Regardless of your stance on screen time, technology is here to stay and becoming a more integral part of education in the classroom. Now more schools will have the opportunity thanks to an exciting Apple announcement. Apple lowered the price of the iPad and it will enable more schools to provide tech in teaching.

Apple has revealed that it will be selling a new iPad made with students in mind. The 9.7-inch tablet will retail for $329, but schools will be able to buy it for just $299. The new iPad will feature an 8-megapixel camera, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and up to 10 hours of battery life.

The iPad will also be compatible with the Apple Pencil, a stylus that was previously only available for use with the pricier iPad Pro tablets. Schools will be able to purchase the stylus for $89 as opposed to the regular retail price of $99.

In order to make the iPads more functional in the school setting, Apple is also offering 200GB of iCloud storage instead of the usual 5GB. Schools will also be able to access the Apple School Manager program, which enables them to create individual IDs for each student user making the tablets easier to share. The new iPad is currently available for pre-order and will be in stores next week.

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—Shahrzad Warkentin

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