Apple announces 24-Month, 0% business leasing through June 30th

Apple has announced a 24-Month, 0%, Fair Market Value Lease promotion for qualifying businesses. Through June 30, 2004, when your business enters into a qualifying 24-month lease agreement, you will pay 0% interest through AFS Commercial Credit.

Promotion Details:
– Eligible equipment includes iMac, iBook, PowerBook, Power Mac G5, Xserve, Xserve RAID, and Apple Displays.
– Soft costs (software, services, etc) are limited to 10% of total lease amount. If soft costs exceed 10%, they must be covered under a separate lease agreement.
– 24 equal monthly payments on a minimum transaction of $5,000.

To learn more about this or other AFS Commercial Credit programs, please call 800-APPLE-LN.

Terms and Conditions:
– 0% interest rate based only on the payment stream. You will be subject to standard end-of-term conditions for a Fair Market Value Lease.
– $5,000 minimum transaction size.
– Lease must be comprised of 90% hardware to qualify for the promotion.
– Soft costs in excess of 10% are subject to a separate lease agreement.
– Lease agreement subject to all standard fees and taxes.
– Applicable to 24-month, Fair Market Value leases only.
– All leases subject to credit and documentation approval.
– Signed lease documents must be received by June 30, 2004 to qualify.

More information here.


  1. 24 months? Isn’t that a pc lifetime? I guess Apple will be trying to get companies to re up on a 24 month cycle and move to the “new” stuff, like a lot of big companies do with pc’s now. This is good. a)Apple will have to HAVE some good stuff, and work on their product line. b)Stuff coming off lease should be a good deal for the home user and small business.

    Conspicuous in absence is the emac, which would seem to be an ideal replacement for a dumb terminal. They never quite do it right do they?

  2. Still running several “blue” G3’s, four +plus years old with 9.22 and Jag. Have many others as well but the life span…….. is much longer. This should be really good for businesses. I’m sold!

  3. “Isn’t that a pc lifetime?”

    They just don’t get it… Macs do last longer!!! 2x and up depending on the level of Mac you get…

    My 1999 G3/333 Powerbook is now on it’s last useful legs (since I can’t run GarageBand on it)… BUT it’s still used everyday no problem…)


  4. I actually didn’t open this up to anecdotes, but……..

    amd 333, 1999
    amd 450, 1999
    toshiba laptop 300mhz, 1999
    amd 800 duron, 2001
    amd 1200 athlon, 2001

    All still used everyday. The 2 oldest are with kids in college, they bitch about not being able to play the latest games, but I tell them they are theft proof ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />. The toshiba has been around the world, unfortunately not with me.

    So there.

    Everything else from 2002 and later, so who cares.

  5. Joe stated: “Conspicuous in absence is the emac, which would seem to be an ideal replacement for a dumb terminal.”
    pc’s; Apple’s or the rest of them, are not a good replacement for dumb terminals. The cost is too high, the maintenance is even worse, and then you have the problem of users bringing in their own software to install.
    We have a better solution for those old terminals; thin clients. You can pick and choose the monitor to fit price and performance and you have control as to what the user runs from a central location.

  6. Joe, what OS version are those old things running? Hell, I have a Mac Plus from 1986 or so that is still running, but it can’t run the latest version of OS X. Are those 1999 models running Windows XP?

  7. old school, I understand the idea of thin clients. Is there an apple product that does that? Otherwise, I bet there are plenty of places where an emac would be suitable. Otherwise, it looks like the cheapest pc replacement would be the $1300 imac, almost twice the price of the cheap dell dumb terminal it is “competing” with.

  8. Joe,

    One of the things that is mentioned in posts about lifetime of computers is the fact that old Macs can run the latest OS. I recently gave my brother my original iMac. It is running the latest OS X Panther. I bought it in February of 1999. It’s not just running Panther, but it’s running well. It won’t run Garage Band due to limits, but it’s running everything else it needs.

    Like I said, the old Mac Plus is still running. I can play some old games on it and use old software, but I would not consider it as my primary computer.

  9. I’m still running a PowerMac 7500 132mhz with a 604e 233mhz card in the PCI slot and an additional 7200rpm Lacie internal drive running Deck 3.5 multitrack audio recording. Love the RCA audio and video inputs. She was my main music system until suddenly Garageband came around. Now she is getting a thin layer of dust on her.

  10. That is impressive re: osX on older machines. Have you found Jimbo that osX seems “slower” on the old boxes than the original os? I have heard some stuff to that effect.

  11. Each succesive version of Mac OS X has gotten faster on my 3+ year old PowerBook G4/400 – so, I keep using the machine. Just $100 year for OS X’s latest version and I get a faster Mac. It is comparable to OS 9 speed now with Panther.

  12. Well, this fall I finally replaced my Blue & White G3/400 with a Dual 2GHz G5. I’ll be fine now ’til the G7. (I’m doing the opposite of the Star Trek movies–get the odd numbered ones)

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