Sunday 25 February 2018

Apple instructed to pay €3.7m ($4.2m) for ill-fated iPad educational program

The recently launched iPad Pro
The recently launched iPad Pro

Sarah-Jane Murphy

The LA Unified School District (LAUSD) stand to receive a settlement worth €3.7m ($4.2m) from Apple as a result of a botched program that sought to give 640,000 students resident there an iPad.

The US technology giant stood to earn €26.7m ($30m) from the project, but it was apparently dogged with technical issues from the outset.

Soon after its inception the initiative showed signs of collapse, and the educational body was accused of mismanagement and corruption.

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The body is now under FBI investigation as the bidding process that awarded the contract is under scrutiny.

Lenovo, the other tech company involved in the project, agreed to let the LAUSD have the €1.9m ($2.2m) worth of laptops that it recently ordered for free.

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The educational body said that Apple only provided a partial curriculum to their students.

An FBI investigation still has not been completed.

Meanwhile the LAUSD plan to use most of the money from the settlement to buy computers for a completely different initiative.

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