updated 03:05 pm EST, Tue December 29, 2009
Prices linked to individual schools
Some educational discounts on the MacBook are extending well beyond $899, observers note. Apple recently dropped the standard educational price by $50, on top of a previous price below the $999 retail cost. At at least one school-specific Apple storefront however, the cost has been lowered to $728. Shipping remains free.
The impetus for the price cuts remains unclear, but is likely to be a means of moving post-Christmas stock. Apple also sells to most of its educational customers in the run up to September, when many schools begin classes. The company's usual "Back to School" promotion offers money towards an iPod when buying a new Mac.