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New iPad revealed with Apple Pencil in tow

New iPad revealed with Apple Pencil in tow

Or at least cheaper ones.

Apple is already lagging behind both Google and Microsoft in the U.S. schools because cheaper Chromebooks are now ruling the market with 60% share. What's at stake is the tech loyalty of the next generation.

Futuresource's Ben Davis told GeekWire that with today's announcements, "Apple has stuck to its guns and played to its strengths". - Apple says Schoolwork will work with other apps, which is crucial since Google's success in the classroom is largely due to Google's software working well with other software.

Apple is trying to regain ground lost to rivals Google and Microsoft during the past few years.

Apple sent the iPad back to school, with an update created to appeal to teachers. "Earlier this week, Google and Acer announced what is being billed as the first Chrome OS touchscreen tablet for education, the 9.7" Acer Chromebook Tab 10, at a very iPad-like price point of $329.

On the teacher side of things is Apple Teacher. Market research firm Futuresource, which tracks shipments of computing devices to K-12 schools and districts, shows Apple's share of mobile computing devices (that is, pretty much everything except desktops) in the US peaked in 2012, at more than 50 percent.

The new Apple iPad is available for pre-order today, and it will start shipping and arriving in stores later this week. "That's why education is such a big part of who we are as a company, and has been for forty years".




"There are definitely certain features the Apple ecosystem provides that Chromebook definitely can't so not just more affordable, it keeps to vision of creativity and all wonderful things that can be accomplished with Apple products", Rita Mortenson, a Wisconsin-based high school technology coach, told WLS.

Some teachers think that the innovation could be a game changer.

So what might new iPads look like?

Of course, Apple does have a keyboard for the iPad. It might also remove the home button and add iPhone X-style Face ID cameras to replace the fingerprint reader. It also comes with great improvements to the graphics technology, which enables the new $329 iPad to be used with Augmented Reality applications. But it would make sense for Apple to unify its design and finger gestures.

Up to now, "The most popular iPad has been the [older] 9.7-inch iPad", which was $299 to education establishments taking advantage of Apple's education discount. This will automatically generate a Managed Apple ID for every new user.

The Apple Pencil remains priced at A$145 for the public and A$129 for schools. When students move to Chromebooks en masse, that's a double threat to Apple.

Software: Expect Apple to spend as much time Tuesday talking about software as it does its new hardware. Microsoft, too, offers access to its Office word processing and spreadsheet software, as well as kid-favorite Minecraft. Apple also announced a partnership with Chicago schools, which will begin teaching Swift in the spring.


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