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Making the Purchase

Where do I purchase my child's iPad from?

Families are free to make their own decisions about where to purchase their iPads.  There are a range of local retailers who stock the iPad.

The following stores may be suitable options for you to consider: 

  • MAC1 Parent Portal – https://portal.mac1.com.au/wollceoprimary/
  • Domayne – Special pricing included with your information package
  • The Apple Store

  • The Apple Store Online

  • Harvey Norman
  • The Good Guys

  • Big W

  • JB Hi-Fi

Ideal Specifications For Device

iPad (2017) 64GB Wi-Fi  

If you are purchasing a new iPad, we always suggest to purchase the best that you can afford.

We also request that the iPad is WiFi only — not Cellular. This means there are no additional internet usage charges, and your child will only be connected to the internet when WiFi is available.

Please do not purchase an iPad Mini.

Minimum Specifications For Device 

16GB / Wi- Fi / full-size iPad Air 2 or above  (not an iPad mini)
*Please be aware that anything below iPad (2017 model) will be slower in processing and may not be compatible with software updates and Apps over the next 2 years.

A 16GB iPad will suffice if the device is used solely for school work, however, should you choose to purchase a larger device to house other Apps and multimedia, that is a choice you are able to make. 

Accessories 

Cases – Compulsory

Different cases will meet different purposes and ultimately this is a parent decision. It is highly important that the case protects the corners of the device.  

We recommend that you consider the following:

  • A smart cover for the iPad (a cover that turns the iPad on and off by opening and closing it).
  • The case should cover the back of the iPad, its 4 corners and also have a flap that will protect the screen.
  • It is ideal for the case to have a stand option (either a pull out flap or a resting place for the iPad).
  • Many cases include the screen cover as well.

There are also many cases offering heavy duty protection such as the Survivor series cases.

Some websites to visit:

Griffin Survivor Case

Apple Smart Case

Lifeproof case

Mobile Phone Hospital in Wollongong and Shellharbour can supply affordable Survivor (Tough) cases for iPad

Headphones or Earbuds – Compulsory

Stylus and keyboard – not required