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Apple Launches New 9.7-Inch iPad With Apple Pencil Support, $299 for Schools and $329 for Consumers

Apple today announced an all-new 9.7-inch iPad, describing the tablet as its "most affordable iPad" yet and confirming it will work with the Apple Pencil. Apple said that the device was designed for powerful AR apps.

The tablet has a 9.7-inch Retina display that features a higher-resolution touch sensor to enable support for Apple Pencil, previously only compatible with iPad Pro. Apple Pencil provides a "fluid and natural" drawing experience with sensors that measure pressure and tilt so that users can take notes or illustrate in various apps.


The new iPad has an A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture, providing 40 percent faster CPU and 50 percent faster graphics performance when compared to the previous generation 9.7-inch iPad. Apple said that both front and rear cameras provide HD video recording for everything from document scanning to FaceTime calls.

One of the main applications aimed at the new iPad is augmented reality, fueled by the device's Retina display, powerful chip, enhanced cameras, and advanced sensors with a gyroscope and accelerometer. The tablet was built for mobility and durability for students, sporting an aluminum unibody construction.


The 32GB iPad with Wi-Fi is priced at $329 in the U.S. and $459 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model, and Apple Pencil can be purchased separately for $99. Schools will be able to buy iPad for $299 and Apple Pencil for $89. The new iPad is available to order beginning today and will arrive in stores later this week in more than 25 countries, listed below:

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 UK, the US, India, Russia, Thailand, and Turkey. More countries and regions will follow in April, with South Korea and others coming in May.

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10 months ago
I'm trying hard to contain my excitement
Rating: 27 Votes
10 months ago

A new iPad mini would be better for schools


Too small
Rating: 27 Votes
10 months ago
A new iPad mini would be better for schools
Rating: 25 Votes
10 months ago
iPads...meh, we need new Macs.

Mac Mini coming soon......
Rating: 22 Votes
10 months ago
They continue to miss the mark. Why is there no Apple smart keyboard. Teachers and students have made it clear that typing directly on the screen is a no-go for students. Yes, there are third party Bluetooth solutions, but it’s one of those “your mileage may vary” situations. How could you not have this standardized? The stinginess knows no end. Yes, it may cannibalize iPad Pro sales, but then again, you’ve also got another $170 tied up on the purchase of the Smart Keyboard. It’s clear that they want the market, but schools won’t be converting to these iPads. Not aggressive enough.
Rating: 22 Votes
10 months ago
I’d argue that, as a student, being able to use and attach an Apple Smart Keyboard with an iPad is a lot more useful than support for an Apple Pencil which isn’t even included in the still premium price of a lower end iPad.

That being said, even though we have mostly Apple products, my teenager’s 2 year old asus Chromebook still does everything she needs it to do and has 0 support for any type of stylus AND costs less than $300 brand new.

Is this specifically for graphic design schools?
Rating: 21 Votes
10 months ago
I’ve never seen a bigger bunch of cry babies. Apple didn’t televise the keynote.. because it’s for a niche market... this is not about the power house iPads this is about the education sector... yet and still we hear the whining and crying “it’s to expensive” “google chrome does this for less than 300” well Jesus people lol
Rating: 20 Votes
10 months ago

No graphic designer would ever, ever use an iPad


I personally know(and can probably link you their portfolios) several, mortgage... ok rent paying, graphic designers who use iPads for their illustrative work.
Rating: 16 Votes
10 months ago

Does the Apple pencil still cost $99 for schools too?


Great question..
The pencil has to be one of the more overpriced accessories they sell
Rating: 15 Votes
10 months ago
Pricing is still a bit off the mark for most schools. I am a K12 Sysadmin and we are getting Dell Chromebooks with a 4-year warranty and white-glove service (setup, unbox, delivery, inventory) with the Google license for 276. With the volume that schools buy that price difference adds up.
Rating: 14 Votes

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