“Last week, Apple computer finally retired the last of its CRT-based machines, replacing the eMac with an educational iMac for US$899,” Charles Jade writes for Ars Technica.
Jade writes, “This week, Apple Computer has retired the iMac for individual students and teachers and replaced it with… nothing.”
When contacted by MacNN, Apple sales representatives were unable to provide an explanation beyond saying that the company made the change on Wednesday and that it was no longer available to education individuals for purchase.
“It may have been that initially releasing the US$899 iMac as saleable to individuals was yet another public relations blunder by Apple. It could also have been that the education store was stampeded, that Apple executives rightly feared cannibalization of the more
overpriced robust model,” Jade writes.
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: An Apple Store for Education stampede that was cannibalizing the lower end iMacs would be our guess. That was a great deal; hopefully those who wanted it got their orders in early.
[UPDATE: 11:39am EDT: Fixed the strikethru issue. It does help to correctly close the tag.]
Apple introduces $899 education configuration for 17-inch iMac; replaces out-of-production eMac – July 05, 2006