"Logitech Announces Companion Accessories for New 9.7" iPad

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Speaking of Crayon, it is the first third-party stylus for the iPad that features the same technology as the Apple Pencil. This will protect the new iPad when students accidentally drop it or abuse it.

Alongside the stylus, Apple also announced a new rugged Logitech iPad case and keyboard combo. If the student is an artist, it is advisable to go with the more expensive Pencil.

Apple today announced a cheaper, Logitech-made stylus for its iPad family of devices called Crayon. Logitech claims its crayon has low lag, offers tilt support and sub-pixel precision, has an 8-hour battery life, and does not require pairing to get started.

As a nice touch, it automatically pairs to the tablet and is designed with a flat surface that is easy to hold and won't roll off a desk. It's also slated to retail for $49 dollars, which is a considerable discount over the $99 Apple Pencil, assuming the user is actually interested in using a stylus at all.

Designed with input from educators, administrators and IT specialists, the updated Rugged Combo 2 case and keyboard combo is created to take on daily wear and tear inside K-12 classrooms.

The case has been tested for drops up to 4 feet. The thoughtful secure-sealed design is spill-resistant and the keys are silent so as not to distract surrounding students from their work.

The keyboard physically connects to the Rugged Combo 2 case using a proprietary connector to deliver a secure keyboard connection, making iPad an approved device for testing.

The case has a built-in kickstand that can prop-up the iPad at various angles and four viewing modes: typing mode, viewing mode, notebook mode and travel mode. It also features a pencil holder that's a ideal fit for Logitech Crayon or Apple Pencil, so students always have the tools they need at hand.

Both Logitech accessories will become available to USA schools and school districts in the summer.