Los Angeles plans to give 640,000 students free iPads
So far the project is going smoothly, but many more iPads have to be purchased and deployed before the full rollout is completed next year.
The response from the students who have received their iPads and are using them for their school work has been sobering, said Hovatter.
"They are great reactions," he said. "They are very excited. We started in schools in neighborhoods where kids didn't have that much exposure to computers in the past. Their parents are excited that the schools are investing in their kids."
To buy the first 31,000 devices, the school district is using $30 million in tax money, but the district is looking for other means to fund much of the rest of the effort, said Hovatter. "We're hoping that will get a lot of private donors," he said.
Apple first announced the deal last month, and commented on it during its quarterly earnings call on Tuesday.
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It's designed for the 3.5 billion people who have feature phones today. It solves technical problems Google is not interested in and is a better fit for the pre-paid phones popular in developing countries. The only trick is getting developers on board.
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