Student iPads - 7th-12th for 2013-2014

posted Jun 25, 2012, 7:57 PM by SBA Portals   [ updated Nov 19, 2012, 5:52 AM by Chris Neighbors ]
With the Apple iPad as a recommended student device for 2012 and a required device in 2013 (7th - 12th grades) we wanted to be sure to give you all the information you need to make a smart, informed decision that works for your family.

Requirements:  Student devices need to meet the following criteria:
  - Apple iPad (1, 2, 3 or Mini) with at least 16GB storage.  
  - Units should only have WiFi and are not to have 3G connectivity.  
  - iPad Mini? - The new iPad Mini will work, however, most educators feel that the size limitations on data input (smaller area to write on and type) makes the full size iPad a better choice.

Where t
o buy:  iPads are available from a number of locations, however, each has its own advantages. Due to the price controls that Apple puts on it's re-sellers, there are little to no discounts available making the prices very consistent.

  MacAuthority - Located at Hamilton Place Mall, they offer a local retail outlet with an Apple certified service desk.  MacAuthority also offers special deals for SBA Parents (purchase Apple Care and receive discounted military grade case) - Click Here  PDF of the MacAuthority discount offer Click Here.
   BestBuy - Again, a good local vendor.  Has a service desk that can service the iPad, however, mostly they send the units out for work to be performed.  Click Here - Of course, you can purchase an iPad from the Apple website.  Click Here

Refurbished Units:  Refurbished units purchased from or BestBuy and are a great way to save.  These units typically have the exact same warranty as new purchases and since they have no moving parts, there have been very few instances of units not performing.

   MacAuthority - I have personally purchased 2 refurbished iPad 2s for $299 each from MacAuthority.  With
       the case, insurance and support from MacAuthority, they have been fantastic! (Click Here) - Currently these units are only available with 3G (will need to be disabled) for as 
       low as $399 for the 16GB iPad2 black or white. Availability changes frequently.
   BestBuy (Click Here) - In store price for 16GB iPad2 black or white was $379.  Typically they have a good 
       stock of units and purchasing them during the tax free weekend in August adds to savings.