At its ‘Let’s Take a Field Trip’ event in Chicago, Apple unveiled a refreshed variant of the 9.7-inch iPad. The highlight of this refreshed new iPad apart from upgraded internals is the support for Apple Pencil.
With its new 9.7-inch iPad, Apple is hoping to capitalize on the 200,000+ educational apps available for the platform. The Apple Pencil support will also help Apple in pushing the new iPad as the perfect tool for students. To better take advantage of the Apple Pencil support, Apple will also be updating its iWork suite of apps for the iPad with support for its digital stylus. This will allow teachers and students to take advantage of the collaboration features that are a part of iWork.
As for the new 9.7-inch iPad, it features Apple’s A10 Fusion chip and promises up to 10-hour battery life. Other specs include an 8MP rear camera, 32GB storage, FaceTime HD front camera, Touch ID, LTE connectivity (optional), GPS, and the usual array of sensors. For comparison, the previous fifth-generation iPad featured Apple’s A9X chip so this new iPad is definitely a step up in terms of raw horsepower.
If you were expecting Apple to price this new iPad lower than the outgoing model then prepare to be disappointed. The new 9.7-inch iPad still costs $329, though schools can get it for $299 for their students. The tablet goes up for sale from later today. For students, Apple will also be offering a $10 discount on the $99 Apple Pencil.
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