Apple Continues to Kill Packaged Software
Packaged software from Apple is rapidly going the way of the dinosaurs. That much has been consistently made clear throughout 2011. From Apple's release of Lion via download to its latest message to educational resellers, Apple is apparently reducing its reliance on physical packaging for software as much as possible.
On Thursday, reports surfaced that Apple has begun notifying its educational resellers that future packaged software should not be expected. According to an email (originally obtained by CNET) that was recently sent to customers at an unnamed but otherwise "major academic institution," Apple announced that - with "limited exception" - it will no longer offer boxed software.
This includes Mac OS X Snow Leopard , iLife, iWork, Apple Remote Desktop, and Aperture.
"We have a limited supply of copies of each in stock in the store, so consider this a 'last call' for anyone who would like a hard copy before they are gone. Particularly anyone who would like to get Snow Leopard, as we just received our final shipment of that version of the OS," the messages reads. "The only products that will remain as boxed software offerings are Logic Express and Logic Studio."
According to Apple watchers and industry observers, the move to nix cardboard packaging shouldn't really surprise anyone. Ten months ago when the Mac App Store was introduced, Apple indirectly foreshadowed the fate of its once-mighty packaged software inventory.