Students, teachers, and consumers can now purchase Apple’s newest iPad at Apple and Best Buy locations. The base model with 32GB retails for $329, while the Pencil is an extra $99.
Announced at an education-centric event in Chicago earlier this week, the new iPad is Apple’s most intriguing tablet yet. What makes it so appealing is its affordable price and iPad Pro-like capabilities, with Pencil support being its headlining feature.
With specs including a 9.7-inch display, A10 Fusion chip, FaceTime HD camera, Touch ID, and up to 10 hours of battery life, the device is incredibly powerful. Which makes sense, because Apple is gearing the device toward content creators, especially in education circles.
Although the slate feels very familiar, it’s immediately likable because of its stellar functionality. Last year’s cheap iPad was great because it offered an affordable way to consume content. Adding Pencil supports really elevates the experience—and the price remains the same.
Whether the new iPad will become popular among educators remains to be seen. Apple has done a lot of work to make the device appealing in the classroom—indeed, what I experienced felt nothing short of a miracle. The iPad helps make learning fun.
It’s unclear how many shipments Apple and Best Buy locations will get, but after doing a quick check in my area, it looks like they’re already selling out.