Apple has today revealed to Bloomberg that they have acquired to education technology startup LearnSprout, which has software that allows teachers to track student progress and test scores, as well as organising class achievement targets, with a range of other school-orientated features.
This acquisition comes alongside some new features that we already know Apple will be including in iOS, with a range of education-focused features with multi-user account switching, allowing users to switch between profiles on iOS devices and access independent data and apps, with the inclusion of a new Classroom app that allows teachers to coordinate lessons and view student usage.
Apple has not disclosed the amount that they acquired LearnSprout for, or what they will be doing with the software, but we would expect that its technology will be brought to iOS.
It’s likely that Apple might do this within the Classroom application.
Apple gave Bloomberg its standard form comment on the acquisition:
Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” said Colin Johnson, a spokesman for Apple.
This could be a way that Apple increase their iPad sales, after diminishing sales over the last couple of years.