Apple Tells Educators to Think Out of the Box for Software



Ever since Apple released Lion as a download from the Mac App Store, boxed software has been on the endangered species list. Now, the Cupertino, Calif. company tells educators only two titles will be available as boxed software.

In an email, a campus reseller says Apple with limited exceptions will end shipping boxed software. “This includes Mac OS X Snow Leopard, iLife, iWork, Apple Remote Desktop, and Aputure, among others.” The reseller urged campuses to particularly hurry if they wanted boxed copies of Snow Leopard. “We just received our final shipment.”

Only Logic Express and Logic Studio would still be available as boxed software, the email said. With the availability of the Cloud, vast storage farms and ubiquitous always-on connections, boxed software is quickly going the way of printed books as products quickly vanishing. No doubt we will see boxed software become big-sellers on eBay and other venues of ‘retro’ items.

  • Prof

    Well, the only problem is that when you buy through the App Store you are charged tax, even if you work for a public institution in your state. I haven’t found a way to avoid the tax charge, or get a refund afterwards. Tried several times when upgrading to Lion.

  • Spelling Police

    “Aperture” not “Apurture”

  • AriRomano

    What about the jam packs on the picture? :D Why isn’t there in-app purchase for garage band yet?

  • Lucien Dol

    It’s the way of the future and a great thing for the environment – no packaging that ends up on the rubbish heap, less trees to cut and less pollution and energy use for transport. It also reduces the cost for software companies, so one would expect prices to decrease, but I don’t see that happening any time soon…

  • antmarobel ANTONIO

    I love those boxes…

  • mobidev

    Can it be possible to get rid of Piracies/Pirates in this way.. ??????

  • Stefan

    Brilliant headline!