Apple Inc. Unveils New Low Cost iPad at Education Event

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AR could be used in the classroom and beyond to supplement certain learning exercises.

Apple hit hard on the education theme on Tuesday, with school bells and announcements over a public address system directing press and teachers into an auditorium at Lane Tech College Prep High School. However, Apple is looking to bank on users with its unique user experience. The line elicited cheers from students seated at the rear of the auditorium.

Rumors a year ago suggest Apple is working on an array of advanced medical sensors for its wearable, including an embedded EKG module and non-invasive glucose monitor.

The company today introduced a variety of features tailored for teachers and students while keeping the price for its cheapest iPad tablet unchanged, even as budget-strapped school administrators have been turning to cheaper devices powered by software from Google and Microsoft.

Do not get us wrong, there is nothing we love more than a good stylus, and God knows the Apple Pencil is one of them but take our word for it, we think an "educational" iPad needs keyboard support rather more than compatibility with the Apple Pencil. One day before the Apple EducationEvent, Google announced the release of the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, the "first education tablet made for Chrome OS".

Specifically, Chromebooks represented about 60 percent of mobile device shipments into U.S. K-12 schools in the fourth quarter of previous year, according to Futuresource Consulting.

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Chromebooks sold by Dell Technologies Inc can be had for as little as US$189.

It's $299 for educational establishments, $329 to non-members of the teaching profession.

Coming this winter. Link Apple School Manager with your school's Google G Suite for Education or Microsoft Azure Active Directory. First introduced for iPad Pro, Apple Pencil has become a popular and versatile tool among students, professionals and creatives and is now available to even more customers. Apple has had an ongoing relationship with the school, which was featured by Apple last December when it announced the expansion of its Everyone Can Code program.

"It's more about the psychology of driving long-term preference for the (Apple) platform".

Most interestingly, Kuo's report says that the new watches will each have a 15 percent larger display, as well as larger battery capacity.