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I think that until Google (or someone) really develops an easy way to deploy and manage Android tablets, Apple's iPad will continue to flourish for those wanting a managed tablet experience.  I don't see much in this speculative article to lend me to think that Apple is nearing any "iPad end of life".  I really like the direction that Apple has gone with improvements to the MDM/Profile Manager.  My life has been simplified by these steps.  If a touchscreen/flip Chromebook had been an option back in the original Apple Configurator days, perhaps this would be a different discussion.  I like having these options and perhaps the competition in the touchscreen and/or tablet markets will be a boon to us in Educational Technology whether it be on the management or user end.

Cheers and embrace change!

...just waiting for that flip touchscreen MacBook Air...

Keith

On Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 4:15 PM, Larry Dougher <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Also, Android apps available on Chromebooks (still rolling out and in Beta) is a big step.


On Fri, Mar 24, 2017, 3:43 PM Scott Grant <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
There is a lot of good options for kids on iPads, but the price delta between iPads and Chromebooks has been huge!  Combine that with newer Chromebooks having touch screen and tablet functionality and you have a very attractive and low cost alternative to iPads. The popularity of touchscreen Chromebooks will also drive further application development (hopefully) for educational software.

On Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 12:17 PM, Craig Donnan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Yes David - agreed that other factors including new models may help Apple or be part of the price cut, but the evidence of them getting killed in EDU to Chrome pricing, the management headaches over the years is also huge.

I'm intentionally being a bit provocative.  But the writing has been on the wall for a bit here with the iPad.

C

On Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 9:39 AM, David McClellan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Hey Craig, 

They should be announcing new products today according to their website, I would imagine that is what triggered the price cuts. The rest of the article seems to hold some merit though and I'm all for a ChromeOS/Android Hybrid device. That's been my "dream" for a while now.

Just my $.02



On Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 8:00 AM Craig Donnan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/03/23/clearance_sale_shows_the_ipad_is_over_its_done/


Time for chrome/android touch tablets/convertible flip keyboard units as replacements...


C

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