Color TI-84+ C Reported: Hoax or Fact?

Far from a hoax, the TI-84+C is a real calculator. Check out my TI-84+C Review.

 

UPDATE: 11:55 a.m.  I have been contacted by a source who has worked for Texas Instruments and has asked to remain anonymous. He has provided credible information that the TI-84+ C Silver Edition is, in fact, a real calculator in development by Texas Instruments. You can see the TI-84+ C Silver Edition information request form here. I have also included a screen shot at the bottom of this article.

ORIGINAL POST:

After a couple of months on self-imposed sabbatical, someone tweeted me a story that’s got me off of the couch. Over at Cemetech, there are claims being made that Texas Instruments is working on a color version of the TI-84 know as the TI-84+ C Silver Edition. “Orac243″ claims that that Texas Instruments has provided him with a classroom set of TI-84+ C’s to pilot with his class in anticipation of the device being released next to the public next spring. He claims that it’s only marginally different than the current TI-84+ and still runs on OS 2.55.

I have reached out to Texas Instruments early this morning, but as of yet, have not received any comment. Even if I do, it’s possible that they’ll ask me to keep the story under wraps for a time as they did when they gave me advance notice of the TI-Nspire CX.

Until I hear something official, I must admit I’m a bit skeptical of this story. Unless you’ve been to a Texas Instruments’ T3 professional development conference, it’s hard to understand how big the shift away from the TI-84+ and towards the TI-Nspire has been from the leaders in the math education world. With thousands of educators and hundreds of conference sessions, I’d say maybe 10% of the program at T3 2012 was devoted to the TI-84+ and TI-89 Titanium combined.  Even textbooks have started integrating TI-Nspire directions rather than TI-84+. It would require quite a shift in marketing and momentum of the educational community to try to start building excitement back towards the TI-84+.

I’m also at a loss to understand how the TI-84+ could handle color images without a major operating system upgrade, which the poster at Cemetech indicates is not forthcoming. Even the TI-Nspire received a significant upgrade when color and images were added.

So for now, color me puzzled about the TI-84+ C. If more information comes out soon about the authenticity of the device, I will keep you all updated.

 

 

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Lucas Allen

Lucas Allen

For more than a decade, Lucas Allen was high school math teacher and math team coach in Illinois. His 2012 Morton High School math team won the Illinois state championship. Recently, he made the jump from public education to the corporate world and is a now working as a data scientist. He is interested in just about all forms of technology, including the TI-Nspire, Nexus devices, R, MOOCs, and more. You can follow , and if you are nice, he will probably follow you back.

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