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Device Specifications – iPads

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Device Checklist

Years 7 & 8

What device (iPad) should you be looking for?

Depends on your child’s year group and how long they want to use it for but needs to have the capability to support the latest IOS and a stylus pen.

The current model iPad is the 9th Generation which was released in September 2021, the base 64gb model is a perfectly suitable device, but higher powered options with more storage are also available.

  • Year 7 – Minimum iPad 7th generation or newer.
  • Year 8 – Minimum iPad 6th generation to see them through until they go to stage 5 and could move to an open device if desired.
  • Can be an iPad, iPad Air or iPad Pro.
  • iPad mini is not suitable.
  • Needs to be Wi-Fi only (if iPad has sim card function, the sim card must be removed and placed in yondr pouch while at school as per KHS digital device policy)
  • Some older devices have 32 gb storage and that will suffice but for any subjects that involve any kind of multimedia, 64 gb or higher would be preferred.

Where can you buy the correct device (iPad)?

    • We have an online education purchasing portal partnership with JB Hi-Fi with great education discounts, you can either pick-up in store or get the device delivered. Visit their site and enter code


      . Required keyboard cases are available, along with optional add-ons like the Apple pencil and Apple care.

  • Our recomendation is to purchase the 4 options listed here
  • iPads are also available direct from Apple. If you see a better price advertised publicly you can Apple and they will price match.

What accessories do I need?

  • A physical Keyboard is required. A rugged protective case that has a keyboard that we are recommending is this case for students. It has strong protection for the screen, can stow a stylus and has a sturdy and resistant keyboard, Other suitable keyboard cases are also available in the online purchasing portal.

  • Headphones or earphones are required, they can be wired or wireless.

What accessories are recommended?

  • Screen protector
  • Applecare+ service and support
  • A stylus – Apple Pencil (or Logitech Crayon) is also highly recommended.

Now that every iPad on-sale supports a smart stylus option, it’s pretty natural for people to want to grab one, whether you’re looking to draw, to take written notes, or you want a precision instrument for photo editing. Research also indicates using a stylus supports students to maintain their handwriting skills and retain more information.

Apple pencil vs Logitech Crayon

Years 9 to 12

A device is currently still optional for years 9 to 12. A 9th generation iPad descibed above for years 7 to 8 would still be suitable for students in later years. Some students may already have a different device they prefer to use.

The BYOD programme is new, but your device doesn’t have to be.

If you have an existing device and it meets the minimum specification requirements then you are welcome to use it at school. In some cases, your existing device may only need the addition of a new USB WiFi adapter to make it compatible on the school network!

If you do require the purchase of a new device it is recommended that you have a copy of the minimum requirements on hand as different operating systems and device types have different capabilities. There are some base features that are the mandatory for all devices, each operating system and form has separate requirements to make the device capable for learning activities.

Please be advised that mobile phones, iPods and tablets with a display smaller than 9.7″ are not appropriate as a primary device for BYOD.

BYOD at Kingscliff High School is currently still optional and not mandatory for years 9 to 12

Base Requirements




Minimum 9.7″ display

Display should be no larger than 13.3″ as this has an adverse affect on weight and battery life. Ideal size is 11″.

Display resolution will not affect learning activities.

Touchscreen input not-required for learning activities, but can be beneficial.

Physical Keyboard

Device must have a physical keyboard for data entry with separate keys for A-Z and 0-9 and which physically move when depressed.

USB/Bluetooth Mouse not required but can be beneficial.

Tablet devices using aftermarket keyboards may affect battery life.



802.11n (2.4GHz/5GHz). also referred to as Dual Band 802.11 a/b/g/n


Dual Band (2.4GHz/5GHz) 802.11ax.

Weight (recommendation)

Aim for a device UNDER 1.5-2kg, or a weight you are comfortable carrying around each day. Remember you will be carrying this and potentially some books in your bag each day.


A stylus that is supported by your device is highly recomended but not required.


Headphones or earphones are required, they can be wired or wireless.

Battery Life

Minimum 6 hours

Device is expected to be charged at home each night, facilities will not be available to charge the device at school.

Operating System Requirements



Operating System

Processor (CPU)


Internal Storage

Price Guide


Microsoft Windows

Years 9-12

i3/i5/i7 or equivalent (recommended)

8GB RAM (minimum)

128GB SSD or larger (256GB SDD reccomended)

$899 – $4,099

Apple Macbook

Years 11-12


Late 2017 or newer model

8GB RAM (minimum)

128GB SSD or larger (256GB SDD reccomended)

$1,499 – $3,299

Apple iPad Tablet

Years 7-12

7Th Generation iPad or newer

2GB RAM (minimum)

32GB (minimum) 64GB or higher (recommended)

$448 – $2,749


Years 9-10


2GB RAM (minimum)


$349 – $749

Other Considerations


  • System life expectancy is 4 years (not including physical damage/wear and tear). Meaning that students entering year 7 can utilise a iPad, but may require a new device entering senior years.
  • Depending on senior electives, a year 7 device could be used through until graduation. Purchasing a solid, robust device will assist in the device’s survival.
  • Students entering year 9-12 need to consider their electives and the software requirements when selecting a device for school.
  • Extended warranties are often available, and insurance for your device can also be found and applied when purchasing a new device. Check all the terms and conditions to ensure what is included/covered and always make a decision based on your personal circumstances.
  • All students have unlimited online storage in Office Onedrive and Google Drive, using this is recommended instead of storing all documents on their personal laptop which could be lost.



  • Specialised back-pack: with Laptop/Tablet compartment for added protection.
  • Carry Case: A protective case to house the device is highly recommended.
  • Tablet case with integrated keyboard.