Introducing Wacom MobileStudio Pro

Introducing Wacom MobileStudio Pro

Wacom MobileStudio Pro is the successor to the much-loved Cintiq Companion series. Acting as a complete mobile solution for creatives on the go, this is the tablet computer you’ve been waiting for.

Coming in two different models, 13 and 16 (with 13.3″ and 15.6″ displays, respectively), and offering six different hardware configurations, Wacom have packed your entire creative studio into one handheld device. MobileStudio Pro runs on Windows 10, and with powerful Intel processors and storage configurations ranging from 64GB to 512GB, supports full versions of your favourite creative software like Photoshop, Premiere Pro and more, as well as email and word processing applications like Outlook, Word and Excel.

The more powerful configurations are 3D-ready allowing users to run demanding creative 2D, 3D and CAD applications wherever they like, so you can ditch your laptop. Selected models even include an Intel 3-D sense camera for scanning objects into apps like ZBrush and Fusion 360.

MobileStudio Pro boasts top-notch displays with 4K resolution on the MobileStudio Pro 16, and 96% coverage on Adobe RGB on the MobileStudio Pro 13. This means you can render each fine brush stroke perfectly and reproduce even the most subtle shades. Each MobileStudio Pro is accompanied by a freshly redesigned Wacom Pro Pen 2 that features four times more accuracy than the previous version, with 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity, natural tilt support and virtually no lag. Better still, it doesn’t require batteries or charging so you can keep on creating.

Wacom Mobile StudioPro 13

Maximum mobility with high performance and colour accuracy.

– Intel Iris Graphics 550

– 13.3-inch display

– 2560 x 1440 resolution

– 96% Adobe RGB coverage

– Six ExpressKeys

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Configurations:

Intel Core i5, 64GB, 4GB, Intel Iris Graphics 550 – £1,399.99 ex VAT

Intel Core i5, 128GB, 8GB, Intel Iris Graphics 550 – £1,649.99 ex VAT

Intel Core i7, 256GB, 8GB, Intel Iris Graphics 550 – £1,799.99 ex VAT

Intel Core i7, 512GB, 16GB, Intel Iris Graphics 550 – £2,299.99 ex VAT

Wacom MobileStudio Pro 16

Larger work area, 4K resolution, high colour performance, super NVIDIA Quadro graphics.

– NVIDIA Quadro M600M graphics with 2GB GDDr5 VRAM

– 15.6-inch display

– 3480 x 2160 4K resolution

– 94% Adobe RGB coverage

– Eight ExpressKeys

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Configurations:

Intel Core i5, 256GB, 8GB, NVIDIA Quadro M600M with 2GB GDDr5 VRAM – £2,199.99 ex VAT

Intel Core i5, 512GB, 16GB, NVIDIA Quadro M1000M with 4GB GDDr5 VRAM – £2,749.99 ex VAT

Wacom MobileStudio Pro is available for pre-order now and expected to ship in November. For more details on individual models and configurations, head over to our store.

If you fancy taking the kit for spin, we’re running a MobileStudio Pro drop in day at our place in Soho on 8th December. It’s a great chance to get hands-on with the latest Wacom gear and put your questions to our resident expert. Of course, we’ll be laying on the customary free food and drink too. You can register by visiting our events page.

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Take production to the next level with Sony Craft training courses

Take production to the next level with Sony Craft training courses

Want to make your student’s work stand out in the competitive creative industry? Sony Craft training courses are designed to help you learn the best techniques to ensure top-notch production.

Here to help professionals and amateurs alike, Sony Craft courses cover all the bases and are led by industry veterans that help teach filmmakers how to get the most out of their kit. They’re a great chance for them to up knowledge, develop their skills over a one day session, and achieve the results from their filming they’ve always wanted.

Sony Craft training sessions are held at Sony Professional Solutions Specialist premises in Pinewood Studios, or our London office. Courses available include:

Sound fundamentals for videographers – £289

Camera lighting fundamental course – £289

Each course requires a minimum of five people, so don’t be a loner – get a squad together! Each course has specific equipment requirements, so make sure you’re packing the right kit before you attend or let us know if you need us to provide it for you. You can find details on other Sony Craft sessions on our store.

For more information on Sony Craft training courses, give us a call on 03332 409 306, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

The lowdown on NVIDIA Pascal GPU Architecture

The lowdown on NVIDIA Pascal GPU Architecture

Purpose-built as the engine of computers that ‘learn, see, and simulate our world’, NVIDIA are touting Pascal GPU Architecture as innovative at every level.

When NVIDIA say Pascal Architecture is designed for ‘deep learning’ (an actual computer term, not to be confused with a 2am Wikipedia binge), as you’d probably imagine, it all gets fairly technical. That’s why we decided to run down everything you need to know about NVIDIA’s futuristic GPU.

NVIDIA have been vocal about Pascal’s five tech breakthroughs that, in their own words, “enable a new computing platform that’s disrupting conventional thinking from the desk-side to the data centre.” So what are they?

16-nanometer FinFET

Breakthrough number one makes for unparalleled energy efficiency, utilising 150 billion transistors built on ‘bleeding-edge’ FinFET fabrication technology. FinFET is a type of 3D transistor that’s used in the design of contemporary processors. Pascal GPU is the biggest FinFET chipset ever built, and it’s designed to deliver super fast performance for even the most demanding workflows.

Best performance

As the most powerful compute architecture ever built inside a GPU, Pascal delivers over five TeraFLOPS of double precision performance for HPC (high performance computing) workloads. That means it’s really quick at computer-intensive jobs that require large data sets. It also reduces training time from weeks to hours thanks to a vastly improved (12x to be exact) neural network training, as well as a 7x increase in deep learning throughput.

NVIDIA NVLink

Provide maximum application scalability, Pascal is NVIDIA’s first architecture that’s integrated with their revolutionary NVLink high-speed bidirectional interconnect. It’s a high-bandwidth, energy-efficient interconnect that allows breakneck communication between CPU and GPU, and between GPUs.

CoWoS with HBM2

Pascal Architecture uses a fresh approach to memory design called CoWos (Chip-on-Wafer-on-Substrate), which is complimented by HBM2 (second generation High Bandwidth Memory). It provides a 3x boost in memory bandwidth performance.

All-new AI algorithms

NVIDIA say that new half-precision, 16-bit floating point instructions provide 21 TeraFLOPS of unprecedented training performance. Pascal even comes with realtime responsiveness for deep learning, thanks to its 47 TOPS (tera-operations per second) and 8-bit integer instructions.

Pascal-powered graphics cards

According to NVIDIA, the Quadro P series of graphics cards are the worlds most powerful, allowing for work with larger models, complex visual effects and simulations, larger rendering tasks, and more life-like VR experiences. Keeping up the big talk, the P6000 is being called the most advanced pro graphics solution ever created.

NVIDIA Quadro P5000

– 16 GB GDDR5X.

– 256-bit.

– Up to 288 GBp/s memory bandwidth.

– 2560 NVIDIA CUDA cores.

– PCI Express 3.0 x16.

– 180W max power consumption.

– Active thermal solution.

– 112mm × 267mm, dual slot, full height form factor.

– Display connectors: 4x DP 1.4 + DVI-D DL.

– Max simultaneous displays: 4 direct, 4 DP 1.4 multi-stream.

– Max DP 1.4 resolution: 7680 x 4320 at 30 Hz.

– Max DVI-D DL resolution: 2560 × 1600 at 60 Hz.

– Graphics APIs: Shader Model 5.1, OpenGL 4.54 , DirectX 12.05, Vulkan 1.04.

– Compute APIs: CUDA, DirectCompute, OpenCL.

NVIDIA Quadro P6000

– 24 GB GDDR5X.

– 384-bit.

– Up to 432 GBp/s memory bandwidth.

– 3840 NVIDIA CUDA cores.

– PCI Express 3.0 x16.

– 250W max power consumption.

– Active thermal solution.

– 112mm × 267mm, dual slot, full height form factor.

-Display connectors: 4x DP 1.4 + DVI-D DL.

– Max simultaneous displays: 4 direct, 4 DP 1.4 multi-stream.

– Max DP 1.4 resolution: 7680 x 4320 at 30 Hz.

– Max DVI-D DL resolution: 2560 × 1600 at 60 Hz.

– Graphics APIs: Shader Model 5.1, OpenGL 4.54 , DirectX 12.05, Vulkan 1.04.

– Compute APIs: CUDA, DirectCompute, OpenCL.

For more information on NVIDIA Pascal GPU architecture, give us a call on 03332 409 306, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Here’s why macOS Sierra is great for business

Here’s why macOS Sierra is great for business

Christmas is still over a month away, but it came early for us this year. Apple’s newest system software dropped on 20th September, and it suits business users rather nicely. 

Entitled ‘Sierra’, the latest iteration of macOS boasts a ton of new features that’d get any Apple geek squirming, but it’s not just for diehard fanboys and girls like us. If you’ve been considering Mac for your business (or made the jump already), macOS Sierra makes it even better thanks to handy features that’ll simplify your day-to-day activities. Check out some of the best bits…

Universal Clipboard

Device continuity has become a fixture of Apple devices, and this neat new take on copy and paste was designed with that in mind. With macOS Sierra, users can copy from one Apple device and paste onto another – ideal if you want to store text from a document on your Mac as a note on your iPhone, for example.

Optimised Storage

If you find yourself stuck in a storage rut with nowhere to save all those documents and spreadsheets, Optimised Storage is what you’ve been waiting for. Sierra will help detect and delete unused files, and it’ll make more room for new stuff by automatically transferring rarely used items to iCloud. Don’t worry, those files will still be ready to go when you need them, Optimised Storage will just save you some precious storage space without the hassle of having to sort it yourself.

Tabs

If you’re working well into the night with multiple document windows open and you’re getting lost in the shuffle of it all, you’ve now got Tabs to alleviate your stress. You can have multiple windows open without them cluttering up your screen, just as you would in Safari, and it doesn’t just work for most apps on your Mac – many third-party apps are compatible with Tabs too. Now you can navigate between all your documents and spreadsheets in all their full screen beauty without having to click between windows.

Picture in Picture

This new bit of functionality allows you to open a video window from Safari (currently only on websites that support it) or iTunes and position it anywhere on your screen, then resize it to your liking. If you’re writing up reports or browsing email, you can drop that video conference (or Netflix series) you’re watching into the corner of your screen without it interfering with your other windows.

Siri

After debuting back in 2011 with iPhone 4S, Siri has finally found its way to Mac. Whether you want to send a message while writing a document, use Siri to dig out files for you, find the location of an appointment on Maps or set reminders for coffee, Apple’s intelligent personal assistant can lend a hand with almost anything. And it’s voice activated too, so you never have to raise a finger (unless you hit function and hold space).

Desktop and Documents

New with macOS Sierra, iCloud Drive can automatically save files stored on your Desktop and in your Documents folder. Apple reckons most users save the bulk of their files there, so this should be a welcomed feature if you’re switching between multiple devices. It’s easy to activate too – just pop over to System Preferences in the Apple Menu and select iCloud, then check the box for iCloud Drive and click Options. Once you’ve done that, simply check the apps you’d like iCloud Drive to store documents and data from – in this case, Desktop & Documents Folders.

Want to know more about macOS Sierra and the latest MacBook Pro models? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

Adobe offer 15% discount on Acrobat DC subscriptions

Adobe offer 15% discount on Acrobat DC subscriptions

Been eyeing up Adobe Acrobat DC? If you’ve been sitting on subscribing, now’s the time – Adobe are offering discount on purchases of five or more licences of Acrobat.

Bag a bargain before 2nd December 2016 when Adobe Acrobat users will receive 15% off their initial subscription term. Adobe Acrobat DC is a world-renowned PDF application, designed to view, create, manage and print PDF files. If money off isn’t enough to persuade you, take a look at some of the benefits of Adobe Acrobat DC…

Top notch security and application sandboxing. Acrobat was engineered with security in mind, providing enterprise-class application sandboxing that prevents interference from troublesome outside forces like malware and other intruders, while prohibiting system resources and outside applications from interacting with protected apps. It also features system-level mitigations, JavaScript whitelisting and blacklisting, cross-domain access control, as well as regular updates.

Support for a multi-device workforce. Whether your team are working on their desktop computers, smartphones, tablets or laptops, Acrobat DC supports them all so you don’t have to worry about your PDFs working from one device to the other.

Integration with Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint, OneDrive and more. Adobe Acrobat DC works in conjunction with some of the most popular productivity applications around so you won’t have any compatibility issues.

Access to the latest features as soon as they’re released. Whenever Adobe drop a new update, you’ll be the first to get your hands on it.

Pricing

Adobe Acrobat DC for Teams licensing tier 1 (per user per year):

– Acrobat DC Standard – £97 (usually £114).

– Acrobat DC Pro – £113 (usually £133).

Adobe Acrobat DC for Enterprise licensing tier 1 (per user per year):

– Acrobat DC Standard – £130 (usually £152).

– Acrobat DC Pro (£154 (usually £181).

For more information, give us a call on 03332 409 251 or send an email over to Adobe@Jigsaw24.com.

(15% discount applies to new and additional commercial and government licence purchases only. Licences must be purchased all at once, and discount pricing does not apply after the first year. It is not applicable to years two or three of Adobe’s optional three-year commit.)

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NewTek TalkShow VS 4000 now shipping

NewTek TalkShow VS 4000 now shipping

NewTek began shipping NewTek TalkShow VS 4000, the professional, multi-channel video calling production system for both SDI and IP workflows, on 22nd August.

NewTek VS 4000 is designed exclusively for conducting multiple live, production-ready Skype video calls simultaneously. It integrates multi-channel video calling to enable instant connection and live interaction online via Skype between multiple remote guests in real time regardless of location.

Skype TX 4

TalkShow VS 4000 takes advantage of Skype TX 4 from Microsoft, making it more flexible and scalable than its predecessor. Skype TX 4 offers broadcasters and media partners the ability to integrate multiple studio-grade Skype video calls into a broadcast workflow.

“NewTek TalkShow VS 4000 can handle up to four remote video guests simultaneously or in sequence using SDI or IP workflows,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO for NewTek. “This allows broadcasters and media organisations to integrate Skype video calls with any combination of contacts they can reach online, for live conversation, expert analysis, and real time commentary in distraction-free, broadcast-quality HD.”

The spec

TalkShow VS 4000 is a facility-class, 1RU rack mountable hardware unit with four-in, four-out industry-standard I/O for integration into SDI workflows and IP video workflows via NDITM, NewTek’s groundbreaking Network Device Interface technology. It features standalone call control and production control interfaces for independent call management and technical configuration. Comprehensive, behind-the-scenes video, audio, communication and monitoring capabilities are included.

Skype TX 4 is optimised to minimise distractions so producers can focus on great interviews with clean, full-resolution HD video and TalkShow VS 4000 adds functionality comparable to what professional broadcasters are familiar and comfortable with. This includes cool additions like proc amp, white balance, advanced colour configuration, automatic colour correction, gain, graphic equaliser, compressor/limiter and noise gate controls.

You can find TalkShow VS 4000 in our online store here.

Want to know more about NewTek? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

Sony announce HXR-NX5R camcorder and more

Sony announce HXR-NX5R camcorder and more

Sony have confirmed three brand new products, including the HXR-NX5R Full HD camcorder, the much anticipated successor to the acclaimed HXR-NX5 and NX3, the MCX-500 mixer and the RM-30BP Multi-Function Remote. 

The latest generation of Sony production tech debuts at IBC in September starting with the HXR-NX5R, with the rest following soon after. In the meantime, take a look at the new releases below…

Sony HXR-NX5R

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Adding a ton of new features, Sony’s latest Full HD handheld offering looks to provide an even smoother workflow experience, stunning image quality and has been built with live streaming in mind. Remote control functionality makes the NX5R perfect for multi-camera shoots too. Mount it to a tripod, then use your smart phone or tablet to monitor and control focus, zoom, iris, record start/stop and more. Check out the spec:

– Three-chip 1/2.8-type Full HD Exmor CMOS sensor.

– 20x Optical Zoom and 40x Clear Image Zoom.

– Top-quality Full HD images with 50Mbps XAVC S recording and 3G-SDI output.

– Live internet stream from any event using hassle-free Ustream service.

– Generic streaming mode for a local area network.

– Shoot, stream and share with advanced networking on board.

– Direct menu for fast, positive adjustments.

– FTP allows you to click and send Full HD content to your editor for fast breaking news stories for example.

– OLED viewfinder, multi-interface shoe and the industries first built-in adjustable brightness LED video light.

MCX-500 mixer

The new MCX-500 launches in January 2017, and is ideal for a wide range of live settings from pop concerts to weddings, educational seminars to corporate presentations. Compact and easy to use, this fully-featured four-channel one M/E switcher makes it easy to create polished-looking results for live streaming, webcasts or recording.

– Eight inputs (4x 3G-SDI, 2x HDMI, 2x CVBS) plus dedicated RGB channel for title overlays.

– Basic overlay functions (PinP/Keyer).

– CUT/MIX/WIPE transition effects.

– Five-channel audio mixer includes stereo XLR input.

– Recording on SD card and direct streaming on USTREAM.

RM-30BP Multi-Function Remote

Giving freelancers and solo camera operators more options for capturing great looking footage in any situation, the RM-30BP is the perfect partner for many of Sony’s popular camcorders, including the brand new HXR-NX5R. It’s great for crane shooting and multi-camera setups in hard-to-reach places. It hits the shelves in October, so keep your eyes peeled.

For more information or to pre-order new kit, give us a call on 03332 409 306, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Everything you need to know about atomOS 5.2

Everything you need to know about atomOS 5.2

Atomos have dropped their latest software update, atomOS 5.2, and it’s one of their biggest feature updates to date.

HDR is one of the biggest steps forward in video production for a generation, with Atomos bringing AtomHDR and Log-to-Rec709 monitoring features to the award-winning Ninja Blade and Samurai Blade with atomOS 5.2. HDR means better quality pixels, pushing the boundaries of conventional capture and display capability, and bridging the gap between what we see on a screen and reality as we see it with our own eyes.

Any Log-capable camera is suitable for HDR production, and with the release of AtomOS 5.2, users of HD cameras can now unleash the true potential of their kit while benefiting from advanced waveform tools to assist in the accurate exposure of Log images for HDR content. Users also have built-in camera Log-to-Rec709 LUTs, ideal for when not shooting for HDR.

Here’s a quick rundown of the new features included in AtomOS 5.2:

– Addition of AtomHDR monitoring including HDR waveform functions.

– HDR, Log to Rec.709 and Native Video Source monitor modes (touch the new yellow “Monitor” button on screen).

– HDR mode contains a slider to adjust the number of stops over SDR (Standard Dynamic Range, or Rec709) being displayed on the monitor. Stops beyond +3.0 (800% Rec709) above SDR are possible but a warning will be displayed due to the darkening image on screen. This is a limitation of the 400nit brightness capability of the Blade screen.

– While in AtomHDR mode, a simplified HDR waveform line has been added to easily set the correct slider position for the dynamic range of the scene.

– HDR monitoring and Log-to-Rec709 monitoring is supported for the Log output from the following cameras: Sony, Canon, Panasonic, Arri, JVC and RED.

AtomOS 5.2 is free to all existing Ninja Blade and Samurai Blade users and can be downloaded from www.atomos.com/support by clicking on the respective Ninja Blade or Samurai Blade product link.

For more information on atomOS 5.2 and HDR, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or call 03332 409 306. For everything else, ‘like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24.

Why iPhone is an essential business tool

Why iPhone is an essential business tool

iPhone makes a great business companion. It’s an all-in-one device that’s packed with a whole range of key features that boost productivity, improve communication and increase security.

If you’re after the best handset for business use, you don’t have to look any further than iPhone. And because we’re helpful, we’ve put together this rundown of everything awesome about Apple’s signature handset.

Faster technology

iPhone keeps you on your toes, thanks to some of the fastest mobile tech around. The latest iPhone models (6S, 6S Plus, SE) pack the speedy dual-core Apple A9 processor, and boast greater LTE 4G coverage, fast WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. This is ideal when you’re connecting to the internet, file sharing via AirDrop, streaming content to Apple TV, video conferencing over FaceTime, or running a personal 4G hotspot for WiFi on the go. iPhone fits right into any business workflow, whether you’re in the office or out in the field.

Larger screens

Starting with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iPhone have packed bigger screens than ever, with iPhone 6S measuring in at 4.7” and 6S Plus boasting a larger 5.5” display. Bigger is always better when it comes to multi-tasking, allowing you to navigate between apps with ease, organise emails, messages and pictures, and browse the web with minimal clutter and maximum clarity.

Work smarter 

iPhone comes preloaded with 40 Apple apps designed to boost your productivity, over 1.5 million apps on the App Store, and support for specialist apps that link to the back office and fit right into your day-to-day workflow, whether it’s a stock check app for retail or a company-based social networking app.

Continuity

It’s now easier than ever to seamlessly transition between iPhone, iPad and Mac. If you’re on the move, you can start work on iPhone or iPad before moving over to your Mac back in the office. The Apple trio are perfect for a continuous workflow no matter where you are.

Work longer

Over the years, smartphones have gained a bit of a bad rep for battery life. iPhone 6S and 6S Plus have this sorted, boasting impressive battery life and a low power mode that keeps your handset going for up to three hours longer.

Excellent support

iPhone receives unparalleled support from Apple, with regular software updates that provide new features, functionality and security enhancements. You won’t need to worry about upgrading your iPhone each and every year either –continuous iOS updates pretty much guarantee your handset will stay up-to-date. iOS 10 is up next and promises another round of features and innovation.

Hi-res camera

The latest iPhone models feature a 12-megapixel camera, complete with 4K video. With the 12MP camera, you can take high-quality shots of important presentations, as well as brainstorming and idea sessions, ideal if you’ve covered a whiteboard and don’t have time to jot it all down. 4K video is a handy, cost-effective tool for internal communication and production – perfect if you want to create case study videos quickly, for example.

Touch ID

Starting with iPhone 5S, Apple added a neat fingerprint scanner to the home button named ‘Touch ID’. Once you’ve registered your print, only that print (or others you’ve saved) can be used to access the device. It provides faster, more comprehensive security for all your data, including important documents and emails, so even if you lose the handset, all your stuff is secure.

Siri

Siri was first introduced in 2011 and has received a whole range of updates and features since then. Siri is now your best friend when it comes to dictation, hands-free calls, web searches, maps and much more.

Enterprise support

iPhone is perfectly suited for business and offers complete enterprise support. Whether it’s Exchange and VPN integration, app purchasing, distribution, deployment or ongoing management, iPhone makes things nice and easy so you can get on with the job.

For more information about iPhone in business, give us a call on 03332 409 308 or drop us an email at sales@Jigsaw24.com. Alternatively, ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24.

Apple School Manager event roundup

Apple School Manager event roundup

Last week, we took iOS and Apple School Manager to the DoubleTree Hilton Nottingham Gateway hotel to give education professionals from up and down the UK a hands-on look at Apple’s latest iOS education features, as well as all the educational benefits it provides. 

Just in case you missed it, we thought we’d put together a quick roundup of all the days’ events – that way you’ll feel like you were there, even though you weren’t.

First off, thanks for coming along! It was a great day, and we saw a strong turnout, with places filling up within 48 hours! 97% of those that attended rated the event either ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’, with 72% asking us to pop into their school to discuss their future with iOS.

Paul Ford, Ryan Slater and Jason Taylor from Jigsaw24 kicked things off – they discussed supporting an iOS environment and told the audience about our infrastructure offerings, including WiFi design (click here for more info on free infrastructure reviews). The trio talked about the importance of Apple’s Caching Server, which supports new Shared iPad users, and how mobile device management ties the new features together.

The guys also covered device deployment within schools, 1:1, classrooms using Shared iPad and student owned devices. Shared iPad requires:

– iPad Air 2

– iPad mini 4

– iPad Pro

– 32GB or higher

Click here to take a look at devices compatible with Shared iPad.

The day was split into two workshops, one looking at Apple School Manager, and the other focusing on Classroom app and Shared iPad. They gave attendees the chance to get up close and personal with the new education apps, and to get some expert advice while they were at it.

The Classroom app workshop:

– How Classroom App can be set up with your chosen MDM system.

– How to launch an app on each student’s iPad at the same time.

– How to lock students into a specific app.

– How to view pupil screens remotely with Screen View.

– How to connect students to an Apple TV.

The School Manager workshop:

– Transitioning from VPP and DEP to Apple School Manager.

– Importing staff and students and giving them roles.

– The importance of MDM for School Manager.

– Managed Apple ID creation.

– Content delivery – apps, books and iTunes U.

Just before lunch, Dave Hornby from JAMF Software took to the stage to talk about mobile device management and Classroom integration. Dave discussed and demonstrated how iOS supports MDM features, including:

– Locating and recovering lost or stolen Apple devices without compromising student privacy through ongoing location tracking. When Lost Mode is activated, the iOS device receives a customised lock screen message, is disabled from use, and sends its location to IT.

– How schools can now deliver a simplified device experience with the ability to customise which apps appear on the home screen and where.

– How institutions will be able to deliver a personalised learning experience with Shared iPad for each student (supported by JAMF Software’s Casper Suite).

Following the event, we asked guests for a few comments. Here’s what they thought:

“Informative, mind blowing, so much to learn.”

“Very knowledgeable, thought provoking, exciting & excellent!”

“The event has been really enlightening and very useful.”

“Very impressed with the technical weighting. Best CPD yet.” (You can find more information about training here).

“All the staff are extremely friendly and knowledgeable.”

95% said they’d attend one of our events again, so make sure you don’t miss out on the next one!

If you’d like to discuss iOS further and schedule a meeting, please fill out the form below or call 03332 409 290. For all your other iOS in education needs, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter, or ‘like’ us on Facebook.