Don't let the facts spoil a good headline...
AFAIK, there is no project to kit out Scottish school kids with £60M of iPads.
There is a framework contract being set up which will allow organisations in Scotland to purchase tablets (of any kind) at a better discount than they could negotiate individually. The figures of £12 - £30M for each of the two lots has been provided to give potential bidders an idea of the scale of the contract.
As someone in IT in the Scottish public sector I'm welcoming this: we've working on a project to allow staff to access and enter information in places where a laptop is not suitable. This will allow us to get a better deal - saving taxpayers money. What's not to like?
But don't let me stop you having a good rant - I'm enjoying reading your comments.