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iPad Q & A

Which iPad do you recommend?

With the release of the newest iPads in Fall 2014, we have modified our recommendations for the iPad. Apple has released two new lines of the iPad, the iPad Air (full-size) and the iPad Mini with Retina display. In the past we have not encouraged the iPad Mini, however, after seeing a few students use it over this year, we now endorse it as one of the acceptable models. While the Mini is slightly smaller, the screen size is adequate and the small difference in the size of the keyboard is not an issue. The best decider of choosing an iPad Mini over the iPad Air really becomes a matter of user preference. They are virtually the same outside of size.

Listed below are the iPads in order of preference:

  • Most Recommended

- iPad Air

- iPad Mini with Retina Display

  • Recommended

- iPad with Retina Display (4th edition)

- iPad Mini (1st edition)

- iPad 3

  • Not recommended

- iPad 2

- iPad (Original version)

While any currently available iPad from the 2nd generation through the current generation and the iPad Minis will handle the minimum tasks that students will encounter in their classes, the latest models have important upgrades including retina display. Many apps are designed to take advantage of the retina display capability. The newest iPads also have the newest Dual Core A7X processors, which operates at up to twice the speed of the other current iPads. The minimum iPad configuration is 16 GB of storage and Wi-Fi. iPads may be configured with up to 128 GB of storage. We recommend stepping up to a minimum of 32 GB or higher capacity iPad. Students are quickly using up the memory on 16 GB models with adding personal items. We encourage student to use their iPads for more than just textbooks and study.

The newest iPads are also available with 4G-LTE service provided by AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, or T-Mobile.

While the iPad 2 is a current model from Apple, we are not recommending it because it is already three versions old. There have been too many advancements in the iPad to speculate whether the iPad 2 will support new apps through the end of middle school. It is also only available with 16GB of memory at this time.

You can compare iPad configurations at

Where should I buy my iPad?

We strongly recommend that you purchase your iPad from the Apple online store, the Apple Store, or an authorized Apple reseller such as Best Buy, Walmart, Target, etc.

Why should I buy AppleCare+? Won’t the school be able to repair my iPad if it is damaged?

iPads are very specialized devices and specialized training and tools are required to perform repairs. The school is not able to provide those repair services, but is able to support students in using the iPad at school.

iPads come with one year of hardware repair and 90 days of complimentary support. AppleCare+ extends that coverage to two years and adds up to two repairs for accidental damage during the plan period. Each repair for accidental damage requires a $49 service fee. This is a layer of coverage that has not been available in the past.

I’m convinced that I should buy AppleCare+, where do I get it?

AppleCare+ is available from Apple. You can buy it at the time of purchase from either the Apple online store or the Apple store.

If you didn’t buy AppleCare+ with your iPad or if you bought your iPad elsewhere, in order to cover the iPad with AppleCare+ you will be required to set up an appointment with the Genius Bar at the Apple Store to have your iPad inspected. After inspection, the store will determine if the iPad may be covered under the plan. You have 30 days from the date of purchase to add coverage. Coverage will begin from the date of your iPad purchase, not the date of coverage purchase.

More information is available at the Apple website:

Which grades are required?

The iPad program for the 2014 - 2015 school year requires that all 6th and 7th grade students have an iPad. Students in 8th grade are welcome to bring iPads to school as well.

Will iPads replace books?

The iPad is a tool to enhance your child’s education. Many of our textbooks have and will continue to be transitioned to electronic versions and we will make use of those electronic versions when available. There may be some hard copy books that are required where an electronic version is not available. Classrooms will contain a class set of hard cover textbooks for student reference.

What if we are a PC family?

The iPad is compatible with both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS computers.

What happens if the iPad gets lost or broken?

If the iPad gets broken and you have purchased the AppleCare+ protection, take your iPad to the Apple Store and they will either repair or replace it under the terms of the AppleCare+ coverage plan.

If your iPad is lost and Find My iPad has been configured on your iPad, we may be able to locate it through the GPS location. If it cannot be located, you will have to replace the iPad. Unfortunately the AppleCare+ coverage does not cover loss or theft. You may wish to consult your homeowner’s policy to see if it covers loss or theft of iPads.

Who pays for the iPads?

The iPad is the personal property of the student just like an iPod or calculator. As such, the cost of the iPad is borne by the parent(s).

When can I purchase the iPad for my student?

You may purchase your iPad at any time but they must be purchased by Summer of 2014. We will notify you of the date your student’s iPad must be turned in at the school for setup. We expect to begin setting up iPads for school near the beginning of August. More information will follow.

We recognize this iPad information page does not answer all of your questions. We encourage you to send your questions to us via We will respond to your questions and save those questions for future Q&A releases to share with others.

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