Apple Scores $30 Million iPad Contract from L.A. Unified School District [Updated]

ipadineducation.jpgThough Microsoft has been making a strong push to disrupt Apple's foothold in the education market by offering K–12 schools its Surface tablets at the low price of $199, its pricing incentives didn't have an effect on the Los Angeles Unified School District, reports AllThingsD.

On Tuesday night, the school board voted to spend $30 million on Apple iPads, which will see the company equipping every student in 47 of the district's schools with a tablet.

The deal, which was approved in a 6–0 vote by the district's school board, will see Apple supplying about 35,000 iPads to 47 LAUSD schools at a cost of about $678 per device. That's higher than retail, but I'm told the devices are to be preloaded with an assortment of educational software prior to distribution — an additional expense. They also come with a three-year warranty.

According to the LA Times, the district did test runs with multiple devices and the iPad "received the highest scoring by the students and the teachers." Winning a contract with the Los Angeles Unified School District is a major boon for Apple, as the district is the second largest school system in the United States and could influence other districts to follow in its footsteps.

Apple has long had a heavy focus on the educational market, which ramped up with the introduction of the iPad in 2010. Apple offers discounts across its product lineup for students and earlier this year, it was reported that the company had sold more than 8 million iPads to educational institutions around the world.

In February, Apple also met with the Turkish President to further discuss another huge educational deal that would see the country purchasing more than $4.5 billion worth of Apple products.

Update: Apple has issued a press release about the deal with the LA Unified School District.

"Education is in Apple's DNA and we're thrilled to work with Los Angeles Unified public schools on this major initiative as they plan to roll out iPads to every student across 47 campuses this fall," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "Schools around the world have embraced the engaging and interactive quality of iPad with nearly 10 million iPads already in schools today."

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Top Rated Comments

Plutonius Avatar
143 months ago
I'm surprised that they can afford paper let alone iPads with the fiscal shape they are in. I wonder if Apple took an IOU :D.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tazz3 Avatar
143 months ago
great news i dislike MS A WHOLE LOT
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ryth Avatar
143 months ago
How does that work? Are iPads loaned out to kids like textbooks?

Yep. Some schools allow the children to take them home. Other schools only allow the iPads to stay in the classroom.

I think the later is better. Too much risk in being robbed/assaulted if you allow kids to take these home.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
portishead Avatar
143 months ago
What a stupid waste of money. When Public Schools are struggling to keep teachers and are always under the gun for money. THIS is what they spend it on?

Do you know how much school districts spend on textbooks? Do some research for you spread your FUD.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ingot Avatar
143 months ago
Now I really enjoy the 3 year warranty and the preloaded software. As the fake IT guy in my school, this would save me a fair bit of work. Going to forward this story to my bosses and get them to make the switch from HP minis to this. Far more useful.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
malexandria Avatar
143 months ago
If I had one of these when I was a kid.....

You still wouldn't have done your work and just played Angry Birds.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)