Apple is heavily invested in products which return a high gross margin. Mac notebooks, which sell at record numbers these days, are also the most expensive notebook line, although sales to the education market are falling, thanks to Google’s inexpensive Chromebook.
Does Apple need a CloudBook?
Google has its horrifically built ChromeBook brands, but Apple could surely provide an alternate solution. Apple’s iCloud is a robust solution, that can provide the educational market with everything the K-12 space needs. Storage, office document capability, and seamless integration with OS X Macs and iOS devices.
The educational market has always been biased towards Apple, provided Apple delivered a compelling, and cost-effective solution. If Apple were to create a CloudBook — void of a traditional hard drive, running an A8 processor, with direct tie-in to iCloud — it could very well be a ChromeBook killer.
In essence, it would do not much for more money, which is what Chromebooks do for less money.