AUBURN — The Auburn School Department has elected to go with Apple iPads instead of the state’s top choice – a laptop – for middle and high schools.

Gov. Paul LePage announced last month that a Hewlett-Packard laptop was the choice to replace Apple laptops. But it gave local school districts the option of going with one of four other state-approved options, including the Apple tablet.

The Sun Journal says the school committee was told iPads are cheaper, so there would be no additional cost.

Mike Muir, Multiple Pathways Leader for Auburn schools, said Apple has a stronger focus on education, while HP has a stronger focus on business. LePage liked HP’s business focus, saying students are more likely to be working on a Windows-based machine when they enter the work force.