Apple’s newest iPad won’t be notable simply for its affordable price. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the tablet will also feature Apple Pencil support, making it a hugely attractive option for educators and students.
We surmised as much from Apple’s invitation, which featured an Apple logo that looked like it was drawn using the Pencil.
Currently, only Apple’s iPad Pro line supports the Apple-made stylus. Adding Pencil support to the new tablet will provide Apple with a strong entry point into education, a segment that appears as though it will become a big focus for the company going forward.
Additionally, adding Pencil support will differentiate the iPad from cheap Android tablets, such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire, which have become increasingly popular, especially around the holidays.
Over the past few years, Apple has improved the functionality of its iPads by making them faster and more suited for productivity. Unfortunately, these iPads are typically expensive, which is why the company’s upcoming tablet could be so important.
Introducing a cheap iPad with Pencil support could provide the spark Apple needs as it looks to renew interest in its tablet lineup. A $250 iPad with Pencil support sure beats throwing down $649 on an iPad Pro.
Apple will hold an education-centric event in Chicago next week, where the new iPad is expected to be released, among other new products.