Apple held a low-key event today in Chicago, inviting press to “take a field trip” with them as they unveiled some new products and services with a focus on education. The event was not broadcast live to the public and the most notable announcement was the introduction of a new lower-cost 9.7” iPad with Apple Pencil support -- a feature previously only available on the higher-end iPad Pro.
The new iPad starts at $399.00 for education shoppers or $429.00 for general consumers -- a $20.00 lower starting price than the previous-generation 9.7” iPad. It's available in three colours (gold, silver or space grey), with 32GB or 128GB of storage in Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Cellular variants. The new iPad is available to order now and we’ve listed the education pricing for each model below.
- iPad 9.7” (2018), Wi-Fi, 32GB - $399.00 ($429.00 for general consumers)
- iPad 9.7” (2018), Wi-Fi, 128GB - $519.00 ($549.00 for general consumers)
- iPad 9.7” (2018), Wi-Fi + Cellular, 32GB - $569.00 ($599.00 for general consumers)
- iPad 9.7” (2018), Wi-Fi + Cellular, 128GB - $689.00 ($719.00 for general consumers)
On the inside, the new iPad contains a faster A10 Fusion processor, the same processor found in iPhone 7/7 Plus, but otherwise includes identical specs as the previous-generation, including the same 9.7” Retina Display, 8MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, Touch ID and 32.4-watt-hour battery with 10 hours of battery life.
The Apple Pencil is sold separately ($115.00 for education shoppers or $129.00 for general consumers), with Apple noting that the accessory will be a useful tool for students and teachers to take notes or mark assignments. A new $49.00 USD accessory from Logitech was also announced called the Logitech Crayon, which serves as a more affordable stylus for students and educators.
Other highlights from the keynote include real-world stories from teachers emphasizing the growing emergence of technology in classrooms, particularly with Apple devices; updates to the iWork suite of productivity apps to include support for Apple Pencil; a new Schoolwork app for teachers to create assignments and track student progress; and the news that teachers and students with a Managed Apple ID will now receive 200GB of free iCloud storage instead of the previous limit of 5GB.