Apple’s upgraded iPad includes Apple Pencil support, costs $299 for schools

Apple’s big education event just wrapped up, and as expected, the company introduced a new education-focused iPad.

This updated iPad comes with a 9.7-inch display with a resolution of 2048×1536, just like the more affordable iPad that launched one year ago. It’s got an upgraded A10 Fusion processor, though, which Apple says offers 40 percent faster CPU performance and 50 percent faster graphics performance compared to the previous 9.7-inch iPad.

Another notable upgrade of this new iPad is Apple Pencil support. Previously, this feature was only available to iPad Pro models, but now the most affordable iPad also works with Apple’s stylus.

Apple is also including an 8MP rear camera on this updated iPad, an HD FaceTime camera, and Touch ID for security. The battery is rated to last 10 hours on a single charge, and Apple plans to offer a version with cellular connectivity built-in.

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Despite its education focus, this updated iPad will be sold to consumers, too. It’s available to order online today and will begin shipping this week. The new 32GB iPad will cost $329 for regular consumers, but schools can purchase one for $299. Pricing for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model starts at $459.

The Apple Pencil will be discounted for schools, too, getting knocked down to $89. Regular consumers will need to pony up $99 for the Apple Pencil.

This new iPad looks like a nice upgrade for Apple’s entry-level tablet. The Apple Pencil support means even more consumers will get a chance to use Apple’s stylus, and the internal upgrades will make it even better as a computer for students and those people who want an affordable tablet. Still, its $299 price tag could be difficult for many schools to afford, which could prevent the iPad from becoming the ubiquitous learning tool that Apple wants it to be.

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