At its education event in Chicago, Apple pulled back the curtain on a new 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support. This classroom-focused model is similar to the existing 9.7-inch iPad, with identical bezels and a Touch ID sensor. The main difference is the added Apple Pencil functionality, something that was only available on iPad Pro models. The device comes in both Wi-Fi and LTE variations and features an 8MP camera, as well as the same A10 Fusion chip used on the iPhone 7 series.
For teachers, an app called Smart Annotation will allow them to mark Pages directly, while augmented-reality apps like Froggipedia enables students to virtually dissect frogs using the Apple Pencil. Apple says that are currently 200,000 education apps available now at the App Store.
The new iPads are priced at $329 for consumers and $299 for schools. The Apple Pencil, meanwhile, is $89 for students and $99 for everyone else. Purchase your iPad now at apple.com.