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Apple announces a new 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support (Updated with more details)

By Kenny Yeo - on 31 Mar 2018, 7:45am

Apple announces a new 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support (Updated with more details)

(Image source: Apple)

Updated on 27 March 2:30pm Central Time with more product details.

As expected, Apple today announced a new 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support that is targeted at students and the education market.

This move comes as Apple seeks to challenge Google in the lucrative education market. Google has enjoyed significant success in the past few years with its low-cost Chromebook devices.

Here are the key specs that you need to know about the new iPad:

  • Processor: A10 Fusion
  • Display: 9.7-inch Retina display (2,048 x 1,536 pixels)
  • Storage: 32GB and 128GB
  • Price: Starting at S$498

And as rumored, this new iPad will support the Apple Pencil. However, it doesn't have a Smart Connector so it can't use the Smart Keyboard. You need a wireless Bluetooth keyboard if you want to use a keyboard with this new iPad.

The new 9.7-inch iPad will come in silver, space grey, and gold finishes.

The new 9.7-inch iPad supports Apple Pencil. (Image source: Apple)

The new iPad is largely similar to last year's model, save for the faster processor and Apple Pencil support.

iPad Pricing
32GB 128GB 32GB (LTE) 128GB (LTE)
S$498 S$648 S$698 S$848

It's also nice to see that Apple has kept the price of the iPad the same, with prices beginning from S$498. Pricing of the Apple Pencil has been slightly reduced to S$138 from S$148.

Schools, however, will be able to purchase the new iPad and Apple Pencil at lower prices. They can get the iPad at prices starting from S$468. They can also purchase the Apple Pencil for S$125.

The new 9.7-inch iPad is available for order starting today and will available in stores later this week.

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