The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

You're viewing an article in TMO's historic archive vault. Here, we've preserved the comments and how the site looked along with the article. Use this link to view the article on our current site:
Georgia County to Pay Apple $69.9M for iBooks, Pending Board Approval

Georgia County to Pay Apple $69.9M for iBooks, Pending Board Approval

by , 5:10 PM EST, February 9th, 2005

Georgia's Cobb County will pay Apple $69.9 million over the next four years to provide 63,000 iBook G4 laptops to teachers, middle and high school students, provided the school board approves the deal.

Two days after word of the possible deal first leaked out, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported late Wednesday that Superintendent Joseph Redden disclosed to school board members the cost of the program. Cobb County said it had managed to negotiate the best price yet in the country for such a program, with each iBook G4 coming in at just $271.26. When support, training, and maintenance are factored in, the cost jumps to $350 -- still 70 percent less than retail.

Board members will vote on the first phase of the plan March 9, which calls for providing the iBooks to teachers this spring. The second phase will be to provide the computers to high school students in early 2006, with the last phase being to provide the computers to middle school students at an unknown future date.

Recent TMO Headlines - Updated October 24th

Sun, 12:04 PM
MGG 628: Cool Stuff Found and The DNS Achilles Heel
Fri, 10:59 PM
Apple Pay Used to Buy $1M Aston Martin DB5 Luxury Car
Fri, 10:23 PM
Perpetrator of Friday's Internet Outage Comes Clean
Fri, 9:35 PM
macOS Sierra: Disable Auto-Logout if Sierra Enabled It
Fri, 6:26 PM
Apple Regent Street Opening Photo Gallery
Fri, 5:59 PM
Apple and IBM Partnership: Macs, iOS and Watson Are The Glue
Fri, 5:05 PM
Teens Steal $13,000 in iPhones from Natick Collection Apple Store
Fri, 1:41 PM
TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-21: iPhone 7 Fire, Microsoft Surface on the Rise
Fri, 11:22 AM
iPhone 7 Blamed for Car Fire
Fri, 9:00 AM
HYFY Pro 1-Year Plan: $25
Fri, 8:00 AM
King of the Hill Intro in Pixel Art
Thu, 8:19 PM
Eddy Cue Dampens Expectations for Original Apple TV Programming
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Apple Weekly Report
  • TMO on Twitter!