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Apple Offering Stripped-Down $999 13" MacBook Air to Educational Institutions Buying in Bulk

Apple has begun offering a stripped-down 13" MacBook Air to educational institutions purchasing in bulk, replacing the two-year old white plastic MacBook offering the company recently discontinued. Apple had ceased sales of the MacBook to consumer customers back in July of 2011.

The new educational-exclusive MacBook Air is a 13" model with the same specs as the entry-level consumer 11" MacBook Air: 1.6GHz i5 processor, 2GB RAM, 64GB flash storage, and the Intel HD Graphics 3000 chipset. The machine is available in a 5-pack for $4,995 or $999 per machine. The standard 13" MacBook Air starts at $1,299.


Apple has long offered prepackaged sets of laptops to educational institutions looking to equip teachers or students with MacBooks (and iBooks before that). It has also made available a Learning Lab product that includes 10 or 20 MacBooks along with a preconfigured cart to hold and charge the machines. More recently, Apple has begun offered iPad and iPod Learning Lab carts, too.

After the discontinuation of the white MacBook, Apple reworked the bulk laptop packages it offers educational institutions. As first reported by 9to5Mac, Apple is now selling 5-packs of the 11" and 13" MacBook Airs along with an existing 13" MacBook Pro offering. The MacBook Air Learning Lab packages have been updated as well, with discounted 10- and 20-packs of the stripped-down 13" MacBook Air bundled with the aforementioned charging and storage cart.

The new packages are available on Apple's educational institution online store, though Apple has yet to update its educational web page with the new information.

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34 months ago
Only 2GB of ram in a non-upgradeable computer? Targeting schools - which need machines with longer upgrade cycles?

Not really a big deal...
Rating: 19 Votes
34 months ago

Only 2GB of ram in a non-upgradeable computer? Targeting schools - which need machines with longer upgrade cycles?


Agreed. And 2 GB is all but unusable on Lion, thanks to its voratious appetite for RAM.
Rating: 18 Votes
34 months ago

More recently, Apple has begun offered iPad and iPod Learning Lab carts, too.


Back to English 101 with ye scurvy landlubbers.
Rating: 14 Votes
34 months ago

I appreciate the gesture, but these aren't even "big" enough for my 9 and 7 year olds. 4/128 would be quite workable, though.


Perhaps the 7 year old should have something like a ball instead of staring at a screen all day.
Rating: 11 Votes
34 months ago
That is a bit low on RAM...

Even Safari ends up using a lot more if you have a few tabs opened, I guess they factor the SSD as a cache disk :(
Rating: 9 Votes
34 months ago
2gb of RAM is so 2010.
Rating: 9 Votes
34 months ago
"The machine is available in a 5-pack for $4,995 or $999 per machine." :rolleyes:

If my math is correct $999 x 5 = $4,995. So you could actually say, it's available in a 6-pack for $5,994 or a 7-pack for $6,993.

Just seems funny to me to offer a 5-pack deal when there is actually no price break at all, you're just paying the "per machine" price 5 times. :D

I don't know, made me laugh. :p
Rating: 9 Votes
34 months ago

2GB of RAM in a 13" MacBook Air is plenty powerful for whatever the average 8th grader needs it for -- these are aimed at K-12, not college students with science majors.


Anyone that has to work with mass deployments of computers knows that it's bad to have just the minimum amount of RAM for the OS (http://www.apple.com/macosx/specs.html), let alone for the software you'd be running. (http://www.apple.com/iwork/systemrequirements.html)

"The machine is available in a 5-pack for $4,995 or $999 per machine." :rolleyes:

If my math is correct $999 x 5 = $4,995. So you could actually say, it's available in a 6-pack for $5,994 or a 7-pack for $6,993.

Just seems funny to me to offer a 5-pack deal when there is actually no price break at all, you're just paying the "per machine" price 5 times. :D

I don't know, made me laugh. :p


It does indeed, and I just thought about that $999 price for a 13" NON-upgradeable machine. For another $100 you can get a machine that is more powerful, and more upgradeable.
Rating: 8 Votes
34 months ago

Oh dear god. Only 2GB of RAM? So you can forget about Xcode. All our Xcode 4.2 machines have 8 GB or more of RAM, otherwise it's unbearably slow. On the Airs it's a bit better, because of the SSD, but Xcode 4 is a memory hog. This machine will be only good for non-CS classes, where you don't teach Xcode.


Xcode? Really? These are for students to type up book reports, spreadsheets, and do general research. What a silly post.
Rating: 8 Votes
34 months ago
Why don't they just give them refurbished ones instead of stripping them down? That's what I'd prefer.
Rating: 7 Votes

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