Apple Australia announced this morning that it will open its latest Retail Store in Cheltenham, Victoria later this week as well as overnight unveiling a new, cheaper iMac for educational institutes.
The store, to be situated in Westfield’s Southland complex, will be opened at 10am AEST to the general public this coming Saturday, with the media invited to tour the store earlier in the morning. Once open, the new store will increase the number of local Apple Retail Stores to 12, with more on the cards including the rumoured restoration of Queensland’s historic Macarthur Chambers building.
Last month the company opened its newest store in New South Wales, which itself is becoming swamped with the Apple stores, now boasting more than half of all of the Apple stores in Australia.
The American-based company also announced overnight a new, cheaper iMac made specifically for higher education organisations, with an Australian price tag of $1,179. However it’s not the cheapest iMac available to Australian education institutes — there’s one just over $100 less for $1,049, but it’s slower and hasn’t been updated in a while.
The slightly slower all-in-one iMac features a 3.1GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i3 processor, 250GB hard drive, 21.5″ display, AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics processor and 2GB of RAM.
Apple opted to leave out support for its latest technology, Thunderbolt, which was developed by Intel and allows users to connect high-speed peripherals and displays from the one port. The iMac ships with Apple’s new Mac OS X Lion, and is available for educational institutes from today via Apple’s Australian website.
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