Apple Introduced a New Low-Cost iPad With Apple Pencil Support

March 28, 2018
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Apple’s Event last night was an education focused event that analysts and people around the world were expecting to be a stage for an iPhone SE 2 unveil. Many others were expecting AirPods 2 to debut as well, but the event was exactly what Apple promised; A field trip for students!

Here is a recap of everything that Apple announced at the Education themed event:

Apple introduced the new 9.7-inch iPad aimed primarily at the education sector. In contrast to last year’s 9.7-inch iPad, it sports an A10 Fusion chip that makes it more powerful than most  laptops, PCs, and virtually every chromebook. The AR apps are now custom tailored for schools and are truly diverse and amazing.

The New iPad is available for $329 for the general consumers, but Apple has a special price for schools: $299

The best part about the new iPad is its support for Apple Pencil, a feature previously exclusive to iPad Pro only. There are several apps designed with Apple Pencil in mind for learning purposes. Even iWork Apple apps have been updated to reflect the focus on education.

Apple Pencil Priced at $89 for Schools

Apple Pencil is available for $89 in the U.S with the $10 discount available for the education sector only which includes students and faculty members. A proof of employment at k-12 or high education institute will be required.

Logitech Crayon

Logitech has created an Apple Pencil alternative for students, called the Logitech Crayon available at $49. Crayon functions just like the Apple Pencil except a few tricks that are exclusive to Apple Pencil.  

Classroom App for Teachers

With Classroom app, teachers will be able to guide students through their work and keep their focus on their tasks and assignments.

Storage Bump For Students

There’s more good news for students and schools in the form of iCloud storage. The 5GB limit has been bumped up to to 200GB.

Other announcements at the Apple event

Introducing the ClassKit for educational apps, in the section of news and updates of Apple’s Developer Program Website:

“The ClassKit framework, coming in iOS 11.4, works with a powerful new iPad app called Schoolwork that helps teachers and students keep track of assignments and progress. With ClassKit, you can help teachers easily discover specific learning activities in your app, take students directly to the right activity with a single tap, and securely and privately share progress data to help teachers personalize instruction”.

Apple’s discount offer is also available for refurbished 2017 iPad models: In order to introduce the sixth-generation 9.7-inch iPad, Apple has lowered price of refurbished fifth-generation 9.7-inch iPad models, originally released in March 2017

Apple Watch’s trade-up program expands: This program is now available online or at Apple Stores in the various locations at Hong Kong, Canada, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Sweden, Ireland and other selected countries as well. Trade-in values for the original Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 models vary.

iBooks Author is not being retired: According to iMore’s Serenity Caldwell, Apple’s app for creating iBooks on Mac will remain in testing process. Serenity Caldwell tweeted earlier today,

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