Apple iDevice March 28, 2018

Apple Announces New 9.7-inch iPad With Pencil Support

Apple has just announced an all-new 9.7-inch iPad, describing the tablet as its “most inexpensive iPad” yet and confirming it’s going to use the Apple Pencil. Apple said that the apparatus was designed for strong AR apps.

The new slate appears quite much like the present budget iPad. Apple says it has 10 hour battery life, 8MP rear camera, HD FaceTime camera, A10 Fusion processor, GPS, a compass, and obviously an LTE alternative. Additionally, it supports same tilt and strain sensing as the iPad Pro.

Some of the main software aimed at the new iPad is augmented reality, fueled from the device’s Retina screen, strong processor, improved cameras, and innovative sensors with a gyroscope and accelerometer. The tablet was built for freedom and durability for students, sporting an aluminum unibody construction.

The brand new iPad is available starting today, begins shipping this week, and the cost starts at $329. Schools will be able to purchase the pill starting at $299 (like current education pricing). Apple is also offering a $10 discount on Apple Pencil for students.

In addition to announcing the new iPad for schooling, Apple also showcased education apps that are available in the App Store including some of the apps that the company makes itself including Clips, iWork etc.. Apple notes that there are over 200,000 programs offered at the Store specifically made for instruction.

Apple has also upgraded free iCloud storage from 5GB to 200GB for students, a substantial upgrade that will push iCloud user numbers much higher. For schools Apple is offering the ‘Common iPad’ feature that will allow multiuser support for iPads, which will be managed by the school. They also have talked about Smart Annotations attribute for teachers that will allow teachers to markup Pages report straight. The feature will also be available in Amounts and Keynote.

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