Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Apple’s Education Event

Apple’s Education Event

Written By: Ryan Topham
Edited By: Emily Baker

     Apple’s late Education event was one that died very quickly. Hosted on March 27, it was one of the first events that Apple has hosted devoted to almost exclusively devoted to education. 

Before The Event
     To start off, there was much ado surrounding this topic, many theorists had believed that we were going to see a large release; Items such as a second generation Apple Pencil, a stylus with the minimal amount of lag possible on any device, AirPower, Apple’s solution to wireless charging, usable on many of their new devices, still others believed we were going to see a new MacBook Air(On another note, we haven’t seen one since 3 years ago). These would have been great releases, especially for a developer. 
     However, through all of the hype, the event was not as spectacular for some of the viewers. While the KeyNote was a great presentation, and Tim Cook has carried on the title of “Best Presenter Yet”, it was a disappointing turnout for anyone else. 

So, what did they release?
     Throughout the keynote, they did release a fair amount of new software, as well as a semi-relevant hardware update. The most talked about piece would be the new 2018 iPad, as it goes by. This is a new iPad, looking exactly like the iPad Air second generation, but holding support for the Apple Pencil. This was a great thing for education however, it is being offered at the cost of last years generic iPad cost, $329, and less for schools. That, paired with the Pencil support, is going to widely be a technology jump for all places education and at home. 
     On top of this, there was a few software updates. Mainly focused on the new Pencil support, most of the iWork software was updated for iPad, meaning that you can now use the newer features, available previously only on the high-priced iPad Pros. On top of this, Apple released an update to ClassRoom, a lower end version of an online work collection and distribution. Apple ClassRoom has a lot of catch up to play in order to compete with some of the alternatives available for school. A positive on this would be one that benefits all, however. Apple is now upgrading all student iCloud accounts to default to 200GB of storage, meaning that there is a slim chance you will ever run out of ways to store all of your work in the cloud.

     There is not much to look back on surrounding this event, it was one of the smaller Special Events organized. The new iPad was great to see released, with long overdue features, however, it was not something life changing. For the Apple community, you will have to wait until the World Wide Developers Conference hosted by Apple in California, for any new releases on software that will change the way that we look at one of the most secretive companies. 

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