Apple's iPad grabs education lead, says survey

Apple's iPad grabs education lead, says survey

Summary: A survey of U.S. school districts points to a 6 students per tablet ratio compared to a 10-to-1 ratio for PCs.

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Apple's iPad is gobbling up mind share in the educational market, according to a Piper Jaffray survey.

Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray, surveyed 25 technology directors in U.S. school districts and all of them were testing or deploying iPads. In the next five years, these directors also said that they will have more tablets per student than computers.

Munster acknowledged the sample is small, but there isn't a huge population of IT decision makers in education either.

Among the key findings:

  • No respondents said they are deploying Android tablets. Apple has an edge because it has a long history in education and students know the company's products.
  • 44 percent of respondents saw tablets as a personalized learning too.
  • 48 percent saw tablets as a primary way to access information.
  • These districts have 10 students per computer, but expected to have six students per iPad in the next five years.
  • 64 percent said that managing iPads in bulk was a challenge.
  • Only 20 percent said that cost was a hurdle for iPads.

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Topics: Tablets, Apple, Hardware, iPad, Laptops, Mobility

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  • RE: Apple's iPad grabs education lead, says survey

    This should be great for iOS. Device management has been getting simpler and simpler with each OS release. The mass deployment tools have been updated, ability to make bulk app purchases, and now wifi syncing and computerless setup. If that is their biggest hurdle to adoption, should be a huge wave of new purchases for next fall with the latest features.
    teetee1970
    • RE: Apple's iPad grabs education lead, says survey

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  • People make claims about Android's marketshare in tablets

    They will use shipping estimates from anlysts as their proof that the iPad does not have a monopoly in the tablet market. Yet every single usage based statistic points to iPad having at least a 95% marketshare. That's real marketshare. Marketshare of tablets being used by users. Not marketshare of tablets shipped to warehouses. There is absolutely no doubt that iPad is a monopoly in the tablet market. Just look at the numbers above. They are simply one more statistic in a sea of statistics that show this is a sick market. We all lose.
    toddybottom
    • I'm a little confused. Are you blaming Apple? [nt]

      [nt]
      olePigeon
      • No, Apple is doing what any business should be doing

        @olePigeon
        Just like MS in the 90s, Apple is using every advantage it has (iTunes and buying supplies in bulk to keep them expensive for competitors) in order to maximize its profits.

        I blame the competition for being unable to adjust and give us devices that are better than the iPhone and iPad. And I don't mean by making clones. When Apple saw that they were losing out on the sub $1,000 PC market, they didn't make a clone, they made an iPad. Brilliant.

        I absolutely blame the competition for not being able to compete with Apple's leveraging of iTunes in every market Apple enters and for not being able to sell enough of their devices to make suppliers give them the same bulk discounts Apple gets.

        The end result of all of this is that consumers have no real choice in this market. From a competition standpoint, when there is only 1 product to buy, that is a sick market. And consumers lose when there is a sick market. We might celebrate the 1 good product today the same way people celebrated the 1 good desktop OS in the 90s (Windows) but I think everyone would agree that consumers did not benefit in the medium term from only having 1 good choice of OS.
        toddybottom
      • RE: Apple's iPad grabs education lead, says survey

        @toddybottom<br>Yes, Apple has made it so that no one else can produce a tablet for anywhere near that price. Just look at its nearest competitor Amazon Kindle for $1999. <br><br>Consumers also clearly have no other choice. When you go to best buy what do you see? IPads. Do you see another competitors in sight? No. Apple has made it very clear to all retailers that they absolutely cannot carry competitors' tablets so it's pretty clear that we have no choice. As there is no other choice due to Apple telling retailers they can only sell iPads (just like MS did with Windows in the 90s), there is only one choice. <br><br>I think consumers would agree that going to a popular store like Best Buy and Futureshop and seeing the ipad as the only tablet for sale is not good for us.<br><br>To solve this problem, I recommend Apple be stopped from also being the manufacturer of displays and processors for their devices and competing devices. Clearly, having the manufacturing lead in AMOLED displays (and maybe processors as well as numerous other parts have given them an unbeatable advantage. How is anyone else suppose to compete with that?
        anono
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    • RE: Apple's iPad grabs education lead, says survey

      @toddybottom<br>Agree they have at least 95% marketshare and a monopoly in the tablet market. The monopoly part is clear, there is absolutely no doubt. Just look at the numbers. They are simply one more statistic in a sea of statistics that show this is a sick market. We all lose.<br><br>Wait.... you're talking about iPad and not Windows.
      anono
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  • By this time next year....

    the Post PC era will be in full swing.

    And no one will be able to deny it.
    Synthmeister
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  • @toddybottom.

    What makes it a sick market is the competition's inability to do anything original - they all ripped off iPad, instead of coming up with an original product. Taking someone else's design and adding a kitchen sink worth of geek features isn't innovation. Apple worked on iPad for a LONG time, and it shows.
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  • RE: Apple's iPad grabs education lead, says survey

    Apple is evil - poor kids ...
    AdnanPirota
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      @AdnanPirota

      Did you actually, sincerely mean what you wrote?
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  • What They Say Vs What They Do

    All we are seeing here is the decision from Central Planning. But what will happen on the ground is an entirely different matter. People will use what they want to use, regardless of what the IT department tries to impose on them. They will have their Android devices, no matter how fond of Apple their bosses might be.
    ldo17
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