Apple Computer Purchases

Article Purpose

The following are recommendations for purchasing new Apple computers. For most applications these requirements will have a minimum effective life-cycle of five (5) years before needing replacement.

IT Recommendations come in two flavors; standard and technical. Standard workstations are perfect for most uses including Banner, Microsoft Office, web browsing, and email. Technical workstations are for power hungry applications like complex mathematical computations, extermly large AutoCAD renderings, or extensive video editing, and in many cases a standard workstation equiped with additional RAM (16 GB+) may perform better than a technical workstation. Most employees need a standard workstation.

Apple Recommendations

Apple computers can be purchased online at the UAA Bookstore Apple Online Store for Higher Education. Access to Apple's academic pricing is available at the Apple Store.


  • Standard Apple Workstation - Apple iMac 21.5" Retina 4K, Intel Core i7 Quad-Core Processor, 16GB of memory, 1TB Fusion drive, 21.5" LCD display, All-in-One. See all standard mac options...
  • Technical Apple Workstation - Apple iMac 27" Retina 5K, Intel Core i7 Quad-Core Processor, 16GB of memory, 1TB Fusion drive, 27" LCD display, All-in-One. See all technical mac options...


Remember: CRT Computer Displays are Prohibited
The purchase of CRT computer displays is prohibited at UAA and grandfather exemptions for existing orders have expired. If you recently purchased a CRT display, delivery to the work site may be refused. Instead departments should be purchasing flat panel (LCD) displays. For more information see: LCD-CRT Displays Prohibition (PDF document).