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Apple unveils cheaper iPad aimed at conquering the classroom

29 March 2018

At an event in Chicago, the California-based Apple showcased a new, free curriculum called Everyone Can Create that enables teachers to integrate drawing, music, filmmaking or photography into their lessons.

Because it has been specifically created to focus on educative programs, the education-focused iPad launched yesterday comes with a set of features to help both students and teachers in the process of learning and teaching, respectively.

Meanwhile, Apple is offering the new iPad to schools priced at $299 along with an optional Apple Pencil at $89.

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Apple will start to focus on education for its new products, including a new iPad designed for teachers and students.

Unlike most Apple launches, which usually have a delay before hitting stores, the new iPad is available right now.

The new version for use in classroom - starting at $329 - is seen as an attempt to compete with similar tablets from Google and Microsoft. First, it confirms that the tablet market is not dead, contrary to what some analysts want to say, and second, that Apple still believes in it and backs it to the hilt. But the new 9.7-inch iPad will sell for $329, with a $30 discount for schools - the same pricing as last year's model.

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The iPad is alluring though, and might give Apple some foot room in a market that is dominated by Chromebooks right now.

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple event at Lane Technical College Prep High School in Chicago, on March 27, 2018. The pencil is available separately, but if you already own an Apple pencil from earlier, more expensive models that support it, that will work on this new model, too. Compared to the new Apple iPad, the Chrome Tab 10 comes with a built-in stylus which doesn't require additional charging.

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The big hit for iPad this year is that it supports the Apple Pencil stylus. You can now add self-drawn illustrations or diagrams to your documents without having to import them from another app.

Dubbed Schoolwork, the app promises to make the process of assigning, collecting and grading homework easier, as well as make the actual assignments more engaging with multimedia and other add-ons. Apple will soon release Classroom for Mac, which will be available as a beta this June.

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Apple unveils cheaper iPad aimed at conquering the classroom