As of August 2019, all students will need an iPad 6th generation (released March 2018) or newer. Please note that device memory is critically important given the interactive student textbook content and multimedia that the school incorporates into its curriculum. 64 GB of memory (or more) will enable the student to fulfill school requirements of creating, producing, and storing multimedia projects. The iPad mini is not acceptable for use at Tampa Prep due to its size. The WiFi only model of the iPad is sufficient for student needs. The WiFi plus Cellular option is not required.
Current students who have an iPad 6th generation, new iPad Pro (released Fall 2018) or a new iPad Air (released March 2019) do not need to purchase a new iPad. This would cover most new students who started Tampa Prep during the 2018/19 school year.
Please note that as of March 27, 2018, Apple has announced the release of the new iPad, called iPad. This new iPad model only comes in 2 options: 32GB or 128GB. If you choose to purchase the 6th generation iPad, you must purchase the $429 128GB option. The 32GB model will not work at Tampa Prep. iPads may be purchased from any retail store. The industry standard expected lifespan for a personal computing device is 3 years. We have based our expectations on a 3 year lifespan and have determined August 2022 as the date for next upgrade cycle. Decisions that Apple has made with regards to hardware and software architecture (32 bit vs 64 bit) are key factors for consideration.
OWNERSHIP & CARE
Please note that the device and any peripheral (keyboard, stylus, headphones, AirPods) are the student’s personal property. Tampa Prep will not be held liable for lost, broken or stolen devices nor can we provide repair services for the devices. We strongly recommend the purchase of insurance or an extended warranty and the installation of the Find my iPhone app. We do require a good, protective case, preferably with a screen protector. Students may also opt to purchase a screen protector (if the case does not come with one), a bluetooth keyboard and/or stylus for use with his/her device. While the folio keyboard cases are convenient, please know that they do not provide sufficient protection for the iPad. If you opt to purchase peripherals such as the keyboard case, the Apple Pencil, Logitech Crayon, AirPods, etc., we strongly urge you to have it engraved or to purchase a distinguishing skin or wrap for the item. Bringing these supplemental peripherals to school is permitted, however, they are the responsibility of the student. Tampa Prep will not be held liable for lost, broken or stolen peripheral items. Note that these accessories are not required. We do strongly encourage you to register your device with Apple as part of the setup.