According to Phil Schiller, they are. Chromebooks have been popular in schools recently, overtaking Apple in classrooms over the past few years, but Apple's marketing exec thinks that kids who use Chromebooks are "not going to succeed".
This is the kind of elitist mentality that has fuelled my loathing of Apple for years. So, only Apple products can help kids succeed? Anything else will only lead to failure? Sounds like sour grapes to me.
I've used a Chromebook before, and considering how a lot of work we do nowadays is online, I don't see any reason why it would prevent anybody from becoming "successful".
I'm well aware that Chrome OS has limitations, but you wouldn't use a screwdriver to hammer in a nail. If your workflow requires Windows or Mac OS, requires any of the software programs that are available on those platforms, then use them. Some people just need internet access to be productive, and for them a Chromebook is perfect.
And when it comes to kids, do they really need an iPad to learn? We didn't even have computers back when I was in school. Our parents and grandparents didn't even have Google! To say that kids "need" expensive computing devices to be "successful" is not only extremely tone deaf, but also completely out of touch.
Determination, a desire to learn, and dedication all contribute more than what tools you use. A professional photographer with a smartphone camera can get better photos than an amateur with a DSLR. Or, as you'll see in this video below, a bunch of kids in Nigeria can achieve amazing visual effects with an old laptop, a green cloth, a smartphone with a cracked screen, and some ingenuity. No iPad in sight.
Have you used Chromebooks before? Do you agree that kids who use them in schools won't be able to succeed? Share your thoughts below!