Apple has announced a new 9.7-inch iPad

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The new iPad, which goes on sale Tuesday, keeps its familiar design and $329 price, but gets a speed boost and support for Apple's Pencil stylus. The cheapest 9.7-inch option in the UAE starts at Dh1,299.

Since the new 9.7-inch iPad is here, the old one is not going to see a price reduction. Apple will also bump students and teachers' iCloud accounts to 200 GB for free. The service, which is freely available to teachers, will also use Apple Pencil, a stylus, so students can draw and sketch on iPads. The Apple Pencil can be purchased for Dhs399.

CEO Tim Cook unveiled the device at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago, Illinois, with 300 teachers from all over the world in attendance.

"[We] strongly believe that technology has a role to play in the classroom".

At the education event earlier today, Apple revealed a 9.7-inch new iPad with Pencil support - adding this useful functionality that was previously limited to Pro models.

Of course, Apple does have a keyboard for the iPad. This cloud-based app will tell students what their assignment is, and send them to the proper app so they can get it done. Microsoft and Apple had about a 20 percent market share in 2017, giving Google a strong lead. Which makes sense, because laptops are significantly more expensive, and most of us can't justify dropping more than a thousand bucks every time there's a new MacBook.

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Apple made up just 17 percent of the K-12 United States educational market in the third quarter, according to data from Futuresource Consulting.

Permeating the event were repeated references to augmented reality, both from how the horsepower in the new iPad will "enable incredible AR experiences simply not possible on other devices", to how the Swift Playgrounds app, which is used to teach kids to code, will be updated with an ARKit module.

If you're desperately in need of a new computer and missed the deals over the holidays, you'll be glad to hear that Best Buy is having a massive sale on MacBook Airs from now until April 1.

"Join us to hear new creative ideas for teachers and students", an Apple invitation to the event stated. Since then, the device has endured a roller-coaster ride, but with a noticeable decline.

Notably, Apple is planning to boost screen size by 15 percent, a major increase that will likely translate to a larger overall chassis.

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