Apple stands to make ‘hundreds of millions’ in Los Angeles school deal

“Apple Inc. won a $30-million contract Tuesday from the L.A. Unified School District, paving the way for the company to provide every student with an iPad in the nation’s second-largest school system,” Howard Blume reports for The Los Angeles Times. “The Board of Education voted 6 to 0 on Tuesday to approve the contract after hearing senior staff laud Apple’s product as both the best in quality and the least expensive option that met the district’s specifications.”

“Tuesday’s vote authorized an iPad rollout at 47 campuses,” Blume reports. “However, by choosing Apple as the sole vendor, the district also made a de facto commitment to spend hundreds of millions of dollars with the Cupertino, Calif.-based digital giant over the next two years.”

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Blume reports, “The tablet computer by Apple “received the highest scoring by the students and the teachers,” who took part in testing different devices, said Deputy Supt. Jaime Aquino… ‘I can sleep tonight with my conscience clear,’ Aquino responded, ‘that you did the right thing for kids.'”

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32 Comments

    1. I want to know how someone makes HUNDREDS of millions on a contract in the low TENS of millions.

      Must be that “new” math everyone was wild about a while back.

      1. “Tuesday’s vote authorized an iPad rollout at 47 campuses,” Blume reports. “However, by choosing Apple as the sole vendor, the district also made a de facto commitment to spend hundreds of millions of dollars with the Cupertino, Calif.-based digital giant over the next two years.”

        1. The headline here clearly states Apple stands to ‘make’ hundreds of millions. LA times states ‘spend’ so unless there is 100% margin MDN being a little liberal with the truth.
          Btw, love the fact that they are paying $678 when new available from bestbuy at $399. (Yes, I know it comes with software).
          Nice deal Apple and its also great the AAPL share holders on the education board declined to vote, I’m sure they had no influence.

    1. Well Microsoft have to something with their cash pile. Might as well flush it down the khasi for all the good it does them.

      It truly makes me weep to see all that engineering talent that Microsoft undoubtedly has pissed away by the utter incompetence of their management.

      Shameful!

      =:~)

      1. Absolutely. Talent, no matter where it is located, should never be wasted. And there must be lots of talent at Microsoft just as there is at all other large tech companies. Shameful indeed.

      2. I agree. The tragedy of M$ is the incredible squandering of talent that surely must exist, suffocating under the hubris and blind stupidity of Balmer and his cronies in management. And at the top is Gates. One wonders if it would ever be possible for that talent to rise up and overthrow the leadership cancer that will surely kill Microsoft; the alternative is the plight of Blackberry.
        On a similar note, I strongly suspect that Intel’s chip improvements would never have happened without Apple disgracing them.

  1. I keep hearing of miracles performed by iPad with down kids, autistics, that senator that was shot in the head and learn to communicate using an iPad, even gorillas, cats and orcas can use it..
    Imagine what it can do for a sane student / teacher.

    I have never hear from such thing from a a windows or android tablet.

  2. In all businesses, the up and down in business is normal, some day is a good day and some day is not. AAPL is not very good right now but in Q3 and Q4 who knows?. 🙂

  3. I live in L.A. and my grandkids will benefit and I couldn’t be happier. So much better an outcome then when stupid school boards with idiot buyers go along with things like “Dell deals.” That’s no deal, it’s an albatross with expensive support costs.

    One question, does Apple provide a way to remotely administer hundreds of iPads with upgrades, etc.?

    1. “Tuesday’s vote authorized an iPad rollout at 47 campuses,” Blume reports. “However, by choosing Apple as the sole vendor, the district also made a de facto commitment to spend hundreds of millions of dollars with the Cupertino, Calif.-based digital giant over the next two years.”
      YOU MUST BE A SCHOOL DROPOUT. YOU HAVE TO READ TO LEARN.

      1. You must be a college drop out sice you never learned to scrutinize your sources. “Hundred of millions” was obviously the conclusion of some English major, and anyone with fourth grade math skills would be wise to question.

  4. Does anyone know or speculate what kind of kid resistant ipad case will be used? Recommendations, anyone? Seriously, don’t anyone suggest “Surface” or paper grocery bags;) thanks!

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