Notre Dame has chosen as its standard the Apple MacBook Air. The MacBook Air is a thin and light laptop. It is designed by Apple to be powerful, capable, durable, and enjoyable to use. It has flash memory — solid state with no moving parts. For the full technical specifications, link to http://www.apple.com/macbook-air/specs.html
MacBooks have been on the market for many years and have gone through many revisions and design updates. The MacBook, along with Apple's reputation for customer service and customer experience, has consistently ranked high in technology publications and online reviews. Apple computers are more stable and are less prone to viral attacks. The Operating System is easy to install and manage with other devices and makes sharing files easy. Apple pays special attention to the user interface on their laptops, making it a very intuitive and clear experience. The Academy can more easily manage MacBooks and the Apple environment than having a variety of devices from different vendors, and classroom time will be employed more efficiently and effectively.
In a survey of Notre Dame students on February 11, 2016, students were asked what devices they use currently at school and home, and what device they would choose for next year if they could choose one device. Seventy-seven percent reported currently using an Apple MacBook, and 86% reported they would choose a MacBook for next year.
In addition, Apple has had decades of experience in the field of education and a wide network of professionals that can integrate with our staff to help in the training and implementation of the program. The applications native to MacBooks provide opportunities for more differentiated and creative learning, ranging from alternative assessments with iMovie to using Keynote for interactive presentations. For more information on Apple's involvement in education visit: http://www.apple.com/education.