Apple Likely Be Unveiling New Low-Cost iPad, Education Software At March 27 Event

The latest report details that Apple will be unveiling “new cheaper iPads for classrooms” as well as “education software” focused at students and teachers as its March 27 Spring event.

Apple’s first event of the year 2018 will take place next week, with Tuesday’s event kicking off at Lane Technical College Prep High School in Chicago. Also, the event is said to not be live streamed. Apple is hoping to win back customers from Google and Microsoft with its latest move.

iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard

When you consider the fact that it will focus on education this time around, although we do not really know what that will entail. Following a new report by Bloomberg, we may have a clearer picture of what Apple will talk about during the event. If this report is anything to go, a new low-cost iPad could be in the cards.

Apple will be unveiling a new refreshed model of its cheapest iPad at the event, which will help the company make inroads into the education market as most students will then look at buying an iPad instead of a Chromebook without having to burn a hole in their wallet.

If that’s right, then Apple’s entry into the lower cost tablet market would be well received by many, not just those in school. Continuing the education focus, however, we also now expect Apple to also take the wraps off new education software, specially designed for use in the classroom.

Apple has debuted a $329 iPad last year. The company is very much presumably refreshing it with faster internals at its March 27 event. There’s still a little chance that Apple will end up adding Apple Pencil support to its cheapest iPad as well. The move to focus on education is actually a return to Apple’s roots, with Steve Jobs having made schools a priority for the company.

Steve Jobs made schools a priority for Apple early in its life. But as the company has driven toward mass-market and higher-margin products in recent years, Google and Microsoft have had success breaking into classrooms with inexpensive laptops and tablets. Last year, the global educational technology market generated $17.7 billion in revenue, according to research firm Frost & Sullivan.

The report also speaks that Apple will not be unveiling a new and affordable MacBook Air at the event. While there are rumors that the company is working on a new MacBook with Retina Display that will be priced at less than iPhone X, $1,000. It won’t be ready in time for the Spring event next week. If not at its March 27 event, Apple may choose another date to introduce the new cheaper MacBook, in the Q2 this year, apparently at WWDC 2018 in June.

Otherwise, the report does not provide any specs on this new cheaper MacBook, it does state that it will be replacing the smart MacBook Air.

While little known about what a cheaper iPad would entail, we already know via existing rumors that an equally lower priced MacBook or MacBook Air is already in the works, there is a slim indication as to what that will ultimately look like or entail.

We will share what Apple will announce at its event next week, apart from a new cheap iPad, Apple will also be revealing new software for classrooms and the education market. Given the theme of the event, it is possible that we will see Apple introduce the revamped iBooks app along with the overhauled iBookstore app.

Of course, with the lack of a cheaper MacBook at the event will likely disappoint many students, but the launch of a newly refreshed iPad with affordable price point will definitely help Apple make inroads in the education market which is one that is being widely taken over by cheaper Windows laptops and Chromebooks.

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