The new iPad

Ap­ple fights back against Google with new tech aimed at schools

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - By Alex Sum­mersby

Ap­ple's lat­est iPad tar­gets the ed­u­ca­tion mar­ket.

Ap­ple has up­dated the 9.7-inch iPad, aug­mented the iWork apps, and in­tro­duced new spe­cial­ist soft­ware, all to ap­peal to the ed­u­ca­tion mar­ket. The an­nounce­ments came in a spe­cial event held on March 27th at Lane Tech­ni­cal Col­lege Prep High School in Chicago, Ap­ple’s first ed­u­ca­tion-tar­geted prod­uct launch since 2012.

The 9.7-inch iPad now sup­ports Ap­ple Pencil, comes with TouchID built-in, and is avail­able in Sil­ver, Space Gray, and a new Gold color, but the price is un­changed from the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion, start­ing at $329 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model ($299 for schools). Ap­ple Pencil is avail­able sep­a­rately for $99 ($89 for schools), al­though it was also men­tioned at the event that Log­itech is in­tro­duc­ing a new Crayon for $49, as well as a $99 Rugged Combo case and key­board.

The Ap­ple Pencil was pre­vi­ously sup­ported only in iPad Pro mod­els. Ad­vanced sen­sors mea­sure both pres­sure and tilt, with low la­tency, and the iPad’s palm re­jec­tion tech­nol­ogy even makes it pos­si­ble to rest your hand on the screen while us­ing the Pencil.

The Wi-Fi+Cel­lu­lar ver­sion of the new iPad fea­tures ul­tra­fast LTE wire­less (up to 300Mbps), which Ap­ple says can de­liver cel­lu­lar data con­nec­tions twice as fast as the pre­vi­ous it­er­a­tion (net­work and car­rier per­mit­ting).

En­hanced aps

Pages, Num­bers, and Key­note have been up­dated with Ap­ple Pencil sup­port, en­abling you to draw, sketch, or write with a Pencil di­rectly in iWork doc­u­ments, add color and tex­ture to draw­ings and di­a­grams, and more.

A new Smart An­no­ta­tion fea­ture in Pages, in­tro­duced in beta, en­ables you to add com­ments and proof marks that are an­chored to the text they are at­tached to.

Pages for iOS and macOS now of­fers eBook cre­ation. You can cre­ate an in­ter­ac­tive dig­i­tal book us­ing a va­ri­ety of templates, then cus­tom­ize it us­ing the new draw­ing tools or with im­age gal­leries and videos from your Photos li­brary. You can col­lab­o­rate in real time with class­mates or col­leagues to cre­ate books to­gether on iPad, iPhone, Mac, and Books can then be shared and will dis­play beau­ti­fully in iBooks.

Ad­di­tional new fea­tures in­clude Pre­sen­ter Mode in Pages on iPad or iPhone. The text can auto-scroll at an ad­justable speed, with text size, spac­ing, font, and back­ground color all cus­tom­iz­a­ble dur­ing text play­back.

In­te­gra­tion with Box lets users col­lab­o­rate in real time in Pages, Num­bers, and Key­note doc­u­ments stored in Box. GarageBand for iOS is also be­ing up­dated, with new sound packs for stu­dents, and there will be a new ver­sion of Clips. The Ap­ple pre­sen­ta­tion high­lighted aug­mented re­al­ity apps for the class­room in­clud­ing Frog­gi­pedia by De­sign­mate, which en­ables stu­dents to dis­sect a frog on the iPad. There will be a new AR mod­ule for Ap­ple’s pro­gram­ming en­vi­ron­ment Swift Play­grounds.

Pages, Num­bers, and Key­note for iOS and Mac are still free, and come pre­loaded on the new iPad. If you al­ready have older ver­sions of the apps, the up­dates are avail­able to down­load from the App Store and Mac App Store.

Ed­u­ca­tion sof tware

Ev­ery­one Can Cre­ate is a new, free cur­ricu­lum com­ing this fall, which is de­signed to help teach­ers in­te­grate draw­ing, film­mak­ing, mu­sic, or pho­tog­ra­phy into their ex­ist­ing les­son plans for any sub­ject. It in­cludes free learn­ing re­sources plus stu­dent and teach­ing guides. Be­gin­ning later this spring, Ap­ple Stores will be­gin teach­ing Ev­ery­one Can Cre­ate as part of their reg­u­lar To­day at Ap­ple ses­sions for ed­u­ca­tors. The new

cur­ricu­lum joins Ap­ple’s suc­cess­ful Ev­ery­one Can Code ini­tia­tive to help teach­ers keep stu­dents en­gaged.

Ap­ple also an­nounced School­work, a new app to help teach­ers cre­ate as­sign­ments, mon­i­tor stu­dent progress, and man­age apps in the class­room. Teach­ers can, for ex­am­ple, as­sign a spe­cific ac­tiv­ity within an iPad app and di­rect stu­dents straight to the spe­cific point within the app. Pop­u­lar ed­u­ca­tion apps like Near­pod, Tynker, and Ka­hoot are al­ready in­te­grat­ing sup­port for School­work.

School­work builds on the suc­cess of Ap­ple’s Class­room app, which teach­ers use to man­age stu­dent iPads, guide stu­dents, and share work. With Class­room, teach­ers can launch apps, books, and web pages on all stu­dent de­vices in a class at once, or send and re­ceive doc­u­ments. They can view stu­dent screens dur­ing class to help stu­dents stay fo­cused, as­sign shared iPads to spe­cific stu­dents for class, and even re­set a stu­dent’s pass­word. Ap­ple an­nounced that Class­room is com­ing to the Mac in June.

Fi­nally, any teacher or stu­dent with a Man­aged Ap­ple ID will now get a hefty 200GB of free iCloud

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All these highly tar­geted in­no­va­tions come be­cause Ap­ple, for many decades dom­i­nant in the US ed­u­ca­tion mar­ket, has in re­cent years lost ground to Chrome­books. Google has ex­ploited the pop­u­lar­ity of its cheap al­ways-con­nected lap­tops among stu­dents, cre­at­ing dash­boards and con­trol soft­ware for teach­ers and school ad­min­is­tra­tors, con­struct­ing a kind of ed­u­ca­tion ecosys­tem of its own. Ap­ple needed to fight back, and is do­ing so by of­fer­ing its own ed­u­ca­tion ecosys­tem, which builds on its his­toric strengths, in­clud­ing its ex­ist­ing li­brary of 200,000 ed­u­ca­tion apps on the App Store, and adds fea­tures such as shared iPads and man­age­ment soft­ware, tak­ing on Google on key points. Ap­ple ex­ec­u­tives are em­pha­siz­ing ex­plic­itly, in case any­one missed the point, that the en­hanced iPad “is more pow­er­ful than a Chrome­book or PC.” Ap­ple CEO Tim Cook said at March’s event that ed­u­ca­tion has al­ways been an im­por­tant fo­cus at Ap­ple over its 40-plus-year his­tory; it cer­tainly looks se­ri­ous about ed­u­ca­tion now.

stor­age, a sig­nif­i­cant jump from the pre­vi­ous 5GB.

Stu­dents and teach­ers now get more free iCloud stor­age.

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