(Nikkei BP Group)
(No.1 High-Tech News Site in Japanese)
| Apple to Sell iMac PCs to Universities Across Japan
September 24, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Apple Japan Inc. announced that it will
market iMac personal computers through 216 member universities of Japan's
Association of University Co-op.
|The iMac PC for university use is priced at 178,000 yen (US$1,345), or
the same as that at computer shops.
According to the Association of University Co-op, about 30 percent of
teaching staff and students who own personal computers are Macintosh
users. The association said that it decided to handle the iMac because
of an onslaught of requests from professors and students to include
the iMac in its product lines.
The association backs the "University Co-op Loan," which comprises special
terms of payments, and will make such loans available to students for
purchases of iMacs. Students can have the installment payments begin
six months after the purchase or they can pay in two installments. Also,
students graduating in March 1999 can pay the entire amount in August
Apple will set up "University Co-op iMac Help" to answer questions, including
those on iMac operations. It will be run by the association and is to
be available Oct. 1 through Dec. 25.
Displays and demonstrations are scheduled to be held at university co-ops
of 18 universities including the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University.
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(BizTech News Center)