Apple to Host March 27 Event in Chicago: 'Creative New Ideas for Teachers and Students'

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    Apple today invited the media to an event on Tuesday, March 27 at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago. The keynote will commence at 10:00 a.m. Central Time and will be focused on "creative new ideas for teachers and students," suggesting Apple has some education-related announcements planned.

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    Apple's invite for March 27 event via Bloomberg's Mark Gurman

    There is quite a bit of rumored hardware and software in Apple's pipeline that could fit within an educational theme, including lower-priced versions of the iPad and MacBook Air that could be targeted at classrooms. Here's a recap of everything that could be announced at the March 27 event based on recent rumors:
    9.7-inch iPad for $259: Taiwanese websites DigiTimes and the Economic Daily News reported that Apple is considering releasing a cheaper 9.7-inch iPad for $259--perhaps this will be education pricing. The current 9.7-inch iPad was released in March 2017 for $329.
    MacBook Air for $799 to $899: KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple will launch a more affordable MacBook Air in the second quarter of 2018. The estimated $799-$899 price range comes from WitsView researcher Yubin Qiu. The current MacBook Air starts at $999.
    AirPower charging mat: A trio of reports claim Apple will launch AirPower in March. The mat can inductively charge multiple Apple devices at once, including the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, and Apple Watch Series 3. It will also be able to charge AirPods placed in an optional charging case.
    Wild card -- a second-generation iPhone SE: Rumors have been swirling about an iPhone SE refresh, with speculated features ranging from a larger 4.2-inch display to an iPhone X-like design, but Kuo recently cast doubt on the device launching in the first half of 2018.
    A new Apple Pencil: The artwork for Apple's invite appears to be inspired by the Apple Pencil, so perhaps we'll see an updated version of the drawing tool or support for the 9.7-inch iPad.
    iOS 11.3 availability with ClassKitApple recently announced that its Everyone Can Code program will see a citywide expansion in Chicago's public schools and city colleges this spring. The curriculum will bring coding opportunities to Chicago's nearly 500,000 students. It's likely we'll learn more details about this initiative at the March 27 event.

    Apple hosted a similar education-focused event in New York City back in January 2012, where it announced iBooks 2 with interactive textbooks, iBooks Author, and a new version of iTunes U for iPad.

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  3. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    Maybe they will finally have an answer to to Google....I am a teacher, and love Apple. But they are simply not an option for many schools....google is eating their lunch.

    Schools need iCloud accounts with a lot of free storage, easy device management, cheaper devices (which the cheaper iPad will be), and the ability to have kids login to any iPad (which won’t come).
     
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    Interesting, given the recent posts on this forum about Apple’s lackuster presence in education.

    As someone who teaches in higher education, I’m also very excited to see what Apple has in store.
     
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    If it's for education, then it's probably going to be a lower-end product - iPad with pen support, not iPad Pro.
     
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    Pencil compatibility with another (non-iPad) device??
     
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    20% thinner.
     
  10. dan9700 macrumors 68000

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    This won't be a proper keynote just a student teacher thing :( i guess june it is
     
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    Not what I was hoping for! Glad for educators and students though.
     
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    Barclaycard Visa with Apple Rewards sent out email about special no interest period on Apple purchase 3/15/18 to 5/15/18. They are touting it as Special financing on iPad Pro and more at Apple. Makes you wonder if new iPad Pro is coming. That or lower price MacBook for students.
     
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    Nice! Hoping for an early release of the new iPad Pro's.
     
  15. mattburley7 macrumors 68030

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    eh probably nothing exciting unless your a student or teacher. new product releases are in june.
     
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    People stop thinking new ipad pros etc this is a small keynote for students if anything it will just be cheap ipads for kids nothing pro
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    I think cheap macbooks and ipads for students nothing exciting
     
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    Why would a new iPhone be launched at an education focussed event?
     
  19. mattburley7 macrumors 68030

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    maybe iOS 11.3 will be out by then. doesnt this version include classkit? something that will probably be talked about at this event...
     
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    Chicago? Wonder if it's because they'ye partnering with a local company?

    Just googled tech firms in Chicago and didn't realize they had so many. Didn't see many related to education, though.


    Is there any such thing as a "small" Apple keynote? One that involves sending out invitations to tech journalists to get them to fly out to Chicago to attend?
     
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    So you think they are adding pencil support to the cheap iPad's? Pencil support would indicate Pro's.
     
  22. radus macrumors 6502

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    hopefully they introduce:
    - the "insert space" button for pencil-apps on ipad pro and
    - "erase by using the other side of the pencil"
    to be a little bit more on par to windows 10
     
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    Yeah, the old Mac SE was getting a little long in the tooth.
     
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    Plastic backed range of iPads, multi coloured pencils, plastic Macbooks, all half the price of existing comparable models..... 100% never going to happen!!
     
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    I'm hoping for a new iPhone SE, and a new Apple Pencil
     

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