Apple introduces new $329 iPad to compete with Chromebook

Avatar By Susan Konig | 3 years ago

On Tuesday (March 27) Apple Inc announced its latest iPad and its goal of taking back the student market, which Google has been dominating with its low-cost Chromebooks. The tech giant’s latest offering– the new $329 iPad 9.7-inch–is an update to Apple’s base iPad, which was released in March 2017 and also cost $329.

The slate looks similar to the existing iPad, but includes support for the Apple Pencil stylus, something that was previously only available with the company’s more expensive iPad Pro models. Inside, the iPad gets a more powerful A10 Fusion chip, which is the same processor found in the iPad Pro. The product is already available to order.

Apple took a shot at Google’s Chromebooks, saying that the A10 chip makes the iPad more powerful than virtually all Chromebooks on the market.

The company also touted the iPad’s augmented reality capabilities in the classroom, something that Chromebooks can’t quite handle. In a demo, Apple showed apps that allow students to virtually dissect frogs and experience famous works of art up close and personal

Apple’s Vice President of Product Marketing Greg Joswiak went as far as the claim that the new iPad is the greatest device ever created for students in the classroom.