Apple Computer Inc. will start selling a version of its iMac personal computer for $899 for the education market.
iMac pc is a configuration of 17-inch liquid crystal display and will be powered by Intel Corp.'s latest-generation chip, known as the Core Duo. The computer replaces Apple's eMac, which had a bulkier display using older technology. It comes with multimedia applications for creating websites with weblogs and photos and has the latest Macintosh operating system. The new iMac helps save space — both in the classroom and the dorm room — with the entire computer built right into a two-inch thin display. Featuring a 17-inch widescreen LCD display, the iMac for education includes a combo drive for burning CDs and reading DVDs. It also includes a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing out-of-the-box using Apple's iChat AV, or recording a video podcast, or iMovie using iLife '06. It also comes bundled with the latest release of the operating system, Mac OS X version 10.4.6 `Tiger' including Safari, Mail, iCal, iChat AV, Front Row and Photo Booth, running natively on the Intel-based desktop.