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This week on AI: Apple's budget iPad gets the Pencil, Apple Watch rumors, iOS 11.3 & more

Apple launched its latest education offensive at a Tuesday press event, led by a refreshed 9.7-inch iPad. The week also saw key updates to iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS, and some of the first detailed rumors about the Apple Watch Series 4.




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Everything you need to know:



  • The $329 iPad now has an A10 chip and Apple Pencil support > >
  • Apple's Chicago event saw many software updates, such as Pencil support in iWork > >
  • A fourth-generation Apple Watch could have a bigger screen, more battery life and yet more health features > >
  • Apple's big-budget TV slate could premiere as soon as March next year > >
  • iOS 11.3 arrived with ARKit 1.5, battery monitoring features and more > >
  • Belkin and Linksys products may soon be under Apple manufacturer Foxconn > >
  • watchOS 4.3 restored iPhone music browsing and added a vertical Nightstand mode > >


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A roundup of all of our hottest stories this week:



New $329 iPad includes support for the Apple Pencil, A10 Fusion processor

Apple updates iWork for Mac and iPad with Apple Pencil annotations & more

Redesigned Apple Watch with larger screen, enhanced battery life and health features due in Q3

Apple's video efforts slated to air in March 2019

iOS 11.3 with battery improvements, ARKit 1.5, HomeKit authentication now available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Apple supplier Foxconn buys Belkin, Linksys, Wemo for $866M

watchOS 4.3 update for Apple Watch arrives with new portrait Nightstand mode, iPhone music browsing

Apple's Digital Books tool for iPad transforms written reports with rich photos, illustrations

iMac Pro's Space Gray Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2 now available individually

Free iCloud storage for teachers and students boosted from 5GB to 200GB

Apple's Schoolwork App & ClassKit API let teachers deliver assignments via the Cloud; Classroom coming to Mac

Apple intros artistic 'Everyone Can Create' curriculum for teachers

Apple updates Clips with more content, adds iPhone X facial controls to GarageBand for iOS

Apple debuts iPhone and iPad cases in seasonal colors

First look: Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support

Investigation finds FBI did not exhaust all options before taking Apple to trial in San Bernardino case

Apple to turn Lane Tech into 'Center for Excellence' for training teachers on Swift

Review: Netgear's Arlo Baby camera with Apple HomeKit

Apple Music app gains 'Music Videos' as an early update before iOS 11.3's full release

Apple releases tvOS 11.3 for Apple TV with new filtering options & more

Apple will let users download all iCloud and Apple ID data to comply with new European rules

Apple releases its first HomePod software update, but no AirPlay 2 or pairing

Apple releases iTunes 12.7.4 with new Music Videos section

Apple debuts macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 with Business Chat and eGPU support