Apple iMac 2011 Prices Competitive? : Your Thoughts Please

We’ve been bringing you news on the latest Apple iMac refresh, which became official today. We’ve already brought you the official specs and release news and we also gave full price details for the four new models. We feel that the Apple iMac 2011 pricing is very competitive but we’d like to hear your thoughts on this.

As a basic recap the 4 models are a 21.5-inch at $1,199, a 21.5-inch at $1,499, a 27-inch at $1,699 and another 27-inch model at $1,999. Those are starting prices for each model as all of them can be configured with extra memory, and some models are available configured with improved processors, hard-drives, solid-state second drive and more. The basic prices are the same as the previous range of iMacs so that’s very good reason to cheer as the new iMacs for 2011 all feature newer Sandy Bridge quad-core processors along with the latest Thunderbolt ports that everybody was expecting.

Prior to their release we asked what prices you’d be willing to pay for new improvements that you wanted to see and pointed out that Apple was currently making attempts to hold back pricing. Both the iPad 2 and improved MacBook Pros for 2011 compared equally with the previous models’ pricing and we hoped that improved components wouldn’t necessarily push up the price. From the comments to our article it was evident that the majority of readers hoped for improved specs at around the same price and Apple seems to have managed this trick neatly.

Maddy Rowe here at OSM has compared the latest iMac 2011 to the 2010 model and notes that the old iMacs started with a Core i3 processor with upgrades to the Core i5 and i7 processors. The latest iMacs released today come with a quad-core Core i5 2.5GHz processor at minimum, and also 2.7GHz Core i5 models and a 3.1GHz Core i5 model with some configurable to the Core i7 processor at 2.8GHz or 3.4GHz maximum. Apart from this there is the Thunderbolt technology port on all models, 2 on some, as well as a new Facetime HD camera and improved AMD Radeon graphics chips.

It’s pretty safe to say then, that Apple has delivered the goods at the same pricing and kept things competitive and from what we know many readers wanted, most should be pretty pleased. We’d like you to let us know what you think about the pricing. Are you impressed at how much Apple has improved the iMacs for the same price points, or do you think more could have been done? Let us know with your comments please.

  • Ryan

    Personally I feel that Apple has drastically improved the value of their computers over the last few years; their prices are competitive AND the product that they offer is physically well designed, aesthetically pleasing, takes up little space and feel solid. The new iMacs are no exception.

    And this is coming from someone who used to think that PCs offered far superior value for their cost. I do not believe that is the case any longer.

  • Sean

    Apple has, in their present incarnation, been stylish and stable. If I wanted to get my grandmother a computer, I'd want to get her a mac. That said, I'd probably end-up with a mini-itx size box and one of the more simple distros of Linux like Meego. Let's assume I'm not geeky enough to know about building a system and loading Linux. I'm probably going to end-up with a Dell or HP PC running Win 7. A half-price alternative is a good one, and with Win7 not a bad choice at all.
    Personally, I’d like to supplement the armada of desktops, laptops, and netbooks in our house with a mac. But the Mac does not offer enough value for my dollar.
    The Mac is a capable replacement for a Windows PC. Apple is going to great lengths to make their systems more attractive to corporate and home users. While their long-overdue price drop is a welcome change I would contend (especially given the state of our economy) it is not yet enough. It is a fine product but the price is just too dear for dear ol’ Granny (and me.)