Congress has left 500,000 euros for the purchase of 400 iPads Pro
It is the doubt that assails after being made public that the Congress left 500,000 euros on 400 iPad Pro for the deputies, about € 1,219 per unit. This iPad, although equipped with a screen with better resolution and size, is one of the few that meets these requirements.
Congress had originally budgeted 587,000 euros for the purchase of devices, without these opting for the iPad Pro. Asseco, a company belonging to the Apple Authorized Distributors Program, has finally won the contract, if any. that the device had iOS 12 or later, screen with resolution 2,388 x 1,668 pixels or higher, or a larger size of 11 inches. It was also necessary to have 256 GB of storage, 4G and a keyboard cover.
With this, the most "cheap" model that meets these requirements is the IPad Pro 11 inchesWith 256 GB of storage and an LTE module to use anywhere, it costs 1,219 euros. Depending on the needs, another model could not be chosen because the iPad Air has a 10.5-inch screen and a resolution of 2,224 x 1668 pixels. Could they have bought that, worth 859 euros (360 euros)? Yes, but they preferred to use iPad Pro.
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The last call for offers for the purchase of tablets was in 2015, when they bought 490 iPad Air 2 for a cost of 438,000 euros. Now they have bought cheaper and more expensive tablets. Once the four years have passed, if the deputies do not renew their mandate, they have the opportunity to buy the iPads for 900 euros, even if the loss of value of these tablets is not taken into account.
This type of purchase is normal at the beginning of each quarter, but its price is surprisingly high, especially when the models are more affordable. The purchase of the iPad Pro was approved last April at the end of a meeting of the Congress' Permanent Delegation, at a date when the option of the "Pro" was announced. buying tablets that used up to now the deputies.
This type of purchase also raises the debate on the relevance of the decision. develop under iOS the applications used by the Congress instead of Android, where there are much cheaper tablets that would save hundreds of thousands of euros in this type of purchase. Unfortunately, public funds are not monitored with enough attention and do not spend it on more useful tasks, such as updating the operating system used by their owners because they still use Windows XP in their place.