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Apple's "Let's Take a Field Trip" event in Chicago begins at 10:00 a.m. Central Time (8:00 a.m Pacific), where the company is widely expected to unveil a lower-cost iPad, new education-focused initiatives, and perhaps make some other announcements.


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macrumors newbie
Jan 3, 2016
I’m really hoping they’ll update the Apple Pencil.
  1. It functions just fine but it should attach to the iPad somehow.
  2. Allow it to charge while attached to iPad. Inductive or whatever.
  3. Ditch the removable cap that is easily lost.
  4. Make it able to determine when it’s not in use so it is not trying to connect to Bluetooth and draining the battery.


macrumors member
Oct 3, 2016
It is only an hour long.

Guessing the run down.

Introduction comments: 5 minutes
Introduce iPad (affordable): 15 minutes
Introduce new Pencil: 5 minutes
Introduce new upcoming Books App: 10 minutes
Introduce new iWork updates (research tools, etc.): 10 minutes
Introduce new teacher/student tools updates to existing apps: 10 minutes
Closing remarks: 5 minutes

I highly doubt this will be the actual lineup. However, I would love an alternative to Microsoft's Office Suite when it comes to actually doing Turabian, Chicago style paper writing. As a student/educator, Office is really the only true option for serious research at the collegiate level or something like Scrivener.

Also, a revision of iBooks is badly needed. I want pencil support where I can write notes on the page itself, circle important information, etc. just like in a real book. If they give me that, then I will go back to using the app for all my reading.

This event could be a huge success if Apple has a few surprises up their sleeves.


macrumors newbie
Jan 23, 2018
Seriously hope people don't complain up a storm if they don't announce new products other than education related products. Wait till WWDC, this one is for kids and education...
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macrumors 6502
Nov 14, 2008
But who cares?
We won't see any decent refreshes from Apple and who knows if we will see any decent refreshes in the future.
And every update that appears is worse than the last update. No more ports, no more sdcard, no magsafe, flash soldered, RAM soldered and limited to 16GB (MBP) - but it gets more and more expensive.
Apple isn't the company to produce a flexible, upgradeable/repairable and powerful machine anymore, it has become a pure toy company. I'll wait til WWDC and if there is still no decent upgrade for Mac Pro/MBP I'm done with Apple.


macrumors 6502a
Sep 14, 2011
Leeds, UK
Forget hardware, the iPad is benching 5000 and the Pro 10,000.

I just want Swift Playgrounds to be scaled to be a full curriculum covering all levels of development. Apple going all in with a Netflix style service, I want them also to create a Udemy like service, cover software first and roll out other courses within a few months. They'd capture a whole swathe of Youtube with that too.
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