Apple Stores to dump boxed software?

Tim Grey
8 February, 2011
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Apple has plans to ditch boxed software in its retail stores, focusing instead on selling programs through the Mac App Store. This morning word emerged on MacRumors that instead of offering physical software versions on DVD discs, Apple will instead provide a personal setup for new Mac owners, with an employee walking customers through setting up email and iTunes accounts.

Apple has already begun distancing itself from boxed software on optical discs, providing, for example, a USB loaded with software reinstall with every new MacBook Air. Channeling users through the Mac App Store, which has proven to be a success for the company, would conceivably be the next logical step.


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  1. Mike says:

    It makes sense but if software isn’t cheaper because of it, users without mighty download limits will be rightly cheesed-off.

  2. Gazza says:

    I think this move is inevitable and makes sense BUT, following Mike’s lead above, it is not only data limits which are of concern but bandwidth. Who wants to have their Internet connection regularly hogged by a meaty app store download? Regular OSX and iOS updates are doing this already.

  3. Xenophos says:

    OTOH, users purchasing from the Retail stores could pop in to use the free wifi. A pain, though.

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