Apple 2018 iPad review: OK for schools, great for everyone else

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REVIEW: Let’s start this quick review with some harsh truth: Apple’s 2018 9.7-inch iPad is a “press release” product, not an “Apple Keynote” product. Despite Apple’s decision to unveil its latest tablet in a high school auditorium, this isn’t a brand new, made-for-education “ePad” —…Read More
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Tim Cook schools Facebook on privacy, talks upcoming campus and education strategy in new interview

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Apple’s Tim Cook sat down today with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Recode’s Kara Swisher for an interview following the company’s special education event yesterday. Cook shared more details about Apple’s vision for how tech and education will complement each other, the future of jobs, his ideas and some advice on privacy, and some choice words for Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.

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Apple discounts new iPad for schools and education customers at $299

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In an attempt to make it easier for schools and educational customers to bring iPad into the classroom, Apple is providing its 2018 iPad at a discount, cutting the just-announced tablet from the regular starting price of $ 329 down to $ 299.
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Apple’s upgraded iPad includes Apple Pencil support, costs $299 for schools

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Apple’s big education event just wrapped up, and as expected, the company introduced a new education-focused iPad.

This updated iPad comes with a 9.7-inch display with a resolution of 2048×1536, just like the more affordable iPad that launched one year ago. It’s got an upgraded A10 Fusion processor, though, which Apple says offers 40 percent faster CPU performance and 50 percent faster graphics performance compared to the previous 9.7-inch iPad.

Another notable upgrade of this new iPad is Apple Pencil support. Previously, this feature was only available to iPad Pro models, but now the most affordable iPad also works with Apple’s stylus.

Apple is also including an 8MP rear camera on this updated iPad, an HD FaceTime camera, and Touch ID for security. The battery is rated to last 10 hours on a single charge, and Apple plans to offer a version with cellular connectivity built-in.

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Despite its education focus, this updated iPad will be sold to consumers, too. It’s available to order online today and will begin shipping this week. The new 32GB iPad will cost $ 329 for regular consumers, but schools can purchase one for $ 299. Pricing for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model starts at $ 459.

The Apple Pencil will be discounted for schools, too, getting knocked down to $ 89. Regular consumers will need to pony up $ 99 for the Apple Pencil.

This new iPad looks like a nice upgrade for Apple’s entry-level tablet. The Apple Pencil support means even more consumers will get a chance to use Apple’s stylus, and the internal upgrades will make it even better as a computer for students and those people who want an affordable tablet. Still, its $ 299 price tag could be difficult for many schools to afford, which could prevent the iPad from becoming the ubiquitous learning tool that Apple wants it to be.

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Google Pulls A Ballmer 2010, Announces Chrome OS Tablet For Schools Ahead Of Apple’s Education-Focused iPad Event

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With Apple expected to announce a new, low-end and ultimately low-cost iPad during its education-focused March 27th event, Google has sought to steal a march on its long time competitor by getting a tablet of its own out the door first.

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Making The Grade: Apple needs an Identity Management Solution to take over schools

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Making The Grade is a new weekly series from Bradley Chambers covering Apple in education. Bradley has been managing Apple devices in an education environment since 2009. Through his experience deploying and managing 100s of Macs and 100s of iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in which Apple’s products work at scale, stories from the trenches of IT management, and ways Apple could improve its products for students.


An e-mail account is one of the first things you get when you are hired at a school as a faculty member. It’s your identity. It’s how you contact people. It’s how they contact you. For all the other excellent communication services in 2018, e-mail is still essential.

It’s also an area that Apple continues to ignore for anything outside of personal use.

If you aren’t in the education world, I’m going to tell you something you may not know: G-Suite (Google’s enterprise server for Gmail-type services) is free for schools. It’s been free since at least 2009 (as far back as I’ve been working in education). On top of this, they include unlimited storage.

Why does this matter to Apple? For every iPad that is deployed to a staff member, that person also has an email account. The two most common providers in education today are Google and Microsoft.

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Lenovo’s rugged Chromebooks for schools make note taking a breeze

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Lenovo has a new trio of Chromebooks, all of which are designed to be used and abused in schools. Featuring reinforced hinges, ports, and keyboards, and capable of withstanding 30-inch drops, they’re the very essence of ruggedized technology. And to my sentimental eyes, they look like a throwback to the good old days of Asus Eee PC netbooks from a decade ago. Pure function at a universally accessible price.

Starting off with the most basic 100e Chromebook, which costs $ 219, Lenovo gives you an awesome little keyboard with plenty of key travel and zero typing fatigue. That’s tied to an 11.6-inch screen that has a resolution of 1336 x 768 and frankly atrocious viewing angles. I’d highly recommend stepping up to the $ 279 300e Chromebook,…

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