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NMSU invests nearly $1.5 million in free iPads for all freshmen

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - Every New Mexico State University freshman is eligible for a free iPad this semester.

"Honestly, when they emailed me, I thought it was a scam!" admitted Hen Lam, a freshman majoring in kinesiology.

The iPads come as part of a technology bundle valued at $667 each, according to the NMSU bookstore manager. The university has purchased 2,200 bundles.

“It’s a really impressive tool," said Collin King, the NMSU bookstore manager.

Every bundle includes an eighth generation iPad, an Apple pencil, a keyboard case and four years of Apple Care. King told ABC-7 that the future of textbooks are digital. He said the bookstore saw an 80% increase in digital textbook purchases this year.

"Every industry had to adapt," King said. "Faculty are able to write and update their textbooks much more quickly."

Kate Bieri

Kate Bieri is ABC-7’s New Mexico Mobile Newsroom reporter and co-anchors ABC-7’s weekend evening newscasts.

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