Apple’s March 27 event is right around the corner and it appears that the company is planning to unveil a new low-cost iPad model for educators and students, according to Bloomberg. Reporter Mark Gurman says that the company is working on a low-cost iPad mode as well as an educations MacBook model, but will not unveil that until a later time.
We don’t have any details other than Gurman’s claims. The specs for the iPads, features, and more importantly, the price, will all be unveiled at the event. To make a point of reference, the cheapest iPad right now is available for $329 with 32GB storage. Comparing that to other options, Chromebooks and PCs can be bought for less than $200.
In the previous years, Apple dominated the educational market, but 60 percent of the market is now dominated by Google-powered Chromebooks and Android tablets, 22 percent by PCs and 20 percent by Macs and other devices. The market is worth $17.7 billion around the world, but sales aren’t the entire focus here. Many students use the devices they learned on, which helps to drive future sales for educational suppliers. So if a student were to learn almost everything on a Chromebook, they would be more interested in using a Chromebook in the future.
If the rumors hold true, we will learn more about the specs, price and other information at Apple’s education event next week on March 27th in Chicago.