Useful, thanks. Looks like Apple haven't quite figured out the corporate / schools market quite yet - a bunch of iPads looks a bit of a bother to manage. I can't help but think that 1024 X 768 screen resolution makes them just perfect as an IWB replacement - install a VNC app, control your desktop PC from the iPad. If you had the wireless infrastructure you might even be able to simply use a class'-worth as thin clients.
Is it just me, but who would go and blow £40k plus on 115 of these before figuring out a way to actually deploy them properly! Didn't he thnk to get a sample unit and figure this stuff out first? I also love his claim that they have better IT than any other school, a half suite of Macs and some MacBooks which won't synch properly and lose files ain't that great ;-)
I do like the idea of having personal learning devices such as these, just not sure if the iPad is the right thing.
I completely agree, TeeJay. You don't even have to get a sample unit to know that iPad's and their apps will be a pain to manage in any quantity greater than one. A few minutes on the Internet will tell anyone that.
Apple need to fix these deployment issues before other companies come up with alternatives e.g. cheap iPad-style devices running the enterprise edition of Google's ChromeOS perhaps?
Or even (SHOCK HORROR) one based on windows that deployment of existing applications will just 'work' on at a reasonable price.
I hate that thought of lock in, but it may well happen
No im serious, its me that doesnt get it. How can an ipad replace a whole interactive white board..
Fantastic. Buy 115 of them then try and work out how the hell to get them to work. I like his style!!
Also be interesting to see how the wireless copes moving from 12 macbooks to 115 ipads!
If anyone is interested in controlling the IOS software (Ipad, Iphone, touch) so that users can't download apps, delete stuff etc; apple has released a piece of software called 'iPhone Configuration Utility'. It also allows you to control multiple profiles for different users/classes and to control app deployment.