New low-cost iPad with Apple Pencil support coming next week

Apple Pencil iPad

Apple’s hosting a rare education-focused event at a Chicago High School on March 27, prompting many people to guess that a low-cost iPad is on its way. Turns out, that guess has a high chance of being right as a new Bloomberg report backs up this assumption and provides a bit of context on it.

People familiar with Apple’s plans say that the company plans to show off a new version of its cheapest iPad. Rumors have pointed towards a $259 (roughly Rs 16840) 9.7-inch iPad. Noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims it’ll have support for the Apple Pencil.

This is a big deal, since only the high-end iPad Pro models have so far supported the Pencil. There’s a bit of official evidence for this as well, since Apple’s invite for the event clearly features the Apple logo drawn using the stylus. An affordable iPad combined with the accessory could help the brand become more appealing in schools where Google and Microsoft dominate.

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Apple used to have a stronghold on the education sector thanks to former CEO Steve Jobs’ focus on the market. Those days are long gone ever since it shifted to mass-market and higher-margin products. It’s now seeking to go back to its glory days. Other than the new iPad, it’s also planning to show off new software for the classroom.

Apparently, Apple is working on an inexpensive MacBook as well, but it won’t be ready by next week It’s more than likely to be a new MacBook Air which costs less than $1000. It might just hit the spotlight at the WWDC 2018 in June.

Beyond the immediate future, Kuo predicts that new iPad Pro models with True Depth cameras will come out in the third quarter of 2018, perhaps September. Plus, future iPhones might support the Apple Pencil since the handsets are getting bigger. It’s too soon for the 2018 iPhones, but perhaps the ones after that.