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Which iPad do I purchase?

NEW iPADS ARE EXPECTED TO BE ANNOUNCED IN MAY 2024. You should consider waiting until then. Current versions prices are likely to drop. (Updated April 17, 2024)

Considering which of the various versions of iPad to purchase can be challenging. This guide will walk you through the various option in model, memory sizes and options that will best suite your student for use during their high school years and beyond.

iPads come in five models and with memory capacity ranging from 16GB to 128GB and each has a Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Cellular option. The first thing to consider is longevity of use, keeping in mind the practicality of the device throughout their high school years and post high school educational goals. The rule of thumb we recommend is to purchase as newer a model with as much memory as is practicable.

Capacity: iPads come in sizes of 64GB all the way up to 2TB depending on the model . We recommend that you consider the 64GB or 256GB models since this offers larger storage capacity for textbooks, videos, photos and other related school work. If you anticipate your child doing extensive video work, larger is definitely better.

Cellular enabled iPads: We do not recommend the purchase of an iPad with the Wi-Fi + Cellular option since this option could incur monthly charges and prices can range between $140.00 and $170.00 more than the Wi-Fi only versions . Saint Mary’s has updated its network infrastructure to accommodate the added number of devices on campus and a cellular network enabled iPad is not necessary for normal school usage. If you opt to purchase an iPad with cellular connectivity, students will be required to have the feature turned off while on campus.

iPad Models

iPad 10.9″ (10th Generation) and 10.2" (9th Generation): This is the latest version of iPad and comes in two memory sizes of 64GB and 256GB.

iPad Pro 12.9" (6th Generation) and 11" (4th Generation): This iPad version is available in five memory sizes ranging from 128 GB to 2 TB. 

The iPad Air 10.9" (5th generation): These models are the older supported iPads. They are available in memory sizes of 64GB or 256GB versions.

iPad Mini 8.3″ (6th Generation): The iPad Mini is also a recommended device. The newest version is available in a 64GB and 256GB versions. 

Not Recommended iPads: Anything older than a 2020 iPad of any type.  

For a complete list of iPad models options, and prices, visit Apple’s website that compares the various iPad models.

Additional Information

Where to Buy: iPads can be purchased from the Apple Store, from Apple’s online store, or from a number of home electronic retailers. If you purchase your iPad directly from Apple, students can take a free workshop to help get familiar with your new device.

Apple Certified Refurbished: Apple’s Certified Refurbished website is a great place to find deals on used iPads . Visit them at their https://www.apple.com/shop/refurbished/ipad

Apple Care: Saint Mary’s strongly recommends the purchase of Apple Care for your student’s iPad. Visit Apple’s Apple Care for iPads page to learn more.