Apple launches cheapest ever iMac

Only Apple could launch an £899 computer and have people think of it as 'cheap', but in today's launch it knocked £150 off its 21.5in iMac. So, maybe not cheap, but it's certainly the cheapest iMac yet. 

The new, slightly wallet-friendlier, 21.5in iMac includes a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM and a 500GB hard drive. OS X Mavericks runs beautifully on its 21.5in (1920x1080) IPS display, and Yosemite will be a free upgrade in September (also see: OS X Yosemite release date, price and features).  

There's also Intel HD Graphics 5000, support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, an SDXC card slot, two Thunderbolt ports, a gigabit ethernet connector, a Kensington lock slot, Mini DisplayPort, a FaceTime HD webcam, stereo speakers and dual mics. The 21.5in iMac weighs 5.68kg and measures 450x528x175mm. See how it compares to its predecessor in our Apple iMac 21.5in (Late 2012) review. 

As ever with Apple computers, various upgrades are available. Specifying nVidia GeForce GT 750M graphics, a 1TB hard drive and a 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 chip bumps up the price to £1,199, while 27in options are available from £1,449. Plus you can specify 16GB of RAM and a Fusion Drive or solid-state storage. Also see: 4 OS X Yosemite features we'd love to see in Windows. 

Apple's cheapest iMac yet has the same desirable design as even the most expensive iMac in the line-up, and is in a league of its own when it comes to all-in-one PCs. Check out our pick of the best all-in-one PCs 2014.

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