Which iPad is for you? Jigsaw24’s iPad buyer’s guide

Which iPad is for you? Jigsaw24’s iPad buyer’s guide


iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad 2, what features you can expect from each, what uses we’d recommend them for, and a little on the all-important price factor too.

It was only in 2010 that Apple first introduced iPad, and since then the device has evolved in every way, becoming the biggest selling tablet in the process. iPad Air, the most recent addition to the line-up (from late 2013), is at the top end of the spectrum, with a great-looking Retina display, while iPad mini and its iPad mini with Retina display sibling are slightly smaller versions. You can also still get hold of the slightly older Apple iPad 2, which is a great option if you want to keep your costs down.

That’s a lot of tablets to choose from, and that’s before you even think about whether you need Cellular data support or are happy with just WiFi, or had a think about what storage capacity you’ll need (iPad storage ranges from 16GB to 128GB). Oh, and the most important consideration of all: what colour should you go for?

To find out which is right for you, have a read of our comparison below, or alternatively get in touch with us for advice, or just have a click around on our site to compare different iPad models.

Apple iPad Air
Apple iPad Air

iPad Air is Apple’s lightest and most powerful of the larger devices, and is where the Retina display and speedy processor really come into their own. 20% thinner and 28% lighter than the 4th gen iPad (weighing in at half a kilo), iPad Air is more portable, and its A7 processor and 64-bit architecture give it a significant performance boost. The Retina display’s 2048×1536 pixel resolution (264 pixels per inch) is higher than that of an HD TV, which makes for crisp photos and text. And all with a ten hour battery life!

We’d recommend for… Multimedia content. Consuming high quality HD video and images are where iPad Air’s Retina display and speedy processor really come into their own.

Options:

Buy iPad Air 16GB here – From £317 (£380.40 inc VAT)

Buy iPad Air 32GB here – From £384.50 (£461.40 inc VAT)

Buy iPad Air 64GB here – From £448.50 (£538.20 inc VAT)

Buy iPad Air 128GB here – From £513 (£615.60 inc VAT)

 Apple iPad Air on Jigsaw24
Apple iPad mini
Apple iPad mini/iPad mini with Retina display

If you’re after something even more portable, you’ll want to look at Apple’s iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display. These measure just 7.85″ compared to the 9.7″ screen size of iPad Air and iPad 2, so they’re both more portable and a bit more comfortable for one-handed use (reading iBooks and using FaceTime, in particular). The iPad mini with Retina display, for a slightly higher price tag (for the 16GB base model you’re looking at a difference of about £70), ramps up the resolution from 1024×768 pixels to the same 2048×1536 pixels you get from iPad Air too, for a better reading and viewing experience.

We’d recommend for… Portability. With its smaller size, Apple iPad mini is perfect for using on the go, and especially reading iBooks.

Options:

– Buy iPad mini 16GB here – From £203 (£243.60 inc VAT)

– Buy iPad mini with Retina display here – From £265.83 (£319 inc VAT)

Apple iPad mini on Jigsaw24

Apple iPad 2
Apple iPad 2

iPad 2 comes with a 9.7″ display with 1024×768 pixel resolution and an A5 processor chip, packing in great features for consuming and creating content. You get back and front-facing iSight and FaceTime cameras for capturing photos and video, and it’s ready for Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 7, which includes tons of useful creativity and productivity apps. You can also pick up some great deals on iPad 2 (see below!).

N.B. One thing to note is that iPad 2 uses Apple’s 30-pin USB cable and charger, rather than the Lightning port that you get with iPad Air and iPad mini, so this could be something you’d like to think about if you’re looking at peripherals to use with it.

We’d recommend for… All uses. Apple iPad 2 is the most affordable option for any buyer who wants a 9.7″ tablet, but also wants to keep costs down. It can easily handle most tasks and is packed with features.

Options:

– Buy iPad 2 16GB WiFi here – From £261.50 (£313.80 inc VAT)

– Buy iPad 2 16GB WiFi and cellular here – From £344.50 (£413.40 inc VAT)

Next, you’ll need to think about…

Storage capacity

iPad comes with storage iterations of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB (iPad mini without a Retina display only comes in 16GB variations), and which you should opt for really depends on what you’re going to be using iPad for. Note that iPad doesn’t support SD cards or expandable storage. If you’re a musician or music aficionado, working with or viewing lots of HD video, or just an app buff and think you’ll need access to large numbers of storage-intensive apps, your media and content is soon going to start taking up a lot of space.

The size of content can vary a bit, but generally an HD movie can be around 3-4GB for HD quality or 1-2GB for standard definition, a TV episode could be anything up to about 2GB in HD (around 1GB in SD), and a standard audio LP around 500-600MB. A few examples of apps could vary from Angry Birds (35.5MB) to Facebook (52.7MB) to Apple’s iMovie video app (635MB).

Of course, once you’ve bought your content from Apple’s iTunes or the App Store, you can save everything to the cloud for backup. That means you don’t have to have all your content on your device at once, and can sync certain content with your iPad as you choose.

WiFi or WiFi + Cellular

The Cellular models are a little more expensive as they let you connect to WiFi and also use data wirelessly on a SIM card in the same way as you do with a smartphone. The WiFi model, as you would imagine, needs to be in range of a WiFi network to be able to access the internet. As a very rough guide, there can be around £80-£100 difference between the two models, so it’s worth thinking about when you’ll need to be using data. The Cellular version will also come with the additional cost of a data plan or a pre-paid SIM, which are usually upwards of £10 per month.

Colour

Last but not least, colour. iPad 2 comes in white or black varieties, iPad mini in white and silver or black and slate, and iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display are available in the more futuristic-sounding space grey or silver. What you choose ultimately boils down to personal taste. If you’re a beige fanatic, or simply must have a device to match your stylish hot pink upholstery, there’s always a wide range of iPad cases and covers to suit you too.

That’s about the long and short of it, but if you still can’t make up your mind as to which iPad is right for you, please do feel free to get in touch! Give the team a call on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24  on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

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Thunderbolt vs Thunderbolt 2: ATTO’s comparison guide

Thunderbolt vs Thunderbolt 2: ATTO’s comparison guide

With Mac Pro finally upon us, you might be wondering just how the new Thunderbolt 2 connection stacks up against regular old Thunderbolt. Luckily, ATTO have been experimenting with Thunderbolt 2 and released their findings in a handy document for you.

The first thing to remember, ATTO say in their comparison guide, is that Thunderbolt 2 doesn’t mean 2x the bandwidth of Thunderbolt. Thunderbolt 2 enables two 20Gbps bi‐direction channels instead of four 10Gbps channels, and performance is limited due to protocol, host and bandwidth capability. ATTO’s key findings are as follows:

– 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 technology‐enabled devices are backwards compatible with 10Gbps Thunderbolt technology‐enabled hosts. It works!

– Overall aggregate performance for Thunderbolt 2 is the same as Thunderbolt.

– A single Thunderbolt 2 or multiple DP1.1a connections will support 4K video performance.

– Overall storage throughput still depends on the quantity and types of drives that are connected.

– It’s not practical to daisy chain a 4K monitor and high‐speed storage. Independent connections are required!

You can download ATTO’s guide, ‘What is Thunderbolt 2? How does it compare to Thunderbolt?’ here.

Want to know more about Thunderbolt, ATTO solutions and the new Mac Pro? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

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Sony November news: PVM-A series, F5/55 accessories and more

Sony November news: PVM-A series, F5/55 accessories and more

Want the latest news on Sony products? You’ve come to the right place, as we round up all November’s biggest headlines from Sony, including the launch of the PVM-A monitor range, new accessories for the F5 and F55 camcorders, and shipping info on the ODS-D77U Optical Disc Archive…

Sony unveil the PVM-A monitor range

To kick off, Sony have announced two new additions to the TRIMASTER EL Professional OLED line – the 25″ PVM-A250 and the 17″ PVM-A170. These new monitors feature all the high accuracy, contrast and picture quality of their predecessors, but in a lightweight, slimmed down form factor. In fact, they’ve had approximately 40% shaved off the depth and weight compared to previous Sony models, which is going to be ideal for live production and OB truck usage.

Sony PVM-A250

“Higher resolution content creation – 4K and beyond – requires monitors with larger screen sizes for accurate colour evaluation on site,” said Daniel Dubreuil, senior product marketing manager, professional monitors, Sony Europe. “But bigger monitors are harder to carry and take up more space. These new models have the screen size needed for critical evaluation, with a thinner and lighter design that’s perfect for live broadcast and outdoor shooting. They even have a handle for easy carrying.”

The PVM-A250 and PVM-A170 also include I/P conversion that delivers automatically optimised signal processing according to input signals, with low latency (less than 0.5 field). They’ll both be available come January 2014, but if you just can’t wait for that, take a look at the current range in our Sony TRIMASTER EL OLED comparison chart.

Introducing new Sony F5/F55 camera accessories

Looking for the perfect addition for your PMW-F5 or PMW-F55 camcorder? Sony have now extended their accessory line-up with tools for 4K Live production, flexible lens adaptors and cable solutions. All in time for Christmas…

The CA-4000 4K Live Fiber Adaptor docks to the back of your F55 to turn it into a 4K Live system camera, with 4K fiber transmission up to 2000m. Other features include support for HDCU-2000/2500 Camera Control Unit operation, high frame rate recording up to 240 frames in 1080p and HD cut-out functionality.

On the lens front, the latest adaptors for the F5 and F55 let you use your favourite glass with the FZ mount, making them flexible enough for everything from news and sport to documentary and run-and-gun filmmaking. The range includes an FZ to PL adaptor with 12-pin connector, a B4 adaptor for use with 2/3 inch lenses, and a remote control version too.

Browse the F5, F55 and Sony’s F-series accessories at Jigsaw24.com.

Sony ODS-D77U

ODS-D77U Optical Disc Archive to ship soon

If you’re after long-term, reliable storage for huge volumes of media assets, look no further than Sony’s new ODS-D77U. The latest in their line-up of next-generation Optical Disc Archive solutions, it brings high speed reading and writing capabilities to the table, being able to achieve a maximum of over 1Gbps – more than twice that of Sony’s ODS-D55U. The ODS-D77U also features a high speed standard USB 3.0 interface for fast and easy connections, and an updated version of its graphical user interface Content Manager 2.0, which supports more formats and features, and has improved metadata operation. The ODS-D77U will be shipping in mid-December.

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A managed 1:1 iPad deployment at Yew Tree Primary

A managed 1:1 iPad deployment at Yew Tree Primary

Yew Tree Primary School, in Sandwell, became an Apple Regional Training Centre (RTC), offering training courses on how Mac and iPad can enhance the curriculum. When they decided it was time to move to a 1:1 iPad deployment for KS2, they tendered for an IT provider.

Thanks to our iPad expertise and successful e7 Project, Yew Tree decided we were the best partner to help them get the full benefit of iPad. We now help them with all of their IT solutions and services. As long-standing Apple users, Yew Tree knew that Mac and iPad would get pupils working creatively, and both collaboratively and independently, to achieve their aim of pupils becoming ‘self-organised, independent creative learners.’

The logical way to go from there, headteacher Howard Martin thought, would be a 1:1 rollout: “giving access 24/7 and 365 days a year was a natural progression – it is about totally taking the lid off pupils’ opportunities to learn and at the same time opening their eyes to the world and raising their aspirations.”

Engaging pupils, raising teaching standards

Howard wanted to engage pupils, enrich the curriculum and raise teaching standards, and chose us to help implement a 1:1 iPad mini deployment at Yew Tree, winning a bid over other IT providers. “Deploying 270 iPad devices to our KS2 pupils with 24/7 access was a brave step,” he explained, “but we had the confidence in our staff, our parents and pupils to make it a success. The fact that we had the support of, and confidence in Jigsaw24 was comforting.”

We provided Yew Tree with all of their 270 iPad mini devices, pre-loaded them with the apps, pre-configured them to the school’s network and asset tagged everything for easier management. Doing all of this at our end meant Yew Tree could start using iPad in lessons straight away, without any awkward in-class setup time. We then repackaged them so staff and pupils could open them for themselves. “Issuing the iPad devices to pupils and letting them experience the unboxing of their own iPad mini was a bit like Christmas day – almost an emotional experience,” Howard said.

Pupils using the iPad deployment at Yew Tree Primary School

Pupils using the iPad deployment at Yew Tree Primary School

A secure, managed deployment

We then suggested Yew Tree consider security options and some form of mobile device management (MDM). We recommended Lightspeed Systems’ Bottle Rocket, Web Filter and MDM solutions to tackle both of these, and Howard was impressed by the granular control, which enabled the monitoring of iPad usage, web filtering for home use, reporting on inappropriate searches, teacher-controlled restrictions and ease of use it would all give the school. The Web Filter tool was particularly important for keeping pupils safe online and making sure they weren’t accessing anything inappropriate, both on and off the school network.

“Since the iPad devices were going home [with pupils], we needed to be sure that any filtering device would be robust and secure, and Lightspeed’s track record gave us that confidence to choose Bottle Rocket – an extremely effective filter,” he said.

Both pupils and parents have reacted in a very positive way since the 1:1 iPad mini deployment, according to Lisa Hollan, RTC manager at Yew Tree, and have readily signed a user agreement respecting what Yew Tree is trying to achieve by giving each KS2 pupil their own iPad. She said: “Parents’ meetings explained the iPad devices’ purpose, the e-safety precautions we were putting in place, and also how to take care of the devices.”

Enhancing teaching with iPad

Staff, after having used iPad for teaching for some time, have also reacted well to the 1:1 deployment. “Staff had been used to using iPad to deliver aspects of the curriculum, so when we announced the 1:1 rollout, they were delighted. They knew the value they would bring to enhancing their teaching. Over time, iPad has become indispensible to them.”

Engaging learners, empowering teachers

The 1:1 programme has let Howard offer pupils greater personalisation, creativity and choice, facilitate independence and collaboration, engage the most reluctant learners and empower teachers, all of which supports any time, any where learning (he now aims to roll out to KS1 pupils soon). And Jigsaw24’s services have made him confident in achieving that:

“We would recommend Jigsaw24 wholeheartedly,” said Howard. Their pre-delivery service was excellent, even down to all the iPad devices being pre-configured to our network and the apps being deployed. It was excellent. All the sales, technical and support staff have been extremely helpful and always very professional.”

For more information about iPad for your classroom, get in touch with us on 03332 409 333, email learning@Jigsaw24.com or take a look at our education site for the latest education news, tips and resources.

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New TriCasters get new SSD system and media drives

New TriCasters get new SSD system and media drives

The NewTek presses had barely had the chance to cool when more hot news on the new TriCaster 860, 410 and 460 came out – new system and media drive configurations! Each model has now been boosted by a 128GB SSD system drive and a 3TB internal media drive. Oh, and you can try the whole lot out in our exclusive hands-on one-to-one TriCaster demos too!

That 128GB of solid state memory means a whole host of performance enhancements for the new TriCaster range. For a start, there’ll be higher performance driven by faster drive-to-system media access, faster boot times, restore times could be halved, and much easier access for repair and replacement too (the new SSDs are simply attached with four screws for easy removal).

Then there’s the media drives. In each of the new TriCaster professional line models (860, 460 and 410), NewTek are introducing a huge new 3TB internal media drive within the hardware that will also provide more flexible storage options. If you’re working on the current TriCaster 8000, no changes have been made to the drive configuration.

So what’s in the box?

TriCaster 860

TriCaster 860 (4RU)

  • 128GB SSD system drive
  • 3TB internal media drive (includes NewTek-provided content)
  • 4 removable drive bays (no additional drives included)
  • 128GB SSD system drive
  • 3TB internal media drive (includes NewTek-provided content)
  • 1 removable drive bay for TriCaster 460 (no additional drive included)

Want to see TriCaster in action?

Get a hands-on, one-to-one demo of the new TriCaster range! Just come along to our MediaCityUK office on Wednesday, 9th October 2013 or NewTek’s premises in Windsor on Thursday, 10th October for a one-on-one TriCaster demo with a NewTek specialist. As well as showing you your way around this amazing live production hub, they’ll be showcasing the new 410, 460 and 860, and answering any workflow questions you have, and JVC will also be on-hand to take you through recommended cameras for TriCaster too. Register your place here!
Want to know more about TriCaster, chromakey and live production? Get in touch with our team on 03332 409 306 or email TriCaster@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow us on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

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Video: Office for Mac 2011 Home and Business in action

Video: Office for Mac 2011 Home and Business in action

In this video, Microsoft run down some of the great features in Microsoft Office for Mac 2011: Home and Business. Create easier to interpret spreadsheets in Excel, edits documents from multiple locations in realtime, preview slides and take notes in PowerPoint and then broadcast your presentation virtually to computers and phones if you can’t deliver it in person.

Want to find out more? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com.

Microsoft Office for Mac

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Education app of the week: Timeline Eons for iPad

Education app of the week: Timeline Eons for iPad

This week Hannah Bullock has written the education app of the week article. She is on work experience here at Jigsaw24 and is working in the marketing department. Hannah is 16 years old and is about to start A levels at West Bridgford School sixth form.

With our app of the week, key events in history can be condensed into a single app on an iPad. 34,984,804,900 years in only 17cm to be precise. Timeline Eons is lighter, cheaper and easier to use than any history book and provides eons of really interesting information.

What is Timeline Eons?

Timeline Eons is an interactive timeline, which starts at the beginning of time and shows almost every event in history. This makes it easy and fun to learn about history as it documents everything from wars to the extinction of the Pinta Island Tortoise, Lonesome George. A direct link to Google through the app allows pupils to research events further.

How does it work?

When you open the app, you are on the present day. The app is really user friendly after a quick read of the instructions. Each event comes with a title, a brief description and an appropriate picture of the event so that the pupil can see what was happening.

By tapping on the picture then on the link button in the bottom right hand corner, you automatically search the event’s title in the Google searchbar which allows pupils to dig much deeper into the desired events. Double tap the blue bar that runs along the top to make the entire timeline fill the screen, with the beginning of time on the left and the estimated ending on the right, allowing pupils to see when the events happened in relation to the present day. 34,984,804,900 years spread across 17cm – now that’s a lot of information! You can make it play through the events in chronological order then pause whenever you need to, or just scroll through the events as you wish.

How could it benefit the classroom?

Timeline Eons can benefit pupils by simply allowing them to easily step back in time to research events. Comparing the app to a history book, the app is cheaper, easier and lighter to use (being on an iPad). Pupils can add in events to their timeline and they can also group events into categories, which can be useful for organising information. They can also search specific dates so that they don’t have to waste important lesson time scrolling through the whole of time.

What’s the most useful feature?

I think that the most useful feature is probably the link to the internet meaning that pupils can easily and quickly search the desired event, which would be really useful in creating projects and expanding knowledge. Editing and adding to the timeline could be a really useful feature too, if the desired event isn’t there you can just add it in or add more detail to the events that are already on the timeline.

How can I see myself using it?

Being a student that has recently studied history I think that this app would have been really useful during revision as it comes with a few events from the course but not all therefore all the others could be added in to fill areas of the timeline with revision notes. This could be done from memory to test your knowledge or from the textbook for use later with revision.

Where can I get it?

Timeline Eons (maani.us, free) can be found in the App store or via iTunes. You can get the app free but after 15 days you are only able to see from 1950-2050 and can only add in up to three events. For just £4.99 you can buy the full version and you have unlimited access to every year and can add in any number of events. It’s also available under Apple’s Volume Purchase Programme (VPP), which means you can get it half price (£2.49) if you buy in bulk of more than 20 app licenses.

Want to know more about our favourite apps and Apple iPad for the classroom? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 333, email learning@Jigsaw24.com, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Jigsaw24 Education Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.

Video: What’s new in Adobe Photoshop CC?

Video: What’s new in Adobe Photoshop CC?

With a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud, you get access to a whole load of new features in Photoshop CC that you don’t get with Photoshop CS6. This video looks at all those new tools including the Camera RAW filter, plus runs you through how Photoshop integrates with cloud-based services such as Behance, and how you can access and share Photoshop compositions. Take a look…

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Avid’s list of Pro Tools HD 11-qualified Macs

Avid’s list of Pro Tools HD 11-qualified Macs

Before you make the move to Avid Pro Tools 11, it’s definitely worth checking your Apple hardware is up to the job. Luckily, Avid have compiled a full list of Apple computers that are approved for use with Pro Tools HDX and Pro Tools HD Native systems with Pro Tools HD 11.0 software for Mac OS X 10.8.3 and later.

With the arrival of the Magma ExpressBox 3T Thunderbolt to PCIe expansion chassis, you’re no longer even tied down to just the mighty Mac Pro (see Do Pro Tools users need Mac Pro?, and ‘Is your hardware ready for Pro Tools 11?‘), but also able to leverage iMac, MacBook Pro and even some of the more powerful MacBook Airs and Mac minis. So without further ado, here’s Avid’s full list of Pro Tools HDX and HD Native with Pro Tools HD 11-qualified Macs…

Desktops

Supported:

– Mac Pro mid-2012, 2010 & 2009 5,1

– Mac Pro early 2009 4,1

Not Supported:

– Mac Pro 3,1 ‘Harpertown’ models and lower

Optional: Magma ExpressBox 7 (EB7) PCIe Host-to-PCIe Expansion Chassis

Laptops

MacBook Pro and MacBook Air with Magma ExpressBox 3 (EB3T) Thunderbolt-to-PCIe Expansion Chassis. Supported:

– MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (Mid 2012: 10,1)

– MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch (Late 2012: 10,2)

– MacBook Pro 15-inch (Mid 2012: 9,1)

– MacBook Pro 13-inch (Mid 2012: 9,2)

– MacBook Air 2012 5,2 i7 (i5 models not supported)

Mac mini

Mac mini with Magma ExpressBox 3 (EB3T) for HDX support and/or HD Native Thunderbolt. Supported:

– Mac Mini 2012 i7 (8GB of RAM required)

iMac

– iMac 2012 13,1 i5

– iMac 2010 11,3 i7

– iMac 2009 11,1 i5

Can’t see your model on there? It’s always worth giving us a call on the details at the bottom to discuss upgrades and what configuration you might need to run Pro Tools 11. Also, check out the system requirements here.

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Our Adobe Creative Cloud features and price guide

Our Adobe Creative Cloud features and price guide

As well as access to the most up to date Adobe favourites like Photoshop CC, InDesign CC and Illustrator CC, Creative Cloud includes extras like Typekit, Edge, Muse, Lightroom and Digital Publishing Suite (as well as 100GB online storage, centralised billing, online licence management and tech support). And until 31st August, you can get all this from as little as £362 per year! Take a look at our comparison guide to see how you could benefit or click the banner at the bottom for even more info…

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