It only took eight years, but the Tablet Wars have officially started. Since Apple launched its iconic iPad in 2010, we've been waiting for something to challenge it in a meaningful way. Finally, it's not an Android tablet, it's a Chrome OS-based one. And the first battleground will be schools.
Of course, it remains to be seen whether tablets will actually ever become something in schools, but Apple moves as if it were. About 24 hours after Acer unveiled the world's first Chromebook tablet, Apple responded with its own Pencil-compatible iPad, which Acer meets in almost every respect: price, battery life, screen resolution, and portability. I have not had a chance to play with one yet, but on paper, Acer's 9.7-inch Chromebook Tab 1
And here begin the differences. Even if a lot of dirt-cheap Chromebook tablets flood the shelves, Apple has a quiet advantage with the iPad, which could give it an edge over models that cost hundreds of dollars less: privacy. In a world where all devices do the same thing, Apple's impact on the new tablet has less to do with what it can do and more with what students do with it. And it's an area where Apple is ready to lead the conversation both inside and outside the classroom.
Gaining Ground and Building Trust
It's no secret that Apple has taken Google off the ground in the classroom. While many students have an iPhone or iPad for personal use, most schools have equipped their schools with more traditional Chromebooks because of lower prices
But even without the price gap, Chromebooks are the best of both worlds for schools. The computer-tablet Chromebooks provide a unified user interface for all devices with full-size keyboards, touch-sensitive screens, stylus support, and a mix of Chrome and Android apps. The best Chromebooks are powerful and versatile enough to replace a tablet and a laptop. They are still light enough to carry comfortably in your backpack. Also, they will not break if dropped on a canteen floor.
With strong sandboxing and the inability to install external apps, they are also safer than PCs and Android tablets, as there is almost every malware access point System level is closed, similar to the iPad. And constant updates for security and stability from Google ensure that the machines are always up to date. However, because the Chrome browser tablet's hub is the Chrome browser, the potential for attacks – either through malicious ads or extensions – is always there. Google is working hard to remove evil actors from its Chrome store, but the threat is real and will not go away. If anything, it only gets worse as Chrome OS and more sophisticated hacker devices attack it.
Extensions play a key role in Chrome OS, and even with a low percentage of rogues, it can be in Schools hurt. Everything is deposited on iOS, an important award for schools and one that Apple should trumpet in its sales pitch. Apple has taken a share in the quality of web apps during the Field Trip event, but the real benefit of an iPad is not just the strength of its app store, but also its complete dependency on it.
A bad apple will not spoil an iPad
The new iPad would have been more attractive to schools with $ 250 in prize money than $ 300, but Apple has more to offer students and teachers than the new iPad support and a pretty one Design. Built not only for eternity, iPads are designed to securely store and transfer your most sensitive data without having to set up secure folders or fidget with any settings. As Steve Jobs used to say, it just works.
Security is not just about protecting your device from attack, it's also about keeping your personal information out of companies that want to take advantage of it. It's one of the things that sets Apple apart from Google, so much so that it's probably responsible for the slow development of Siri. Apple wants its customers to know that their data is not just encrypted – Apple and app makers will not see it either. While Google does not actively use Chromebooks in schools to actively track or spy on students, a recent report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation found that "educational technology services often collect much more information about children than necessary and store that information undefined time." This is not a result of Google nefarious, but a symptom of how Chromebooks work through the Chrome browser. And it's a problem that is only compounded with the introduction of tablets.
Handshake, Eyes Closed
Apple's commitment to privacy did not take much of the keynote, but after the Schoolwork and Classroom apps were showcased, Susan Prescott, Apple's vice president of product marketing, has made strong words say: "It's very important to us that you understand that this data stays private, and while the teachers see each user's progress information, we do not, and nobody else." "Privacy is everything we do at Apple fundamental importance, not only to students and teachers, but to all who use an Apple product. "