Apple's education page previews 'one simplified login experience' coming this winter

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Today, Apple announced a new, education-focused iPad tablet aimed at students and teachers that works with the Apple Pencil stylus. The event pitched the iPad - $299 for the education market, $329 for everyone else - to educators.

In the UAE, the starting price is Dhs1,349, while schools can purchase it for Dhs1,294.65.

Apple executives said the company will release a iPad model that works with its pencil accessory and features an upgraded A10 Fusion chip, the same CPU that powers the iPhone 7. "This iPad also has the power of the A10 Fusion chip, combined with the big, handsome Retina display, advanced cameras, and sensors that enable incredible AR experiences simply not possible on other devices".

"More powerful that most PC laptops and virtually every Chromebook", Apple said.

On the teacher side of things is Apple Teacher.

Up to this point we've gotten a lot of Apple talking points about iPad and Apple in schools, basically. Playing up Apple's credentials in the educational space, he stressed that the tablet has around 200,000 apps designed specifically for study and reference.

"For my classrooms, it just means we'll have access to more creative tools than we've had before", Jennifer Smith, a Chicago-based middle school teacher, told ABC affiliate WLS in Chicago.

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The iPad is available to order today and starts shipping later this week. It arrives in stores later this week in Canada and more than 24 other countries and regions.

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Coming this winter. Link Apple School Manager with your school's Google G Suite for Education or Microsoft Azure Active Directory. This was the first time Apple held a product launch geared toward education since 2012 when it unveiled a tool for designing e-books for the iPad.

As noted by ZDNet's Larry Dignan, it's clear that Apple is working to compete against the dominance of Google's Chromebooks in education.

"This iPad also has advanced cameras and sensors that enable incredible AR experiences simply not possible on other devices", he added.

At the event, it was announced that Chicago Public Schools, in collaboration with Apple, is teaching coding to 370,000 students.

Rumors past year suggest Apple is working on an array of advanced medical sensors for its wearable, including an embedded EKG module and non-invasive glucose monitor. That's a huge market that Apple does not want to miss out on.

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