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Apples seem to be invading the South Australian Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology’s (DFEEST) colleges of Technical and Further Education (TAFE).

Exhibit A for the invasion is a tender which says “As there is currently no across Government arrangement for the supply of Apple Computers, DFEEST seeks to establish a contractual arrangement …”

The Department needs a supplier because it “ … has experienced a rapid up take of new technologies (Apple iPad tablet in particular) within the department along with an ongoing demand for existing technology (Apple desktop computers (iMacs)) across TAFE SA campuses.”

The winner of the tender will earn the right to supply, deliver, install, commission and support iPads, MacBooks and iMacs galore for five years. There’s even a provision for training, which fanbois may find offensively redundant.

The Department is interested in all six models of iPad 2, but the tender omits any mention of the New iPad 3. We suspect that’s an artefact of timing problems rather than a silly requirement.

Only the 27 inch iMac gets a gig, along with the 27 inch Cinema Display, but every MacBook known to humanity is destined for use in the State’s TAFEs. ®

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