Video: Hands-on with Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad for education

In July 2010, I wrote about the next-generation iPad and what Apple needs to deliver[1].

Based on information gleaned from updates in iOS and intelligence coming out of the semiconductor industry at the time, I polished the crystal ball[2] -- in my usual purely speculative way -- of what I thought successive iPads might look like, or the features they should contain.

Read also: If Apple's Mac has any future, it's in the cloud[3]

I iterated this over the years -- for the third-, fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-generation[4] of the iPad. Some stuff I got right, some stuff I got wrong.

Typically, I've done this shortly after an iPad's release. This time, I'm going to do it only a few months before, because, up until recently, I didn't think we had enough clues.

Apple announced its new, lower-cost, Apple Pencil-compatible iPad[5] at its education event[6] only a few weeks ago, but it did not announce new iPad Pro models, which have not had a revision since June 2017[7] and, arguably, have not changed much since September 2016[8].

So, for the purposes of this article, with WWDC[9] coming up in two months, I would like to concentrate on the iPad Pro models[10] and speculate what features they might contain.


The Touch ID sensor[11], which has been part of the iPad Pro since its inception in 2015, is likely to make a departure with the introduction of the 10-inch and 12.9-inch models in favor

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