Three out of four American elementary schools still do not use tablets and educational applications, but those that do use iPads.
Apple Balla reports that Apple clearly dominates the education tablet market in the States. The California company owns 94 percents of the total educational tablet market. Unfortunately, only 25 percents of schools use tablets and their accompanying software.
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Apple’s Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook could not resist mentioning this information during his post-fourth quarter reveal call. He said that iPad's education market share is "unheard of." He added that he has never seen this large market share, but that there is still space for improvement.
More than 160 teachers and about 374 parents participated in the survey. They were chosen from a large number of elementary schools from all over the States. Teachers almost unanimously agreed that it is imperative that all American elementary schools and preschools should start using tablets for education. About 83 percent of parents agreed and said that they would support such a move.
Apple’s overwhelming dominance over the educational tablet market means that the educational software developers are mostly focusing on creating apps that work on iPads.
Apple's iBooks Textbooks initiative is only one of Apple’s efforts to gain entrance into the schools. Of the most popular educational apps that are available for Apple’s iPads, only ten percents are also available for Google Android and other devices.
PocketPhonics owner John Friend explains the apps development is expensive and that Apple so hugely dominates educational system that there is no space for other platforms. He just cannot justify developing an app for Android, for example, since its market in the American schools is just too small. PocketPhonics is the developer of apps In My Pocket.