Apple will hold an event on Tuesday, 27 March which will be focused on “creative new ideas for teachers and students,” according to an invitation released to the media. The event will be held at a high school at 10 am Central Time in Chicago.
Here are the rumors of everything that we expect Apple to announce at the event:
- MacBook Air for $799 – $899: KGI’s analyst Ming Chi Kuo said Apple might launch an affordable MacBook Air in the second quarter of 2018. The estimated $799-$899 price range comes from WitsView researcher Yubin Qin. The current MacBook Air starts at $999.
- AirPower charging mat: A trio of reports claim that Apple will launch AirPower in March. This charging mat can wirelessly charge multiple devices at once, including iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3 and even your AirPods(in a wireless charging case).
- 9.7 inch iPad for $259: Taiwan websites Digitimes and the Economic Daily News reported that Apple is considering releasing a cheaper 9.7-inch iPad for a minimal price of $259. This will be an educational pricing plan. Apple last released a 9.7-inch iPad in March 2017 at a $329 price point.
- New Apple Pencil: The artwork for Apple’s invite appears to be inspired by the Apple Pencil, so we expect see an updated version of the drawing tool or support for the 9.7-inch iPad.
- iOS 11.3: Availability of iOS 11.3 with ClassKit.
Apple has always had strong partnerships with schools and universities, but it has begun addressing much larger issues in recent years from support for coding to education programs and education for young women.
Apple’s “Everybody can code program” focuses on mobile apps. The company recently announced that the program will get a citywide expansion in Chicago’s public schools and colleges this spring.
Apple hosted a similar education-event program back in January 2012 in New York.
We’ll learn more details at the Apple event on March 27.