AppleInsider reports that Apple has changed its AppleCare+ for iPad policy to enable schools and other educational institutions to get three years worth of AppleCare+ for the same price ($99) as the regular two-year policy.
AppleInsider says that this new policy only applies to educational institutions and not to purchases made by individual students or faculty members for their own personal use.
AppleInsider notes that this move by Apple is motivated by the companyâ€™s desire to shore up its dominance in the educational tablet market, with the iPad currently having a 95% share of the US education tablet market.
â€œThe focus in education is on penetration, is on getting more schools to buy, and my belief is the match has been lit,â€ said Apple CEO Tim Cook. â€œItâ€™s very clear to the educators that have studied this that student achievement is higher with iPad in the classroom than without it. And so Iâ€™m confident weâ€™ve got a really great start in education far beyond the US now.â€
Apple extends iPad AppleCare+ coverage to 3 years for educational institutions