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.

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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.