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Logitech Announces New Accessories For Apple's 9.7-inch iPad

Logitech Announces New Accessories For Apple's 9.7-inch iPad

This morning, Apple took a shot at Google's dominance of the education market with its announcement of a new low-cost iPad and a series of new and upgraded software for both teachers and students.

At the same time, Apple unveiled a refreshed version of its 9.7-inch iPad, which will start at $299 for schools and $329 for the consumer market.

Apple is adding the ability to use a digital pencil to draw and write on its cheapest iPad model in an attempt to make the tablet more compelling for creating, teaching and learning.

"Our most popular and affordable iPad now includes support for Apple Pencil, bringing the advanced capabilities of one of our most creative tools to even more users", said Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of Product Marketing in a statement.

The Chicago presentation was Apple's attempt to beef up its educational presence, which has always been ceded to Google, which introduced super low-priced Chromebook laptops several years ago. Chromebooks, which can be as cheap as $149 and support Google's software services such as Google Docs and Drive, now make up more than half of all computer shipments to K-12 classrooms in the United States in 2017, according to the data firm Futurebooks Consulting.

The company also said Apple student accounts through schools will get 200 gigabytes of iCloud storage for free, compared to the regular 5 gigabytes. Sure, your Chromebook can handle the basics (and even a few apps), but even higher-end Chromebooks lack the flexibility of an iPad. Microsoft's Windows PCs had 22 per cent of the market while Apple came in at 17 per cent. There is also the Classroom App for Macs which helps teachers manage students.

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Apple also teased software features such as smart annotations to help teachers mark up papers, and augmented reality support which will "enable new ways to learn".

The new iPad, which comes in the standard Silver, Space Grey and Gold, can also be used with the Apple pencil, which is new to the iPad. The included stylus, however, doesn't ship with the iPad but needs to be purchased separately.

The ClassKit framework, coming in iOS 11.4, works with a powerful new iPad app called Schoolwork that helps teachers and students keep track of assignments and progress. Last year, it lowered the price of its entry-level iPad to $329 for consumers and $299 for schools, helping to bolster sales of iPads after years of declines. We will update you guys as soon as something new is discovered.

You can control kids' devices remotely, see what they're doing on the iPad, and display a student's iPad on an Apple TV. Let us know down in the comments! The event is Apple's first launch event of 2018 with new hardware revealed to the world. "That's why education is such a big part of who we are as a company and has been for 40 years".

Of the 12.4 million tablets and laptops shipped to primary and secondary schools in the United States past year, Chromebooks accounted for 58 percent of the market, compared with a negligible share in 2012, according to IDC.

"We've never stopped working on" tools for educators'.


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