Apple’s “Let’s Take a Field Trip” Media Event Highlights

Here are some of the highlights from Apple’s first media event of 2018, held earlier today in Chicago.

Apple CEO Tim Cook opened the event saying, “We are deeply inspired by the courage of students using their voices to bring about change in America.”

Education has always been an Important focus in Apple’s 40-year history.

The big announcement at today’s event was the introduction of a new iPad.  Here are the details.

  • 7 inch Retina Display.
  • A10 Fusion chip.
  • Touch ID.
  • 8MP Cameria with HD Video.
  • 300 Mbps LTE.
  • Supports the Apple Pencil.
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life.
  • Updating the iWorks suite with new versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote that will all support the Apple Pencil to allow “Smart Annotation.”
  • A new feature being built into Pages will be some version of iBook Author.
  • Updated versions of iWorks will be preloaded onto iPads free of charge.
  • Weighs 1 pound.
  • Starting price of $329 for retail customers and $299 for schools.
  • Available for order today with shipments starting later this week.
  • The new version of iWorks is available for download today.
  • GarageBand for iOS also being updated today with new sound packs for students.

Other Announcements

  • Apple will now offer students 200GB of iCloud storage at schools for free. This is up from the previous 5GB
  • Apple introducing new apps for teachers, (available in June).
    • Classroom app for Mac
    • Schoolwork – free cloud-based app to assign handouts and track student progress.
  • Apple’s open-source programming language, Swift” is the fastest growing programming language.
    • Swift Playground is now available in 15 languages in 155 countries.
    • Apple is introducing a new curriculum called “Everyone Can Create”.
    • It will focus on music, video, photography and drawing.
    • Available for preview starting today

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