Apple Offers Customized MacBooks to School Districts

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has won large contracts for MacBooks in Kansas City and Louisiana. The two contracts are valued at $6.4 million and $5 million respectively

    It appears Apple has made efforts to provide custom solutions to educators to meet their needs. Kansas City officials describe additional security measures added to the MacBooks, including a way to track lost/stolen MacBooks:
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  2. crees! macrumors 68000


    Jun 14, 2003
  3. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
    Wow, that's pretty high tech!!!!

    Good for apple, and good for the students.
  4. deathshrub macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2007
    Christmas Island
    Wow, stickers. Cutting edge.

    This is a joke, right?
  5. discomandavis macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2007
    ive been thinking that for apple to work its way to the top of the market is to really make an effort to get its computers in schools. even if it means giving them out dirt cheap. because thats how it all starts. kids use them at school all the time. then they get used to it. whenthose kids buy there first computer they buy mac cuz its what they used in school. there really is no better advertisment then getting these computers out there and getting the students to use them
  6. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    exactly. which is why its good that apple are going the extra step.
  7. C00rDiNaT0r macrumors regular


    Jan 12, 2006
    New York, New York
    Trivial ways to get around it would be to not turn it back on until you do all the necessary modding.
  8. Spider.Jm macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada

    remote hard drive destruction. sounds so Brutal. why not just have a self destruction device lose half the battery, gain c4. Now that would bring down theft
  9. Kardashian macrumors 68020


    Sep 4, 2005
    I wish I'd grown up and gone to school in the US.

    We were stuck with stupid Windows PC's right through school - and only in my last year (6 months ago) did we get Windows XP.

    Way to go with the latest technology, guys!

    [Gosh, I'm almost paying Windows a compliment in a way.. latest technology? Hehe. I made a funny.]
  10. goodtimes5 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2004
    Bay Area
    Holy crap, are you kidding me? Explode the hard drive remotely? What are the safety precautions on these things?
  11. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

    Jun 20, 2007
    Erase. Or possible firmware erase too.

    Do you really think they would blow something up?
  12. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    Okay, people, do you honestly think there is a small explosive in the computer that physically destroys the hard drive? No.

    It is likely just a software program that writes over the boot sector or something similar. Or, at the most extreme, a firmware modification to the hard drive that renders the hard drive's firmware inoperative, thereby "destroying" the hard drive. (It would require sending the hard drive back to the factory to re-write the firmware to fix.)
  13. deathshrub macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2007
    Christmas Island
    Agreed with you on all counts there. In elementary school all the computers I've used were macs. Every computer I've bought thus far has been a mac, except for one laptop PC. I feel so awful about it that when the new Mac Pros come out, I will immediately plonk down about $6,000 for one. :D
  14. TheSpecialist macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    The Netherlands, Europe
  15. chelseasian macrumors regular


    Oct 20, 2004
    New York, NY (Chelsea)
    Apple's been known to customized Macs for corporate clients as well. Where I work, we've had custom built PowerBooks. They are distinct by their non-Ti casing and it was red. So if you order enough of such machines and have some sort of alliance with Apple, I am sure they will build customized solutions.
  16. extraextra macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2006
    Where does it say "exploding", it just says "destroy". That could mean anything, and probably doesn't mean exploding.

    In all the schools I've gone to, they had Macs. (eMacs/iMacs) In middle school and high school, there were separate Mac / PC labs.

    However in college, 99% of the computers are PCs. :(
  17. mcarnes macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2004
    USA! USA!
    SJ watched one too many episodes of Mission Impossible.
  18. entropys macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2007
    Brisbane, Australia
    "sorry Miss, but a hacker destroyed my homework!"*

    * excuse not valid if macbook runs leopard and time machine backups to external HD.
  19. Modrak macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2005
    Awesome. I'd love get hold of one of those. See how the sticker actually sticks and the most important they plan on blowing up the HDD :D
  20. boss1 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2007
    i dont see why anyone would rate this as negative. I would imagine that theft of expensive technology from schools is one of the major barriers from purchasing technologies. If this lessens the risk for schools and results in more technologies being implemented than thats most important for our educational system.
  21. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    can i have a gps just in case mine is stolen...
  22. Superchud macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2006
    With all of the recent issues with Leopard Data Loss and defective Seagate HDD's, doesn't seem to be much need for remote HDD destruction. Looks like that feature is already being bundled with all MacBooks without any special customization. :D
  23. chaseardoin7 macrumors regular


    Mar 7, 2007
    yay. finally something good for louisiana.

    hot dang. i live in louisiana and i'm an education major. this news is great and even know that the govenor made the announcement like 10 miles from where i'm sitting right now.

    this is exciting.

    i <3 :apple:
  24. bbarnhart macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2002
    Stilwell, Kansas
    Apple must have swapped some of these special Seagate remote destroying hard drives with the regular retail MacBooks. Link
  25. goosnarrggh macrumors 68000

    May 16, 2006
    I would rather they put the poison pill inside the CPU or some other component which isn't user-exchangeable.

    Of course, this technology is only acceptable if Apple is contractually obliged to turn over absolute discretion for control of the poison pill to the legal end-user as soon as the laptop is purchased.

    Speaking hypothetically for a moment, it would be an absolutely unacceptable situation if Apple were to reserve the right to activate such a mechanism themselves without the end-user's explicit request, no matter what justification they thought they had for taking such action. (I mention this because it's just the sort of thing I can imagine a hypothetically evil corporation doing if it detected that the end-user was violating the software EULA...)

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