Apple in Education

EDBRIEF: Apple to overhaul iPad in Education Program

According to an email obtained by MacRumors, Apple plans to overhaul its iPad in Education Program in order to ease the distribution process and classroom adoption of its tablets for schools and entire districts.

Apple plans to reduce the number of steps needed to set up an iPad by tweaking the Apple ID for Students program and unifying deployment programs, among other modifications. The changes are planned to roll out next year.

The streamlining of the iPad in Education program is surely driven by the huge success of Google’s Chromebooks in the education sector. In December, Chromebooks leapfrogged iPads in US classrooms for the first time.

And thanks to its new inexpensive software licensing model allowing hardware companies to offer affordable PCs and laptops, Microsoft might also re-emerge as a power player in education this year.

Further Reading

  • Apple Overhauling iPad in Education Program to Simplify Sharing Devices and Apps | MacRumors
  • Why Chromebooks are schooling iPads in education | PCWorld
  • Chromebooks taking iPads to school in education market | ZDNet
  • Chromebooks leapfrog iPads in US education market for first time, here’s why | TechRepublic
  • Affordable laptops will help Microsoft recapture education market |


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