Apple Announces 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil Support

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Apple Announces 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil Support

Despite the low price point, the new iPad includes Apple Pencil support as well as tilt and pressure sensing just like the much pricier iPad Pro.

While it may be working on a new 13-inch MacBook model, Apple probably won't have it ready by Tuesday, according to Bloomberg. It is powered by Apple A10 Fusion Chip. Using this feature the words stay anchored to the words they are added to.

Here's everything you need to know about the event, which starts at 4pm Tuesday BST (4am Wednesday NZT) at the Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago. 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.

Logitech also took the opportunity to unveil a $49 alternative to the $99 Apple Pencil called the Crayon, and an education-focused keyboard attachment as well. With this, the user can annotate text in a document by adding comments and proof marks and the annotations anchor themselves to the text and move along with it as you scroll. Schoolwork will be available for download in June. But for what it's worth, at least schools won't have to spend a bunch more money just to get some styluses for their students. The app also now runs on the Mac desktop. "[This new iPad] has support for our most creative tool".

It wasn't all homework and quizzes at today's event.

The company also showcased the updated Pages app that now has a new feature called "Smart Annotation".

The new iPad has a more powerful computing chip and an extensive set of new, free software for teachers to manage students and schoolwork. Some third-party apps (like Nebo Writer) offer handwriting recognition, but it generally is a bit iffy.

It's not hidden knowledge that Apple likes to cheap out on certain things - iCloud storage space is one of them. Microsoft's Minecraft game has also been enjoying a surprise parallel life as a teaching tool. Apple's iPads accounted for 12 percent of those school devices, less than half of its market share in 2014.

Taking another shot at the competition, AAPL boasted of 200,000 education and reference apps on the App Store, suggesting that in capability they go "way beyond browser based apps".

Tech companies are battling for dominance in USA schools with low-priced devices and laptops that are geared towards classroom use and seen as a way to hook young consumers.

A longer look at the trend: Google operating systems - mainly Chrome OS, which powers Chromebooks - have led classroom notebook and tablet shipments since 2014. Administrators are spending big money on this stuff. This new framework is designed to allow developers to create new educational apps as well as the ability to distribute quizzes and tests to student's iPads with responses going straight to the teacher's iPads, for instance. "Privacy is integral to everything we do at Apple... it is something we are very passionate about".

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