GWU, Princeton among colleges rejecting iPad
Princeton University and George Washington University have rejected--at least temporarily--the new iPad for security reasons and at least one other school, Cornell University, is concerned about connectivity problems.
Dow Jones is reporting that the iPad is not as welcome on some college campuses as its maker, Apple, might have thought.
Apple had touted it as the perfect tool for college students because it is portable and can handle e-books, and some school networks are having no problem with the iPad.
Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, promised free iPads and MacBooks to all incoming freshmen this fall. All of the school’s students, though, will have to pay up to $800 a year in new fees so the school can expand its wireless network.
But, according to Dow Jones, GWU said that the security features on its wireless network won’t allow the IPad, or its cousins, the IPhone or iPod Touch, to connect. And Princeton said it had blocked about 20 percent of the devices after seeing malfunctions.
Cornell University told Dow Jones the school is concerned about networking and connectivity issues, and fears “devastating consequences to our network.”
There are also some concerns at schools that students with iPads will still need to buy textbooks because there are not enough electronic texts available.
The schools are working to fix the problems, but students may want to check how well their college or university can handle the iPad before buying it.
Meanwhile, the Israeli newspaper Haaraetz reported that Israel is confiscating iPads at customs because a government ministry said it is not compatible with the country’s wireless networks.
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| April 18, 2010; 11:01 AM ET
Categories: Higher Education, Technology | Tags: Cornell and iPad, GWU and iPad, IPad, Princeton and iPad, colleges reject iPad, iPads
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