Purchasing iPads, Cases, & Protective Film

NIS would like to welcome you to join the iPad program. In order to have the device that NIS necessitates, we have developed the following specifications. These specs have been developed through research considering: cost, use by younger students, manageability, size of hard drive, and use for the future.

Recommended iPads

Year Model 16 GB 32 GB 64 GB 128 GB 256 GB
2017 iPad Pro 2 (12.9")
2017 iPad Pro 2 (9.7")
2016 iPad Pro (9.7") NA NA
2015 iPad Pro (12.9″) NA X NA X X
2014 iPad Air 2 X NA NA
2013 iPad Air X NA
2015 iPad mini 4 X NA NA
2014 iPad mini 3 X NA NA
2013 iPad mini 2 X NA
2012 iPad (4th Gen.) X NA
2012 iPad mini * X X X NA NA
2012 iPad (3rd Gen.) X X X NA NA
2011 iPad 2 X X X NA NA
2010 iPad X X X NA NA


– Recommended
– Minimum used storage size – may run out of disk space
X – Not Used – very large in physical size – no cases available – slow to charge
X – Not used – storage space too small – incapacitates device

– Not used – storage space too small & does not work with Airdrop or Airplay to share with teachers and students

( * Not Supported by Apple anymore –  Apple Pencils not needed at NIS)

NA – Not available from Apple


Grade 5 Recommended Laptop:
13″ MacBook Air or Pro
256 GB Hard Drive Space
Thunderbolt Connection
Up to 3 years old
Minimum Laptop Specs:
MacBook Air or Pro or Retina
128 GB Hard Drive Space
Thunderbolt Connection
Up to 3 years old

Find iPad products at the links below: iPads



Should you choose to purchase a new iPad though our school supplier, Solution Keys, when you leave NIS you may be eligible for “buy-back” at book value.  NIS recommends SolutionKeys for the ease of purchase for iPads.  Guardians and students are welcome to buy iPads from any dealer as long as the devices fit the specifications listed above.

The iPad case that NIS specifies can be purchased through this link on Taobao.com.  This case has been tested by NIS staff and students for the past two years and has proven to have an excellent ergonomic design, which is also highly durable and functional.

The protective film for the glass, available at the link above could help with the screen being scratched or broken.

In the unlikely event that an iPad should go permanently missing during the school day when under the care of our teachers, NIS would provide a replacement device that meets NIS recommendations:
– max. 64 GB
– iPad mini 2
Parents would need to provide the serial number and date of purchase.