Live blog: Apple’s first big product unveiling of 2018

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Apple is focusing on students and teacher for its first keynote.
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Apple’s first big event of 2018 is practically here! Unlike most Apple keynotes, today’s “field trip” education-oriented event in Chicago won’t be streamed live.

Don’t worry. Cult of Mac will be in attendance and we’ll be live blogging everything with up-to-the-minute info on all the new goodies. Not only is Apple expected to preview some new educational software, but we could also see a new iPad, improved Apple Pencil and maybe even a new MacBook Air.

The keynote starts Tuesday, March 27, at 10 a.m. Central time. So save this page and get ready for Apple’s most mysterious event in years.

Liveblog:

March 27, 2018 10:05 am PDT Lewis Wallace

Post-show wrap-up

Apple showed off new hardware and software during today’s event, all with an educational twist. Read all about the new stuff:

Everything Apple revealed at its ‘field trip’ event

Apple unveils cheap new iPad with Apple Pencil support

Apple rolls out Schoolwork app for teachers, iWork upgrades and more

Logitech Crayon is an Apple Pencil on a budget

Watch Apple’s inspirational video, shown during the education event today

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March 27, 2018 9:12 am PDT Ian Fuchs

We’ll have more in-depth coverage of everything coming later today! Thanks for following along, folks. – Ian

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March 27, 2018 9:06 am PDT Ian Fuchs

And that’s a wrap… Music back up, and lights back on

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March 27, 2018 9:06 am PDT Ian Fuchs

“I’d like to thank every teacher around the world for the import work you do every day – you are teaching the next generation of teachers and leaders” – Tim

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March 27, 2018 9:05 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Tim thanking all the teachers and students for being here today, and for sharing their experiences in the classroom.

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March 27, 2018 9:05 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Event tonight at the Chicago Michigan Ave Store to show a new “Everyone can Create” class (with Clips)

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March 27, 2018 9:04 am PDT Ian Fuchs

My classes weren’t ever like this… guess I needed an iPad in school.

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March 27, 2018 9:03 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Showing kids using iPads to learning about gravity, with elements of comedy.

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March 27, 2018 9:02 am PDT Ian Fuchs

annnnnd another video.

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March 27, 2018 9:00 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Looks like we’re near the end today.

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March 27, 2018 9:00 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Recapping announcements from the past hour – new iPad with Apple Pencil, AR apps, software updates for iWork and iLife apps, Everyone can Code and Everyone can Create

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March 27, 2018 8:59 am PDT Ian Fuchs

“This is an important day for Apple,” Tim says. This is Apple’s sweet spot — the place where technology and the liberal arts intersect.

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March 27, 2018 8:59 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Tim is back up on stage

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March 27, 2018 8:58 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Video time – what’s it like to be a teacher (as presented by little kids)

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March 27, 2018 8:57 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Apps, Skills, and Curriculum are the cornerstone of their push into education.

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March 27, 2018 8:56 am PDT Ian Fuchs

The Everyone Can Create preview lands today, with more coming this summer.

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March 27, 2018 8:56 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Showing an example of a student-made presentation made with Clips to explain Mitosis

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March 27, 2018 8:54 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Allows students to use creative tools to share their thoughts, ideas, or feelings.

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March 27, 2018 8:53 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Focuses on learning with music, photos, video, and art

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March 27, 2018 8:53 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Today, Apple is unveiling new curriculum — “Everyone Can Create” to run along with Everyone Can Code.

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March 27, 2018 8:51 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Highlighting a student that was very shy, and how Swift Playgrounds helped her open up to others and become more extroverted – Coding… it’s practically magic.

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March 27, 2018 8:50 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Using the Everyone Can Code teacher guide, she was able to expand what she was teaching her students

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March 27, 2018 8:50 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Introduced students to Swift Playgrounds to show how much could be done with code.

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March 27, 2018 8:49 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Discussing her start in coding with block based coding.

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March 27, 2018 8:49 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Next up: Kasia Derza of Mariano Azuela Elementary in Chicago

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March 27, 2018 8:48 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Now, a new AR technology in swift to allow kids to learn to make AR apps.

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March 27, 2018 8:47 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Kids love Swift Playgrounds, and the integration with drones and robotics “takes it to another level”

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March 27, 2018 8:47 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Swift is the fastest growing programming languages, designed to be easy to teach and easy to learn.

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March 27, 2018 8:46 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Coding teaching critical thinking and problem solving.

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March 27, 2018 8:46 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Susan back up, discussing building curriculum and coding in schools.

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March 27, 2018 8:44 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Now on stage, Nikole Blanchard of Dunham schools, to share how teachers have embraced Apple Teacher to utilize technology in the classroom.

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March 27, 2018 8:43 am PDT Ian Fuchs

1 Million badges have been given out through Apple Teacher, rewarding their continued discovery of technology

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March 27, 2018 8:42 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Apple Teacher is a tool for teachers to build technology skills and develop new teaching ideas.

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March 27, 2018 8:41 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Schoolwork will also become available in June. It will totally be ready for the 2018 school year!

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March 27, 2018 8:41 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Classkit API allows apps to integrate within the Schoolwork app

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March 27, 2018 8:40 am PDT Ian Fuchs

and of course – Schoolwork keeps all student data private.

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March 27, 2018 8:40 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Schoolwork will allow teachers to tailor their teaching to the needs of students by understanding what students are struggling with.

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March 27, 2018 8:39 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Schoolwork can also check students progress, making it easy to see if students have done their work.

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March 27, 2018 8:39 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Schoolwork can point students to Apps, assign specific activities within an App, and students will be taken there automatically.

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March 27, 2018 8:38 am PDT Ian Fuchs

“but Schoolwork had to do more – a new way to bring Apps into the classroom.”

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March 27, 2018 8:38 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Can be used to send class reminders about field trips, or group work updates – “As easy as sending an Email”

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March 27, 2018 8:37 am PDT Ian Fuchs

allows teachers to give handouts, assignments, and apps to their students.

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March 27, 2018 8:37 am PDT Ian Fuchs

and now, a new app – Schoolwork

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March 27, 2018 8:36 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Classroom for Mac available for Beta in June

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March 27, 2018 8:36 am PDT Ian Fuchs

But teachers also love their Mac, so today, Classroom is coming to the Mac.

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March 27, 2018 8:36 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Teachers love it because they can see what students are doing, and can even click in and see what a student is doing in real time.

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March 27, 2018 8:36 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Classroom app getting an update

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March 27, 2018 8:35 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Now on to Susan Prescott to discuss teacher initiatives.

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March 27, 2018 8:34 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Logitech gets a mention, too, with the company’s new Crayon – a $49 stylus like Apple Pencil.

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March 27, 2018 8:33 am PDT Ian Fuchs

New iCloud storage for ALL!!!! What was 5GB/account is now 200GB!!! EVERYBODY GETS MORE STORAGE!

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March 27, 2018 8:33 am PDT Ian Fuchs

School Manager tool getting a huge update, too – can now set up 1,500 accounts in a minute.

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March 27, 2018 8:32 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Now on to “Shared iPad” for schools. Students log in and all their apps, settings and documents are available in less than a minute.

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March 27, 2018 8:31 am PDT Ian Fuchs

New education features for iWork apps are coming today, along with updates for GarageBand and Clips.

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March 27, 2018 8:30 am PDT Ian Fuchs

new iPad price is the same $329 (or $299 for schools).

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March 27, 2018 8:30 am PDT Buster Hein

Here are the new iPad’s specs:

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March 27, 2018 8:30 am PDT Ian Fuchs

That’s good for the frog, I suppose.

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March 27, 2018 8:30 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Now into a science app – a virtual Frog app, allowing you to dissect a frog with Apple Pencil on iPad. No stinky formaldehyde needed!

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March 27, 2018 8:29 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Now showing an AR app that lets them virtually interact with a river – and the environmental impact of modifying the stream or building a dam. Pretty cool

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March 27, 2018 8:27 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Now highlighting AR capabilities – Boulevard AR allows students to view a piece of artwork, in AR, right in their classroom.

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March 27, 2018 8:27 am PDT Ian Fuchs

the New iPad is more powerful that most PC Laptops, and virtually every Chromebook. ?

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March 27, 2018 8:26 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Specs for the new iPad include an A10 fusion chip

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March 27, 2018 8:25 am PDT Ian Fuchs

This will enable teachers or students to use the same tool they’re using in class, and create digital books.

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March 27, 2018 8:24 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Now inside of Pages, you can make a digital book (with templates included), right on iPad

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March 27, 2018 8:23 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Now on to Digital Books, highlighting interactive models and features.

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March 27, 2018 8:23 am PDT Ian Fuchs

There’s a new feature coming to Pages (we’re just getting a sneak peak today). It’s called Smart Annotations, and it allows for marking up a document.

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March 27, 2018 8:21 am PDT Ian Fuchs

3 of the most popular iPad apps in education are Pages, Keynote, and Numbers – and today they’re getting updated with Apple Pencil support.

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March 27, 2018 8:21 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Ultra-low latency and all the bells and whistles you’d expect from an iPad with Apple Pencil.

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March 27, 2018 8:20 am PDT Ian Fuchs

New iPad takes what everyone loved about Apple’s most popular iPad and makes it better, with Apple Pencil support.

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March 27, 2018 8:19 am PDT Ian Fuchs

And we’re into a video, showing a LOT of Apple Pencil.

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March 27, 2018 8:19 am PDT Ian Fuchs

The most popular iPad has been the 9.7″ iPad and today we’re getting an update!

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March 27, 2018 8:18 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Kids that speak English as a second language can use iPad to communicate more effectively

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March 27, 2018 8:17 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Kids are using iPad to discover the process of how food makes it from farm to table, with a look at logistics and processing.

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March 27, 2018 8:16 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Cassey Williams (an school instructor from London) is up on stage now to discuss how they are using iPad in the classroom.

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March 27, 2018 8:15 am PDT Ian Fuchs

There are over 200,000 apps made for education!

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March 27, 2018 8:14 am PDT Ian Fuchs

“Nothing like these creativity apps on any other device”

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March 27, 2018 8:14 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Kids also love iPad because it’s super powerful. They can shoot video and instantly analyze for speed, force, and motion.

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March 27, 2018 8:13 am PDT Ian Fuchs

A quick shout out to shooting video and editing in Apple’s Clips app (that’s still a thing, you know.)

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March 27, 2018 8:13 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Kids love iPad because it’s super-portable. “Learning happens everywhere, even when there might not be a desk.”

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March 27, 2018 8:13 am PDT Buster Hein

“Education then, beyond all others devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men (and women).” Horace Mann

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March 27, 2018 8:12 am PDT Ian Fuchs

And with that, Tim tosses to Greg Joswaick to discuss iPad

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March 27, 2018 8:12 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Now Tim is highlighting how schools are using iPad for teaching programming, art, and music around the world.

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March 27, 2018 8:11 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Tim back up, sharing a quote from Horace Mann

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March 27, 2018 8:11 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Kathleen shared a very inspiring story of a school in Tennessee embracing technology to teach students that would have been otherwise without.

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March 27, 2018 8:09 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Kathleen Richardson from ConnectEd is up on stage now, to discuss Apple devices in these schools

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March 27, 2018 8:08 am PDT Ian Fuchs

The ConnectED program is bringing technology to over 100 under-served schools in the country.

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March 27, 2018 8:07 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Highlighting the “Everyone Can Code” initiative, and Swift Playgrounds, Apple’s gamified iPad app for learning its Swift programming language.

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March 27, 2018 8:06 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Apple remains committed to focusing on education, and to teaching educators to use technology in the classroom, Tim says.

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March 27, 2018 8:05 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Apple has been involved in education for 40!!!!!! years

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March 27, 2018 8:05 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Lane Tech has more students getting PhDs than any other school in the country.

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March 27, 2018 8:04 am PDT Ian Fuchs

“We’re thrilled to be right here at Lane Tech College Prep High School”

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March 27, 2018 8:04 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Tim highlights the importance of computers and technology in the classroom, including Apple’s recent partnership with Chicago Public Schools.

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March 27, 2018 8:03 am PDT Ian Fuchs

“Chicago is one of the most forward-thinking school systems in the nation,” Tim says.

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March 27, 2018 8:03 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Tim takes a moment to recognize all the student marches across the nation this past weekend calling for stronger gun control.

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March 27, 2018 8:02 am PDT Ian Fuchs

And Tim Cook is out onstage!

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March 27, 2018 8:02 am PDT Ian Fuchs

“One Small Thing Could Change The World Like One Small Person Could Change The World”

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March 27, 2018 8:00 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Starting with a video of kids playing on a playground.

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March 27, 2018 8:00 am PDT Ian Fuchs

The lights are out, it’s go time!

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March 27, 2018 8:00 am PDT Ian Fuchs

A quick peek at Al Gore before we get rolling.

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March 27, 2018 7:58 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Announcement that we are about to begin. Buckle up, everybody!

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March 27, 2018 7:51 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Holy Moly! Al Gore is here.

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March 27, 2018 7:43 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Apple employees coaching the crowd to cheer. Something exciting HAS to be coming, right?

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March 27, 2018 7:39 am PDT Lewis Wallace

Preach it, brother!

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March 27, 2018 7:31 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Lots of students in attendance at today’s event. True dedication to come in over Spring Break.

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March 27, 2018 7:27 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Phil Schiller spotted!

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March 27, 2018 7:25 am PDT Buster Hein

That auditorium looks tiny for an Apple event!

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March 27, 2018 7:25 am PDT Ian Fuchs

This auditorium is really nice! Great venue for the event.

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March 27, 2018 7:19 am PDT Ian Fuchs

And we’re in the auditorium.

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March 27, 2018 7:12 am PDT Ian Fuchs

And we are headed into the auditorium.

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March 27, 2018 7:03 am PDT Buster Hein

Tim Cook has a staff of minions lining the hallway….

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March 27, 2018 6:55 am PDT Ian Fuchs

Press area is getting pretty full. They tell us we start Orientation at 9 … because school.

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March 27, 2018 6:54 am PDT Buster Hein

Here’s Ian’s class schedule for today while at the event.

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March 27, 2018 6:52 am PDT Buster Hein

The press are inside the school and tabling up to the breakfast table. Just over an hour until showtime.

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March 27, 2018 6:40 am PDT Lewis Wallace

The fact that Apple’s online store went down this morning is a big clue that we really will see new products during today’s event. A cheaper iPad is the most probable addition, but maybe Tim Cook has something up else up his sleeve.

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March 27, 2018 6:29 am PDT Ian Fuchs

It’s early, but we are here and in line, folks. Lots of school employees here.

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March 26, 2018 5:34 pm PDT Lewis Wallace

How does Cupertino plan to reshape the classroom of the future? ClassKit, the Apple educational framework we expect to see unveiled tomorrow.

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March 26, 2018 4:08 pm PDT Lewis Wallace

Here’s a little extracurricular reading to do prior to the presentation: What to expect from Apple’s big “field trip” event. Get the scoop on expected new Apple hardware and software.

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