“Intent on improving the iPad’s position in the education market, Apple has acquired LearnSprout, a company that specializes in education technology,” Jason Cipriani writes for Fortune. “Intent on improving the iPad’s position in the education market, Apple has acquired LearnSprout, a company that specializes in education technology,”

“Earlier this month, Apple announced iOS 9.3, a new version of its mobile operating system. The impending update puts a big emphasis on improving the iPad’s role in classrooms, including allowing students to share the same device by using user accounts,” Cipriani writes. “In addition, iOS 9.3 will offer teachers new tools to track students’ progress on classwork and assignments. Apple will also release new software for technology administrators, designed to make it easier to assign iPads, create user accounts, and install applications.”

“Despite Apple CEO Tim Cook having called Google’s Chromebook laptops ‘test machines’ last month, Google’s Chromebook is winning the battle for the classroom. A total of 1.63 million of the cloud-connected laptops were sold to schools in the Q3 2015, according to market research firm Futuresource Consulting,” Cipriani writes. “Those shipments account for just over 50% market share of devices used in the classroom.”

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