updated 02:50 pm EDT, Thu September 29, 2011
More sales funneled into Mac App Store
Apple is halting almost all sales of boxed software to campus resellers, a circulating email memo indicates. The message was recently sent to customers at a "major academic institution," ZDNet reports. "Apple confirmed today that, with limited exception, they will cease to ship boxed software to campus resellers," the notice reads. "This includes Mac OS X Snow Leopard, iLife, iWork, Apple Remote Desktop, and Aperture, among others.
"We have a limited supply of copies of each in stock in the store, so consider this a 'last call' for anyone who would like a hard copy before they are gone," the memo continues. "Particularly anyone who would like to get Snow Leopard, as we just received our final shipment of that version of the OS."
It goes on to state that the only software that will stay boxed is Apple's music production tools, Logic Express and Logic Studio. Although Apple continues to issue minor periodic updates for Logic, the software has been mostly neglected in recent years, lacking the attention of other pro apps such as Aperture and Final Cut. A Logic Pro X is rumored to be in development, possibly even near completion.
The decision to cut off boxes to schools ultimately just an extension of Apple's broader policies favoring the Mac App Store for both first- and third-party apps. Aperture, iWork, iLife, Xsan and Remote Desktop are no longer being shipped to any retailer in box form. Lion was the first edition of OS X to launch as a download-only upgrade, though USB sticks are now available.