Apple is offering its two latest software releases —
iLife and Keynote — together in a bundle for K-12 teachers or higher education faculty for US$14.95. It’s a limited-time offer that saves 88 percent, $113 off the regular education price.
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iLife is the new collection combining the latest versions of Apple’s core consumer “iApps” — iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD. Although iTunes, iPhoto and iMovie will be free downloads for users, the iLife package is the only way of getting the new version of iDVD. Teachers can rip MP3 music, edit digital photos, edit digital movies, and burn DVDs with the software.
Keynote is Apple’s presentation software. A pet project of Steve Jobs himself, Keynote is the presentation software that Jobs himself uses during Macworld Expo keynote presentations (hence, the name). The software allows you to import PowerPoint, Photoshop, QuickTime and other media files, and provides powerful layout and transition tools for people who want to make a strong impact. Apple tells educators that Keynote is “the shortest distance between your lesson plans and an engaging classroom experience.”
The deal requires teachers to act through March. They must qualify by answering a few questions through an online application, and Apple promises that teachers who respond will get their software in a week or two.