The $999 17-inch 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo iMac—the first flat-panel iMac for less than $1,000—is a stripped-down model. It has the same 2MB of shared L2 cache as the previous iMacs, and is the only iMac model to ship without built-in Bluetooth 2.0 wireless networking, an Apple Remote, or a SuperDrive. It’s very similar to the iMac that Apple sells to educational institutions for $899, except that the extra $100 buys you a Core 2 Duo processor instead of Core Duo processor (running at the same speed) and a 160GB Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive instead of an 80GB hard drive.Now, I had checked out the Education Apple Store just yesterday and this struck me as odd because at the Education Apple Store, you can get the Core 2 Duo iMac for $899! So, it would be potentially pointless for anyone to buy an inferior iMac at the same price.
And, so this leads to the oddity that some college bookstores or other on-campus Apple resellers (I checked Stanford's) actually list the Core 2 Duo iMac at $855 (they offer additional discounts on top of the Apple-provided ones) while the Core Duo iMac retails for $899. Now isn't that funny?
Also, Apple isn't offering its $20 off on iPods to educational customers... sigh.