Apple Pursues Google in Education With $299 iPad, New Software

28 March, 2018, 01:23 | Author: Sherri Guerrero
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Apple IDs tied to students and teachers will get 200 GB of free iCloud storage, which will help facilitate using these educational apps. While the update was yawn-worthy, a $70 price cut to $330 did help Apple reignite iPad sales last summer after 13 quarters of declines.

Up to now, "The most popular iPad has been the [older] 9.7-inch iPad", which was $299 to education establishments taking advantage of Apple's education discount.

But in elementary and high schools, Apple has gone from teacher's pet to the back of the class.

However, this new 9.7-inch iPad works with the optional Apple Pencil stylus, including the tilt and pressure functions that work with the iPad Pro line.

Cook praised Lane Tech High for having more PHDs coming out of it than any school in the country and highlighted its programming and robotics efforts.

Alleged leaks of the upcoming iOS 12 software have shown a "ClassKit" platform for developers to create puzzles, tests and lesson plans for students. Apple's own productivity apps - Pages, Numbers, and Keynote - have been updated accordingly.

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Beginning later this spring, Apple Stores will begin teaching Everyone Can Create as part of their regular Today at Apple℠ sessions for educators. Spotify then hired Chang, who revealed on Reddit that he'd been brought aboard to work on an official app. It also includes a Handouts feature, so teachers can send assignments digitally to their students. It also comes with great improvements to the graphics technology, which enables the new $329 iPad to be used with Augmented Reality applications.

- You can make handouts for students with simple PDFs, links, and text documents - you can even assign a specific activity within a certain app.

Apple said at its event the new 9.7-inch iPad will start shipping this week.

"We believe today's announcements will have a small impact on their education business, but an immaterial impact on their overall business", Munster wrote about Apple in a blog post today. While Macs and iPads make up less than 20 percent of Apple's sales combined, students and teachers are a key market to drive future purchases.

Chromebooks are popular due to their affordability, reliability, simplicity, quick boot-up and "because students seem to like the keyboard", said Alison Bullock, digital literacy support teacher with the Waterloo Region District School Board.


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