New 9.7″ iPad and Schoolwork: Apple winks at students

The Cupertino company turns to the school world once again with a low-cost iPad and an educational platform designed to stimulate the creativity of students

It was supposed to be an event dedicated to the world of school and so it was. Apple puts teachers and students at the center of its development plans, offering them a new low-cost iPad and a series of applications and platforms designed to help them both between the desks of school and when they are at home.

In the setting of the "Lane Tech College Prep High School" in Chicago (high school that prepares specialized in technical and scientific disciplines) the heads of the Cupertino company have therefore removed the veil from the new iPad 2018, a tablet capable of running augmented reality apps and compatible with the Apple Pencil. The goal, as stated from the stage of the U.S. high school, is to effectively contribute to the learning and creativity of students, providing them with tools that can facilitate their lives in the classroom and beyond.

How is the new 9.7-inch iPad"

The 2018 edition of the 9.7-inch iPad is an evolution of the previous year's model, also presented in March. The iPad 9.7-inch 2018 spec sheet features an A10 Fusion SoC (the same one fitted by iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus), capable of running complex augmented reality apps, Touch ID device unlock, 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. Completing the list of technical specifications is a battery capable of providing up to 10 hours of battery life and a 9.7-inch Retina Display LCD

The biggest difference between the two devices lies in support for the Apple Pencil, the smart pen that allows you to turn the bitten apple tablet into a notebook for notes or freehand drawings. Even on the new iPad, the Apple Pencil will be compatible with apps such as Notability, Pages, Numbers, Keynote and Microsoft Office. And, of course, the new Schoolwork, the app designed specifically to facilitate and enhance the work between the desks of students and teachers.

Price and availability Italy iPad 9.7" 2018

The iPad 9.7-inch 2018 is already available and can be purchased on the portal and in Apple Stores. The cost of the Apple tablet is 359 euros in the 32 gigabyte version and Wi-Fi connectivity and 489 euros in the 32 gigabyte version with cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity. The Apple Pencil can be purchased separately at a price of 99 euros.

What is the "Creativity for All" program and the Schoolwork app

The new iPad 2018, however, was not the only star of the Apple event. As widely announced, in fact, the Cupertino company was in Chicago to show new products designed for students and teachers: the 9.7-inch budget iPad, first of all, but also a platform designed to stimulate creativity between the desks of the school.

With the program "Creativity for All", Apple wants to make the task easier for teachers who want to integrate in an easy and fun way topics such as drawing, music, directing and photography in the curriculum of any subject. This is joined by Schoolwork, a platform that helps teachers monitor student progress, allowing them to assign assign homework, send communications and leverage compatible apps throughout their lessons.