Tim Cook: Chromebooks are ‘test machines’

Tim Cook 'Hour of Code
While spending some time at the Apple Store in New York city for the Hour of Code of event, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook called Chromebooks a “test machine” when questioned about the success of Google’s Chromebook in the education field and surpassing the popularity of iPads.
Cook said that Chromebooks are just “test machines” and Apple is interested “helping students learn” and allowing “kids to learn how to create and engage on a different level.” He also said that iPads are better than Chromebooks and its other competitors due to the education related apps available for it, and how the device easily integrates into a school’s curriculum. In comparison, Chromebooks require constant access to an internet connection and can only run apps through its web browser.
“We are interested in helping students learn and teachers teach, but tests, no,” Cook said. “We create products that are whole solutions for people — that allow kids to learn how to create and engage on a different level.”
Schools, colleges and other educational institutions have always used a Mac and iPad for their computing purposes because of the superior experience they offer, but over the last few years, many institutions have swiftly replaced them with Chromebooks.
Cook, however, conveniently forgot the primary reason why Chromebooks are being increasingly preferred by more schools over Macs and iPads: price. Many schools simply cannot afford expensive Apple hardware and Chromebooks are able to offer almost the same experience at one-third the price.
Has your school or college switched over to a Chromebook from an iPad or Mac?
[Via BuzzFeed]


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