Apple has announced that nearly everyone will be able to get their hands on an iMac desktop machine in the near future, with a new, stripped down stationary computer from the company now being available.
The 21.5-inch iMac will start off with a dual-core Core i5 CPU (1.4GHz to 2.7GHz with Turbo Boost) and 8GB of RAM. Standard are Intel’s HD 5000 graphics and a 500GB hard drive while each until will ship with 802.11ac WiFi, four USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolt ports.
iLife and iWork will be launched free with the machines and there are a couple of configuration options available. A terabyte drive, a 1TB fusion drive and flash storage are all options for those looking for a little more speed or space. OS X Mavericks will be installed at purchase, while the Yosemite upgrade will be free later this year.
As for availability, Apple says that these entry-level machines are available immediately but it may be a little amount of time before we see them in stores here. Once local distributor Core has pricing for us we’ll let you know.