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Apple launches new iPad with enhanced educational features

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An Apple employee shows off the new iPad features during the launch event at Lane Tech High School in Chicago.

An Apple employee shows off the new iPad features during the launch event at Lane Tech High School in Chicago.

Katherine Wiemold

Katherine Wiemold

An Apple employee shows off the new iPad features during the launch event at Lane Tech High School in Chicago.

Katherine Wiemold

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Apple launched a brand new iPad that works with the Apple Pencil on March 27.  The iPad is a cheaper alternative to the iPad Pro, currently the only iPad that works with Apple’s Pencil.

The new iPad will have starting costs at $329, selling at $299 for schools.

“I think its a reasonable starting price, and I like how it comes with an Apple Pencil. I also think the multitasking is useful,” senior Erin Mullen said.

Along with the new product, Apple launched several new educational apps, and updates to teaching school such as classroom in hopes to further the education of students.

“We’ve been at this for forty years, and we care deeply about education,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said.

The company is bringing forth new apps like Froggipedi, which allows students to virtually dissect a frog, taking built in quizzes along the way. They are also updating old programs such as Pages, Numbers, and Keynotes, so that they will support the Apple Pencil and be easier for teachers and students to use.

Along with these new updates Apple is increasing the iCloud storage for schools only from 5GB to 200GB allowing students more space to create through their new curriculum program ‘Everyone Can Create’ . The new program focus on developing skills in music, video, photography, and drawing all while connecting in subjects such as history, math, or science.

“I think it’s good that Apple is trying to help students,” sophomore Will Stiefbold said.

Apple’s new iPad only weighs one pound, has a A10 fusion chip, Touch ID, and up to ten hours of battery life. The device was designed with students in mind, hoping to optimize education. The device also includes two cameras both improved for better quality while filming and photographing.

While the new Apple product is a cheaper alternative to other iPads, the price is higher than similar products like the Chromebook.

“I’m not planning on buying one because I’m very broke,” Mullen said.

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