Apple Online Store Goes Down Ahead of Education Event

Apple launch live 2018 iPad event

The A10 Fusion is the chip used by iPhone 7 phones, which are quite speedy despite falling behind models like the newer iPad Pro and the current generation of high-end flagships.

Apple invited journalists to an event in Chicago to show off its latest education-related technologies, one of which is a new iPad that replaces the 2017-vintage suffix-less model.

Apple unveiled a new $299 iPad for the education market with custom software and support for the Apple Pencil and AR. Today, Apple introduced multi-user support, allowing multiple students to use a single iPad.

"I think Apple moved the ball forward, but I don't see districts swapping out Chromebooks or PCs en masse", Moorhead said.

But in elementary and high schools, Apple has gone from teacher's pet to the back of the class. This will automatically generate a Managed Apple ID for every new user.

At an event in Chicago today Apple showed off its newest version of the tablet and it's created to be much more affordable than past models. It arrives in stores later this week in Canada and more than 24 other countries and regions. Apple has iWork, which added features in recent years but remains less familiar to teachers than Google's productivity suite or Microsoft's Office.

Apple has a long way to go to regain the high ground it once held in education technology.

As noted by ZDNet's Larry Dignan, it's clear that Apple is working to compete against the dominance of Google's Chromebooks in education. I'm also looking for the ways Apple bakes privacy into its iPad software, an advantage it frequently touts over Google.

Apple didn't stop at hardware either. Apple grew 3 percent a year ago and leads the industry with about a quarter of the market. That's a huge market that Apple does not want to miss out on.

Everyone Can Create helps teachers spark creativity in the classroom. "This is something that only Apple can do". The framework is also now in beta for iPad. It joins Apple's "Everyone Can Code" initiative, aimed at getting more young people to learn computer programming skills. This will let teachers send students to specific parts of apps to conduct classwork or access material. Students will also get 200 GB of free iCloud storage. The announcement drew loud cheers from the crowd of journalists and teachers packed into Lane Tech's auditorium.

Apple didn't make design changes that might help make an upgrade feel key to existing iPad owners.

Apple is feeling the heat in the classroom.

Tuesday's event comes at a time when the entire tech sector is under heavy scrutiny in the wake of Facebook's Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

Apple realises the challenges and opportunities in the education sector. In 2013, Apple struck a deal with LA Unified for the purchase of over 40,000 iPads using bond funds. There's no trace of it on Apple's very own website.

This is Apple's first education-focused keynote in six years - and its second ever.

Apple said the updated 9.7-inch iPad, which includes a faster processor, would continue to cost $329, the lowest-priced tablet available from the company.

Chromebooks are popular due to their affordability, reliability, simplicity, quick boot-up and "because students seem to like the keyboard", said Alison Bullock, digital literacy support teacher with the Waterloo Region District School Board. It will also work with Macs in the future. The city's mayor Rahm Emanuel tweeted that he was proud to host Mr Cook for Tuesday's event.

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