Apple Kills More Boxed Software In Favor of App Store

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Apple has sent this missive to Apple Resellers and Apple Retail Stores discontinuing the boxed versions of several different software titles, presumably in favor of Mac App store versions:

Effective July 20, 2011, the following select boxed software products are end of life (EOL) for resellers and Apple Retail Stores:

- Mac OS X Snow Leopard
- Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server
- iLife
- iWork
- Aperture
- Apple Remote Desktop
- GarageBand Jam Packs
- Mac Box Set

As noted in the email, most of these boxed copies will still be available from the Apple Online Store including Mac OS X Snow Leopard. They just won't be available at Apple Retail and reseller locations.

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121 months ago

Actually, as of today, it appears that isn't true. Looks like you won't need SL, as long as you have access to internet.

http://www.apple.com/macosx/recovery/

That will only work on new Macs going forward. Only the new Mini and MBA support it right now.
Edit: Beaten to it.
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121 months ago

Are they doing a firmware / EFI upgrade to accomplish that in pre-Lion Macs? Otherwise, without the recovery partition (e.g., a fresh hard drive) this doesn't seem possible.


No, on the recovery page it says only newly-released Macs (i.e., starting today) have Internet Recovery built into the firmware. Pre-Lion Macs will have it as a second partition on the HD after installing Lion, but if that HD fails or you install a clean HD, you won't have access to the recovery utility on those pre-Lion Macs.
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121 months ago
Will they be still available at university bookstores? The App Store doesn't offer any EDU pricing. iWork costs $39 at my bookstore.
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121 months ago
So the only way to buy boxed software is online?

I'm mainly thinking of Snow Leopard which is required to even access the App Store.
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121 months ago
Retail is pretty much boned except for vanity sized women's clothing and Walmart.
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121 months ago

It's not difficult to buy software from the app store, in fact it's easier than going to a shop or waiting for a delivery.


Its not difficult to buy form the app store, but remember that many people dont have super fast broadband

I could have driven to the Apple store this afternoon, got home and installed Lion by now if it was on disc, instead of a 12 hour download
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