In a blow to Microsoft, Apple wins $30M LA school iPad contract

By , Jun 19, 2013

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Apple again is flexing its muscle in classrooms. Every student in the Los Angeles Unified School District will receive an iPad, a contract worth $30 million. Apple has received the nod from the nation’s second-largest school district as students and teachers overruled Microsoft, which argued its tablets better prepared school kids for the workplace.

In a unanimous vote, the LA school district board approved the contract to pay $678 per Apple tablet, one member telling The Los Angeles Times newspaper that the deal is “as big as they come.” The contract is just the latest sign schools with tight budgets are opting for less-expensive tablets over traditional PCs for the classroom…

The iPads will arrive with educational software preloaded.

The contract is a defeat for Microsoft, which suggested the school district should not limit students’ choices to Apple, particularly since Windows is used by most businesses. However, LA school district staff declared “Apple’s iPad the superior product,” according to The Los Angeles Times.

In 2012, one analyst said Apple’s iPad was “cannibalizing” PC sales for the classroom.

While PC sales fell 13.9 percent between the June 2012 quarter and the same period in 2011, demand for Apple’s tablet rose by nearly 1 million units, according to Charlie Wolf of Needham & Company.

That assessment was confirmed earlier this year, as we reported eight million iPads were sold into educational settings worldwide.

Along with the LA school district pact, Apple is also credited with helping Idaho schools removing 20,000 paper copies per month – in just one school. Other districts include Illinois and Maine, which publicly shared its contract with Apple as an example for other schools.

What’s left for Apple and the iPad’s entry into schools?

Texas would be a crowning achievement.

The state’s legislature earlier this year approved the use of tablets in the schoolroom.

The Eanes school district in January became one of the first districts in the Lone Star state to provide an iPad 2 to every student in K-12, a contract with Apple worth $1.2 million.

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  • Cameron Nelms

    Wish I had iPads in school :P

    • omrishtam

      i got iPad at home…but it would be nice if i had iPads in school also…

    • Jason Duong

      My old high school has had iPads for years now. It’s great and all, but it’s a double edged sword. Fruit Ninja anyone?

  • Gorgonphone

    Duh cause ipads iphones iPods and IOS are still number 1… the competition is reay weak

    • Joseph

      iPads are not direct competitors to desktop PCs.

      • Leviscus Tempris

        Exactly! Try programming or having access to open source material and billions of options to use. Multiple file renames for thousands at a time. Photo editors that allow so much more. Not even including keyboards and their shortcuts make things so much easier. PCM is better for real use than iPad. And I mean programming or photo editing unless your on iMac or anything really. It depends on your view really. iPads easier and cooler than a pc. But how much slurping sound can you have? I’ve seen a lot of 7.1 surround sound on an iPad or the thousands of mice you can buy and I’m sorry I have an iPhone and iPod and i love them. But for real work you need a of. Or at best a Mac. Not an iPad.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        I’ll agree with you there since for real work it isn’t really best to use a touch screen and better to use a trackpad or mouse. But the way I’ve always seen it is tablets aren’t meant for work (real work) although using technologies such as RDP and VNC it is possible to get an entire PC (or Mac) screen on an iPad (the way I’ve been accessing Office for years and Microsofts stupid $99 subscription service won’t change that)…

  • Jack Wong

    I am waiting for the Android fans to post.

    • Hello

      Hey, that’s me!
      This is really a no-brainer. iOS does have a more simplistic UI, that way the kids who have never used iOS, or a computer in general, will be able to adapt to it very quickly and know what they are doing. Most of the middle schoolers and high schoolers in LAUSD probably won’t have any problem adapting to it, but still, the for the people who live in a family without computers will find using an iPad is a way to begin to learn about computers.

      Case closed.

      • Jack Wong

        I don’t think we have to study a book to use Android devices.

      • Hello

        I agree, I am just basing that off of what people complain about on this blog. They make using Android out to be as hard as operating a Space Shuttle.

      • Jack Wong

        I see your point but I don’t see that people on this blog are complaining that? I only see people on this blog <3 jb-ing even we have tons of app from appstore.

        The only complain I have about Android is… which one is the best Android and which one is the entry lvl…

      • felixtaf

        May be he has a book in the making! Never heard that android needs a manual to use. Its not that complicated or advanced OS!

      • Hello

        Read my reply to his comment.

      • bw00ds

        No, case isn’t “closed.” As a teacher who is utterly disgusted with the amount of monetary waste in school districts, this is a sham on the taxpayers. $678 per iPad?!!! That’s twice the cost of an educationally-priced PC that could run any educational software appropriate for students. With the financial woes of LAUSD, how can they afford this?

        And so much for learning how to type. The kids of any age have no problem learning Windows. And then, are the students going to take them home with them? How many iPads will be damaged? Are they going to replace them? Good luck!

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Trust me Kids definitely have a problem with Windows. Not so much learning to use it but actually using it. Only yesterday as a case in point I spent about an hour having to reformat a table in Office 2007 that had been copied from one document to another… Although I agree with you on the costs though which are ridiculous for educational institutions to fork out for (especially when you consider they’re either already obsolete or will be in a couple of years). I suppose the real proof is in the pudding. If iPads actually can help children’s learning then I’m all for it…

      • bw00ds

        I’ve been watching kids use Windows for 17 years, most recently at a k-8 school. They didn’t seem to have any problems that I could see. What you describe is something that even adults have troubles with. :) And it’s because Word’s functioning with tables stinks! *sigh* I loved WordPerfect…but I digress.

        At the school I just recently left teaching, 10 yrs ago it was an under-performing school. (97% free school lunch). This year, was recognized as one of the US’s 7 top urban schools. One of the several reasons for their success is the principal instituted supplementary math and reading programs on their Windows PC’s. I think iPads in schools are a glitzy, but an expensive, unnecessary fiscal route to take. I think it is extremely irresponsible. As someone else posted, the extra $15 million could have been used to bring music and other programs back into the curriculum.

    • bw00ds

      What does Android have anything to do with this article? (Ans: NOTHING)

      • Jack Wong

        That is your answer only, Ans: correct.

  • Patrick

    well done apple, i bet Microsoft is now laying low indulged with jealousy

  • haha

    wheres all the micro$oft and android fan girls at???

    • Joseph

      Your back door. I suggest you run.

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    It was a no-brainer.

    • bw00ds

      You are correct on that one–LAUSD *is* a no-brainer. Along with the rest of LA’s government entities.

  • Usama Ahmad

    30 million spent on iPads -_-

    its not right

    • Leviscus Tempris

      What about books? Or all the games kids will be using then for? I know myself and others of that age group. And what would we have done? Played games or lookup porn or sell them. Or most times have them stollen. Apple apparently doesn’t have assets to find apple devices as is let alone no use having someone find it unless you have GPS. Still. Now everyone who wants to steal an iPad will know where to be. And it will be like taking candy from a baby. Or middle Schooler. What are they thinking? Letting kids just have free iPads? This better be locked down in school. Still kids skip class. Who’s to say they won’t uninstall fund my iPad and walk out the doors. It will happen. I’m done ranting.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        I’d assume with iOS 7 it won’t be possible to uninstall Find My iPad…

      • Leviscus Tempris

        Good point. Plus I did my research and wish to shut my mouth on a few things. First the iPads won’t leave the school building. Also. There are enterprise versions of iOS that give additional features not found on civilian used ones. Also I believe that if any registered iPad leaves the coordinate system for the school it goes into lockdown and is useless. That and or it is alerted and they find it anyways through GPS. I hope they can because this next year expect to hear alot about stollen iPads. I’d say millions worth but also expect yh to be all found or destroyed if someone says it isn’t worth it and throws it off into the drink. .

      • Leviscus Tempris

        It all is highly dependent on how it works. Since iPads in general don’t use carriers. At least not this 30 million batch. I’d say there must be some code to disable th when they leave a wifi area. If the school can afford new iPads per kid then they must have wifi. And in the enterprise system you can set it to only stay open on one app determined my the teacher.

  • Raul Henriquez

    You guys have no idea how big this is for LA. Now invest more in music programs for LAUSD.

  • Christian Mejía

    I actually go to school in the district and I believe I will never see an iPad at our school because LAUSD just wouldn’t give such bad (not safe) school iPads.

    • bw00ds

      You might be right, Christian…

  • Denshal

    In a english class, would you perfer to type a page paper on a ipad.. or go to computer room and use a keyboard.. :D

    • Leviscus Tempris

      Computer. Desktop for school work every time. Sorry I’m a programmer too. Nothing for me in the tablet world. iPad world especially. And not now at least.

  • seyss

    MS is a joke. “XBone”. enuf said

    • Joseph

      The Xbox One people have been making fun of is now a valid competitor to the PS4. I’ll go ahead and assume you didn’t see an article saying that they decided to remove the DRM restrictions from the Xbox One.