It's almost "show time." That's the phrasing used in media invitations to Apple's March 25 event, where the company is expected to unveil its subscription packages for video, news, magazines, and games. It appears Apple is continuing to "pull the thread" to see where the future of television leads, and it sure looks like that future is tight integration between iOS, Apple TV and HomePod.
Apple CEO Tim Cook and other company executives repeatedly cited the company's commitment to education, as it unveiled new products and initiatives designed to capture the hearts and minds of students and educators.
Though Apple's event appeared to end with the conclusion of the keynote, there was still much more in store for those in attendance. We got an inside look at Apple's hands-on experience labs where they demoed how to integrate iPads, Garageband, and Clips into a teaching curriculum.
Apple piled on to its list of announcements on Tuesday with updates to Clips and GarageBand for iOS, adding a barrage of content to both, and a new feature to the second — support for the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera.
Geared with its new Apple Pencil-compatible budget iPad in mind, Apple has announced "Everyone Can Create," a free curriculum available to teachers looking to build artistic endeavors into their classes.
In an attempt to make it easier for schools and educational customers to bring iPad into the classroom, Apple is providing its 2018 iPad at a discount, cutting the just-announced tablet from the regular starting price of $329 down to $299.
Apple's continued push to make Mac and iPad central to education has been detailed at its 'Field Trip' event, with the Classroom app making the jump from iOS to Mac later this year, as well as a cloud-based Schoolwork app for teachers to provide assignments and handouts to students.
As a part of its Tuesday education event, Apple updated Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iOS, primarily adding support for the Apple Pencil — a key feature of its 2018 "budget" iPad. [Updated with release and more feature details]
Though the focus at its press event was on a new budget iPad and education-oriented software updates, Apple on Tuesday also teased two new Logitech iPad accessories, meant for schools only: the "Crayon" stylus, and the Rugged Combo 2 case and keyboard. [Updated with more details, pricing, and launch info]
Along with the introduction of a new iPad, Apple announced that users will no longer need a Mac to create educational materials, and will be able to create books directly on an iPad using Pages and the new Digital Books.
Apple has started to issue itineraries to attendees of its 'Field Trip' event later today, with the schedule further emphasizing the presentation and following sessions will be heavily focused on education-related topics, including teaching students how to code.
A tradition ahead of major events, Apple on Tuesday took down its online store ahead of its 'Field Trip' presentation, an indication that the company will be making changes to its product lineup, potentially involving new iPads and the Apple Pencil.
Join AppleInsider as we provide live coverage of Apple's "Let's take a field trip" event from Chicago's Lane Tech College Prep High School on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. CDT (11:00 a.m. EDT, 8 a.m. PDT), where the company is expected to discuss educational initiatives and perhaps unveil new hardware.