Never a company to rest on its laurels, tech titan Apple has just released the latest iteration of its mega-popular iPad. Measuring in at 9.7 inches, the tablet aims primarily for the education market, inviting students to get creative with their devices. To help achieve that goal, the new iPad is compatible with Apple Pencil, allowing users to sketch ideas, write notes, tag up images or whatever else strikes their fancy. Also included are a range of mainstay features along with some notable upgrades.
Equipped with a proprietary A10 Fusion chip, 64-bit desktop-class architecture and a gorgeous 9.7 inch Retina display, the new iPad delivers crisp resolution at faster speeds. Also featured are optimised front and rear facing cameras, which keep those Facetime calls and HD recordings sharp, even in low-lighting conditions. All that built-in tech additionally amounts to a swift and immersive augmented reality experience. Meanwhile, Apple Pencil is a handy resource to say the least, able to draw organically while advanced sensors keep the accuracy high and latency low. Along similar lines, the device serves up a full range of useful apps along with multi-task functions like Split View and Slide Over, while a Files app enables seamless access to important documents via iCloud. Rounding out the tablet’s charms is sturdy, aluminium unibody construction.
Of course, the big question hanging over the iPad’s head is whether or not it can successfully penetrate the education market. As most industry experts are quick to point out, Google has made significant headway in that particular market by way of their Chromebook, which is both highly functional and quite affordable. And while Apple does offer the newest iPad to schools at a slightly reduced rate, that price is still somewhat out of sync with most public education budgets. As for the rest of us, the 9.7 inch iPad will retail starting at A$469, with the Apple Pencil available for purchase separately at A$145.