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Back To School with iPad: School Requirements

9.7-inch iPad
from A$469

At this time of year, many are getting ready for Back to School. With books, pens, bags, and lunchboxes all common items for school. However, these days, many schools require students to bring a technology device for their learning. A program that is commonly known as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).

The purpose of this article is to highlight how the 9.7-inch iPad, the most affordable iPad meets the school requirements. This information is aimed at primary and high-school students. If you are a University Student you may be interested in Apple’s Educational Pricing Offer.

School Requirements

While the BYOD requirements may vary between schools they typically call for the device to have:

  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Have a keyboard, or the ability to attach a keyboard
  • Large display size
  • Run Microsoft Office and other educational apps
  • Be fairly lightweight, strong, and long lasting

These requirements are easily exceeded in many products by Apple, but the iPad and MacBook Air are two products commonly purchased by Parents for students.

iPad and School

The 9.7-inch iPad is the most affordable iPad by Apple. It is also one which exceeds the requirements by Schools, as detailed by Apple on a dedicated page on their website. Apple has confirmed the iPad supports NAPLAN Online, has a large 9.7-inch display, Wi-Fi, and an external foldable keyboard can be attached for easy typing. In addition, has support for Google Apps for Education, Microsoft Office 365 (Word, Powerpoint, etc.) and cloud services, such as iCloud and more.

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Perhaps most importantly, the iPad runs iOS 12 which has many features including parental controls. Allowing any parent to be able to see how the iPad is being used, block access to certain websites and apps, and more. There is also the ability to set time limits for certain apps such as games, see their location, and more.


In Australia, the 9.7-inch iPad is available at a starting RRP of A$469 with 32GB of storage and Wi-Fi connectivity. There is the option to upgrade to 128GB of storage and Wi-Fi + Cellular connectivity. The entry-level 32GB of storage model will provide more than enough space for students.

You can learn or buy an iPad from Apple online. Apple is currently offering free delivery and 14-day free returns on all purchases. Plus the ability to explore essential accessories for the iPad for school – such as an external attachable keyboard.

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