Apple updates 9.7-inch iPad with lower price, targets education market

Pretty much on a regular basis, Apple holds a spring event to announce some kind of new hardware, either an iPad reboot or a Macbook reboot.

The Apple Pencil and new iPad 6 are demonstrated at an education-focused event at Lane Technical College Prep High School in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., March 27, 2018.

Apple also announced Schoolwork, a new app that helps teachers create assignments and see student progress.

iPad comes in silver, space gray and a new gold finish and starts at an Apple retail price of $329 (US) for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $459 (US) for the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model at apple.com and Apple Stores.

There have always been paid apps that take advantage of the Apple Pencil and others that were free with optional in-app purchases, but these iWork apps will cost you nothing; they're also powerful enough to replace paid alternatives like Microsoft Office for a lot of people.

This week has been a big one for Apple, yesterday it launched the rumored budget iPad aimed specifically at schools with Apple Pencil support. The pencil is $99 extra, or $89 for schools. Not only is it cheaper than a Pro, it packs in the features you might have wanted from them. Kuo, who has a good track record when it comes to Apple-related rumours, told 9to5 Mac that the new watch from Apple will have larger display along with better health monitoring. Previously, the Apple Pencil was only compatible with the flagship iPad, but adding support for lower-tier iPads makes sense to buff sales. "And every aspect of iPad - from the display to the processing power to the cameras to the motion sensors - is created to make AR apps more magical than ever before", says the website.

The newest iPad includes the same processor found in the iPhone 7, the A10. The iPad Pro, meanwhile, offers 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB of storage with prices starting at $649.

iPad's palm rejection technology even makes it possible to rest your hand on the screen while you use Apple Pencil. Other important features include Touch ID, an 8MP rear camera, HD FaceTime camera and the A10 Fusion chip. A new cloud-based app for teachers called Schoolwork will be available to download in June, per Wired. The app will allow for teachers to manage their classroom digitally.

Also, Augmented Reality too has been made a highlight in this new iPad as educational apps, as well as, Apple's own Swift and Swift Playgrounds platform is now able to support AR.

Instead, Apple is clinging to a thesis that has helped turn it into the world's most valuable company: Our products are more expensive, but they're worth it.

  • Arturo Norris