They do say that there is no such thing as a free lunch in this world, and a bunch of school going kids in Los Angeles will agree with you, but they would certainly dispute the statement that there is no such thing as a free iPad! After all, it seems that a whopping 640,000 iPads will be given away to eligible school kids in Los Angeles, and all of these without requiring those little ones to fork out a single cent for their iPad. The initial batch of 31,000 iPads will be handed out this year, while the remaining bunch of 609,000 iPads will be arriving next year.
The whole idea of this exercise is to introduce a digital learning experience in classrooms, and if you were to take a look at the purchase price for the first 31,000 iPads, it does seem as though the $31 million price tag is rather exorbitant – since that would mean each of the iPads would cost a cool $1,000. That’d be some expensive software, matey! The Los Angeles School Board of Education will have to secure additional funds in order to purchase the balance, and I guess part of the purchase price will include the software inside, since these iPads will arrive pre-loaded with textbooks and other educational applications, covering 47 campuses across the City of Angels.