Noah J Nelson on Wednesday, Sep. 4th
Consumer electronics makers know this trick: you sell in your core unit and then make all your profit from apps and accessories.
Unfortunately almost no one is immune from this strategy. Least of all a bureaucracy the size of the Los Angeles Unified School District, as the LA Times has uncovered:
Los Angeles school officials are acknowledging a new looming cost in a $1-billion effort to provide iPads to every student: keyboards.
Officials so far have not budgeted that expense, but they said the wireless keyboards are recommended for students when they take new state standardized tests. If keyboards were to be provided for all 650,000 students, the cost could be more than $38 million at current retail prices.
The new "Common Core" national standards are causing part of this need. Still, it's a little hard to think that, after years of tablets being on the market, someone didn't anticipate this need arising.
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