New machines certainly take spotlight, but Apple has plenty more up its collective sleeve, so we’ll try to cover a bit of that here.
Discontinued… — With the new machines coming in, Apple will drop the Macintosh Classic 4/40 from the price list, along with the SE/30 logic board upgrade (too bad, that was a good one for SE owners), the Apple ISDN NB Card (guess it wasn’t selling to well without many ISDN connections available), and as Mark Anbinder reported above, the 40 MB Tape Backup Cartridges. I don’t have a complete Apple price list in front of me, but unless I’m mistaken, the Classic 4/40 was the last 68000-based Mac left after Apple dropped the PowerBook 100. The 68020-based LC went away when the 68030-based LC II took its place, and one way or another, Apple clearly wants to standardize all Macs on the 68030 as a minimum. Good for them, although they could have done a bit sooner.
Serious price cuts — Mark also passed on news of some serious cuts on the prices that Apple charges to dealers. Suggested retail prices have not changed, but dealers may be dropping prices now that they are paying less for the Macs in the first place. In case you haven’t recently reviewed retail prices, here’s a listing:
Macintosh Classic II 4/40 $1699 Macintosh Classic II 4/80 $1849 Macintosh LC II 4/40 $1699 Macintosh LC II 4/80 w/512K VRAM $1849 Macintosh IIsi 3/40 $2499 Macintosh IIsi 5/80 $2999 Macintosh IIci 5 MB w/Cache Card $3299 Macintosh IIci 5/80 w/Cache Card $3999 Macintosh IIci 4/80 Parity $4399 Macintosh IIci 5/230 w/Cache Card $4599 Macintosh Quadra 700 4 MB $5199 Macintosh Quadra 700 4/80 $5899 Macintosh Quadra 700 4/230 $6499 Macintosh Quadra 700 4/400 $7199 Macintosh Quadra 950 8/230 $8499 Macintosh Quadra 950 8/400 $9199
Font Pack! — Still with me? Good, because here’s something you probably haven’t heard. Apple will soon introduce a package of 25 TrueType font families, including most, if not all, of the fonts internal to the original LaserWriter Plus. Along with those fonts come a whole slew of others, including popular fonts like Garamond and Helvetica Condensed. I don’t have a full list yet, but the package will include both display fonts for headlines and fonts for body text. Suggested retail price will be $99, which means that the street price will drop to around $60 or $70. The package comes, no doubt, in response to the package of TrueType fonts that Microsoft sells for Windows. One way or another, I think this package will serve as a good introduction to the world of alternate fonts for someone scared by Adobe’s high prices or the fly-by-night nature of some of the other font publishers. Let’s hope the quality of these fonts meets Apple’s usual standards.