There was a time when Apple dominated the educational computer market. That time is past, but that’s not to say that its products are hard to find at schools.
When it comes to tablets, Apple says that 4.5 million iPads have been sold into U.S. schools and colleges since their launch in 2010. When the number sold to learning institutions outside of the U.S. is added in, the figure rises to 8 million.
Many of these are going to places like Mansfield Independent School District in Texas, which provides each of their over 10,000 high school students and faculty with an iPad.
Still, that’s only a small percentage of the total. Apple sold close to 70 million iPads in 2012 alone.
It’s not known how many of these Apple devices were the full-size version of this iOS tablet, or the smaller new iPad mini. Some schools are reportedly going with the mini simply because its cheaper — $350 vs. $500.
There are no figures currently available for how many Android or Windows tablets have been sold to educators.