Apple just introduced a new iPad 9.7  today at its education event in Chicago. What’s so special about it? For one thing, the price.  $329 for consumers but $299 for schools and students. (Get those Apple users hooked early.) It also supports Apple pencil which up to now was only available with the pricey iPad Pro model.

Plus, since this is aimed squarely at students and teachers, Apple has released numerous education-focused features and apps.

The tablet will include Touch ID, an HD FaceTime camera, 10 hours of battery life, an 8-megapixel rear camera, LTE option, and Apple’s A10 Fusion chip (makes it faster.)

iPad sales have declined for the last three years, so Apple is fighting back against Google’s Chromebook with this model. A cheaper more affordable supported by education software might turn the tide.

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