Apple announced a new iPad today at a keynote in Chicago, Illinois. The focus of the announcement was geared towards pitching the iPad as a new educational device for students and schools. But the hardware is actually a refreshed take on last year's base iPad, meaning that yes, the new iPad can run Fortnite Battle Royale. And that's probably bad for classrooms.
The new iPad, which despite being billed as an education-focused device, is a refreshed version of 2017's 9.7 inch iPad. The 2018 version announced today features upgraded specs like support for the Apple Pencil (sold separately) and the new A10 Fusion chip which is also found on the iPhone 7/7 Plus. For comparison last year's iPad runs on the older A9 chip.
Apple says the new A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit desktop-class architured will deliver "40 percent faster CPU and 50 percent faster graphics performance for seamless multitasking and graphic-intensive apps," when compared to last year's iPad.
One of the game's this year's iPad can probably run better than the 2017 iPad is Fortnite Battle Royale, which recently released on iOS mobile devices. This is kind of bad news for the education-focused campaign Apple is running for the new iPad considering how much havoc Fortnite is wrecking across classrooms around the country.
As Kotaku reports, teachers and other students have been complaining about the prevalence of Fortnite mobile on school campuses, with teachers setting up confiscation bins for phones so students don't play the popular battle royale shooter during classes. Classmates have complained about how their school's wifi has been slow since Fortnite launched on iOS.
So having a new iPad that's geared towards students thanks to a suite of new education apps and programs, probably won't stand a chance against teachers once kids learn that they'll be able to play one of the most popular games around on their new classroom tool.
I'm not saying we'll be contributing to unruly classrooms everywhere, but our guide on how to get Fortnite mobile on your mobile device is pretty easy to find. So apologies to teachers who'll have to start confiscating student's new iPads.
The new 9.7 inch iPad is on sale now starting at $299 for students and schools, and $329 for everyone else. You can also check out our complete guide on Fortnite Battle Royale for all the latest info and tips.