Apple has changed its availability policy for the new educational iMac package by limiting it only to educational institutions. When the model was announced on July 5, it was available to students and teachers as well as schools through Appleis educational channels.
Macworld UK is reporting that Apple informed dealers of the change with a note that states "Please be advised that the iMac for education is no longer available to education individuals. Effective immediately this product is only available to education institutions. The product will be removed from the Apple Education Individual Stores from 12 July 2006."
The move is the opposite of what happened when Apple originally released the eMac. At the time, it was Appleis lowest priced Mac, and consumers clamored to get at the machine that was available only to schools. The company later changed its policy and made the eMac available for anyone to purchase.