Feeds

UK awaits G4 Cube discount and speed bump

Not such a Square Deal

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet

Although Apple cut $300 from the G4 Cube in the US on Friday, there's no word yet of similar discounts being made available to UK buyers. To make matters worse, US punters have the option of a high-end G4 Cube as standard that isn't available through the UK store.

Unless Apple follows through quickly in the UK with a definite statement, G4 Cube sales could grind to a complete standstill as propective buyers wait on the likelihood of saving themselves £200.

The new, top-of-the-range G4 Cube simply has a 32Mb Radeon graphics card as standard - it's an option on the US site - bumps the memory up to 256Mb, and has a 40Gb as opposed to 30Gb hard disk. It sells for $2799 before discount at the US Apple store. However the model isn't available from Apple's UK store.

As we reported last week, Apple's US offer is conditional on buying one of the latest Apple monitors with the Cube - the 17inch CRT, or the 15inch or 22inch flat panels - and the mail-in offer applies to all purchases from now until December 31. Full details are here. This sparked the suggestion in at least one Mac forum that existing G4 Cube owners should take their recent purchases back to the store, then buy it all over again to claim the rebate.

A San Francisco retailer confirmed that as many customers had been buying Cubes without the new monitors, despite the attraction of the all-in-one cabling which supplies power and USB to the monitors.

Then again, he said they'd be selling pretty well in spite of Apple's recent statement that Cube sales had not come up to expectations. Which only goes to prove that you should never take anything that happens in San Narcisco to be representative of anything, really. ®

Related stories

Apple offers cash for Cubes
Apple denies Cube is cracking
Apple Q4 earnings to take a kicking

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.