Apple announces its 'most affordable iPad ever': New $329 (£319) device features an 8MP camera, 9.7-inch display and Apple Pencil support
- Apple announced a new iPad today during a keynote meeting in Chicago
- In the US the gadget will ship to consumers for $329 and to schools for $299
- UK customers will be able to get hold of a new iPad from £319
- The new gadget has an 8MP camera, A10 fusion chip and a 9.7 inch retina display
Apple has unveiled a new iPad at today's Spring 2018 event held at a Chicago high school.
The latest incarnation of the tablet integrates with Apple Pencil and will be available for $329 to consumers and $299 for schools in the US.
The gadget, available in silver, space grey and gold, will ship in the UK from £319.
Apple has not yet said if a cheaper price will be available for schools outside the US.
As well as a ten-hour battery life, eight mega-pixel camera, an A10 fusion chip and 9.7-inch Retina display, the one pound (154g) mobile computer will also feature over 200,000 education dedicated apps.
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Apple has announced a new version of its iPad tablet that features an 8MP camera and an A10 microchip (top). The gadget features support for Apple Pencil digital stylus (bottom)
'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.'
The iPad will be compatible with mobile internet plans, and is LTE compatible, Apple said.
It will cost £319 ($450) in the UK for a 32GB Wi-Fi only model and £449 ($635) for 32GB for a Wi-Fi + cellular model.
The firm's Apple Pencil digital stylus, which can be used to 'draw' on the gadget's screen, is available separately for £89 ($125).
The Apple Classroom app, Apple School Manager, and Schoolwork are designed to assist teachers with the latest apps. The gadget will feature augmented reality (AR) support for its host of educational apps (pictured)
WHAT ARE THE SPECS OF APPLE'S NEW 'AFFORDABLE' IPAD?
At Apple's Spring 2018 event in Chicago the company announced a new 9.7-inch iPad dubbed its 'most affordable' model yet.
The latest incarnation of the tablet integrates with Apple Pencil and features over 200,000 education dedicated apps.
Below are the device's specs:
- Available for $329 for consumers and $299 for schools in the US
- It will cost £319 in the UK for a 32GB Wi-Fi only model and £449 for 32GB for Wi-Fi + cellular model
- Support for Apple Pencil
- Available in silver, space grey and gold
- TouchID fingerprint scanner
- Ten-hour battery life
- Eight mega-pixel camera
- A10 fusion microchip
- Augmented Reality (AR) compatibility
The iPad's stunning Retina display features a higher-resolution touch sensor that enables Apple Pencil support.
First introduced for iPad Pro, Apple Pencil provides a 'fluid and natural drawing experience', the company said.
It is designed for activities from note taking to illustration in apps like Notability, Pages, Numbers, Keynote and Microsoft Office.
Advanced sensors measure both pressure and tilt on the device, and iPad’s palm rejection technology even makes it possible to rest your hand on the screen while you use Apple Pencil.
The latest incarnation of the tablet integrates with Apple Pencil and will be available for $329 to consumers and $299 for schools in the US. The gadget, available in silver, space grey and gold, will ship in the UK for a retail price of £319
Via the Apple Classroom App teachers can maintain control and access all information on a device. You can control kids' devices remotely, see what they're doing on the iPad, and display a student's iPad on an Apple TV
Apple said the iPad's A10 Fusion chip comes with with 64‑bit desktop-class architecture, delivering 40 per cent faster CPU and 50 per cent faster graphics performance than the company's previous 9.7-inch model.
The device also features a large viewfinder for immersive AR experiences, and is designed to support the next generation of AR apps, Apple said.
At its Spring event, Apple also announced a variety of apps to allow teachers to manage and view the work of their students.
The Apple Classroom app, Apple School Manager, and Schoolwork were designed to assist teachers in the classroom.
They allow teaching professionals to set digital assignments, mark work online and track students' progress.
Schoolwork builds on Apple's older Classroom app.
At its Spring event, Apple also announced a variety of apps to allow teachers to manage and view the work of their students. Apple CEO Tim Cook is pictured at the Chicago event
Via the Apple Classroom App, teachers can maintain control and access all information on a device, according to the firm
Apple said: 'Schoolwork is a new app that helps teachers create assignments, view student progress and bring the power of apps to the classroom in exciting new ways.
'Schoolwork features Handouts, an easy way to create and send assignments with almost any type of content, from web links to PDFs and documents.'
Via the Apple Classroom App, teachers can maintain control and access all information on a device.
You can control kids' devices remotely, see what they're doing on the iPad, and display a student's iPad on an Apple TV.
This feature is also coming to Mac.
Apple also launched a sister branch of its 'Everyone Can Code' initiative, which aimed to get more children interested in coding and technology.
The newly announced 'Everyone Can Create' launch aims to achieve similar goals for the liberal arts.
Apple has announced a new version of its iPad tablet that features an 8MP camera and an A10 microchip. The gadget features support for the Apple Pencil digital stylus
The new version of Apple's iPad should appeal to the education market,making it easier for teachers and students alike to co-ordinate via a variety of apps
'Creativity sparks a deeper level of engagement in students, and we're excited to help teachers bring out that creativity in the classroom,' said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
'When you combine the power of iPad, the creativity of Apple Pencil, over a million iPad apps in the App Store, the rich curriculum in Everyone Can Code and Everyone Can Create, and unique Classroom and Schoolwork apps that support students and help schools manage technology in the classroom, we believe we can amplify learning and creativity in a way that only Apple can.'
The announcement of the new iPad and the apps it features followed a brief talk about the importance of education and teachers from Apple CEO Tim Cook.
He said in his introductory speech: 'We've always believed that people with passion can change the world.' He says that was 'on display in marches' over the weekend.
The iPad will also feature over 200,000 education dedicated apps. As well as the Apple Pencil integration the latest iPad is designed to be easier to use than ever before
'We are deeply inspired by the courage of students using their voices to bring about change in America.'
'We've never stopped working on' tools for educators.'
Hoping to return to the head of the class in an increasingly crowded market, Apple sees the education sector as its most viable option.
Apple is trying to regain ground lost to rivals Google and Microsoft during the past few years.
All the major technology companies are battling for dominance in US schools, a market seen as important for hooking young consumers.
Apple has announced a new iPad at its Spring 2018 event (logo pictured) held at a Chicago high school. Apple's previous price cutting, along with software changes, have been followed by an improvement in iPad sales
Google has emerged as the education leader in the US market, thanks largely to laptop computers running on its Chrome software.
Some of those so-called Chromebooks sell for $200 to $250 (£140 - £175) while the cheapest iPad currently costs $329 (£230).
An even-lower priced iPad could help Apple teach Google a lesson.
Apple's previous price cutting, along with software changes, have been followed by an improvement in iPad sales.
IS APPLE BUILDING A CRUMB-RESISTANT MACBOOK KEYBOARD?
Getting crumbs stuck down the back of your keyboard could soon be a thing of the past, according to a patent application from Apple.
The new design could resolve the issue of dust and dirt getting lodged in the gaps between shallow keys.
Brushes, wipers and flaps could block crumbs going down the space between keys and a 'bellows' effect could even force pesky crumbs out from under them.
Not only do these crumbs look disgusting but they can also result in the entire keyboard needing to be replaced.
The mechanism may consist of structures such as brushes, wipers, and flaps that block gaps around key caps. Pictured is a view of the potential keyboard from the patent
A cross section of a key assembly mechanism to prevent particles from reaching spaces underneath keys. Apple's patent application explains how funnels, skirts, bands or other guard structures coupled to key caps may block or direct contaminants away from areas under the key caps
The patent, which was published earlier this month, aims to protect Apple's laptop device from contaminants, including dust and liquid.
Residues from such liquids, such as sugar, can corrode or block electrical contacts and inhibit moving parts.
The mechanism could prevent damage to MacBook's and so limit the need for costly repairs.
The company files lots of patents and it is not known if this technology will ever be made available.
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