At 23 o'clock on March 27th, Beijing time, Apple held an education-related spring conference in Chicago. At the conference, Apple officially released a new iPad product. This is an upgraded model of the 9.7-inch iPad last year. It is also a cheap iPad product that Apple has long been rumored to be. However, with the theme of education, “cheap” is naturally aimed at students.
The new iPad has a 9.7-inch Retina-class display screen, and the casing is still made of aluminum metal, but the key is to provide support for Apple Pencil. Apple said that by supporting Apple Pencil, students can be more creative. Whether it is handwriting and drawing, or screenshots, Apple Pencil supports them all.
Apple believes that Apple Pencil was first introduced as an iPad Pro. It is already the most popular and most feature-rich tool and is popular among students, professionals, and creatives. Now supporting the new 9.7-inch iPad will allow more users to experience the creativity and efficiency of this creative tool. Apple then stated that Apple Pencil can provide a very smooth and natural drawing and painting experience on the new iPad with advanced sensors for measuring pressure and tilt angles, providing pixel-perfect accuracy and ultra-low latency thanks to anti-palp Technology allows users to use the Apple Pencil with their hands on the screen.
For the remaining highlights, the new 9.7-inch iPad is powered by the A10 Fusion processor. Apple said that A10 has improved CPU performance by 40% compared to the A9, and GPU graphics performance has increased by 50%. On the back of the iPad, it is equipped with an 8 megapixel camera that supports 1080p video capture and can also be used for document scanning. In addition, the new iPad also provides Touch ID fingerprint sensor, built-in digital compass, iBeacon micro-positioning, barometer, three-axis gyroscope and accelerometer.
Apple specifically mentioned the support for powerful AR augmented reality application design in the new 9.7-inch iPad, claiming that it can provide users with powerful, incredible and other advantages under the retina display, A10 chip, more powerful cameras and advanced sensors. The immersive experience that the device can't realize, this new iPad is designed for the new generation AR application.
In addition, Apple specifically designed a new iWork suite for Apple iPad-enabled iPad. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote have fully supported Apple Pencil, as well as third-party Notability and Microsoft Office.
Apple said that the iPad is Apple’s vision for future computing. There are hundreds of millions of users in the world who use the iPad daily for work, study, and entertainment. The new 9.7-inch iPad not only has all the user's favorite features, but also on this basis to further optimize and upgrade, further stimulate people's creativity and learning ability.
In terms of selling price and listing date, the new 9.7-inch iPad will have silver, dark gray and gold. According to the configuration, there are two kinds of quotes. The price for 32GB + Wi-Fi version for education is 2388 yuan (Apple Pencil purchased separately 668 yuan), while the price for the mass market is RMB 2588 yuan. As for the 32GB + Cellular Edition quoted at 3588 yuan. Both versions will be officially shipped in more than 25 countries from the beginning of this week, with reservations available from today.
Finally, for users who believe that Apple Pencil is too expensive, it is now possible to purchase third-party pens from Logitech for $49.