’t upgrading the iMac family today, but it is making the family a little bigger. The company is now offering a new $1,099 entry-level model that includes most of the perks of the 21.5-inch model introduced last year–the same unibody aluminum enclosure, 1080p screen, port layout, 8GB of RAM, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter–but takes a significant step backward with CPU and GPU speed.

While the $1,299 model gets you a quad-core, 2.7GHz Core i5-4570R and Intel’s best integrated GPU (the Iris Pro 5200), the $1,099 model comes with a dual-core 1.4GHz Core i5-4260U and Intel’s third-best integrated GPU (the HD 5000). This is the exact same processor included in the speed-bumped MacBook Airs that Apple introduced in April.

For the whole shooting match, click the article link above.

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