The tech firm announced new educational offerings at its first major event of 2018, including a new 9.7-inch iPad, as it seeks to challenge Google in the classroom.
Apple has revealed a low-cost iPad aimed at schoolchildren, together with a host of new educational offerings, in its boldest attempt yet to challenge Google’s success in the classroom.
At its first major event of 2018, held on Tuesday at a Chicago high school, Apple unveiled a much-anticipated version of its 9.7-inch iPad, describing it as its “most affordable” model yet. It is priced at $299 for schools and $329 for consumers.
In the UAE, the starting price is Dh1,349, while schools can purchase it for Dh1,294.65.
The new iPad supports the Apple Pencil, making it the first iPad that is not a “Pro” to do so since the stylus was introduced two years ago. The Apple Pencil costs Dh399.
Other specs include a large Retina display, an A10 Fusion chip, sensors for augmented reality, an 8MP rear camera, GPS, Touch ID and 10 hours of battery life. According to Apple, the new iPad is “faster than virtually any Chromebook”.
“This is an important day for Apple, and we hope it’s an important day for students and teachers around the world, too,” said Apple chief executive Tim Cook. “At Apple, we care deeply about education because we love kids and we love teachers.”