Apple merchandise are notoriously costly, however that is simply ridiculous. Apparently, Apple’s web site remains to be itemizing the 2006 iMac 17-inch 1.83-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo for round $1,000—relying on the place you’re attempting to purchase from.
The product itemizing was initially noticed by Twitter consumer @DylanMcD8 within the Canadian model of Apple.com, the place it prices a brain-melting value of Canadian $1,100 (Around $850 U.S.). Gizmodo checked the U.S. website and positive sufficient, it’s there too, at $1,000.
At a look, a thousand bucks for an Apple desktop looks like a deal. Except then you definately bear in mind this explicit iMac mannequin got here out in late 2006. Which means it’s sporting actually outdated specs. As in, a dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, a 160GB Serial ATA laborious drive, and a decrepit built-in graphics chip. For connectivity, this factor options such cutting-edge applied sciences as three USB 2.zero ports, two Firewire “400″ ports (bear in mind these?), and built-in AirPort Extreme—Apple’s router tech that it formally discontinued in 2018.
Really, really specs that stand the take a look at of time, particularly when you think about how if this 17-inch iMac have been a particular person, it’d be on the brink of graduate center faculty and head off to its freshman yr of highschool. It’s positively value the identical value as two Apple Watches, an iPhone 11 Pro, and the newest 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.83GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of RAM, 1 TB of storage for $1,100.
To be fair, Apple probably just forgot to archive this listing. After all, there’s a big ‘ol white space where the product photo should be. (You can’t even see a picture of the thing until you put it in your bag.) Surely, no one in Cupertino believes that anyone would buy this. Even the most hardcore Apple diehards couldn’t be this thirsty for a not-particularly-memorable piece of Apple history. This is the sort of purchase that only irony-poisoned gadget bloggers with a disposable budget would attempt buying—and even then, it’d be just to see if they could.
We reached out to Apple to ask why in god’s name this is still available, and if it’s all just one big goof. We’ll update when we hear back. If it were a mistake, I have questions. Like, can you actually buy this thing? The listing says it takes up to 30 days for shipping. The site says earliest I could pick one up from my local Apple Store is February 19, 2020. That’s disturbingly too real. I, unfortunately, am not brave or rich enough to put down my personal card to test this for sure. That said, it would appear that YouTuber DetroitBORG has successfully ordered two of those. But even when Apple takes your candy candy cash, would this iMac ever arrive? Is there really a stockpile of those simply sitting in some Apple warehouse? Would you be getting a refurbished mannequin and if that’s the case, why is it nonetheless so goddamn costly?
Whether it’s a mistake or an precise itemizing, it doesn’t matter. Every which approach you take a look at it, that is simply layers upon layers of stupendously splendid stupidity. Bless 2020.