Apple’s new iPad with Apple Pencil support is for schools

Steve Jobs stood before the world about 10 years ago to introduce the first iPhone and spent time rubbishing the idea of touchscreen devices that required a stylus. “Nobody wants a stylus. So let’s not use a stylus,” he said. He would be rolling over in his grave right now. The new Apple iPad 9.7-inch uses a stylus, the Apple Pencil.

This reminds us of how Steve Jobs also fought against the idea of a bigger iPhone. We know how that went too. In life, never say never.

The new iPad 9.7 is an entry-level iPad targeted at schools and comes in two variants – WiFi only variant and WiFi plus cellular variant. The cellular variant supports 2G, 3G and 4G networks.

Apple iPad 9.7-inch pencil

Schools can purchase the iPad from $299 and Apple Pencil for $89, a $10 drop from its open market price.

Apple iPad 9.7-inch Specifications and Price

Find below the full iPad 9.7-inch specs, features, availability and price.

Wireless Network and Software

  • 2G: GSM, GPRS, EDGE 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz; CDMA 800 / 1900 MHz
  • 3G: UMTS, WCDMA, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 MHz; CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
  • 4G: LTE frequency bands 1(2100) / 2(1900) / 3(1800) / 4(1700/2100) / 5(850) / 7(2600) / 8(900) / 12(700) / 13(700) / 17(700) / 18(800) / 19(800) / 20(800) / 25(1900) / 26(850) / 27(800) / 28(700) / 29(700) / 30(2300) / 38(2600) / 39(1900) / 40(2300) / 41(2500)
  • SIM Type: Nano-SIM / Apple e-SIM
  • OS: iOS 11.3

Design

  • Dimensions: 240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm
  • Weight: 470 g
  • Display: 5.7 inches, 1536 x 2048 pixels, IPS LCD display with Scratch-resistant glass and oleophobic coating
  • Sensors: Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyro, Compass, Barometer
  • Build: Aluminum unibody
  • Colours: Silver. Space Gray. Gold

Hardware

  • Processor Type: 64-bit Quad-core 2.34 GHz
  • Processor Name: Apple A10 Fusion
  • Graphics Processor: PowerVR Series7XT Plus
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Internal Storage: 32GB / 128GB
  • External Storage: No

Cameras

  • Rear: 8 megapixels, auto-focus, LED flash
  • Video recording: 1080 @ 30fps
  • Front-facing: 1.2 megapixels

Multimedia

  • Music Support: MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
  • Audio:
  • Loudspeaker: Stereo
  • Video Support: MP4/MPEG4/H.263/H.264 player
  • FM Radio: No

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth: v4.2
  • WiFi: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, hotspot
  • GPS: Yes
  • USB: v2.0, Proprietary

Miscellaneous

  • Charging: Regular
  • Battery Type and Capacity: Li-Ion
  • Announced: March 27, 2018
  • Availability: March 27, 2018
  • Smartphone Price: $299 (USA) / €349 (Europe) / £319 (UK)

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2 thoughts on “Apple’s new iPad with Apple Pencil support is for schools

  • March 28, 2018 at 10:20 am
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    Hehehe….

    Steve Jobs,. Only thing constant in Life is Change.

    Guess, Stve Jobs of blessed memeory never took that quote seriously.

    A stylus pen would be a natural fit fr the ipad, it’s a definite plus here

  • April 2, 2018 at 6:48 am
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    They have to adapt to the market dynamics thereby forgoing some of Steve jobs earlier believe. You can never say never..

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