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. I gave my sister my Beige DT G3/233 (upped to an OEM 400mhz with 768MB RAM and Radeon7000 v-card) with OS X installed on it. It’s still going strong, and I bought it new in June 1998, just before Apple came out with the original bondi iMac.

  2. Could not try Panther on my old 350 MHz G3 as it has only 4 GB HD and it is almost full. Never had to repair anything: it always works as first day.

    With my Powerbook G4 667 MHz I noticed a speed-up measured with XBench with every release of new version of OS X. Contrary to what happens with bloated Windows OS that slows down at every release – face it: you need to buy a new computer at every major release of Windows to KEEP the performance – with OS X it happens the opposite: the more you upgrade the better the performance of your G4.

    It really seems like Micros**t has a secret deal with PC manufacturer to force user to upgrade: “Do not worry: they (the customers) will have to buy a new PC regularly if you pre-install Windows. Your income is sure with us”

  3. i have panther on my 366 g3 clamshell, and it works very well. still, its os 9 alterego is a much quicker machine. os x eats up all the ram and processor for visuals. unfortuantely, you can’t run new software on os 9. also unfortuate is the 800×600 resolution limit that restricts me from running a new version of iphoto and whatever other program that makes you have a specific resolution.

  4. seahawk – get a bigger hd for that g3. also, os x may be more responsive after each release, but that intial change from os 9 was excrutiatingly painful on the 366 ibook. so much so that i put the box on the shelf, wiped everything and went right back to os 9. i finally made the switch with jaguar (when i got the disk along with a 600 g3 imac), but wasn’t ok with the performance until panther.

  5. Re: speed of Panther on my old iMac 266mhz, it seemed to run just as quickly as 9.x did. No slowdowns! I wish I had a larger drive in there, as 6GB is not quite enough to load everything I wanted to. I thought about dropping a giant drive in there (or externally) and using it as my music server.

  6. Joe, This statement
    “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..”
    leads me to believe our interpretation of dump terminals is different. I associate the term to refer to terminals like wyse 50’s, vt100’s et al. That only support a character based interface. Not a stripped down version of a pc.
    A new Wyse thin client sales for around $300 less monitor.
    With any pc on a counter, you always run the risk of the user inserting a cd or (floppy disk) and installing software you do not want. Of course, you can always remove the cd-rom drive/floppy drive.

  7. Old school, you are throwing me for a loop. I think you are throwing grapes into an apples and oranges arguement. I googled wyse thin client and will get to it over the weekend.

    But, unless I am missing something (shaddup you guys) the idea STILL is, why not make the emac part of this lease deal and compete with the cheap dellish terminals, which include os, cd, hd, etc. etc.

    As so often happens, I feel like my arguement has been hijacked by addendums, but hey, it’s the internet.

    Have a wunderfullll weekend. 80 degrees here and the halter tops are OUT!

  8. The problem with replacing dumb terminals with personal computers (and I say this as a consultant who supports people using Wyse and ADDS terminals to connect to things so horrid that I won’t name them) is that once you’ve got the computer, you then need a GOOD terminal emulator. There are a lot of terminal emulators out there that are free, cheap, or OS-bundled… and most of them blow whole herds of syphilitic goats when it comes to anything beyond VT100/VT102 and ANSI. Some of them can’t even do THOSE well. If you need ADDS VP, IBM 3270, or things like that – or if you need F-key mapping and such – you may very well end up paying more for the software alone than the terminal would have cost you.

    Having said that, if you’re in a situation where you can get away with readily available software emulating a widely known terminal, by all means, go for it. It’s mathematically impossible to spend more on a Mac and the power to run it than you do on a Mac _and something else_ and the power to run both. Throw in savings in desk space, of course.

    We’ve already seen plenty of people say “I used to have a UNIX box, a PC and a Mac on my desk… now with OS X and Virtual PC, there’s just the Mac.” I believe strongly in that whole approach – computers are general-purpose tools that “do everything,” and if you can get one good general-purpose tool that really does “do everything,” there’s much less point to having a bunch of others sitting around too.

    I’m eagerly awaiting VirtualPC 7 so I can say that of my G5!

  9. This is a business lease thet are offering, not a personal lease. 2 years may not be the overall life of a Mac, but it can make a huge difference in performance. If your business requires cutting edge performance, like large video houses, recording studios, graphics studios, or even web servers, getting a new machine every 2 years is totally reasonable. I bought a G4 466 almost 3 years ago. I use it for digital audio, and it will run audio applications in OS X, but for any serious projects I have to boot it to OS 9, or I can’t get enough tracks to playback. It is simply underpowered. I am on a 4 year lease, so if I wait another year to upgrade, that’s another year I’m behind the curve running under OS 9. If I buy plugins for it I have to either bite the bullet and buy them for OS 9, or look for the one’s that give me both versions when I buy.

    Currently I am waiting for the next revision of the G5 to come out, I will pay cash and let my lease expire on the older machine without re-upping.

    Other than the lower payment, I don’t think I would ever do the longer lease again.

    I see this offer as a good incentive for more high end business purchases. Hopefully they selll a bunch of xServes.

  10. owner of an original imac 233, 160 (32+128 sticks) ram, 4 gig hd, os 8.6. It’s in great shape–given to me by an old man. I’m in great shape too–sice I’ve paid nothing for it–I thought I might give it some upgrades. I’m thinking panther will make it feel better, ram (128+256)=384, and a much larger hd.
    Any how, my real question: How would the coveted GarageBand software work on this litte guy if I only used it for Midi sequencing? (I have my reasons OK?!)
    Any other upgrade suggestions/comments welcome

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