You can now get an iMac for $1,099. And just a few months ago Apple dropped the price of the Airs as well — you can get one for $899. These are prices that used to be found only in the refurbished section.
And these computers are more future proof than ever. My 3-year old MacBook Air still feels ultra snappy thanks to its SSD, and it still gets 4+ hours of battery life (though 4 hours is a fraction of what today’s laptop’s get, it’s still pretty darn good for a 36-month old machine). Though the fans do kick in to overdrive whenever I open up Lightroom to do a bunch of photo processing, we’ve not yet turned the corner into unbearable beachball city.