OS X Rebate: Apple Says It's For Feedback, But Others Report Getting It

The Mac world, and especially those following the development of OS X, was thrown into a mild uproar last week when users of OS X Public Beta began receiving US$30 discount coupons for the final version. The Low End Mac first reported the offer, and also reported that the offer was only valid for those that provided feedback regarding the new OS via Appleis Web site. However, other Mac news sites reported later in the day that everyone that purchased the Public Beta would receive the offer.

In an attempt to clarify the situation, The Mac Observer contacted Apple who gave us this tidbit of information:

Apple is offering a $30 discount on pre-orders of the final version of MacOS X through The Apple Store (www.apple.com/store) to the thousands ofcustomers who provided valuable feedback on the Mac OS X Public Beta. Thisoffer is our way of saying "thanks" for helping make Mac OS X the worldismost advanced operating system.

Mac OS X will be released on March 24, 2001. All customers interested inpre-ordering Mac OS X can do so immediately through The Apple Store(www.apple.com/store) and Apple resellers.

While this is apparently the "official" word from Apple, people all over the Internet are reporting otherwise. A number of readers have sent the following comments to The Mac Observer regarding their participation and the status of their discount:

  • Hello, I bought OS X PB here in France. I never sent any feedback directly to Apple, but here is the message Iive just recieved from them (stating I am eligible for the discount).
  • I got an e-mail from Apple thanking for my participation in the beta program and about the only thing that I remember doing was registering the product. Apple would be be nuts not to give this offer to all those who purchased the beta - it is something that I expected to happen.
  • I also didnit give feedback and got the Discount!!!
  • that is everybody who purchased the Public Beta. Simple as that. Apple is not giving it only to those who provided feedback. Do you really think they planned this from the beginning? No way. This was a last minute decision to make sure a lot of people, at least 100,000, actually buy it immediately, before its release. I think a lot of people were going to wait a little but now have more incentive to not wait. Anyway, everybody who bought the pB will get the rebate. Enjoy.

So which is it? The Mac Observer has contacted Apple to further clarify the matter, but have received no response at press time. If we do hear anything further we will surely keep you posted.