Apple launches new 9.7-inch iPad in education push

The new 9.7-inch iPad is used to demonstrate the dissecting of a frog during an event held at Lane Tech College Prep High School, on March 27, 2018
The new 9.7-inch iPad is used to demonstrate the dissecting of a frog during an event held at Lane Tech College Prep High School, on March 27, 2018PHOTO: AFP
Apple’s vice-president of product marketing Greg Joswiak announcing the new 9.7-inch iPad for schools.
Apple’s vice-president of product marketing Greg Joswiak announcing the new 9.7-inch iPad for schools.ST PHOTO: TREVOR TAN
A guest draws the bones of a hand on Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad during an event held to introduce the device.
A guest draws the bones of a hand on Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad during an event held to introduce the device. PHOTO: AFP
Apple CEO Tim Cook using Apple's new iPad, on March 27, 2018.
Apple CEO Tim Cook using Apple's new iPad, on March 27, 2018. PHOTO: AFP
Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces Apple's new iPad. The new iPad is updated with Apple’s A10 Fusion processor for faster performance and supports augmented reality apps.
Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces Apple's new iPad. The new iPad is updated with Apple’s A10 Fusion processor for faster performance and supports augmented reality apps. PHOTO: AFP
Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces Apple's new iPad. The new iPad supports Apple Pencil stylus which was lacking in last year’s model.
Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces Apple's new iPad. The new iPad supports Apple Pencil stylus which was lacking in last year’s model. PHOTO: AFP

CHICAGO - Tech giant Apple launched a new education-centric iPad during a special event held at Lane Technical College Prep High School in Chicago on Tuesday (March 27). 

With prices starting from S$498 (from S$468 for schools), the new 9.7-inch iPad supports Apple Pencil stylus (S$138; S$125 for schools) which was lacking in last year’s model. This allows students to draw or annotate for supported apps. 

In addition, the iPad is updated with Apple’s A10 Fusion processor for faster performance and supports augmented reality apps.  

Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice-president of product marketing, said the iPad is “faster than every Chromebook” during the presentation. 

In addition, Apple’s productivity suite of Numbers, Pages and Keynote will support Apple Pencil. Digital book creations will also be available on Pages out of the iPad.

At the same time, Apple introduced Schoolwork, as part of iOS’ developer ClassKit. It allows developers of educational apps to create student evaluation features. Teachers can send out homework, reminders and educational material using Schoolwork. 

The new 9.7-inch iPad is available to order on Wednesday and will start delivering to customers later this week in more than 25 countries including Singapore.