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Apple's latest acquisition is an education-focused startup

LearnSprout had been in the tech scene since 2012.
Edgar Alvarez, @abcdedgar
January 28, 2016
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Apple went on a major shopping spree last year, acquiring a handful of startups from different fields -- depth-sensing cameras, speech technology and more. But it doesn't look like the company's had enough. As Bloomberg reports, Apple has purchased LearnSprout, a firm with an education service which lets academic staff members analyze student data. While LearnSprout's website doesn't offer many details beyond this, it does mention that its tools are being used in more than 2,500 schools in the US.

In a story from 2014, TechCrunch said the startup allows educators to understand many key areas of student trends, including attendance, college readiness and health information. Although we don't know what exactly Apple plans to do with LearnSprout, there's a chance it could be related to iTunes U, iBooks -- or, why not, maybe something entirely new.

We reached to out to Apple for confirmation of the acquisition and will update this article when we hear back.

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