Apple’s new entry-level 21.5-inch iMac starts at $1,099

Apple has made its 21.5-inch iMac range a bit more affordable through its latest addition which is being touted as an entry-level option. Specs-wise, the PC features toned-down hardware, but offers the same experience you’d get on higher-priced models. The starting price for the new AIO is $1,099.

The new 21.5-inch iMac swaps out the quad core Intel i5 processor for a dual core 1.4GHz one with a burst frequency of 2.7GHz. Obviously, the chipset is from the latest generation lineup and it comes with the Intel HD 5000 aka Iris, graphics. Also, there’s no discrete GPU option here. On the bright side, the LED-backlit IPS display offers the same 1080p resolution. A FaceTime HD camera is also located on the front.

21.5-inch iMac

Where memory is concerned, the PC packs 8GB of non-removable RAM and 500GB of storage. The overall hoarding capacity can be upgraded to a 1TB HDD, a 1TB Fusion Drive or up to 256GB of SSD storage. The system comes pre-installed with iLife and iWork software suites and you can also opt for the Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro X and Aperture apps to be preloaded at checkout. Bundled with the AIO is the Apple Wireless Keyboard with optional numeric keys and options of either the Magic Mouse or Trackpad.

Here’s an overview of the specs:

– OS X Mavericks
– 21.5-inch LED-backlit IPS display
– 1920 x 1080p resolution
– FaceTime HD front camera
– 1.4GHz dual core Core i5 processor
– Intel HD Graphics 5000
– 500GB HDD (standard), up to 1TB (optional)
– 8GB LPDDR3 RAM
– SDXC card slot, Thunderbolt (2x), USB 3.0 (4x), Ethernet, Mini DisplayPort, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0

Rear Look

The new 21.5-inch iMac is available for purchase through Apple’s online store and retail outlets across the US.