Apple announces new cheaper iPad for classrooms

The new iPad comes with Apple’s ClassKit platform for developers.
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After Google and Microsoft both got a head start on the education market, Apple is finally taking it seriously. Apple's new iPad (above) supports Apple Pencil and features even greater performance.

After Google and Microsoft both got a head start on the education market, Apple is finally taking it seriously. Apple's new iPad (above) supports Apple Pencil and features even greater performance.

After Google and Microsoft both got a head start on the education market, Apple is finally taking it seriously. While the company has been in this space before, it hasn’t usually unveiled products meant specifically for students. That changes with the new iPad announced today, priced at $329.

Apple's new device has a 9.7-inch display.

Apple's new device has a 9.7-inch display.

The device has a 9.7-inch display, Touch ID and an 8 megapixel camera on the back. It runs on the company’s A10 Fusion processor and is rated for 10 hours of battery life. The front camera on the device supports 1080p video and you can FaceTime using that camera. The new iPad also supports LTE, though it somehow doesn’t have a Smart Keyboard connector. That could be a big difference for buyers looking for such a device.

“iPad is our vision for the future of computing and hundreds of millions of people around the world use it every day at work, in school and for play. This new 9.7-inch iPad takes everything people love about our most popular iPad and makes it even better for inspiring creativity and learning,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s VP of Product Marketing. “This iPad also has the power of the A10 Fusion chip, combined with the big, beautiful Retina display, advanced cameras and sensors that enable incredible AR experiences simply not possible on other devices.”

Apple is also announcing software enhancements meant for usage in schools. The company also announced ClassKit, a platform that helps developers create apps for school students. Reports say that a cheaper version of the iPad is also going to be sold later this year.