CCS

iPad Buying Guide

Quick Recommendation:

We suggest purchasing a  new, 10.2″ 7th generation iPad ($329 on Apple but bargains are definitely available during summer if you shop around.) This is the most popular choice among students. — updated 5/26/2020

Technical Requirements

To run the Apple Classroom app on campus (required), we ask you to provide an iPad device  running iOS 14.4 or later or Apple iOS. If your child already owns a suitable iPad device, feel free to use it. However, we ask that you understand this will be a device dedicated to educational purposes while on school campus. Please move items such as games, texting apps, and social media icons to an After-School Page.  There must be sufficient unused space for school files and apps so we recommend a 64 GB device, though a 32Gb device will suffice if personal apps and storage are limited.  It can be a Wi-Fi ONLY device which is cheaper than Wi-Fi + cellular. Also, students are required to use the school Wi-Fi network campus to enable Apple Classroom to sync with their device.

Keep in Mind

If you are buying a device, please keep in mind that technology changes rapidly and the A7 chip (minimum requirement) will soon cease to support apps (particularly Apple Classroom) and software updates, possibly during the school year. 

Approved iPads

Below is a list of iPad models that are approved for use at CCS. For a printout of this list and the list of non-approved iPad models, please click here.

*The “BUY” links below are quick suggestions to other stores. CCS does not supply iPads for purchase.

iPad 7 th Generation

• RECOMMENDED**

• Model #: A2197 (WiFi), A2200, A2198 (cellular)

• Year Released: 2019

• Supports Apple Pencil

• Starting Price: $329 (WiFi, New)

iPad Pro 12.9″ 4 th Generation

• Model #: A2229 (WiFi), A2069, A2232 (cellular)

• Year Released: 2020

• Supports Apple Pencil

• Starting Price: $999 (WiFi, New)

iPad Pro 12.9″ 3 rd Generation

• Model #: A1876 (WiFi), A2014, A1895 (cellular)

• Year Released: 2018

• Supports Apple Pencil

• Starting Price: $715 (WiFi)

iPad Pro 12.9″ 2 nd Generation

• Nearing end of support life from Apple

• Model #: A1670 (WiFi), A1671 (cellular)

• Year Released: 2017

• Supports Apple Pencil

• Starting Price: $599 (WiFi)

iPad Pro 12.9″ 1 st Generation

• Nearing end of support life from Apple

• Model #: A1584 (WiFi), A1652 (cellular)

• Year Released: 2015

• Supports Apple Pencil

• Starting Price: $329.99 (WiFi, Refurbished)

iPad Pro 11″ 2 nd Generation

• Nearing end of support life from Apple

• Model #: A2228 (WiFi), A2068, A2230 (cellular)

• Year Released: 2020

• Supports Apple Pencil

• Starting Price: $799 (WiFi, New)

iPad Pro 11″ 1 st Generation

• Nearing end of support life from Apple

• Model #: A1980 (WiFi), A2013, A1934 (cellular)

• Year Released: 2018

• Supports Apple Pencil

• Starting Price: $675.99 (WiFi, New)

iPad Pro 10.5″

• Model #: A1701 (WiFi), A1709 (cellular)

• Year Released: 2017

• Supports Apple Pencil

• Starting Price: $379, Refurbished (WiFi)

iPad Pro 9.7″

• Model #: A1673 (WiFi), A1674, A1675(cellular)

• Year Released: 2016

• Supports Apple Pencil

• Starting Price: $285 (WiFi, Pre-owned)

iPad Air 3 rd Generation

• Nearing end of support life from Apple

• Model #: A2152 (WiFi), A2123, A2153 (cellular)

• Year Released: 2019

• Supports Apple Pencil

• Starting Price: $499.99 (WiFi, New)

iPad Air 2

• Nearing end of support life from Apple

• Model #: A1566 (WiFi), A1567 (cellular)

• Year Released: 2014

DOES NOT Support Apple Pencil

• Starting Price: $279 (WiFi, Pre-Owned)

iPad 6 th Generation

• Model #: A1893 (WiFi), A1954 (cellular)

• Year Released: 2018

• Supports Apple Pencil

• Starting Price: $369 (WiFi, Pre-Owned)

iPad 5 th Generation

• Nearing end of support life from Apple

• Model #: A1822 (WiFi), A1823 (cellular)

• Year Released: 2017

DOES NOT Support Apple Pencil

• Starting Price: $349.99 (WiFi, Pre-Owned)

iPad Mini 5 th Generation

• Model #: A2133 (WiFi), A2124, A2126 (cellular)

• Year Released: 2019

• Supports Apple Pencil

• Starting Price: $419 (WiFi, New)

iPad mini 4

• Nearing end of support life from Apple

• Model #: A1538 (WiFi), A1550 (cellular)

• Year Released: 2015

DOES NOT Support Apple Pencil

• Starting Price: $299.85 (WiFi, Pre-Owned)