Apple unveils new 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support + A10 Fusion chip at education event

Apple has unveiled a new 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support at its education event. Prior to today, Apple Pencil support has been limited to Pro models of the iPad.

Apple previously offered a 9.7-inch version of the original iPad Pro which worked with Apple Pencil, but it was replaced a year and a half later with the 10.5-inch model.

The new education-focused model brings support without the Pro label (and price).


Apple is also releasing new versions of its iWork suite with new Pencil features including a smart annotation feature in beta, and Pages will now support iBooks creation.


A few numbers shared during the keynote:


200,000 education apps made for iPad

1 million for iPad total

9.7-inch screen size most popular

Spec wise, the new model upgrades the A9 chip to the newer A10 Fusion chip while still offering both Wi-Fi and LTE models. A10 Fusion is the chip used by iPhone 7 series phones — the current iPad Pros use an A10X chip with beefier graphics but similar performance speed-wise.


Price wise, the new iPads will go for $329 for consumers and $299 for schools. New models will be available to order from today and ship starting this week.

Specs are very similar to the original 9.7-inch iPad Pro — minus Smart Connector and True Tone display — with the chip actually being faster.

That makes the $329 price quite interesting with the hardware being so similar to the $599 model that ships not so long ago.



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