Apple iPad mini event tomorrow tipped to focus on education
However, the $499 starting price tag seemed a bit too costly for everyone to get it. Now that the iPad mini is coming (allegedly for around $329 for the basic model), money is less of an issue.
Many schools have been complaining about traditional desktops and laptops as being more expensive to maintain and lacking the appeal a tablet has for students. With this new boom in tablets however it seems that teachers need to get re-educated as well.
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1. Insignificant (Posts: 190; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
iRonic how the company which supposedly wants to promote education relies on a lack of education for people to buy their products.
5. Insignificant (Posts: 190; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
Sorry, my comment was revolutionary and changes everything again. Copy it and I will sue you.
8. PAPINYC (Posts: 2279; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Yes, iAm going to contact judge Lucy Ho right away; iNtellectuAl Property must be protected.
17. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1068; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
Not to mention using underage students to manufacture their iCrap!
And $329 is not affordable range! Nexus 7, Kindle around the 200 bucks range is affordable for students. At least dont suck cash out of innocent students Apple!
31. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)
Underage? What's that have to do with building things in this world. Don't you remember when you were underage and helping your father around the house? Don't we all start working around 16? ... Some start younger than that. Your comment about "underage" is terrible.
As far as the price, you're right... 329 is too much.
32. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1068; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
excuse me buddy but are you playing lawyer?
we work when we want to...being forced to work is "forced labor!" Its against crap like this our education teaches us to fight against. child labor is not a child working for fun to help build a fence with his dad its them working in environments they're not ready for nor do they want to work. The key term is forced labour.
I travel a lot to asia and it breaks my heart to see children who should be in school working at roadside cafes waiting tables for a living. At least those cafes pay them daily wages, Apple got those students to work for free in manufacturing which is not mental development rather skilled physical labor.
Now do you get the difference?
If you said dad I'm too tired after a few hours of building your white picket fence your dad doesn't force you to work, he gives you lemonade....!
Man dont be naive in defending Apple or any company which uses forced child labor...I mean I can handle fanboys I really can and I respect their opinion of supporting Apple...but dont support this...Its just sad and disgusting!
4. PAPINYC (Posts: 2279; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
I think it's great that Apple is making their iTouch mAxi affordable for better edjuMacation.
Kudos to future grAzing generAtions.
6. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1345; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
Because textbooks were too mainstream
10. JunitoNH (Posts: 893; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
So theiPad 2 retails for $399, but they Might sell the mini for $329, Hmmm. For a couple more dollars rather purchase the larger display. A couple more inches go a longways.
15. Orbitman (Posts: 110; Member since: 09 Oct 2011)
"A couple more inches go a long way."
That's what she said
12. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Duh i already Said that, kids have small hands and a big device is not easy on them For reading and is easy yo carry around HA!
13. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1345; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
They have a device for small hands ....its called a textbook
14. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
But textbooks have a few disadvantages when compared with a tablet
23. Insignificant (Posts: 190; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
At least you don't have to recharge them. And can not be distracted by them.
16. smallcolabear (Posts: 81; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)
Now I do like the tablet idea, for textbooks I remember when I was in school and I had a backpack filled with books and to carry that around was absolutely no fun. But to carry one thing with all you books in it, One: you always have them with you, Two : its not such a physical burden to carry 5 or 6 books with you. I get that there are lockers available in most schools now but sometimes you really do not have the time to run to your locker dumb the stuff you dont need grab the stuff you do and get anything else done within the alotted amout of time from class to class. When I got into college and used my laptop for all my book needs it was amazing the change it made and now they have tablets that can do it and its even better. So on the education standpoint I see how the tablets would be good and it easier to get all the same thing vs different types of android. Im not bias one way or the other as I like both os for different reasons.
20. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
Textbooks for tablets are cool, but the selection is very limited and how to get the textbooks to kids iPads is also annoying as at least a fwe kids would have their own.
19. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
Are they going to sue themselves when people buy the New iPad when trying to buy the iPad Mini?
21. Slammer (Posts: 1009; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
Two large red flags for me.
1) Price point. I'm looking to curb tax expenditures within the school districts; not pay more. Schools should be looking at initial cost and also replacement cost of such products. I believe something along the line of kindle fires or galaxy nexus7 tablets are more than enough for referencing information needed and they are cheaper.
2) Closed Ecosystem. Society shouldn't be dictated by one one product. This is another way to lock entire families into the Apple ecosystem. Because the schools offer only Apple, student's parents will be required to furnish their homes with Apple products to complete extracurricular studies outside of schools that are Apple oriented. At least Windows allowed different products at different price ranges for homes to purchase what they can afford while still accomplishing the study goals. To further expand, Apple is historically known for controlling everything within their hold. I don't believe students should be held back on anything Apple feels is not allowed through their portals. Education is an open and free market for information. I've talked with many college students that have complained that they don't like the constraints of Apple only info based education. Tuition is enough without having to pay more for Apple products, accesories and all the reference material held within the ecosystem.
It seems the educational sysytem is easy prey for commanding more profits while tax paying citizens front the costs. If businesses want to spend extra bucks, knock yourselves out. But I don't take kindly to having my taxes raised to pay for "Luxury" products for schools.
22. sena7 (Posts: 26; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)
I'm seriously wondering when people will get tired of posting these very unfunny and irrelevant comments on PhoneArena. It's really dragging the site down.
On topic, I think it's great that Apple does try to encourage application of their products to education. I recently saw a demo of the iPad being synced with an Apple TV and how it can really make for a great PowerPoint presentation experience.
24. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)
really? That is such a cheap move... Tablets are almost as annoying as textbooks. And initially i thought education means teaching them how to use iPads. (my mistake)
25. loli5 (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
LMAO like apple gives a f*ck about education. They're trying to get these kids hooked on their novelties at an early age, let's cut the bullsh*t please apple.
26. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
In India Micromax funbook caters /concentrates on education sector and costs less than $120 runing ICS :)
28. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6437; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Why don't these people realize that all iproducts looks the same. Plus they should learn to use more books and read from them than electronic gadgets even though its more efficient but u can't get that info than u can inside a book
29. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
even a lot of you people think apple is evil coz they get a lot of money from consumers but dont deny that they really invest in education... im really glad that apple is doing this!