For all of you students who waited for a budget iPad, it is finally here. Apple made the announcement during an educational Field Trip in Chicago, Illinois. The new iPad goes on sale right away in more than 25 countries including the United Kingdom and the United States. Here’s more on the budget friendly student iPad.
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2018 Education iPad – Features & Specs
Apple’s new education iPad is a 9.7-inch tablet that works with Touch ID. The new iPad also sports a HD FaceTime camera and an 8-megapixel rear camera. It runs on Apple’s A10 Fusion chip and promises 10 hours of battery life. An LTE version will be available as well, with up to 300 Mbps LTE. GPS, Compass, accelerometer, and gyroscope are also included. Face ID, which is exclusive to the iPhone X is still not available on the new iPad. The best news about the new iPad is that it is compatible with the Apple Pencil.
Pricing and Availability
The new iPad is available in silver, space gray, and gold.
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- The 32GB Wi-Fi model is priced at $329.
- The 128GB Wi-Fi model costs $429.
- The 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model is $459; and
- The 128GB model is $559.
- The Apple Pencil is $99 to the general public and $89 for schools.
The new Education iPad is on sale from March 27 in the U.S., U.K, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Arab Emirates.
India, Russia, Thailand, Turkey and some other countries will be able to order the new iPad in April. South Korea can do so in May.
Logitech Crayon Stylus
Although the Apple Pencil is now compatible with the Education iPad, it is sold separately with only a marginal drop in price for students. Thankfully, Apple has also announced a cheaper third-party stylus that will work with the iPad. It is from accessory maker Logitech and is called the Logitech Crayon.
The Logitech Crayon is only $49 and comes with colorful orange bands that look a bit more fun than the original. The nice thing about the Crayon is that it need not be paired with the iPad via Bluetooth. Instead, it will just work on any iPad. But because of the lack of Bluetooth pairing, it can’t do pressure sensitivity, but is just as precise.
The Crayon also sports an On/Off button and charges via Lightning, with a little rubber ring to cover the top. Each charge is expected to last up to 8 hours.
Logitech Rugged Combo 2 Case
Along with the Crayon Stylus, Logitech is also making available a $99 Rugged Combo 2 case with a keyboard component. This is one of the most rugged cases you have likely seen, considering it needs to protect the iPad from kids’ rough and tough handling. Logitech says that is can protect the iPad from a 4 foot drop.
The case is designed to be almost impossible to remove because kids being kids are most likely to damage it if given the option.
The keyboard itself is spill-proof and does not connect via Bluetooth. It works with a newly developed Logitech custom smart connector, which passes through to the Lightning port inside the case. The case also has a kickstand on the back for comfortable viewing. The key presses work silently to prevent distraction in the classroom.
Both the Logitech Crayon and Rugged keyboard case are not available for the general public. These are available only for school students.
Other Updates – iWork Apps Updated
Along with the launch, Apple has also announced updates to its iWork apps. Pages in particular gets a new Digital Book Creation tool. This feature lets students and teachers build books together by compiling pictures, handwritten notes and illustrations. Teachers will also be able to mark up documents with the Apple Pencil, just like how they grade papers.
Apple is also introducing a new app called Schoolwork. The app is to help teachers manage their classroom digitally. The app will enable teachers to hand out digital assignments, add PDFs and links to projects, and mark due dates for them. Student iCloud accounts will also get 200GB of storage to accommodate the schoolwork files. Schoolwork is set for a June launch.
Everyone Can Create
Finally, Apple is pushing out a new initiative called “Everyone Can Create”. This program aims to be a classroom solution to teach students to express themselves creatively.
The program has a curriculum that focuses on four areas: music, video, photography, and drawing. Apple is pushing students to expand their creativity in these areas in the digital sphere using apps such as Clips and GarageBand. Augmented Reality will also play a role in helping students envision science and math concepts.
Everyone Can Create is only available for preview at the moment. A full roll out is expected this summer.
Are you excited about the new student education iPad? Or do you think kids are better off learning the traditional way? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.