On March 27th, Apple held an educational event in Chicago. At the event, the top Silicon Valley Company announced an updated version of the iPad that comes with a focus on education.
The new iPad starts at $329 for general consumers, but educational institutions can get it at $299. It’s available to order now, and shipments start this week.
The 9.7-inch tablet closely resembles existing models, but has added support for the Apple Pencil peripheral, which was previously only supported on the iPad Pro. Apple will also release new versions of its productivity software Pages, Keynote and Numbers to support the Apple Pencil. The Apple Pencil is available separately for $99. Apple also announced that numerous other accessories are coming to the iPad, including a $49 “Crayon” accessory from Logitech.
The latest iPad is built with Apple’s A10 Fusion processor, an 8MP and full HD camera, Touch ID support for authentication, and support for up to 300Mbps LTE connections. It also has a gyroscope and is built for AR. Apple will also offer 200GB of iCloud storage to educational institutions with the device.
“iPad is our vision for the future of computing and hundreds of millions of people around the world use it every day at work, in school and for play. This new 9.7-inch iPad takes everything people love about our most popular iPad and makes it even better for inspiring creativity and learning,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing. “Our most popular and affordable iPad now includes support for Apple Pencil, bringing the advanced capabilities of one of our most creative tools to even more users. This iPad also has the power of the A10 Fusion chip, combined with the big, beautiful Retina display, advanced cameras and sensors that enable incredible AR experiences simply not possible on other devices.”