The New iPad Works with a Crayon
Let’s take a second to review everything that Apple announced and released today. During the keynote, very little was actually unveiled. The star of the show was supposed to be the new sixth generation iPad and it was. The sixth generation iPad unsurprisingly supports the Apple Pencil. It features a new A10 chip to better performance and the same dot matrix as the 9.7" iPad Pro from 2016 for pencil support. While many were expecting the new iPad to have a lower price tag, they are surely disappointed this evening. The new iPad has the same $329 price tag for regular consumers and $299 for education customers. The new iPad wasn’t the only new piece of hardware announced on stage, except the other announcements aren’t made by Apple. Apple worked with Logitech to create something called the Crayon, a low cost version of the Apple Pencil without pressure sensitivity. The Crayon won’t be available for purchase outside of education, but it would surely be a hot seller if it were on Apple store shelves. Logitech also unveiled a new rugged bluetooth keyboard case for the new iPad that pairs nicely with the Crayon.
Apple also introduced several new software offerings today including all new versions of the iWork apps, new versions of Apple’s education software, and a new version of Clips. Each of them is better integrated with Apple hardware. The new version of iWork includes brand new versions of Pages, Keynote, and Numbers that have stronger support for the Apple Pencil with annotations. The biggest software announcement today is probably book creation in Pages on iPad. Apple has effectively folded iBooks Author into Pages which could definitely increase book creation on the platform.