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Apple plans to re-bid for suspended $1 billion iPad school contract

Apple plans to re-bid for suspended $1 billion iPad school contract

August 27, 2014

Despite seeing its $1 billion iPad contract with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) suspended, Apple could still be the winner in the end. The Cupertino, California-based company has announced plans to submit a new bid for a contract with the second largest school district in the United States, according to The Wall Street Journal.

As we noted earlier this week, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) suspended its multi-year contract mid-rollout with Apple after much criticism for the project launch and its bidding process. This came after the school district spent millions during the one-year rollout stage.

In a note to the LAUSD Board of Education, superintendent John Deasy said “moving forward, we will no longer utilize our current contract with Apple Inc.”

Currently, there is no timeframe as to how the re-bidding process will work. To date, Los Angeles has spent approximately $61 million on tablets and laptops for around 4 percent of its schools. 

The huge order by LAUSD for iPads was first announced in June 2013, and was heavily touted by Apple. A year later, school district officials said that they were considering deploying alternative devices, including rival tablets and laptops.

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