Apple introduced its new 9.7-inch iPad during last week’s education event in Chicago. The latest version of the device is the first regular iPad that works with the Apple Pencil, allowing users to mark out screenshots, handwrite notes and create drawings.
The two models of the tablet will be available in the UK. The 32GB Wi-Fi-only model will retail for £319, and the Wi-Fi + cellular model will retail for £449. The Apple Pencil retails separately for £89.
Apple confirmed that it will offer the new iPad to schools at discounted prices. Both models will be available in silver, gold and space grey. The company also said that the device will be LTE-compatible and will work with mobile Internet plans.
The new tablet features a 9.7-inch Retina display, an eight-megapixel camera and an A10 Fusion chip that powers an iOS 11 operating system. The battery life is ten hours, and the device weighs 154g. The tablet also has more than 200,000 apps dedicated for educational purposes.
Apple noted that the iPad’s chip features 64-bit desktop-class architecture and delivers 50% faster graphics and a 40% faster CPU speed than its earlier 9.7-inch iPad. The tablet also comes with a large viewfinder to give users an immersive AR experience and will support forthcoming AR apps.
Greg Joswiak, Apple’s Vice President of Product Marketing, said that the latest version of the iPad is the company’s vision of computing during school, work and play for millions of users around the globe.