The star of Wednesday’s Apple event was of course the newly-launched iPad with Apple Pencil support.
Physically, there isn’t anything new to the company’s most popular tablet. It still has the same 9.7 inch screen, bezels, Touch ID sensor, button placement, and cameras. What’s new however, is it’s support for the Apple Pencil. And on the inside, the update to the latest A10 processor.
Now you don’t have to shell out big bucks for the Pro lineup to make use of Apple’s celebrated pencil. Starting at $299 for schools and $329 for the general public, it is literally the same price as the previous model. Although it isn’t the $259 budget iPad pricing that it was rumoured to be, it is still a good price base with its added Pencil support.
Do note that the Apple Pencil doesn’t ship with the iPad. You can opt to purchase the Pencil priced at $99 for consumers and $89 for schools.
If you think the price is too steep for the Pencil, fret not. Along with the new iPad reveal, Apple also announced that Logitech is creating its own stylus dubbed the Crayon. At $49, this is a cheaper alternative to the Pencil.
In the launch, the Cupertino-based company also introduced a slew of new apps that are targeted to the education sector. These new apps, along with a usable Pencil on the cheaper iPad are aimed to gain their footing back in schools.
Five years ago, iPads dominated the schools and accounted for half of all mobile devices shipped to US schools. However, Chromebooks now currently dominate the classrooms with 60% shipments in the US alone.
Sales for the iPad has been declining in the last three years, and Apple hopes that the new features they have introduced would bring back their glory days in campuses.