New hardware on tap at Apple’s March 27th ‘field trip’ education event?

“Apple made a surprise announcement on Friday when it unveiled plans to host a special education event at a high school in Chicago later this month,” Zac Hall writes for 9to5Mac. “Apple says it will reveal ‘creative new ideas for teachers and students’ at Lane Tech College Prep High School on March 27, and we already have a good idea of what to expect.”

“Apple’s last major education event was held six years ago in New York City on January 19, 2012,” Hall writes. “Textbooks for $15 and under from major publishers coming to iBooks and the now-dated iBooks Author app for Mac were highlights of the event.”

“Based on code discovered by 9to5Mac‘s Gui Rambo, we believe Apple is planning to introduce a new developer framework called ClassKit that can be used within education apps on iOS,” Hall writes. “Apple focused solely on software — specifically for ebooks — at its last education event in 2012. The popular iPad 2 wasn’t quite a year old yet, and the first Retina iPad wouldn’t be released for another two months. This time lots of new, lower-priced hardware is expected based on supply chain rumors, and cheaper products make sense for schools buying in bulk.”

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  1. unfortunately today long time Apple watchers are wondering more about when they launch something what will be MISSING. Like the HomePod without stereo, iPad Pro launched without the pencil, when they revamped Final Cut to X features went missing, Apple TV without content, etc. When the product is GOOD then there is supply chain problems and you have to wait for weeks or longer.

    Here’s hoping that things will improve.

    (I still think Apple most of the time makes the best stuff but the people on top need to tighten the ship).

    1. A bit too cynical, in my opinion… but I understand and appreciate your concerns. Things will improve, if only because you will tend to forget the unpleasant aspects of the past.

  2. I’d bet on iPad, MacBook, and AirPower. Seems like the right products for an education event; and then a website refresh to include and minor changes like a new iPhone X color option & spring watch bands.

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