Apple Education special event

Apple had its big education event yesterday, held at the Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago, Illinois.


With it came the welcome news of a new 6th Gen iPad. As this was an education event, it’s key that students and schools will have a specific price point of $299 instead of $329 that the general public will pay.


The iPad has a 9.7-inch Retina display that features a higher-resolution touch sensor to enable support for Apple Pencil, which itself will come in at $10 lower for students and schools at $89.


It also comes with mega additional storage of 200GB instead of 50GB, the new A10 chip and a 40% faster processer. Apple said that both front and rear cameras provide HD video recording for everything from document scanning to FaceTime calls.


One of the main applications aimed at the new iPad is augmented reality, fueled by the device’s Retina display, powerful chip, enhanced cameras, and advanced sensors with a gyroscope and accelerometer. The tablet was built for mobility and durability for students, sporting an aluminum unibody construction.


Apple also increased Free iCloud Storage for Students to 200GB, Logitech Announced a $49 Crayon Stylus and $99 Rugged Combo 2 Case for the new iPad, and Apple will also now sell standalone Space Gray Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2.


Also welcomed is a reduction in price for AppleCare+ to $69 for 9.7-Inch iPad and iPad Mini Models.


On the software side of things, Apple introduced new tools for education, including a Classwork app for assignments, an “Everyone Can Create” curriculum that’s focused on creative pursuits like photography, video making, music, and art, a ClassKit API for creating educational apps with Classwork integration, and new Apple Pencil capabilities for iWork.


Apple also announced that, in partnership with Northwestern University, it will establish a Center for Excellence at Lane Tech College Prep in Chicago, which will serve as a hub for teachers at Chicago Public Schools to learn and subsequently teach Apple’s Everyone Can Code curriculum, a free program designed to help students learn how to code, as well as being trained on App Development with Swift.


From the Sauce, Apple CEO Tim Cook:


“Teachers make a world of difference in their students’ lives, and we owe so much of our own success to their creativity, hard work and dedication. At Apple, we believe every student should have the opportunity to learn to code and we are thrilled to help provide new learning opportunities for Chicago-area teachers so they can bring coding into their classrooms.”


You can now watch the whole thing in the events app on Apple TV!

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