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Lower-priced iPad mini to put tablets in more hands of K-12 students

Updated Oct 22nd, 2012 9:03PM EDT
Apple iPad Mini Event Education Role

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In the two years since Apple (AAPL) first released the iPad, the device has become an overnight hit with school students and teachers, and schools have been trying to figure out how use the tablet in innovative ways to improve the classroom. Bloomgberg Businessweek reports Apple is shifting its strategy of selling schools laptops and desktop computers to selling them iPads instead. The Bloomberg report says that maintenance and cost are the two key reasons behind the switch. An iPad mini that costs half as much as a full-sized 9.7-inch iPad would be able to provide two students with a tablet compared to just one. It’s also rumored that Apple will provide an update to iBooks and iBooks Author.

Image credit: Day in the Classroom

Raymond Wong is a technology reporter with a passion for cutting-edge gadgets and clean design. His writing has appeared on DVICE, Ubergizmo, G4TV, Yahoo News, NBC blogs. You might even have seen his videos on Xbox LIVE.