Today Apple announced a new update to its 9.7-inch iPad, which adds Pencil support and a better A10 processor. But that was only half of the story, as the company announced a slew of updates and new apps that take advantage of the improved hardware.
Given that the event was held in an auditorium at Lane Tech High School in Chicago it's no surprise that educational apps were the focus. Apple said there are currently 200,000 education and reference apps available from the App Store.
From new AR applications to collaborative tools for the classroom including resources for teachers, read on to see all of the software for the Apple iPad that was detailed at the event.
Apple spent much of its time talking about changes to iWork's Pages app, which now includes group collaboration built in. Users can add their own illustrations, and Apple used the ability to create a children's book as an example. The Smart Annotation features lets users (such as a teacher) mark up documents easily with the Pencil, and annotations stay anchored to the original.
Remember that scene from "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" where Elliott frees all of the frogs that are about to be dissected? Kids can now use the Apple Pencil to dissect virtual frogs with Froggepedia. No messy cleanup!
Apple also showed off the "WWF Free Rivers" app, which allows students to learn how rivers affect the animals and landscape around them. Students can experiment with damming rivers and creating sustainable energy.
Following its Everyone Can Code initiative to teach coding, Apple has announced a new creative platform called Everyone Can Create. This utility allows teachers to incorporate drawing, music, filmmaking or photography into their classes, and includes training materials to guide them through the process.
Users are able to download the materials in preview starting today in advance of the full fall 2018 release.
While it's already available on iPad, Apple spent some time talking about the Classroom teaching assistant app. One feature lets teachers view students' screens to make sure they're paying attention. The company announced the Mac version of the app will be available in beta starting in June.
The company also detailed Apple Teacher: Apple's free and self-paced online professional learning program. It incorporates gamification elements, such as earning badges for achieving teaching milestones.