Apple Announces End to Boxed Software for Schools

Apple is reportedly on the verge of halting nearly all deliveries of boxed software to its educational clients. According to a report by ZDNet, which includes a published email sent to a prominent educational institution, Apple has confirmed the discontinuation.

The exact source of the email isn’t specified, though it appears to originate from someone within the academic community. The communication states:

“Apple confirmed today that, with limited exception, they will cease to ship boxed software to campus resellers.

This includes Mac OS X Snow Leopard, iLife, iWork, Apple Remote Desktop, and Aperture, among others…The only products that will remain as boxed software offerings are Logic Express and Logic Studio.”

The author of the email further advises stakeholders to review the remaining inventory of boxed software to procure necessary items.

With the launch of the Mac App Store earlier this year, Apple began shifting away from physical software packages towards a more digital approach for consumer software on Macs. This move towards ending the distribution of boxed software to educational institutions marks a significant step towards a fully digital distribution model.

The exceptions mentioned in the email, Logic Express and Logic Studio, remain temporarily as boxed software only because they are not yet available on the Mac App Store.


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