Logitech Announces $49 Crayon Stylus and $99 Rugged Combo 2 Case for 9.7-Inch iPad

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    Logitech today revealed two new accessories for the sixth-generation iPad: the Logitech Crayon and Logitech Rugged Combo 2, both designed to help students become "more creative and productive" in the classroom. The accessories were announced during Apple's "Field Trip" event in Chicago earlier today.

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    The Logitech Crayon is a digital pencil, similar to Apple Pencil, but comes in at a cheaper price of $49, roughly half the price of the Apple Pencil (Apple is selling its first-party Pencil to schools for $89). Logitech said that its alternative leverages Apple Pencil technology to deliver sub-pixel precision, low latency, and tilt support.

    The Crayon works with a wide variety of apps and software already found in classrooms, including Apple's newly updated iWork suite. The physical build of the Crayon allows for easy gripping that also prevents rolling to reduce the potential for accidental drops. The device has an 8-hour battery life, and includes other kid-friendly features like a pry-resistant tip and tethered rubber cap.
    Secondly, Logitech's updated $99.99 Rugged Combo 2 case for the new iPad was announced, created with input from educators so that it can survive "daily wear and tear" in classrooms. The case integrates a protective screen covering that doubles as a keyboard, and also includes a slot for the Logitech Crayon.

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    The keyboard section is detachable and its keycaps are pry-resistant as well as silent while students type on them. Powered by the iPad, the case as a whole is spill-resistant and can protect the iPad from a drop of up to four feet. Logitech launched the first Rugged Combo iPad case one year ago, following Apple's early 2017 9.7-inch iPad update.
    Logitech's new accessories will be available for schools to buy in the United States beginning this summer, found on Apple's education website.

    Mitchel Broussard contributed to this report.

    Article Link: Logitech Announces $49 Crayon Stylus and $99 Rugged Combo 2 Case for 9.7-Inch iPad
     
  2. appleguy123 macrumors 604

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    Is Apple going to open the active digitizer functionality to other hardware makers? It would be really cool if they did so that other companies could create styluses that actually compete with the Apple Pencil on features or price.
     
  3. 2010mini macrumors 601

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    Step in the right direction Apple. Not everyone can afford the pro version of the iPad that you locked the pencil to.
     
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    Agree, would be good for artists as well as others.
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    Just need to update the iPad Mini now... maybe someday never.

    And the iPhone too, so that a new Plus sized one could allow note taking, perhaps with a smaller pencil from a third party vendor.
     
  5. Rudy69 macrumors 6502a

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    I'd love an iPad / Pencil combo to replace my whiteboard. I'm not an artist I mainly use it to scribble programming stuff. I can't wait to see if that might be a good solution.
     
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    I'd consider this if I knew how to integrate this into my four year old daughter's preschool learning/elementary prep without her becoming addicted to it. She uses an old iPad Mini that we have lying around. I bought one of those chunky foam protective cases for it—you know, the kind with a handle that is brightly colored. And I only let her use it 30-60 minutes one day per week, usually on the weekend unless we're traveling far in a car or on a plane. Every single time it's a meltdown when it's time to put the iPad away. I've only got some educational apps/games and drawing/music apps on it as well. She's always really well behaved and doesn't act like this with anything else but the iPad. It's so addicting. Not sure what to do. If she was a lot older I'd just buy her a 13" MacBook Pro which is a lot better for getting work done. I'm not sold about the iPad being the future of education.
     
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    Does she have her own Apple ID for the apps, or just your account?
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    Dare I be the first to say it... no new Mac Mini. Quell surprise!!
     
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    Why does "everybody" need the newest features?
     
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    200gb of free iCloud storage for students that’s not fare grrrr!!!!!!
     
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    As a behavior type person, you might consider a couple of procedures: 1. put a visible timer on for a count down timer. 2. When you take the ipad back, if she does it willingly without tantrum or talk back, give it back to her for another 5 or 10 minutes. Give specific praise and why she gets more time. You might have to take it back and before she complains say you are going to McDs or other favorite place. Then offer it back with “wow, you gave it back without <complaining> I’ll give you another 5 minutes”. Never make deals or bribes (when I take the ipad, if you don’t complain, I’ll give you more time.)
     
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    This newly announced iPad supports pencil now. $330+
     
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    Yes. That is why I said this was a step in the right direction. Hopfully Logitech makes their stylus backwards compatible to “older”iPads.
     
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    Yeah, my wife was a behavior specialist working with autistic children before my daughter was born and she decided to start her own daycare so she could stay at home. We've tried a number of things. Haven't tried a timer yet but that's a bit difficult for a four year old. My wife will usually warn her when there's 10 minutes left, 2 minutes, time is up. Maybe if we could get her to ONCE hand it over without issue, we could do what you suggested, lol. She was instantly addicted. We always try to communicate with her how everything is going to work and she still acts like it's some huge surprise. Even with the Nintendo Switch she doesn't act anywhere near this bad. But that's something I also have to kind of help her with and we play together. Even when she was two and I let her briefly play around on my iPad while she was sitting in my lap with me, she had it figured out really fast—swiping through photos, pinching to zoom, etc. But I imagine this is the case with a lot of kids since the iPad is so easy to use.
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    I made her an account and linked it to the family account with all app installs needing approval from me.
     
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    So this crayon would work with my iPad Mini 4?
     
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    So what’s the difference between this and any other stylus available on Amazon?
     
  17. 2010mini macrumors 601

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    I’m hoping as well. I have an Air 2.
     
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    I've started playing "old school" games with my son (5) -- Uno, Old Maid, Go Fish, Chutes & Ladders, etc. No screens during the week, and he earns screen time for the weekend. After a couple of days, he was back to his normal self -- waking up and coloring, playing with Hot Wheels, etc. and not raging for a screen.

    As Steve Jobs told "The New York Times" about the iPad: "“They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”
     
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    No (though the wording is not the most clear it could be). This is an alternative to the Apple Pencil. If this new iPad can support the existing Apple Pencil and this new Logitech Crayon, it is reasonable to conclude that the Crayon only works with those devices that support the Apple Pencil.
     
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    Basically the new iPad 9.7” is just an updated iPad Pro 9.7” and no longer called a Pro, I wonder if the side connection is still being used to power the new keyboard
     
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    Based on the new updates to the Apple website, no this new iPad does not have the smart connector. This is more of an iPad Plus. Which is a pretty good deal IMO.
     
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    They physically couldn't. The active styluses use a plastic nib that doesn't work on normal capacitive screens.
     
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    So no changes to Apple Pencil. That stinks.
     

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