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Savvy school district delays iPad rollout to save $430K on new apps

by David Needle

September 16 2013

When Apple announced it was going to make several of its paid apps free to new iPad buyers the Coachella Valley Unified School District in Southern California knew it had to act fast and delay buying the iPads it was planning to deploy this week.

The School Districti was set to buy about 19,000 iPads, which would get every student, from pre-school to high school, an Apple device this week.

But as the Desert Sun reported, the district also planned to buy each student Apple’s iWorks apps (Pages, Numbers & Keynote) as well as iPhoto, and iMovie. Now that purchase has been put off till later this month to cash in on the free apps deal.

Before the Apple announcement, the district planned to purchase the apps at a discounted price of between $3.57 and $5 each, Superintendent Darryl Adams, told the Desert Sun. Now the district is saving about $23 on each of the nearly 19,000 iPads, or about $430,000 in total.

Michelle Murphy, district director of K–12 educational technology, said the app savings will be used to offset other costs, like iPad cases and other app purchases.

The Coachella Valley Unified iPad project is funded by a $20 million bond approved by voters in 2012.

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