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iPad Specifications

iPads may be purchased from any retailer.

The newest iPads available are the:

  • iPad Air 6th generation (11 and 13 inch models, released May 2024)
  • iPad 10th generation (released September 2022)
  • iPad Pro 7th generation with M4 (12.9 inch model, released May 2024)

It is important to note that Tampa Prep follows industry standards and calculates the expected lifespan of a device to be 3 years. The date for the next upgrade cycle for these devices will be August of 2025. As of Summer 2024, any device released prior to 2021 will not be accepted.  Specifically, the devices listed below will not be accepted at that time:  

  • iPad 8th generation (released September 2020) 
  • iPad Pro 4th generation (12.9 inch model, March 2020)
  • iPad Pro 3rd generation (11 inch model, November 2018) 
  • iPad 7th generation (released April 2019) 
  • iPad Air 4th generation (released October 2020)

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 WiFi-only model of the iPad is sufficient for student needs. The WiFi plus cellular option is not required. The iPad mini is not acceptable for use at Tampa Prep due to its size.

New Student iPad Training Preparation Tips – Please Read

New Student iPad Training: All new Upper School students must choose one one-hour session, August 5 – 9 and Sign Up Here


Students will need the following apps for their iPads: Pages, Keynote, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Slides and Notability. Additional apps will be specified by teachers.

Pages and Keynote come standard with the iPad. Students will also need Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Slides – these are free on the App Store. Notability is a note taking and annotation app that is widely used at Tampa Prep. To ensure continuous, reliable access to all features without disruption, all new students will be required to purchase an annual subscription to Notability Plus during their tenure at Tampa Prep. The subscription is $14.99 annually.

Ownership & Care

Please note that the device and any additional items (keyboard, stylus, headphones, AirPods) are the student’s personal property. Tampa Prep is not 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 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. Note that accessories such as AirPods are not required.

We do strongly encourage you to register your device with Apple as part of the setup and to enable location services to help your student find lost items that can be tracked.

iPad Tutorials

Please click this link to see helpful iPad tutorials on topics such as:

  • Videos on how to use MyTampaPrep
  • Setting up your Tampa Prep Email Account on your iPad
  • How to turn in your homework
  • Notability
  • Notability Back-up
  • Google Drive/Docs app
  • iCloud
  • Free apps to install on your iPad
  • and more!