Ap­ple’s March event

David Price re­veals ev­ery­thing Ap­ple an­nounced

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Ap­ple re­cently held an ed­u­ca­tion fo­cused event at Lane Tech Col­lege Prep high school, Chicago, at which the firm in­tro­duced a new iPad, and made some ed­u­ca­tion fo­cused soft­ware an­nounce­ments.

Tim Cook took to the stage to dis­cuss Ap­ple’s fo­cus on ed­u­ca­tion, say­ing: “At Ap­ple we care deeply about ed­u­ca­tion be­cause we love kids and we love teach­ers”.

He said ed­u­ca­tion has been a big part of who Ap­ple is for 40 years. “We had a unique in­sight into how tech­nol­ogy could in­spire kids to un­leash their cre­ative ge­nius. And we be­lieved that tech­nol­ogy could help teach­ers de­liver a unique and per­son­al­ized learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to all kids. We’ve never stopped be­lieve this, and we’ve never stopped work­ing on it.”

Cook added: “We know our prod­ucts can help bring out the cre­ative ge­nius in ev­ery kid”.

In fact, ”Macs and iPads are used through­out schools by stu­dents for ev­ery­thing from mu­sic to lan­guage arts and even ad­vanced robotics”.

He dis­cussed some of the ed­u­ca­tion projects Ap­ple has been in­volved with. Such as a 10-year study called ‘Ap­ple Class­rooms of To­mor­row’ of which he said: “en­gage­ment in­creased ex­po­nen­tially for stu­dents and teach­ers who had ac­cess to our prod­ucts.”

There are also classes for stu­dents and teach­ers at the Ap­ple re­tail stores, in­clud­ing the Every­one Can Code ini­tia­tive with Swift Play­grounds that makes it easy to teach cod­ing.

“To­day we’re go­ing to take those ex­pe­ri­ences even fur­ther and to start it off we’re go­ing to talk about iPad,” said Cook as Ap­ple’s vice pres­i­dent of world­wide iPod, iPhone, and iOS prod­uct mar­ket­ing, Greg Joswiak, ar­rived on stage.

New iPad

Ap­ple has in­tro­duced a new iPad – it’s got an A10 chip (The iPad Pro has an A10X chip) and a 10-

hour bat­tery. It also has an 8Mp cam­era, 1080P HD video, up to 300Mb/s LTE, com­pass, GPS and weighs 469g.

It only has 32GB stor­age, though. We imag­ine Ap­ple is jus­ti­fy­ing this small amount due to the fact that a lot of the con­tent will be stored and ac­cessed in iCloud. It’s prob­a­bly a good thing that the 5GB iCloud stor­age will be bumped to 200GB for schools and iPad man­age­ment, then.

Prices start at £319 for the 32GB with WiFi model and £449 for the 32GB with Wi-Fi + Cel­lu­lar mode, al­though schools will get money off, thanks to Ap­ple’s ed­u­ca­tion dis­count. You can or­der it at fave.co/2GyRup4. The 128GB ver­sion costs £409, or £539 for the Wi-Fi + Cel­lu­lar model. We are wait­ing for con­fir­ma­tion of the UK ed­u­ca­tion dis­count.

Ap­ple Pen­cil

The new iPad works with the Ap­ple Pen­cil, which you can use in Pages, Keynote, Num­bers. Use Smart an­no­ta­tion or il­lus­trate a re­port.

It’s avail­able for pur­chase sep­a­rately for £89 at fave.co/2Gk8092. Again, schools can take ad­van­tage of a dis­counted price, though we are await­ing con­fir­ma­tion of the UK ed­u­ca­tion price.

Dig­i­tal Books

Ap­ple is in­tro­duc­ing an up­date to Pages on the iPad that will make it sim­ple to cre­ate books. Videos can be added to Pages Books, and with the Ap­ple Pen­cil teach­ers and stu­dents will be able to per­son­al­ize your books with il­lus­tra­tions.

Other soft­ware up­dates

Pages: Dig­i­tal book cre­ation tools will be built right into Pages, more in­for­ma­tion above.

AR on the iPad: Thanks to AR we’ll see apps such as one where stu­dents can dis­sect a vir­tual frog (see over­leaf) with their Ap­ple Pen­cil. “There’s no doubt that AR is go­ing to dra­mat­i­cally change the way this gen­er­a­tion learns,” said Ap­ple’s Greg Joswiak. There will also be an AR Kit mod­ule for Ap­ple’s App De­vel­op­ment with Swift pro­gram.

Clips: Ap­ple’s app for mak­ing and shar­ing fun videos with text, spe­cial ef­fects, and graphics, is get­ting new shapes and styles. It also has child-fo­cused fil­ters and posters.

GarageBand: Now gets a Kid sound pack with an­i­mal sounds.

Ap­ple’s Class­room app: This will now be avail­able on both Mac and iPad. It was first rolled out in March 2016. It will ar­rive in May.

School­work: New app that will let teach­ers cre­ate and send as­sign­ments

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