Apple providing iPads to Los Angeles school district in $30 million contract
WTF?The agreement will roll out iPads to students at 47 campuses; the iPads cost $678 apiece (nearly $200 more than a standard entry level iPad) and come loaded with unnamed educational software. Bizarrely, with tablets priced at $678 apiece, $30 million only nets LA schools approximately 45,000 iPads, while the school district comprises 640,000 students.
So not even 45 k iPads but only 31k!?!?We asked Apple to clarify and were told that the contract is for 31,000 iPads (for both students and teachers) which come with "Pearson Common Core System of Courses delivered via a new app." That's in addition to Apple standards like iWork, iLife, and iTunes, as well as "a range of educational third-party apps" included.
Microsoft offered their Surface tablet with Office on it for 300 dollars a piece, and there were other offers that were all cheaper than Apple. Not to mention the iPad is barely a computer compared to the other offers. If they wanted to improve computer literacy, then buying iPads is beyond idiotic since you cant do much on them other than read books and play games. No programming and certainly not worth using as a production device for school reports and such.. at least without a real keyboard... which is an extra 100 bucks I bet.
And on top of that they are charging 200+ dollars over the standard price?!... so 200 dollars for what... educational software?
Plus lets not forget that this is the iPad, so fixing a broken one costs a freaking fortune.
Seriously this stinks of massive corruption among the district board and I hope that there is an investigation and this idiotic deal is cancelled.