Not Ready for K12?

For the record, we faxed in all the documents for our order of 127 G4 iBooks yesterday. The paperwork was for the 90 days same as cash, and we’re looking forward to working with the 12.1 inch model again.

Hal 9000Main “decision maker” factors: price (increase in list, siginficant reduction in discounts), form factor (not certain we could get always-on cases), and unnecessary features (127 remotes? cameras we’d have to disable or time limit). Next year, at least the first two factors should be somewhat mitigated.

I’ve already read an article that notes that the Apple laptop line will soon have no sub-$1000 offerings, and it’s worth noting that the dual-core Latitude 520 I just bought for personal use had a base price of $699 (and ended up being $956 with 3 year warranty, 80 gig drive, cd-burner/dvd player).

So, a modest suggestion. After Rev D is out (hardware bugs resolved), why doesn’t Apple make a MacBook for education that:

Doesn’t have a built-in camera.
Doesn’t come with a remote.
Has a single-core chip.
Doesn’t automatically come with a video adapter.

Now, to be honest, some of these criteria are met if you buy the five packs of Macbooks– one remote, one video adapter (I think), and around $50 less per unit. However, the camera’s an issue, and simply disabling it falls under the category of “paying for what you don’t want.” If the changes were done above, in six or eight months, maybe the education version of the MacBook could be around $900-950 again.

Meanwhile, we wait for 127 boxes to show up, and ponder where to put them…

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