Earlier today, Apple held an educational “Field Trip” event in Chicago where it announced many software tools for teachers and students. But the most significant announcement was the introduction of an updated (2018) 9.7-inch iPad with a new A10 Fusion chipset for improved performance and higher-precision digitizer that would be compatible with the Apple Pencil.
Other aspects of the iPad like camera and display resolutions, as well as the physical hardware of the device have remained unchanged.
Both Verizon and T-Mobile have confirmed that they will be carrying the refreshed 9.7-inch iPad when it launches. The 2018 iPad will support faster Cat.6 LTE speeds (the 2017 iPad only did Cat.4 150Mbps) but these numbers are unimpressive considering a smartphone like the Pixel 2 is equipped for Cat.15 speeds, which can theoretically hit 800 Mbps down speeds.
Anyway, Verizon will start to carry the 2018 9.7-inch iPad on this Friday March 30 and its Wi-Fi + Cellular model will run $459 (or $19.16/month for 24 months) for the 32GB model while the larger 128GB model will set you back $559 or $23.33/month for 24 months.
T-Mobile will sell the refreshed iPad for the same prices as Verizon’s above, but T-Mobile Is also going to sell the Wi-Fi only models: the 32GB model will run $329 and the 128GB one goes for $429.
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This has nothing to do with the education thing, I mean schools are not going to buy a data plan to their iPad. This article is focused on the consumer standpoint, and for a normal consumer, an iPad offers more power, less weigh and a premium design ...
chromebooks are way cheaper, less fragile and actually come with keyboard.