Apple has launched an updated version of the iPad, with new features for including support for Apple Pencil.
The new 9.7-inch iPad, which will retail from 1349 AED, is intended to be more suited for school and work usage by allowing users to sketch and jot down notes with the the Apple Pencil.
The device will be in stores in the UAE from the end of this week, Apple said.
The new iPad features a large Retina display, the A10 Fusion chip and advanced sensors that help deliver immersive augmented reality. It also has an enhanced battery for ‘all-day' usage, up to ten hours depending on usage.
"iPad is our vision for the future of computing and hundreds of millions of people around the world use it every day at work, in school and for play. This new 9.7-inch iPad takes everything people love about our most popular iPad and makes it even better for inspiring creativity and learning," said Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of Product Marketing. "Our most popular and affordable iPad now includes support for Apple Pencil, bringing the advanced capabilities of one of our most creative tools to even more users. This iPad also has the power of the A10 Fusion chip, combined with the big, beautiful Retina display, advanced cameras and sensors that enable incredible AR experiences simply not possible on other devices."
iPad's 9.7-inch Retina display features a higher-resolution touch sensor that enables Apple Pencil support. Apple Pencil was first introduced for iPad Pro, and the new tablet is intended to capitalise on the popularity of pen input.
Apple Pencil has been designed for a "fluid and natural drawing experience" the company said. Advanced sensors measure both pressure and tilt, and provide pixel-perfect accuracy and low latency for activities from note taking to illustration in apps like Notability, Pages, Numbers, Keynote and Microsoft Office. iPad's palm rejection technology makes it possible to rest a hand on the screen while using Apple Pencil.
The tablet has also been designed for high performance, immersive AR, with the Retina display acting as a large viewfinder, and advanced cameras and sensors including a gyroscope and accelerometer, for accurate motion tracking to support the next generation of AR apps.
The iPad is powered by the A10 Fusion chip with 64‑bit desktop-class architecture, delivering 40% faster CPU and 50% faster graphics performance against the previous 9.7 inch iPad.
Other features include front and rear facing cameras with low-light performance, and HD video recording; aluminium unibody construction; ultrafast wireless and Apple SIM (where supported).
iOS 11 introduces new features for iPad. The Dock provides quick access to frequently used apps and documents from any screen, and makes it easier to multitask with Split View and Slide Over. Drag and Drop makes moving images, text and files between apps easier than ever. Apple Pencil is more deeply integrated into iPad with support for inline drawing. The Files app provides a central place to access and organise files no matter where they are located - on iPad or in the cloud with built-in support for iCloud Drive and providers like Box, Dropbox and others.
The new iPad is available in silver, space grey and gold. The 32GB wifi model will have a retail price of 1,349 AED, and 32GB WiFi + Cellular model will be 1,879 AED. Apple Pencil is available for purchase separately for 399 AED.
Apple will also be offering discounted pricing for schools.