Apple iPad 9.7-inch with Pencil Support
Apple hosted a “Special Event” earlier today in Chicago that saw the introduction of a number of different items on its proverbial menu for the education sector. In case you haven’t heard, Apple is a huge proponent of providing students as well as educators with the tools that they need in order to work on their assignments, projects, and lessons while they’re in school. On the device side, the company today announced a new iPad 9.7-inch, this time with support for Apple Pencil — the iPad-only smart stylus — in tow.

The new 9.7-inch iPad looks almost exactly like the old one, and comes with pretty much the exact same feature set. It still boasts a gorgeous 9.7-inch Retina display, which is capable of delivering incredible detail and vivid colors, but this time it has a higher-resolution touch sensor that allows it to take advantage of the Apple Pencil and its unique stylus features.

“It’s the exact same iPad as the old one except for the newly-added Apple Pencil support.”

It runs on Apple’s proprietary A10 Fusion chip, which uses a 64-bit architecture and is said to offer 40 percent CPU and 50 percent graphics performance, letting users enjoy multi-tasking with ease. There are a couple of built-in cameras, a Touch ID-enabled Home button, and choices of either 32GB or 128GB of storage on the new iPad.

In other words, it’s really the exact same iPad as the old one except for the newly-added Apple Pencil support. There’s one more thing that’s different, though: the price. The old iPad 9.7 cost Php 18,990 here in the Philippines for the 32GB version. Now, with this Apple Pencil update, its cost has been bumped up to Php 20,990. And that’s not counting the cost of the Pencil itself, of course.

If you buy the Apple Pencil from Apple Philippines itself, it costs Php 5,890. That brings the total cost of the entire “new iPad 9.7 and Apple Pencil package” to a whopping Php 26,880. Depending on your disposition, you may also want to spring for a carrying case. Because, you know, the iPad doesn’t come with one. And neither does the Pencil. And that’s yet another thing to account for.

The new iPad 9.7 is already present in the local version of the Apple website, but it’s not available yet. It’s only out for sale in select countries for now, with its arrival here in the Philippines and other Asian countries scheduled to happen some time in May. If it has piqued your interest, however, feel free to check out the nearest Apple reseller outlet — or your preferred third-party gadget store — before then to see if you can buy it.