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09-29-2011, 12:51 PM #1
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.
09-29-2011, 01:12 PM #2
I think that it is a good idea for apple to do this
09-29-2011, 01:13 PM #3
Apple is trying to cut out the retailers so they can increase profit, I hope these retailers pay Apple back by not selling Apple products.
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09-29-2011, 01:24 PM #4
I think it's a neat idea to cut down on waste. I like Apple's minimalistic packaging ideas. However, you're leaving out people with no internet access, slow internet access, and those who just like to have a hard copy of the software in case they'd like to reinstall it sometime down the road. Will they charge you an additional $35 if you want a hard copy as well?
09-29-2011, 01:46 PM #5
I just realized my new Mac Mini didn't even come with a USB drive loaded with Lion so how would I re-install my OS? My old MBA at least came with a USB pre-loaded with Snow Leopard.
09-29-2011, 02:16 PM #6
Genius. @Poseidon, aren't there reinstalls available from Apple servers?
Apple - OS X Lion Recovery - Introducing Lion Recovery
Not a full OS but you've got the downloadable tools, pardon me.
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09-29-2011, 02:28 PM #7
Oh wow... that makes life easy. Thanks for the info I've never had to re-install an OS on a Mac before but if the time comes now I know.
09-29-2011, 03:07 PM #8
I once prayed to God for an iPhone, but quickly found out He didn't work that way...so I stole an iPhone and prayed for His forgiveness.
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09-29-2011, 03:14 PM #9
09-29-2011, 04:27 PM #10
All software I've bought in the last few years is all digital. If I have to get something on a physical disk I'll rip it to an iso or dmg. I'm 100% for digital distribution for all media....except books
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