New iPad revealed with Apple Pencil in tow

Posted March 28, 2018

The new tablet supports the Apple Pencil accessory ($115 for schools; $129 for everyone else), a first for a non-Pro iPad model. The cheapest 9.7-inch option in the UAE starts at Dh1,299.

At 9.7 inches, the iPad is the same size as the current entry-level iPad, which was offered at the same $329 price. And starting today, any teacher or student with a Managed Apple ID has access to 200GB of free iCloud storage. Apple also introduced a new version of Pages, Numbers and Keynote that support Apple Pencil drawings and editing.

In December, Apple also announced plans to work with the city of Chicago on a coding program for up to 500,000 students. "Display The IPS screen technology remains unchanged, with a 9.7" diagonal and Retina-quality resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels.

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At an unusual education-focused event in Chicago, Apple unveiled a new iPad with a student discount, as well as plenty of features to draw regular consumers as well.

The company's augmented reality (AR) stable was also updated. The device will be available today and shipping this week.

Schoolwork and apps that take advantage of it give teachers new insight into how their students are performing, helping them tailor their teaching to the needs and potential of individual students.

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T-Mobile CEO John Legere has confirmed that T-Mo will sell Apple's new iPad, but didn't have any launch details to share. It's a significant upgrade over last year's model and Apple says it's more powerful than most PC laptops and "virtually every Chromebook".

Apple has a long history in the education market with its Mac computers and more recently with iPads.

While the education market has a minor direct impact on AAPL stock compared to the iPhone, it's a market that Apple doesn't want to cede to Google - or to Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for that matter.

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Apple is right to be concerned about its dwindling influence in schools. Apple now has 200,000 education and reference apps in its app store, the company revealed Tuesday. Logitech also showed off its Crayon, a cheaper stylus that will work with the new iPad, as well as a rugged keyboard-and-case combo unit. Since then, the device has endured a roller-coaster ride, but with a noticeable decline. "As the market for classroom technologies matures and use cases evolve, Apple's message should resonate with a growing population of schools".