Maine educators have agreed a $41 million contract with Apple to continue its existing notebooks-for-kids deal.

Under the scheme, seventh- and eighth-graders in the area are provided with portable Macs, as are their teachers. The deal means Apple will provide 32,000 students and 4,000 teachers with portable Macs.

The deal includes warranty and service cover and other perks. It works out to cost approximately $289 per notebook per year - which is less than the scheme's first iteration as agreed in 2002.

Maine educators say the scheme is the biggest of its kind in the world.

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