Apple has set March 27th, 2018 as their date for a meeting of minds in the educational field. Many analysts sees Apple trying to make entry into the educational masses as the default computing devices for students.
Apple has seen many setbacks in their attempt to become the provider of computing devices to students in all levels of the educational system across the globe. A field, that Apple’s own goof has enabled Google and Microsoft to make further headway in the market. A market that was initially thought to easily be dominated by Apple.
But problems with IT managers being able to fully control their devices (students circumventing browser restrictions), to students forgetting their iPads at home (while Google Chromebook schools can have the student who forgot their device to log into any web enabled device to continue instruction), Apple has a long way to bridge their commitment to user privacy to what the educational and enterprise system needs.
As Google and its parent company, Alphabet, continue to make their entry into the low cost computers for all initiative to students across all levels in the US; Apple hopes to be at the forefront of what defines a computer to learning children. No department has decried their user experience.
They only want more control over what the user does experience. Or does not. Like cheating in classrooms. School administrations understandably want additional control over devices freely given out to students. Not just to be the big brother over their users. But even more practical reasons that IT departments across the nation’s users of Apple devices.
Come on. If someone forgot their tablet/laptop, they should not be excluded from any instructional material. With a Google infrastructure, students can simply log onto their google accounts and continue their studies on any device. Cause the entire contents of their school work is contained over the cloud.
With Apple’s devices, the additional security scrutiny makes this impossible unless the iCloud website becomes much more functional than checking email and shutting down lost Apple devices.
Apple makes some of the best productivity apps out there, and to not be able to use them in a simple web browser on any device becomes a huge obstacle for their services business.
Apple Music and Google paying billions to be the default search engine on iOS devices cannot be the lone driver of Apple’s services division. Not with giants like Amazon (Amazon Web Services), Google, and Microsoft willing to leverage the internet rather than hardware.