Apple has announced a new 9.7-inch iPad

Apple has announced a new 9.7-inch iPad

At an education event in Chicago on Tuesday, Apple revealed a new, budget-friendly iPad aimed at the education market.

Today Apple introduced a new iPad for students in schools across the United States.

Last year, Apple took a major step by launching the iPad at $329 and this year it's going to be even cheaper, but sadly, only for students and teachers. Apple School Manager, for example, will allow teachers create individual Apple IDs, or create a bunch of them in bulk. While offering only scant details, Kuo suggests that the new watch will feature a "more trendy form factor design", enabling Apple to increase sales by around 30 percent over the past year.

Cathleen Richardson ConnectED Program Development Executive at Apple works with classes and teachers to put Apple devices into classrooms. Another notable upgrade of this iPad is support for the Apple Pencil, which previously only worked with iPad Pro models. He mentioned that there are almost 200,00 apps for education. Updates to Pages, Keynote, and Notes app are available today, as well as updates to GarageBand music software and Clips video editing software. This will automatically generate a Managed Apple ID for every new user. Teachers can use the app to control what students see on their devices, and also see what a student is using their iPad for at any time. They can easily assign a specific activity within an app and direct their students directly to the specific point within the app.

So far, several education-focused apps work with Schoolwork, including Nearpod and Tynker, Apple said.

You can order it today, and it will start shipping later this week in the following countries: Australia, 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, UAE, the United Kingdom and the US. This cloud-based app will tell students what their assignment is, and send them to the proper app so they can get it done. In 2013, Apple struck a deal with LA Unified for the purchase of over 40,000 iPads using bond funds.

Starting today, teachers and students will also get 200GB of free iCloud storage, compared to the regular 5GB, Apple said.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. That's a reversal of fortune from 2013, when Apple held a 50 percent share of mobile computing in US classrooms.

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