As Apple Plans to Launch New Low-Cost iPad, Google Debuts First Chrome OS Tablet

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    On the eve of Apple's education-focused event where the company is expected to debut new low-cost iPads, Google and Acer have debuted the first Chrome OS tablet.

    The new Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is the first tablet to run Chrome OS, which has previously been available on laptops, desktops, and tablet/PC hybrids.

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    According to Google, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is designed to give schools the "easy management and shareability of Chromebook laptops" in a lightweight device that offers touch and stylus functionality along with Google Expeditions AR integration.

    It features a 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 display in a 9 inch by 6.6 inch body that weighs just over 1.2 pounds. Like other Chrome OS devices, it supports Google Play, giving students and teachers access to millions of Android apps, and it can be managed by IT professionals right alongside other Chromebook devices a school might already have in use.

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    There's a built-in 2-megapixel HD webcam at the front of the tablet, along with two speakers and a microphone. A 5-megapixel rear camera is designed to allow children to capture photos and videos, and it features a 9-hour battery for all-day usage.

    Inside, the Chromebook Tab 10 is powered by a 6-core 3399 RockChip processor and it includes 4GB of RAM and 32GB integrated memory. It charges via an included USB-C port that can also power other devices.

    Each Chromebook tablet comes equipped with a low-cost Chromebook Wacom EMR stylus that doesn't require charging or pairing. It uses advanced machine learning to "predict student writing for a natural writing experience" with zero-latency digital input for drawing, taking notes, and more.

    Chromebooks are popular, easy-to-use low-cost options that many schools have already adopted, which is what Apple has to compete with through its rumored low-cost iPad. Acer plans to sell the Chromebook Tab 10 for $329 starting in April, and that's a price point Apple may be planning to beat.

    Rumors have suggested Apple's new low-cost iPad will have a price tag as low as $259, and to match some of the features available with Chrome OS devices, Apple may be planning to include support for the Apple Pencil.

    KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said last week that Apple Pencil support is "likely" for the new low-cost iPad. It's not clear if Apple will introduce a lower-cost Apple Pencil to go along with the tablet, though, as the Apple Pencil is currently priced at $99.

    Aside from Apple Pencil support and a possible price tag, we don't know much about the tablet that Apple plans to introduce tomorrow, but we don't have long to wait to find out details. Apple won't be live streaming its event, but we'll have coverage here at MacRumors.com and on our MacRumorsLive Twitter account.

    For more on what we might see at tomorrow's event, make sure to check out our what to expect post.

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  2. 69Mustang, Mar 26, 2018
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    Shot's fired.:p Apparently Google does not plan to cede the .edu market to Apple. They are trying to hold on to that majority market share.

    Apple better be announcing more robust backend support or they're basically wasting their time with tomorrow's announcement. Hardware is only a part of why Google took their lunch and punched them in the grapes.
     
  3. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020

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    A complete package for cheap with a included Wacom stylus is a no brainer in the educational market. The best buy deals will make this even cheaper. A full desktop OS with android apps really does rival anything Apple has to present tomorrow.....
     
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    Same exact resolution as the 9.7 inch iPad.

    But more expensive than the rumored iPad being announced tomorrow.
     
  7. rizzo41999 macrumors 6502

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    I don't think Apple is willing to go as low as they need to in order to win-back the education market. Chromebooks are a complete steal for most education systems. Hopefully they prove me wrong!
     
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    and

    not too enticing.
     
  9. jacobh101 macrumors regular

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    K-12 institutions can throw away 2 chrome books cheaper than a school district buying 1 iPad...I am hoping a more competitively priced iPad will better position Apple vs. Google and others in this market.
     
  10. JPack macrumors 68000

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    Makes sense.

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  11. BODYBUILDERPAUL macrumors 6502a

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    It's Android. Would you honestly want your heart felt children using that platform? Android has no class. Period!
     
  12. jamesrick80, Mar 26, 2018
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    The rumored ipad wont include the pencil for free unlike the free wacom stylus with the acer plus best buy always discounts acer products on certain weeks. Im sure the acer will be the more budget friendly tablet after all is said and done. It also has mouse support...another bonus for the educational segment. By Fall it will be a $199 device.
     
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    Ah he's back. A "full desktop OS", that is pretty funny. You always provide a good laugh.
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    I am not sure I would want this advertising data mining machine in the hands of the youth. Seems dangerous.
     
  14. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020

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    Its Chrome OS which already has the educational market. The android apps are just a nice addition.
     
  15. ArtOfWarfare, Mar 26, 2018
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    I want the cheaper Apple Pencil to just be a little nub. Someone, create this with photoshop. I've tried googling "Apple Pencil Nub" but can't find it.

    To be clear - like this, but an Apple Pencil:
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    Edit: Thank you ck2875!


    Definitely downloading and saving that. I might change my avatar to it.
     
  16. DoubleFlyaway macrumors 6502a

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    Do we think there’s a chance they would be adding Pencil support to the 2017 iPad? My daughter already has that iPad, and I’d love to get her the pencil.
     
  17. deconstruct60 macrumors 604

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    It isn't Android it is ChromeOS. As long as the ChromeOS management system can seamlessly also restrict the install of software that runs in the Android compatibility mode then it really isn't a big issue. Students won't be installing social media distractions feeders and it is basically a Chromebook without a keyboard.

    Lots of schools are already using Chromebook management and GApps for schools so this tablet will integrate with that infrastructure just as well.
     
  18. DNichter macrumors 603

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    No, that is unlikely.
     
  19. Baymowe335 macrumors 68000

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    Now is the time to say a product is DOA.

    This is like those Pixel Buds...LOL.
     
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    Troll? Or just extremely uninformed/ignorant? Than again this is the internet, and not everyone has equal knowledge...
     
  21. DNichter macrumors 603

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    Not sure what you mean. Chrome OS is not a full desktop OS and Google's products and services only exist for advertising data.
     
  22. kuwxman macrumors 6502

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    What is there to laugh at? He isn't wrong. Chrome OS is a full desktop OS.
     
  23. horsebattery macrumors 6502

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    No. You might want to look into how Chromebooks and GSuite for Education work.
     
  24. DNichter macrumors 603

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    It runs web apps through a browser. Totally fine to disagree, but I don't consider that a full desktop OS.
     
  25. ThisIsNotMe macrumors 68000

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    Apple should just use $15 billion of its $250 billion it is planning on repatriating and provide every kid in the United States an iPad (and associated support) through their public school.

    Just end the competition before it even starts.
     

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