iMac for schoolsThis morning Apple quietly rolled out a lower cost 21.5-inch iMac, but before you whip out those credit cards and place your orders, you better make sure you can set up Joe’s College for Wayward Teens as a legitimate school of higher education.

The new $999 version of 21.5-inch iMac is available only to schools, and considering the specs, you really wouldn’t want one of these as your daily driver anyhow.

  • OS X Lion
  • 3.1GHz Intel Core i3 Dual-Core
  • 21.5-inch LCD
  • AMD Radeon HD 6750 with 256MB
  • 2GB RAM (4GB for an additional $90, or 8GB for another $270)
  • 250GB Hard Drive
  • SuperDrive

What’s odd is that these models don’t have the Thunderbolt port, which almost makes you wonder if they’re using left over frames from the 2010 iMacs.  Also of note, you can still pick up a 20-inch iMac running Snow Leopard if you’re a school for $899.  They do still offer the latest versions of the iMac as well, but both the older version and this new model are labeled as “Education only,” so they have been developed specifically with schools in mind.

Anyone reader to walk into a computer lab filled with these?

[via MacRumors]