Apple held an education-themed event in Chicago today to introduce a cheaper 9.7-inch iPad primarily aimed at students. This new tablet starts at a pricing of Rs. 28,000 in India. In the US, it is priced at $299 for students and $329 for general consumers. One of the major highlights of this device is that it has got support for Apple Pencil. Previously Pencil was only supported in higher end iPads like the iPad Pro but now the cheapest one supports it as well. The new iPad will be available for purchase in India starting April.
The iPad is powered by an A10 Fusion chip and promises 10 hours of battery life. The device fits in a 9.7-inch display bearing a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. There’s an 8-megapixel rear camera and a HD camera on the front. It has got Touch ID in its home button for authentication. The tablet is available in three colours: Silver, Space Gray and a new Gold Finish.
There are two variants of the new iPad, one with Wi-Fi and the other one being Wi-Fi + Cellular. Even on the storage front, there’s a 32GB model and another 128GB variant. Pricing for the 32GB, Wi-Fi model is set at Rs. 28,000 whereas the Wi-Fi + Cellular variant would cost Rs. 38,600 in India.
Apple has also introduced a couple of new accessories in partnership with Logitech. A new stylus termed as ‘Crayon’ is priced at $49 and is compatible with this new iPad. There’s a newly launched rugged keyboard case as well, pricing and availability details regarding which hasn’t been revealed yet.
Apple offers 5GB of iCloud storage to its users but students purchasing this iPad will have access to 200GB of space.
However, getting an Apple Pencil and keyboard along with this new iPad will cost you a lot more. This will make it slightly difficult for Apple to compete against cheaper alternatives like Google’s Chromebook, which has begun supporting styluses as well.
Video of the new iPad: