Apple's "field trip" event at a Chicago's Lane Tech High School just wrapped up, and we've all learned an important lesson: the new iPad costs the same as the old one.
Compared to the , the new iPad's biggest improvement aside from Pencil support is speed. It uses Apple's A10 Fusion chip, making it more powerful than most laptops including Chromebook, albeit less powerful than the . The new iPad is also said to be . Apple claims a 10-hour battery life and faster (300 Mbps) LTE. The cameras, memory options and 9.7-inch Retina screen appear identical to the 2017 version.
The new iPad is available now in silver, gold or space gray.
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Apple opened up the Pencil to third-party alternatives, and a half-price ($49) "crayon" by accessories maker Logitech is first on deck.
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In addition to new hardware, Apple also highlighted a bunch of software additions and enhancements aimed at education.
, an AR app that lets you dissect frogs using the Pencil
, including Apple School Manager, Classroom app, Schoolwork app and Apple Teacher
- The Schoolwork app is also .
- Apple says there are made for education
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