Apple Begins Offering Discounted iPad 10-Packs for Educators

If you're head over heels for an iPad, it will pay to be a teacher or some other figure in an educational institution.

This is because, like it has done in the past with its laptops and other hardware, Apple is offering discounted iPad 10-packs for educators. The packs are available in these configurations:

BF822LL/A: iPad Wi-Fi (16GB) $4,790
BF825LL/A: iPad Wi-Fi (16GB) with AppleCare Protection Plan for iPad - Auto Enroll $5,580
BF823LL/A: iPad Wi-Fi (32GB) $5,790
BF826LL/A: iPad Wi-Fi (32GB) with AppleCare Protection Plan for iPad - Auto Enroll $6,580
BF824LL/A: iPad Wi-Fi (64GB) $6,790
BF827LL/A: iPad Wi-Fi (64GB) with AppleCare Protection Plan for iPad - Auto Enroll $7,580

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MacRumors reports that there are no discounts for individual iPad orders, so, um, be sure to have a class/organization size of at least 10. [MacRumors]

DISCUSSION

southerngeek
southerngeek

I don't know how a school could justify buying iPads for student use when they could get full-function PC laptops in bulk at a comparable price.

We have a local school district that just committed to buy 5,000 MacBooks for student use at a "discounted" price of $900-$1,000 a pop. Even leaving aside the fact that you can order a single MacBook from [apple.com] for $1,000 (and the fact that they were issuing laptops to students as young as sixth grade), none of the administrators or school board members could explain why the kids needed those expensive Macs except to say that Apple products "foster creativity" or some such. +1 for Apple Marketing.

Seriously, I know a lot of people live and die by Apple products. Heck, I'm typing this on my iPhone. I just don't think anybody can seriously argue in 2010 that it's worth $1,000 a head for every 11-year-old to have a classroom computer OR worth $500 a head for students to have a tiny, gimmicky device designed for mainstream consumer use.