Apple’s Cheaper iPad Set to Take on Google’s Chromebooks

March 27, 2018, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Apple was once the reigning king in US Schools, with over half of the shipment to the schools in US being that of iPads and Macbooks. But things have changed since then. iPads and Macbooks have given way to cheaper Chromebook and even devices from Microsoft. Now, Apple is trying to recapture its lost foothold in the front.

As a result, Apple is all set to launch a new iPad device, sized 9.7-inches, to bring back its lost glory among students. According to reports, Apple will be holding an education-focused event this week, where they are expected to uncover the new iPad device with lesser price tag.

Reports are suggesting that Apple could get the price cut to as low as $259, and this will be revealed alongside a new education software, combined with which Apple will target the School sector that’s dominated by Chromebooks. A cheaper MacBook is also on its way, says report, though the event on this coming Thursday will have its sole focus on the iPad.

Apple is also taking on other budget Android tablets by introducing new features to its 2018 edition of the 9.7-inch iPad. One among those is the support for Apple Pencil, as predicted by GI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Confirmations are yet to be made, but Apple’s move for a Pencil support seems valid considering the urge to take on low-cost Android devices. Again, this would also help Apple differentiate its low-cost budget iPad from the $327-priced iPad, provided the latter doesn’t come with any Pencil support.

We would get to know more of that and about the MacBooks probably in the coming Thursday, when Apple will have the curtain raised for the anticipated event.

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