Apple introduces a cheap 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support

9.7-inch iPad
9.7-inch iPad

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Apple has just unveiled a brand new iPad with 9.7-inch display and Apple Pencil support. This new iPad will cost $329 but schools can buy it for $299. The option Pencil will be priced $89 for students and $99 price for regular consumers.

The new 9.7-inch iPad looks similar to existing 9.7-inch iPad. It has identical bezels and there is also a Touch ID sensor. The only new thing is the support for Apple Pencil. It is powered by Apple A10 Fusion Chip. It features 8 megapixels rear camera and HD FaceTime camera.

It also supports Apple’s AR platform, ARKit. So students can use AR apps like Boulevard to paint. Existing iPad users will also get new features like Numbers, pages and Keynote for iOS. Apple also demonstrated Smart Annotation feature that allows teachers to mark up reports in Pages directly. Apple is also building a books creator into the Pages app.

Apple also said that there are 200,000 education apps in the App Store right now. So, this iPad can be a good device for students. Apple is also offering 200GB per iCloud account instead of 5GB of free storage to students.

With Apple Pencil, this new iPad is still expensive than cheaper Chromebooks. Google has also just introduced Chrome OS tablets and Chromebook support styluses. So, iPad will surely face tough competition.

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