Apple expected to launch new low-cost iPads at next week’s education event

Apple is expected to unveil at least one new low-cost iPad model at next week’s education event, Bloomberg reports. The event, announced last week, is being held on Tuesday at Lane Technical College Prep High School in Chicago, and is the first time Apple has held an education-related event since 2012 when it unveiled textbooks and the iBooks Author tool. According to Mark Gurman, Apple will be showing off a new version of its entry-level iPad, presumably an update to the fifth-generation iPad which debuted around this time last year starting at the previously unheard of price of $329. While there has been speculation that Apple may lower the price even further this year or introduce Apple Pencil support to the lower-end iPad, Gurman doesn’t provide any insight into that.
Gurman also notes that more education-related software is coming, noting that plans for a revamped iBooks app are still in the works, but that it’s unclear whether this will be shown next week, particularly after was pulled from later iOS 11.3 betas after making a brief initial appearance. Apple may also highlight updates to its current lineup of educational tools such as the Classroom app for the iPad, the iTunes U app, iBooks Author, and Swift Playgrounds.

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