Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard education price is $69

For students, Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard “will still be available for a deeper discount at school bookstores (usually around $69),” Scott McNulty reports for TUAW.

But, not online at the Apple Store, where the price will be US$116.

“The most obvious reason for this move is that Apple has no real way of knowing if you are, in fact, associated with an educational institution when you order online,” McNulty reports. “Most school bookstores require you to produce a school ID in order to make purchases of academically priced software, so Apple can be assured that you are, in fact, a poor student and not just cheap.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: First DRM-free iTunes Plus songs drop to 99-cents, then we find out that the iPhone will get its SDK, and now this! What’s next, matte screen options for iMacs? Final Cut Express renamed iMovie ’08 and sold for US$15.80? Steve Jobs putting five Golden Tickets hidden in iPod packages promising entry to One Infinite Loop’s secret subterranean labs? Even without those last three things, the Apple whiners and complainers are having one helluva bad week.

55 Comments

  1. “The Apple whiners and complainers are having one helluva bad week.”

    – I would say they are having one helluva good week. Sure, the Apple bashers might be having a bad week, but for the Apple fans who continue to hold Apple to the high standard that they are known for, weeks like these are considered a success.

  2. “Even without those last three things, the Apple whiners and complainers are having one helluva bad week.”

    HAHAHAHA!!!

    So true. So true. What will people have to complain about once Leopard is released?
    “My computer works too well!”
    “God, how I pine for a Blue Screen of Death!”
    “Can’t I reboot every couple of hours, please?!”

  3. ” . . . the Apple whiners and complainers are having one helluva bad week.”

    There really is no reason to be a whiner unless your week involved the phrases, “alleged unnatural acts”, “medical experts are baffled” and “according to witnesses at the scene”.

  4. @ realist

    The comment was directed at people who whine for the sake of whining, a group of people whose numbers are growing rather dramatically as of late. They are having a bad week because they have nothing to whine about (though I’m sure they’ll find something).

  5. Greg M,

    You can’t get an educational discount on software purchases at an Apple store, only hardware purchases. Don’t know why, but probably has to do with limits. There is none on software, but there is on hardware.

  6. Sorry, it’s not whining. What I see here at MDN is hysteria. The instant, knee-jerk, “Apple is the new Microsoft” crap at every half-bake rumor is pathetically sad. All the hysterical Chicken Littles need to take a chill-pill and wait for the pieces to fall into place. You may want everything Your Way and Right Now, but the real world doesn’t work that way, and you simply make yourselves miserable by expecting it to do so.

  7. i pre ordered mine today. Whilst at uni, i was able to connect to the apple store for education, through the university wifi. Here’s the invoice summary from the conformation email:
    Total: £ 50.00
    Discount: -£ 22.34
    VAT @17.50%: £ 8.75
    Order Total: £ 58.75

    So all happy!!

    MW: University is the “place” to be!

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