iPads at SI

Beginning with Summer 2014 classes, students are required to bring their own iPad.

Our only requirement for an iPad is that it supports iOS 11.

It is our very strong recommendation that students should have either:

  • iPad Mini 3 (or newer)
  • iPad Air 2 (or newer)
  • iPad Pro (9.7 inch model)

We have found the iPad Pro 12.9” model to be more prone to damage than the smaller model, so we recommend a more robust case for this model.

iPad Purchase

If a family needs to purchase an iPad, there are several options, which is one of the advantages of a BYOi program. Typically, families buy iPads from

though other outlets can certainly be found online. As with every major purchase, please consider the source, the product, and the price — beware. If a deal looks too good to be true, it might just be.

iPad Insurance

We strongly recommend that families buy insurance for the iPad that extends beyond the simple manufacturer's warantee against defects. Based on our experiences from 2012–14 with 1,450 iPads, 20% of families at SI can expect their son or daughter's iPad to be lost, stolen, or, most commonly, broken.

If a family happens to be buying a new iPad directly from Apple, the AppleCare+ is an excellent option.

SquareTrade also offers a cost-effective insurance option, regardless of where you have bought the iPad. BestBuy, like Apple, only offers its insurance, Geek Squad Protection, on devices purchased from them.