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Everything You Need to Know About Apple’s New iPad


Today, at Apple’s “Let’s Take a Field Trip” Education event, the company announced a newer, cheaper iPad, plus some new software that should make life easier on teachers and students alike. Here are the important bits from Apple’s presentation today.

The New iPad Is More Powerful For the Same Price

Before today’s event, you could either buy a $329 iPad ($299 for schools) with low specs, or you could spring for the iPad Pro starting at $650 for a more powerful version. Now, Apple is closing the gap. The new cheaper iPad has the same price as the old one, but its guts are more beastly.

The new iPad comes with a 9.7″ retina-quality display, powered by an A10 processor that Apple claims makes it more powerful than most laptops and Chromebooks (both of which Apple hopes to replace in the classroom). It’s certainly more powerful than the previous iPad, while coming just short of the power in an iPad Pro.

It also comes with an HD forward-facing camera for FaceTime calls, and an 8MP rear camera. Sure, taking pictures with an iPad might have a stigma attached, but when kids are using it to take photos for their school projects, we’re sure people will give them a pass. Apple also claims that the new iPad will offer 10 hours of battery life. If that claim holds up, it should be enough to last an entire school day.

It Supports the Apple Pencil


The new iPads also support the revamped Apple Pencil. Previously, only the iPad Pro supported the Apple Pencil, but with that model starting at $650, it was hardly accessible to the kind of market Apple’s going for now. Fortunately, the new iPads will support the Pencil for nearly half the price, allowing students (or anyone) to write or draw on their tablets with ease.

The Pencil can detect the tilt of your stylus and pressure sensitivity, which makes it feel more natural for both writing and drawing. Unfortunately, the Pencil is still a separate accessory, which costs $99 on its own. That raises the overall price, but it’s still several hundred dollars cheaper than an iPad Pro, which was previously the only way to use the Pencil with an iPad. Apple also announced that Logitech would offer a third-party Pencil-like accessory called the Crayon for $50. The company didn’t spend much time talking about this or what the differences are, but if you want to save a little cash, there are options.

Apple Is Rolling Out New, Education-Focused Software

So far, it seems like these new announcements could happen at any Apple event, so why is it focused on education? Because Apple hopes you’ll want to use these new, cheaper iPads in the classroom. For starters, the company is offering a free 200GB of iCloud storage to students. This is up from the previous (and paltry) 5GB that students used to receive.

Apple also announced a host of new software aimed at making life easier on students and teachers alike. The new Schoolwork app, for example, allows teachers to create assignments and check on a student’s progress over time. There’s also an Apple Teacher app that allows teachers to receive their own training to learn over time.

Students can also use the Pages app to create their own digital books. Previously, this was a feature exclusive to iBooks Author on the Mac, but it’s now available on the iPad as well. Students can, for example, compile text, photos, and videos together to create a group project and even use ready-made templates to organize their presentations. The company also pointed out that even without the new education-focused apps, there’s already a host of educational materials available on the iPad.

Despite the heavy focus on education, the biggest news is that there’s a new iPad and it’s got a lot of features that used to be exclusive to the iPad Pro. It’s still $329 (or $299 for schools) but you can do a heck of a lot more with it now than you could with the old version. If you want a new iPad for your students, or just for yourself, now’s a good time to take a look.



Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad offers Pencil support for $329


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CHICAGO—Apple today announced an updated version of the iPad—its cheapest yet, the company says. And the new device comes with a focus on education. The new iPad starts at $329 for general consumers, but educational institutions can get it for a little cheaper at $299. It’s available to order today, and shipments start next week.

This new, 9.7-inch tablet closely resembles existing models. However, it adds support for the Apple Pencil peripheral, which was previously only supported on the iPad Pro. Apple will also release new versions of its productivity software Pages, Keynote, and Numbers to support the Apple Pencil.

Unfortunately, the Apple Pencil is not included with the iPad. It is available separately for $99. Apple also announced that numerous other accessories are coming to for the iPad, including a $49 “Crayon” accessory from Logitech that is more affordable than Apple Pencil.

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How to Sync Your Outlook Contact Lists with iPhone

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Major Siri bug exposes all your hidden messages even if your phone is locked


On iOS 11, Apple introduced a new way to protect user privacy by letting you hide the contents of your notifications on your iPhone’s lock screen until you unlock the device with Touch ID or Face ID.

But it turns out there’s a very simple way to read these hidden notifications even if you can’t unlock the phone: Just ask Siri to read them to you.

Yep, that’s right: A new bug discovered by Mac Magazine (via 9to5Mac) reveals that you can simply ask Siri to spy on someone’s hidden notifications.

Even with the “Show Previews” featured set to display only “When Unlocked” (Settings > Notifications > Show Previews), you can still ask Siri to read any hidden notifications out loud by saying “Hey Siri, read my notifications.” Read more…

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Siri Can Expose Your Hidden Notifications Even When Your Phone Is Locked


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How to Block Calls and Texts on iPhone in iOS 11


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HQ trivia was pulled from the App Store due to one simple mistake


Startup founders, they’re just like us. 

HQ — the popular trivia app that almost gave away $25,000 to one lucky winner on Sunday — has been pulled from the App Store due to one tiny, but important mistake. The person behind the company’s iTunes developer account forgot to update an expired credit card. 

We were alerted to HQ’s absence from the App Store by Adam Blacker, communications lead at Apptopia. After looking through the App Store rankings this morning, as part of his work routine, he did not see HQ. We checked and found when you search for “hq” only other trivia games appear:





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AirDrop Is Your iPhone’s Most Underrated Tool


For all the complains you can levy against Apple—user-hostile repair and upgrade practices, The Great Slowdown, removing the headphone jack—there remains an undeniable truth: Overall, the user experience you get from using Apple’s devices is simply better than anything else. And this is doubly true if you stay within…

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