Apple introduces all-new 9.7-inch iPad with Pencil support

Apple has just announced an all-new 9.7-inch iPad, describing the tablet as its “most affordable iPad” yet and confirming it will work with the Apple Pencil. Apple said that the device was designed for powerful AR apps.

The new slate looks very similar to the current budget iPad. Apple says it has 10 hour battery life, 8MP rear camera, HD FaceTime camera, A10 Fusion chip, GPS, a compass, and of course an LTE option. It also supports same tilt and pressure sensing as the iPad Pro.

One of the main applications aimed at the new iPad is augmented reality, fueled by the device’s Retina display, powerful chip, enhanced cameras, and advanced sensors with a gyroscope and accelerometer. The tablet was built for mobility and durability for students, sporting an aluminum unibody construction.

The new iPad is available starting today, begins shipping this week, and the price starts at $329. Schools will be able to purchase the tablet starting at $299 (similar to current education pricing). Apple will also be offering a $10 discount on Apple Pencil for students.

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