Is it lost on anyone that Apple is not really discounting the prices. They are milking our schools. That is absolutely shameful! They should sell them just above or at cost! Especially since it creates iPad users and benefits their future sales. I like Apple products but dislike their business practices. They are NOT a good citizen. And that is something we should require of all our companies, public and private. Has anyone noted that the cost of ebook textbooks is as high as the printed version. Companies and investors are parasitizing our schools and children while we sit back and watch. Let's just wait and see how much advertising is presented to schoolchildren on these devices.
If we don't demand low pricing for products our schools then we pay that cost through taxes. Those tax dollars are better spent on salaries that attract good teachers. Teachers are some of the most important members of our society and we should recognize that. They are more important than CEOs! (No, I am not a teacher nor do I work in education. And I own two ipads)
The Google Nexus 7/10 are great tables at a much lower cost (as I said, I own an iPad but know value when I see it. If I didn't already have a lot of apps on the iPad, I would switch). I will not be surprised to see there are not some kickbacks happening to those in the LA school system that chose the most expensive solution on the market.
FYI, Apple does have Educational pricing and they offer faculty and students the ability to purchase select Apple products at a discount. But it depends on which product they are offering and what discount they offer. But if you are a registered student of faculty, you can go to their on-line Educational discount store or ask any Apple Store rep what the discount might be on their products. So, there are discounts on certain products to people in the educational system.
When software costs were higher for various higher end apps Apple sold, they at one point were giving HUGE discounts, but they've been lowering the costs for s/w titles to everyone instead, I don't know what they do with regards to s/w titles other than lowering the prices, but they have large volume purchase discounts programs. But since you aren't buying large amounts of products, you don't get exposed to their discount structure.
Edited by drblank - 8/7/13 at 3:55pm