Apple tweaks iPad for students but holds price steady

Alyssa Bailey
March 28, 2018

It will cost $329 for consumers and $299 for schools and is available today.

Apple has a long way to go to regain the high ground it once held in education technology. Software As mentioned, this new iPad is heavily geared towards school use, so numerous new features Apple has worked on have to do with education. See, if you wanted to add Apple Pencil support into the mix, just spend more than $599 for that privilege and get the iPad Pro.

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The new iPad costs the same $329 as before, with two key differences: a $30 discount for students, and a free 200GB iCloud account (instead of 5GB).

The new iPad ships with Apple's A10 Fusion processor, an 8MP and FullHD camera, Touch ID support for authentication, and support for up to 300Mbps LTE connections. Can iPads really get the job done in schools? iPads have been popular with younger students, but many schools switch to Chromebooks or Windows laptops as students age and require more computing power and a keyboard. Playing up Apple's credentials in the educational space, he stressed that the tablet has around 200,000 apps designed specifically for study and reference.

An employee assists kids with building a video game using code on an iPad Mini during an Hour of Code workshop at an Apple store in NY. "We're excited to see Apple's new classroom offering and how schools in our area will adopt them", he said. Apple School Manager, for example, will allow teachers create individual Apple IDs, or create a bunch of them in bulk. But students need those accessories, too, so I'm hopeful Apple will make versions that work with lower-price iPads. Not just to be a stronger presence in the classroom, but also to help protect future Mac, iPad and iPhone sales - and the Services revenue that comes with them.

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This was Apple's first education-themed event since January 2012, when it launched its new digital textbooks.

Apple made up just 17 percent of the K-12 USA educational market in the third quarter, according to data from Futuresource Consulting.

iPad sales peaked in the first quarter of 2014, when Apple shipped over 26.04 million of them.

And it will fit in well with the existing Chromebook collection so many school boards have already adopted.

Despite the new software, Apple faces a tough battle in the educational market given the popularity of Google and Microsoft's productivity suites, said Carolina Milanesi of Creative Strategies.

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