We just spent some time with Apple's new $ 329 iPad, announced here in Chicago at their educational event. It's … an iPad.
The new iPad is very familiar. It has the same basic 9.7-inch screen size, bevels, touch ID sensor, button and camera placement. The new features are Apple Pencil support, which works just like the iPad Pro and an A10 processor upgrade. As with the previous iPad, it has 10 hours of battery life, an 8-megapixel rear camera that supports 1080p video, a FaceTime HD front camera, supports optional LTE and weighs one pound. Interestingly, there is no Smart Keyboard connector, which seems a great omission.
The goal of the new iPad is Apple's updated software package, which includes new versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote compatible with Apple Pencil. There is also much better multi-user support for schools, but not for consumers.
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