updated 12:15 pm EDT, Mon September 28, 2009
May impact prevalence of Macs in schools
Apple has made major alterations to its educational licensing program, ones which could potentially raise the cost of Macs for schools. The company is said to be abandoning a previous volume licensing scheme, which allowed institutions to buy Mac OS X at costs of $39 to $59 per copy, depending the amount of licenses ordered. Instead, schools must now pay for annual license renewals.
Apple is also said to be dropping cheaper site licenses for its iLife and iWork suites. Schools must as a result acquire upgrades in unison with Mac OS X updates, or pay normal retail prices. In an example of the former, a 500-seat license for the Mac Software Collection -- including all three program components -- is valued at $14,999.
Subscribing to Apple software also imposes a one-time, 10 percent enrollment fee, though the company is currently waiving it until December 13th. Apple has long had a close association with schools, which have sometimes provided a market for Macs when they had little public popularity. During the 1980s many schools were equipped with variants of the Apple II.