iPad Purchasing

SBA has a 1:1 Electronic Device program that puts quality and current technology into the hands of students so they build the experience needed to succeed in life, work and ministry.

What - iPad Requirements:

iPad - All Students Grades 7th - 12th are required to own an Apple iPad 4 or above. We recommend newly purchased devices to have 32GB of storage.  Although the iPad Mini will run the applications needed for students, we advise against it due to the size limitations for eTextbooks.

Case - SBA recommends the use of a military grade case to prevent screen breakage. We recommend the Griffin Survivor or Otterbox.

Where - Places to Buy

Simply Mac - Chattanooga's only Apple Certified Retailer.  They typically will have the latest and greatest of iPad hardware and offer a good discount on purchases to SBA students when bought as a group (see MacAuthority Flyer below).
  • Good selection of iPads, cases and accessories
  • Offer Insurance plans and repair services in store
  • Offer SBA students discounts
  • Location - Hamilton Place Mall (Food Court Entrance)
Best Buy - Typically have the latest and greatest of iPad hardware but do NOT offer discounts to SBA students.  Watch for tax-free weekends.
  • Good selection of iPads, cases and accessories
  • Offer Insurance plans and repair services in store
  • Location - Hamilton Place or Hixson stores

Consider Refurbished Units - For the cost conscious buyer, consider purchasing a refurbished iPad.  With such limited moving parts, iPads have a very long life expectancy and we have seen good performance by refurbs.  Best locations we have found are MacAuthority locally or at www.apple.com and search for "refurbished".



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