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    Apple providing iPads to Los Angeles school district in $30 million contract

    Apple providing iPads to Los Angeles school district in $30 million contract

    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.
    WTF?

    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.
    So not even 45 k iPads but only 31k!?!?

    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.
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    Re: Apple providing iPads to Los Angeles school district in $30 million contract

    Should've given all the students a Raspberry Pi. $25 a pop for a fully functioning computer.
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    Re: Apple providing iPads to Los Angeles school district in $30 million contract

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    Should've given all the students a Raspberry Pi. $25 a pop for a fully functioning computer.
    Yea and they would have learned far far far more from that experience.
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    Re: Apple providing iPads to Los Angeles school district in $30 million contract

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    Apple providing iPads to Los Angeles school district in $30 million contract



    WTF?



    So not even 45 k iPads but only 31k!?!?

    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.
    Questioning the sanity of a CA gov't agency decision? Why do alcoholics drink? Why do politicians waste money?
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    Re: Apple providing iPads to Los Angeles school district in $30 million contract

    And in a few months, they'll have to buy Ipad 2s, because Apple loves to make their older products obsolete by refusing to offer software updates. I spent $250 on an Ipod that can barely utilize the majority of its functions because Apple refuses to offer older model software converters on Itunes.
    Either I'm right or you're wrong.

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    Re: Apple providing iPads to Los Angeles school district in $30 million contract

    I have 2 older Ipods (nano 4th and nano 5th or 6th (the really little one)). What doesn't function on them? So far, books and music seem OK.

    Real question here.

    Quote Originally Posted by shlunka View Post
    And in a few months, they'll have to buy Ipad 2s, because Apple loves to make their older products obsolete by refusing to offer software updates. I spent $250 on an Ipod that can barely utilize the majority of its functions because Apple refuses to offer older model software converters on Itunes.

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    Re: Apple providing iPads to Los Angeles school district in $30 million contract

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    I have 2 older Ipods (nano 4th and nano 5th or 6th (the really little one)). What doesn't function on them? So far, books and music seem OK.

    Real question here.
    Books, most podcasts, movies, music videos. I.E, the most important things. I've tried installing most of the Itunes updates, but none seem to work, and file converters don't always work for it for whatever reasons. All in all, a huge inconvenience that should be addressed by Apple, and not force me into downloading file converters/outdated itunes formats.
    Either I'm right or you're wrong.

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    Re: Apple providing iPads to Los Angeles school district in $30 million contract

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Questioning the sanity of a CA gov't agency decision? Why do alcoholics drink? Why do politicians waste money?
    You forgot the "why do companies exploit the tax payer?"
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    Re: Apple providing iPads to Los Angeles school district in $30 million contract

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    You forgot the "why do companies exploit the tax payer?"
    The answer is all the same - because they can.
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    Re: Apple providing iPads to Los Angeles school district in $30 million contract

    I wonder why I have no problem with my Audible books or my MP3 music. What are you experiencing? I never tried videos. I'm not unsympathetic, just curious. I refuse to buy a new Ipod so I do care.



    Quote Originally Posted by shlunka View Post
    Books, most podcasts, movies, music videos. I.E, the most important things. I've tried installing most of the Itunes updates, but none seem to work, and file converters don't always work for it for whatever reasons. All in all, a huge inconvenience that should be addressed by Apple, and not force me into downloading file converters/outdated itunes formats.

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