School-up on the latest tech from Apple following this week’s iPad announcement in Chicago…

Alongside a myriad of impressive new Augmented Reality (AR) apps, classroom-helpers, and Apple Pencil compatibility, Apple has just launched a brand new iPad designed to enhance education – and it’s now available to order from Vodafone UK!

Get the 32GB Silver or Space Grey iPad with 500MB data for just £26 per month, with £20 to pay upfront. Or, if you choose the 128GB Space Grey with 500MB, it’ll cost you £38 (£10 upfront cost). And if you’re after the Apple Pencil (£89) or an iPad smart case for your new iPad (£39), they’ll both be available soon.

We dig deeper to uncover all the latest specs and iPad info. Read on to find out what’s in-store for students and Apple fans…

Spotlight on the specs

• 9.7-inch Retina display
• Memory – 32GB or 128GB
• 10-hour battery life
• Support for Apple Pencil
• A10 Fusion processor
• Running iOS 11
• 8-megapixel rear camera, supporting 1080p video
• Front-facing FaceTime HD camera
• Weighs just 1lb (that’s the same as 3 medium sized bananas)

The 9.7-inch iPad is being billed as Apple’s most affordable iPad to date, and “the most creative”, with gorgeous detail, vivid colours, and a higher-resolution touch sensor that enables Apple Pencil support.

As Apple’s vice president of product marketing, Greg Joswiak, explains “iPad is our vision for the future of computing and hundreds of millions of people around the world use it every day at work, in school and for play. This new 9.7-inch iPad takes everything people love about our most popular iPad and makes it even better for inspiring creativity and learning.”

Built for durability and mobility, the iPad features an aluminium unibody construction and ultrafast wireless that can deliver two times faster cellular data connections to help you stay connected. And everything about it, from its enhanced cameras to advanced sensors ensure it’s well-equipped to support the next generation of AR apps.

App updates and extras

Alongside the iPad, Apple also revealed a range of updates to its iWork productivity apps. Smart Annotation, launched in beta will allow users to give, receive and incorporate feedback from within the Pages app using Apple Pencil. You’ll be able to draw, sketch or write with Apple Pencil directly in the Numbers and Keynote apps, for the first time.

While the Apple Pencil won’t come with the iPad, it’s the first time it’s been compatible with an iPad other than the Pro. Apple also revealed Logitech-made Apple Pencil alternative, Crayon, with an 8-hour battery life and lower price point to help creativity flow.

Want to get your hands on a new iPad of your own? You can order your new iPad (2018) from Vodafone UK today!