Apple unveils new education-focused iPad in Chicago

Apple invited journalists to an event in Chicago to show off its latest education-related technologies, one of which is a new iPad that replaces the 2017-vintage suffix-less model. The new version of the popular tablet has one of the fruit-flavored company's A10 Fusion SoCs and a 9.7" display.

The company was a bit light on hard numbers, but we expect the refreshed iPad's Retina display has the same 2048×1536 resolution as the old model (and Acer's just-announced Chromebook Tab 10). We do know the screen will accept input from Apple's Pencil, which has a tilt sensor to go along with its pressure sensitivity. The iPad does not have the Smart Keyboard connector found on Apple's work-focused iPad Pros. Bluetooth keyboards should continue to work as well as they ever have, though.

None of Apple's spokespersons said anything about how much system memory was present in the new iPad, but we imagine it's the same 2 GB as the last model. The A10 Fusion SoC is also found in Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, though clock speeds could be higher in the substantially-larger iPad chassis.

The new iPad has an 8-megapixel world-facing camera and an "HD" user-facing camera for use with FaceTime. The home button still works as a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and the new model has GPS receiver and a compass. Apple claims the new machine can last ten hours between appointments with a charger. LTE connectivity with maximum supported speeds up to 300 Mbps is optional.

New versions of Pages and Keynote will work with the Apple Pencil. Along with Numbers, the apps comprise the iWork set that will be installed from the factory. Apple will also bump students and teachers' iCloud accounts to 200 GB for free.

Consumers can pre-order the new iPad starting today for $329 with 32 GB of storage, the same price as the previous iteration. The LTE model with 32 GB of storage costs $459. Available finishes include silver, dark gray, and a new gold color. Schools can buy the base model for a reduced $299, higher than the $259 price point some expected. Apple expects shipments to start later this week. 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. Logitech's Crayon comes in at $49, about half the price of the $99 Apple Pencil.

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    • FireGryphon
    • 2 years ago

    I’ve been a K-12 teacher for over a decade and I can’t understand why anyone still falls for this ‘education’ pitch.

    • Zizy
    • 2 years ago

    They really are trying to make this “no-keyboard” future happen.
    Yes, it will be much better when the pen and touch become relevant in schools. But in the decade before keyboards will continue to matter. No need for teachers to adapt = quick adoption. On the other hand, pen requires rework of most lectures and teaching approach.

    • oldog
    • 2 years ago

    [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YY3MSaUqMg[/url<]

    • derFunkenstein
    • 2 years ago

    This is basically the same iPad you could buy yesterday, but with Apple Pencil support and the A10 SoC instead of A9. Decent upgrade for the same money. Not sure I’d call it education-focused, but w/e.

    The software, on the other hand, is what’s interesting and fun about this story. They’re giving away a bunch of stuff they previously charged for: iWork suite, the full GarageBand sound library, and a new classroom-management app that’s an absolute necessity for 1:1 programs.

    Before you know it Apple will acquire some LMS vendor (Instructure? They’re growing pretty dang quickly) and go toe-to-toe with Google in the classroom.

      • blastdoor
      • 2 years ago

      It’s kind of goofy that Apple is in a “come from behind” position, given the historical importance of education to Apple. Didn’t Apple used to own PowerSchool? What happened there?

        • derFunkenstein
        • 2 years ago

        Sold to Pearson over a decade ago. Pearson sold it to a private equity firm, Vista Equity, about three years ago. Since that time, PowerSchool has been buying up lots of companies that they can use to make their own ecosystem for everything from classroom and learning management to enterprise resource planning.

        Disclaimer: I work for a (much smaller) PowerSchool competitor, and one of our sales guys is constantly sending out articles about Vista, PowerSchool, and our other competitors, so all this for some reason is just on the top of my head right now.

          • NovusBogus
          • 2 years ago

          Vista is involved? Oh lawdy, PowerSchool’s customers aren’t going to like how this story ends…

          On the bright side, their playbook is pretty well understood at this point so your company should have plenty of freedom to outmaneuver them.

          [[disclaimer: I used to work for one of Vista’s chew toys]]

          • blastdoor
          • 2 years ago

          I think Apple might have made a mistake selling it. But maybe they can buy your company now 🙂

            • derFunkenstein
            • 2 years ago

            My boss has a major boner for Apple. It’d be his dream come true. :LOL:

            • sweatshopking
            • 2 years ago

            PLEASE PROVIDE MORE DETAILS OF THIS “BONER”

            • derFunkenstein
            • 2 years ago

            I think it’s like DancinJack getting friendly with his GeForce/G-Sync combo.

            • sweatshopking
            • 2 years ago

            I just have a GeForce. No gsync. MY LIFE IS HORRIBLE.

        • adisor19
        • 2 years ago

        Cheap Google Chromebooks happened.

        Adi

    • blastdoor
    • 2 years ago

    The software, especially in terms of management, might be the bigger deal.

    My impression is that the ability to manage large numbers of these devices in a school context has been a big issue.

    The fact that Apple is also bumping up the free iCloud storage for students from 5 GB to 200GB also seems like a very big deal.

    • Redocbew
    • 2 years ago

    For some reason the idea of using a tablet to do a virtual dissection of a frog makes me very sad.

    Unless maybe this was happening in some area of the world which didn’t have frogs. How many desert dwelling children do you suppose would spend their school days messing with frog parts on their ipad?

    Edit: Holy crap, there’s frogs in the desert also!

      • sweatshopking
      • 2 years ago

      Amphibians are among the most at risk from climate change and pollution generally. A world without them is a very real future.

        • oldog
        • 2 years ago

        Don’t sell organic systems short. They are more durable than you think.

        Frogs have been around for probably 300 million years. I’d bet on them over humans any day. (But I’d bet on rats and roaches over any species for longevity.)

        This is one my personal pet peeves; namely, humans think themselves as way too important in the cosmos.

          • Dposcorp
          • 2 years ago

          When I see a Frog posting on TR, i’ll think higher of them.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 2 years ago

            Isn’t adisor close enough? I mean, he’s in Quebec but they speak French.

          • trackerben
          • 2 years ago

          But we humans are, it’s just that we’re not up to it.

            • oldog
            • 2 years ago

            The cosmos laughs at the dimension we reside in.

            • trackerben
            • 2 years ago

            The cosmos moans, decaying in heat and eventually wrapping up. A very few of us will be so fine residing beyond time.

          • sweatshopking
          • 2 years ago

          You’re welcome to ignore the many studies suggesting incredible biodiversity loss, and particularly the threat and mass deaths of amphibians if you like. Nobody can make you care or read if you don’t want to.
          Nobody is thinking we are too important in the cosmos. We are, however, looking at actual research and realizing the scope of human activity on earth and the consequences of our actions.

            • oldog
            • 2 years ago

            SSK I’m not being snotty, but where are all the dinosaurs and does it matter to the earth/cosmos at all that they are gone?

            • sweatshopking
            • 2 years ago

            You’re making a different argument now.
            Does it matter if amphibians are all gone is not the same as 300 million years they’ll be fine.
            I will be profoundly sad when my grandchildren only hear about many wonderful animals in books and video. So will we all be when agriculture and ecosystems face collapse, as they did post dinosaurs. Hardly ideal, no matter your opinions.

            Does the cosmos care doesn’t matter. It is meaningless beyond human experience, just as human experience is meaningless to the cosmos.

            • oldog
            • 2 years ago

            Point taken.

            By the way I share your concerns about frogs. Habitat preservation is important. Humanity is bereft when (almost) any living organism is deprecated.

            But philosophically without a belief in “a caring god” it is safe to say that nature is either indifferent to the fate of all living things or frankly hostile.

            • sweatshopking
            • 2 years ago

            I believe in a caring God, and also a hostile existence. Our job should be to take care of life, and reduce that hostility whenever possible. Really, what else gives a person real satisfaction?

            • oldog
            • 2 years ago

            Amen.

            • End User
            • 2 years ago

            There is no god.

            • End User
            • 2 years ago

            “Really, what else gives a person real satisfaction?”

            Debunking your falsehoods.

    • Star Brood
    • 2 years ago

    How can we make a huge profit and imbue the Apple ecosystem into young minds?
    -Apple

    Shut up an take my money.
    -Fanboys

    • atari030
    • 2 years ago

    So the main thrust is that the A9 chip in the old is replaced by the faster A10 chip…and schools get a $30 discount for these versus the normal populace.

      • soccergenius
      • 2 years ago

      And Apple Pencil support. 🙂

        • atari030
        • 2 years ago

        Yes…sorry, that’s probably a real nice feature for some. Just not one that I care all that much about personally.

        • willmore
        • 2 years ago

        An opportunity to spend another $99!

          • derFunkenstein
          • 2 years ago

          Or $49 if you like Crayons, but that’s still quite a chunk of change.

            • willmore
            • 2 years ago

            That’s also not apple.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 2 years ago

            No but it got shown off during Apple’s presentation, so it’s definitely something they’re OK with.

      • tipoo
      • 2 years ago

      Plus stylus support without moving up to the Pro.

    • adisor19
    • 2 years ago

    Wait wait wait. The GPS and compass comes with the non LTE model now !?

    Adi

      • sweatshopking
      • 2 years ago

      Wait wait wait. Youre STILL signing your posts after all these years??

        • tipoo
        • 2 years ago

        Hah

        tipoo

        • blastdoor
        • 2 years ago

        People who post in all caps should not throw stones 😉

          • tritonus
          • 2 years ago

          Old info. SSK won the CapsLock-less keyboard already in 2016.

      • willmore
      • 2 years ago

      I hadn’t realized that they older ones hadn’t. Wow, way to super cheap out, Apple.

    • tipoo
    • 2 years ago

    Antireflective coating and screen lamination didn’t come back, and it’s the same 329 for non-schools, solid value but nothing amazing. Had they snuck one of those two back in at the price it would be great, let alone the rumored price putting it at 259.

    I wonder what the differences between the Crayon (yeah…serious) and Pencil are with regard to pressure zones, tilt, scan rate etc (edit: No pressure sensing whatsoever on the Crayon, so that’s that)… And I wonder if the iPad ____ samples the pencil at the same 240Hz and 120Hz for touch as the OG iPad Pro did before ProMotion.

      • adisor19
      • 2 years ago

      Yeah, at this price point, screen lamination and anti reflective coating is unlikely to come back so that leaves the iPad Air2 as the last amazing iPad with affordable pricing. The Pro line is completely out of reach now for most consumers and this new iPad is only a good deal because Android tablets are just so bad in the first place.

      Apple won the mid end to high end tablet race and now they can comfortably stay in this position making $$.

      Hope the same won’t happen with the Apple watch..

      Adi

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    BEHOLD, THE NEW IPAD!
    (just like the previous half-decade of iPads, but this one is new. BUY IT NOW!!!1)

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