Apple offers app store discounts to schools

Apple has introduced a volume purchase program for schools looking to buy applications for students’ iPhones, iPod Touches, or iPads, InformationWeek reports. The App Store Volume Purchase Program was introduced Aug. 9 on the site for iOS developers. iOS is the operating system that ships with the iPad and the latest iPhone and iPod Touch. The new program lets U.S. educational institutions buy apps in volume for distribution to students and faculty. In addition, developers can elect to offer special education pricing for their apps, when purchased in volume. Schools are a major customer base for Apple, which has offered discounts on Mac computers to students and faculty for years. While the small screen of the iPhone and iPod Touch limits their use in the educational market, the iPad’s nearly 10-inch diagonal display makes it a potential alternative to hardcover textbooks and documents handed out by professors. Indeed, Apple reportedly has pitched the iPad to the education market, believing the device can be used to easily share information with others…

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