As Microsoft continues to try and get Surface tablets in the hands of educators and students, Apple has just landed a contract with the second-largest public school system in the country.
The Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Education approved a $30 million contract with Apple Wednesday night. Under the terms of the contract, Apple will provide iPads priced at $678 and pre-loaded with educational software to its schools as a part of a pilot program. If the program is successful, the district would move towards acquiring iPads for all of its enrolled students in the next few years.
According to the LA Times, Robyn Hines, a Senior Director of State Government Affairs at Microsoft, said at the meeting that the board should consider other tablets as a part of the pilot program, noting Microsoft’s market share among businesses, and the potential for the district to miss innovations from other products.
That argument didn’t sway the board, which voted 6-0 in favor of the contract.
Blair Hanley Frank is a technology journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has also worked for Macworld, PCWorld and TechHive. He can be found on Twitter @belril.