The new iPad excites us! It’s true, and we’ll tell you why on The CultCast

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Apple's new iPad is powerful, cheap, and a great deal.
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This week on The CultCast: Apple has powered up the new iPad so much, it’s hard to resist! We’ll tell you why we’re so excited. Plus: What you need to know about iOS 11.3; everything Apple revealed at its “field trip” event; a reliable report says Apple Watch Plus is incoming; and you asked, we answer — from the best Home apps, to our Mac mini predictions, to Commando versus Predator, we answer your most burning questions.

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How to get Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad for $309

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You don't have to be a student to get the new iPad for $309.
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Apple unveiled its cheapest 9.7-inch iPad ever today, only there’s a catch: it’s only the cheapest iPad ever if you meet certain qualifications

Most normal customer won’t qualify for the special $309 price tag and will have to shell out $329 for the Apple Pencil-supported iPad. However, there are still ways to qualify even if you’re not a student.

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

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Apple is ready to takeover the classroom.
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Apple is ready to unleash a wave of new software for teachers going into the 2018 school year.

At its big “field trip” education event in Chicago today, Apple unveiled a series of new apps and APIs that will make it easier for students and teachers to embrace the iPad. From the redesigned iWork iOS apps to the new ClassKit framework, Apple’s got something new for students, teachers and developers.

Kids are the key to the future in Apple’s inspiring new video

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Children are the stars of Apple's new video.
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Apple has an inspiring message for kids in its latest video that was shared during its educational event in Chicago today .

The inspiring new video talks about how “one person can change the world” by creating something that’s never been created before. While showing a bunch of children playing at school, the ad has voice-overs of the kids giving uplifting messages on how they view the future.

Check it out:

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.

Apple store goes down ahead of today’s big education event

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"We'll be back."
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The Apple online store is down ahead of today’s big education event, which kicks off at 10 a.m. central time.

Downtime is an indication that Apple is preparing to add new products to its lineup, which could be available to purchase or pre-order later today. Recent rumors have hinted at the arrival of a new MacBook Air and an even more affordable iPad.

Udemy classes cost just 10 bucks through December 29

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Jump at this chance for lifelong access to Udemy courses for just $10.
Jump at this chance for lifelong access to Udemy courses for just $10.
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