Today, Apple announced a cheaper stylus that is made by Logitech that is intended for its iPad family of devices. The stylus is called the Crayon. The said device was announced onstage at the iPad-focused education event of Apple that was held in Chicago this morning. It will cost $49 and join the $99 Pencil in the current stylus lineup of Apple. Alongside the stylus, Apple also revealed a new rugged iPad case and keyboard combo that is also made by Logitech. Logitech says that the case will cost $99.99, and both devices will be available this coming summer in the United States and only through the online education channel of Apple. Reporters have confirmed with Apple that the said devices are not available to the general public and are offered only for schools.
The education event of Apple is focused on courting teachers, students, and schools to the ecosystem of the iOS, particularly as Google boosts its Chromebook initiative with the launch of its first-ever Chrome OS tablet that is made by Acer only yesterday. To counter the growing dominance of Google in the classroom, Apple announced today a new cheaper $299 9.7-inch iPad that has Pencil support and an A10 Fusion chip. $299 is the price for students. However, the new iPad with Pencil support will cost $329 for everyone else. It will be similar to the standard base model 9.7-inch iPad that was announced in 2017. Presumably, the new Crayon stylus of Logitech will also work on this device.