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Apple Event: You didn't miss much.

Today Apple held a major press event at a school in Chicago. A select group of tech journalists from all over the world descended on Chicago's Lane Tech College Prep School where it was revealed that they wasted their time traveling to Chicago. Don't get me wrong. I love Chicago. But I wouldn't have even traveled their from the suburbs for this.

The focus of the event was on education. They also introduced a new version of their $330 iPad, not to be confused with the iPad Air, which has been removed from the Apple Store... presumably to avoid confusion. The new iPad sports the A10 from the iPhone 7, and includes Apple Pencil support.

I was initially dismayed to hear them stuffing this with the iPhone 7's chip, but there are benchmarks that suggest it slightly outperforms the original iPad Pro and iPad Pro 9.7".

If you're looking for a cheap iPad upgrade the new iPad is available for order today, with delivery on April 2nd.

Reader Comments 5

There was an update to GarageBand for iOS that Apple kind of stretched make education-related because along with some other stuff there's a new download for a set of "educational" toy box sounds.
March 28, 2018  | person DavidF
Yeah, we really need facial control over GarageBand... :-p
March 28, 2018  | person dysamoria
I appreciate these reports, Tim. Saves me the trouble of going "meh."
I'll chime back in to say I work in education and people where I work were kind of excited about the new iPad, which is really $299 if you can get the educational discount, supposedly pretty easy to do. The pencil is still another $99.
March 29, 2018  | person DavidF
We'll know for sure once the benchmarks hit, but the iPhone 7 beats out the Air 2 by quite a bit on Geekbench.

So if this new iPad has the same chip it's a welcome update. I hesitated buying an Air 2 as it was getting on a bit, but the Pro was too much of a hike in price. Maybe I'll pick one up in time and finally enter the magical 64-bit realm.
March 29, 2018  | person Bob
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