The distribution of iPads is part of a hardware refresh announced by the House of Commons Commission. The refresh will also include a new laptop for each member. iPads have been in use in Parliament for years already, and there are systems in place to interact with the devices, according to The Telegraph:
Some members object to using iPads, advocating for a different digital platform, citing concerns over platform lock-in, distraction, and Apple's tax issues. In response, the Commission said that they were looking for a secure tablet that would last awhile, and would support future upgrades, criteria which the iPad Air 2 meets.
The total cost of the hardware refresh is expected to be £200,000 per year.
Source: The Telegraph
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