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Apple to continue 17-inch iMac for education

updated 10:20 am EDT, Mon March 23, 2009

17-inch edu iMac continues

Sales of an older 17-inch iMac will continue, an Apple newsletter indicates. Although Apple has publicly scrapped 17-inch options in favor of 20- and 24-inch sizes, the plastic 17-inch iMac launched in 2006 can still be bought through educational channels for $899. The price is said to match that of the defunct eMac, which also targeted educational buyers and disappeared as Apple switched from PowerPC to Intel processors.

The persistence of the 17-inch model is being attributed to the global recession, which is hurting public school systems in particular as their tax bases diminish. Apple may however have the benefit of a good reputation in education, based on the relative simplicity of its operating systems and a history extending back to the Apple II computer. The company has consistently offered lower prices for public and private schools.

by MacNN Staff





  1. MacAssemble

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Apple has done this for at least a decade now! This is not a recession decision, but a long standing EDU market decision. Back in the the day we purchased a $799 indigo iMac G3 (Slot Lot) under the EDU program. It was a stripped down version only for the EDU market at the time (no Airport or FireWire, CD-ROM only etc.)

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    More Mac OS X

    It's good to see Apple continuing this policy. I'd love to see Apple offer this machine to the general public!

    The MORE copies of Mac OS X get into the hands of the buying public, the better for them, for Apple and for Mac users everywhere.

    Apple resurrected the eMac, they continue to sell the white FireWire MacBook, they can do it again with the 17" iMac.

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