Budget iPad (2018) Unveiled During March Event
According to anonymous sources who have talked to Bloomberg , a relatively cheap iPad will be announced next Tuesday. This tablet serves as a successor for the iPad (2017) and would focus on the educational market. That theme is most likely to come back on more points during the presentation, as the event takes place in an American secondary school.
Another rumor, coming from the ever-reliable Ming-Chi Kuo, states that this iPad gets support for the Apple Pencil. This is based mainly on the logo of the March event, which is clearly made with the stylus. With the Pencil you can immediately draw and write accurately on the screen of your iPad. A matching keyboard is also in the pipeline, says Kuo.
By means of these accessories, the cheap iPad should primarily compete with Google’s Chromebooks. Currently, these laptops are popular among students and students, especially because of their low price tag. These Google laptops are available from around 220 euros, making Kuo think the new iPad will cost about 259 euros.
ClassKit: Better Education With Apple
In addition to the new iPad, announcements are also expected in the software field. Apple is working on new software for educational developers, under the name ClassKit . This makes iOS devices, such as the aforementioned iPad, more useful for, for example, administering tests or keeping track of homework. A major update for the already existing Classroom app is also expected.
With a cheaper iPad and the accompanying software, Apple hopes to regain a market share in education from Microsoft and Google. These companies have acquired a large part of the educational market with cheap Windows laptops and Chromebooks. Apple hopes to have a good answer with a budget iPad.
The cheaper MacBook (Air) mentioned in earlier rumors is still under development according to Bloomberg. The device has to cost less than a thousand dollars and replaces the MacBook Air series, which has not been updated for a while. However, the laptop is not yet ready to be unveiled next Tuesday, and is only scheduled for later in the year.