Mumbai: Tech giant Apple is rumored to launch a cheaper iPad at its Education event slated to be held in Chicago on Tuesday March 27. The event will not be livestreamed, but it will involve live news announcements, as well as a follow-up event for teachers at an Apple Store in Chicago. Apple has held events focused on education in the past, but not for a long time - the last was in 2012.
For this event, discussion of education-oriented software is almost guaranteed, but hardware announcements including the launch of cheaper iPad with Apple Pencil Stylus, ClassKit and some other education tools are possible. Currently, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and both versions of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro support Apple Stylus.
ClassKit, an application development framework in the tradition of SpriteKit, ARKit, and so on, aimed at developers making educational apps for use in classroom can also be luanhced at the event. ClassKit would reportedly allow developers to create student evaluation features, lock students out of leaving a testing app on their device during a test, and allow students to submit question answers wirelessly to teachers.
Apple's Mac platform has a deep history in education, and the iPad initially showed some promise of adoption for use in schools. However, Google Chromebooks have become widespread in schools since then, thanks to their low prices, simple and limited interface, and features that allow teachers and school IT managers to carefully control student use.
According to Kuo's latest research note, Apple Pencil sales will increase from 4-4.5 million to 9-10 million this year. And it will be only possible if the upcoming lower-priced iPad carries support for the digital stylus.
Apple has been driving an education program called Everyone Can Code in elementary schools and high schools around the US. It uses an Apple-developed curriculum to teach software development concepts to students.
The company has also touted its Swift programming language as an ideal one for new students, and it has also offered more in-depth code training programs to community colleges. A couple of years ago, it released Swift Playgrounds, an iPad app that teaches kids to code using Swift.
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