Tech: Apple unveils new iPad for schools
Apple’s latest iPad is aimed at “winning more school districts’ dollars,” said Jack Nicas and Natasha Singer in The New York Times. The tech giant’s CEO, Tim Cook, traveled to a Chicago high school this week to unveil an upgraded version of the iPad and a handful of educational software tools designed for students and teachers. The 9.7-inch tablet, priced at $299 for schools and $329 for consumers, has a speedier processor and can pair with Apple Pencil, the company’s stylus. Cook also revealed students would now receive 200 gigabytes of free cloud storage, and debuted new software, including Schoolwork, an app for teachers to create and track assignments.
Apple was until recently the dominant player in the education market, but it “has lost significant ground to archrival Google,” said Dan Gallagher in The Wall Street Journal. In 2013, Apple accounted for nearly half of the laptops and tablets sold to U.S. schools, while Google’s less expensive Chromebooks accounted for 20 percent. But last year, devices running Google’s Chrome OS grabbed 58 percent of the “budget-conscious” education market. “Altering that trajectory will be a major challenge, even for the world’s most valuable company.” ■