Apple finally set to unveil a cheap iPad for schools

Apple finally set to unveil a cheap iPad for schools

While Apple uncharacteristically highlighted a third-party keyboard during the keynote, the new 9.7-inch iPad doesn't feature the iPad Pro's magnetic accessory port, which means it isn't compatible with Apple's smart keyboard. The new iPad looks identical to the current 9.7-inch model, but with the key inclusion of Apple Pencil support.

Apple Inc on Tuesday (Mar 27) rolled out a new iPad that works with its Apple Pencil and is aimed at grabbing more of the U.S. education market, but did not cut the price of the tablet despite fierce competition from cheaper laptops. As before, it also features built-in HD cameras front and rear, a compass, Touch ID support, and up to 10 hours of battery life.

I expect the iPad to get a new processor to help it handle a coming wave of augmented reality apps and other more laptop-like functions. Beginning later this spring, Apple Stores will begin teaching Everyone Can Create as part of their regular Today at Apple sessions for educators. Speaking of software, Apple is very obviously miles ahead of any of the competition.

It could also talk about Swift, or student discounts, note our colleagues at Macworld UK.

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The cheapest model available right now is Apple's £230 ($449) iPad, which was released a year ago. Most Chromebooks do not come with a touchscreen or support for a stylus; they come with a good old keyboard, which most people are more used to than a stylus.

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No word yet on an exact release date for either product.

The popular Classroom app, which lets teachers check iPads in and out, and see what their students are doing on those iPads, got an update today that lets instructors track more pupils at once. Consequently, Google's networked Chromebook laptops and free apps now dominate many schools; Apple's least expensive iPads are among its most popular educational products. Apple also increased free online storage for students to 200 GB. That's now being bumped up to 200GB. It lets teachers see the progress of the students and assign them specific activity.

The additional features announced Tuesday include an app called "Schoolwork" that is created to help teachers make assignments and monitor their students' progress.

Built for durability and mobility, the new 9.7-inch iPad features an aluminum unibody construction and ultrafast wireless that can deliver two times faster cellular data connections, so it is even easier to stay connected anywhere.

The new ClassKit toolkit allows developers to integrate their education apps with Schoolwork, essentially paving the way for an education focussed mini-ecosystem within the iOS ecosystem.