Apple held its annual spring event in California and presented it at a high school in Chicago this year, promising to focus its newest products on the educational market that has been dominated by Google and Microsoft. The conference was condensed in just one hour, most of which revolved around all the things you can do with a recently announced iPad. Here is a look at the most important news today.
An iPad "Educational"
The star of today's announcement was the new "affordable" iPad with stylus support. Affordable is a quote because it costs $ 299 for educators and students, but $ 329 for all others, the same price as the 9.7-inch iPad tablet announced last spring. The biggest update with this iPad is that it will finally work with the $ 99 Apple Pencil ($ 89 for students / teachers), which previously was only compatible with the iPad Pro.
The new iPad specific to education will include Touch ID, an HD FaceTime camera, an 8-megapixel rear camera and will run on Apple's A10 Fusion chip. Claim 10 hours of battery life and it will also be available in an LTE version.
New Logitech Crayon pencil
While the new iPad does work with an Apple Pencil, it is still sold separately and has not received a price drop for consumers (it's $ 89 for students). Instead, Apple announced a cheaper third-party pen that will work with the iPad called Logitech Crayon. At $ 49, the Crayon has colorful orange bands that look a little more playful than the original stylus.
Apple also says that Logitech will offer a $ 99 iPad case with a keyboard component designed to be rugged. Since schools can be so difficult.
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Most of today's updates come through software, with a new version of iWork that includes support for, of course, the Apple Pencil. The pages, for example, now include a digital book creation tool that allows teachers and students to create books together by adding images, handwritten notes and hand-drawn illustrations. Now you can use the numbers to create lab reports, and Clips will get new filters suitable for children to encourage them to express themselves digitally.
In particular, teachers will also be able to mark the documents on the pages with the Apple pen, similar to how they might qualify a job.
Classroom management applications
With the new iPad, Apple is also introducing a new application, Schoolwork, for teachers to digitally manage their class. School work allows teachers to distribute digital tasks to students, such as assignments, activities, and mark expiration dates on various projects. Apple compared the task of writing an email, with options to attach PDFs and links to each new project. To accommodate all these attachments, Apple will update the iCloud student accounts to include 200 GB of storage by default.
For teachers, Apple continues to promote its Apple Teacher program that shows the different ways to use Apple applications in the classroom and reward them with badges when they succeed. Teaching, gamified!
Everyone can create
All this is part of a new initiative from Apple called "Everyone Can Create", which essentially bills the new iPad as the best creative classroom tool for students to learn and express themselves.
The curriculum focuses on four areas: music, video, photography and drawing. With tools like Clips and GarageBand, Apple is pushing students to do things digitally at an early age, something that is clearly of interest to a demographic that grew on YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram as their main sources of web entertainment. Students can also use AR applications to illustrate and visualize mathematical or scientific concepts, and use applications to create audio reports.
Everyone Can Create will be available for preview as of today, with a full release this summer. School work is scheduled for release in June.