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Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 06/20/2011

Apple explains Lion licenses

Apple has clarified how it will license OSX Lion to educational institutions and businesses. (BECK DIEFENBACH - REUTERS)
Apple shook up the way that its distributing its latest operating system, OS X Lion, causing some worry among educational and corporate Mac users. How, exactly, would they find the time to download the file onto every machine that needed it?

On Friday, the company clarified its policies, saying that businesses can purchase a minimum of 20 licenses at the full price of $29.99, while schools and universities can get a minimum of 25 licenses for the “Mac Software Collection,” which includes iLife and iWork, for $39 per license.

Computerworld reported that these prices are higher than the current Snow Leopard-based licenses, which are about $36 each or $899 for 25.

Apple has also changed its annual back-to-school laptop deal, offering a $100 gift card to use on the App Store, Mac App Store, iTunes or iBook store with a new laptop, instead of its traditional offer of a free iPod.

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