Apple announces most affordable iPad

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Apple on Tuesday unveiled a new 9.7-inch iPad that will be available for schools in the United States for just $299 ($329 for consumers) and some classroom software.

And the 9.7-inch device - which retains the looks of its predecessors - comes with a key feature from the company's top-end iPad Pro: support for the Apple Pencil.

The new iPad will cost $329 for the 32GB Wi-Fi-only model, or $299 for schools, while the 128GB Wi-Fi model will cost $429. Apple also said it is releasing new versions of its iWork productivity apps that work with the Pencil stylus. Microsoft and Apple had about a 20 percent market share in 2017, giving Google a strong lead. Analyst Future Source found that Google gained an edge in the classroom because its devices are more affordable and linked to Google's popular software. Devices running Google's operating systems held 60 percent of the market, and Windows PCs had 22 percent.

"While I can't give any estimates as to when it'll be available, you can rest assured that a Spotify Apple Watch companion app is in the pipeline", he wrote at the time.

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Starting today, teachers and students will also get 200GB of free iCloud storage, compared to the regular 5GB, Apple said. It's got the basics - even though Apple's suggesting it's more than just that.

The new iPad, meanwhile, still includes the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, versus Face ID 3-D sensor system on the iPhone X, but adds a new A10 Fusion chip which was first released in the iPhone 7 in 2016, up from the A9 in the previous low-priced iPad.

Apple said at its event the new 9.7-inch iPad will start shipping this week. Then Greg Joswiak, a marketing exec for Apple, talked about iPads in schools and using the camera as a tool, such as with Playground Physics. Froggipedia, meanwhile, allows one to see the inner parts of a frog for study purposes - and lets you dissect it with the Apple Pencil. Apple hopes that bringing the iPad to a lower price point, with addition software features for education, will help the company regain ground it has lost in recent years. With Schoolwork, teachers have a snapshot of each student's overall class performance and can check on students' app activities and progress on their assignments. Apple also previewed a feature called Smart Annotation that can mark up a student's paper right in the Pages app. "We believe that technology could help deliver a truly unique and personalized experience to students and teachers".

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