APPLE’S BIG ANNOUNCEMENT
Yesterday Apple sent an email to US press outlets, inviting them to an educational event in Chicago on March 27; the tech press is getting excited and we’ve put the date in our diary.
"Let's take a field trip" is the title "Join us to hear creative new ideas for teachers and students." it continues.
Rumours are swirling about all sorts of hardware announcements, but Apple's full Spring 2018 hardware refresh will undoubtedly happen at the annual WWDC developer conference, now confirmed for June 4.
There could be no hardware at all on March 27. Classroom 2.2 Apple's iPad app for teachers, is in beta and in partnership with Apple, Chicago Public Schools and the City Colleges of Chicago will introduce Swift programming classes to the city this spring. So the March 27 event could just be educational software and announcements.
However, the optimists in us, can see that the invite logo looks hand-drawn but probably was made on an iPad Pro using the Apple Pencil. Do we take this as a clue? Possibly Apple will announce the much-rumoured affordable iPad ($259 USD?). One could then hazard a guess that this will have 'Pencil' functionality which would make it perfect for schools.
GadgetNET says: Don’t get too excited, but our money is on a “Pencil” enabled iPad 6. Our kids might get lucky if it does come at such a sensible price.
Rob Follis has been writing about tech on and off for over 40 years, is a designer, photographer, information omnivore, gadget-head, Hi-Fi afficionado, owner of far far too many things and sadly an unsuccessful app developer. A born & bred Londoner now happily living in Melbourne. Email Rob.
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