Apple introduces new iPad with Apple Pencil support

Apple on Tuesday rolled out a new iPad and classroom software aimed at grabbing more of the education market. Apple is making it official with a refreshed 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support. they called the 9.7-inch tablet “our most affordable iPad.”

The updated iPad will be available in Apple stores today, in silver, space gray, and a new gold finish. The tablet will include Touch ID, an HD FaceTime camera, 10 hours of battery life, an 8-megapixel rear camera, LTE option, and Apple’s A10 Fusion chip.

The new iPad has a more powerful computing chip and an extensive set of new, free software for teachers to manage students and schoolwork. But the unchanged starting price of $299 (roughly Rs. 19,500) for students and $329 (roughly Rs. 21,400) for the general public, without a keyboard or case, compares with less than $200 for some Windows and Google Chrome models.

The optional Apple Pencil will be priced at $89 for schools and the regular $99 price for consumers.

In addition, Apple announced new software for the classroom. That includes Schoolwork, an app for teachers to create and track assignments, and updates to its productivity apps for education. The company also showed off a curriculum called Everyone Can Create that helps teach students skills in music, video, photography and art.

Apple’s vice president of product marketing, Greg Joswiak, revealed there are 200,000 apps made for education

Apple also increased the iCloud storage space for schools from 5 GB to 200 GB.

Apple, Google and Microsoft are each aiming to accustom schoolchildren to their operating systems to win the next generation as lifelong customers.

“Our place at the intersection of technology and the liberal arts makes it possible for us to create powerful products and tools that amplify learning and creativity,”

Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive

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