Apple strikes $30 million iPad deal with the L.A. Unified School District
Even if Microsoft is trying to prove to consumers that the iPad is not the most wonderful tablet in the world, with its aggressive advertising, most US educators are far from being convinced. As a matter of fact, teachers, school board members and students alike, all seem to unanimously agree that the iPad is a valuable educative tool and that more should be added to American classes.
Therefore, it’s no wonder that Apple has recently secured one of its biggest contracts in education so far, with the L.A Unified School District. All members of the board and pupils rated the iPad providing the highest rate of satisfaction so the Apple gadget was chosen to be the only tablet in the program. Microsoft immediately reacted to the news, demanding that Windows 8 tablets should be taken into consideration as well.
But the committee made up its mind and offered Apple a huge contract of $30 million. The tablet thus purchased will be given out to pupils across 47 school campuses located in the L.A Unified School District. The LAUSD will pay $678 / per device as the gizmos will be shipped with educational software uploaded on each of them.
LAUSD is the second largest school system in the country so the contract represents a huge success for Apple. Even CEO Tim Cook said last year that he was surprised of how easily the education sector was absorbing the iPad.
“The adoption rate of iPad in education is something I’d never seen from any technology product in history. Usually, education tends to be fairly conservative in terms of buying, or K-12 does, and we’re not seeing that at all on the iPad.”
Source: Cult of Mac