Buyers’ Guide 2016: iPad for Creatives

Buyers’ Guide 2016: iPad for Creatives

An ever-popular choice among consumers, iPad is now also rapidly becoming a mainstay of the creative sector. With the launch of iPad Pro in November, Apple completed an impressive lineup of three tablet devices all designed to cater for different users and purposes. 

Each version comes with your classic iPad essentials – Retina display, a FaceTime HD camera on the front, an iSight camera on the other, a huge database of must-have apps, and a stylish design. When it comes to their creative application, the iPad family are capable of delivering high-quality design-oriented apps, support an array of picture editing apps, and, in the case of iPad Pro, allow for 4K video editing.

With each iPad packing a different set of specs, it’s important to consider which one is right for you and your work. Screen size, processing power, storage and overall performance all differ slightly between models, so take a look below to help you make the right decision.

iPad Pro

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The 12.9″ iPad Pro delivers Apple’s largest-ever Retina display, providing wide, open workspaces on any design app. Working in conjunction with the Apple Pencil (which iPad Pro scans 240 times a second to provide a seamless, lag-free experience), iPad Pro allows its users to scribble, sketch and draw to their hearts’ content using popular Adobe mobile apps like Sketch, Draw and Comp. Similarly, iPad Pro makes an ideal partner for other Adobe favourites on iPad – Photoshop Express and Lightroom among others.

Its expansive display acts as an excellent creative space, displaying every detail and colour in crystal clear high-definition – perfect for editing 4K video. iPad Pro’s screen not only provides vibrant colour and exquisite detail, it’s big, meaning extra keyboard space (great for avoiding those pesky typos and bumbling autocorrect errors) and a cleaner, clearer looking UI. If you’d prefer to work with a physical keyboard, take a look at the Smart Keyboard. Designed specifically for iPad Pro, this unique keyboard-case is both durable and lightweight.

iPad Pro is designed with quick, on-the-go creativity in mind, providing strong graphics performance and rapid functionality thanks to its A9X processor. It gives you a creative experience on a larger scale than its iPad siblings, one that many creatives won’t want to miss.

The specs:

– 32GB or 128GB capacity (WiFi only), 128GB (WiFi and cellular).

– 12.9″ 2732×2048 resolution display.

– A9X chip with 64-bit architecture (2.5x faster than A7 chip with 5x faster graphics).

– 8MP iSight camera and 1.2MP FaceTime camera with 720p HD video.

– Touch ID.

– Apple Pay.

– Available in silver, gold and space grey.

Prices start from £547 ex VAT.

iPad Air

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With a slimmer, sleeker, more compact build, the iPad Air gives greater portability, making it perfectly suited to viewing content on the move and using your favourite apps to design and create. iPad Air shines when used for presentations, streaming and administration, which is an essential part of almost any work in the creative sector. The lightweight aluminium body weighs in at just 444 grams and packs a 9.7″ display, matching that of the original iPad. Despite its slender design, iPad Air is incredibly durable, exactly what you want for a device that’s constantly on the move.

If you’re after the hottest, most up-to-date tech, it’s worth considering an investment in iPad Air 2 as opposed to the original. iPad Air 2 comes with a number of improvements over its predecessor – a faster processing chip, the A8X as opposed to the A7 (which would improve editing and design performance), Touch ID security technology, and larger storage capabilities (up to 32GB in the original model, and up to 128GB in the iPad Air 2), preferable if you’re storing a large amount of work on the device.

The specs:

iPad Air 2

– 16GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities (WiFi only or WiFi and cellular).

– 9.7″ 2048×1536 resolution display.

– A8X chip with 64-bit architecture (1.4x faster than A7 chip with 2.5x faster graphics).

– 8MP iSight camera and 1.2MP FaceTime camera with 720p HD video.

– Touch ID.

– Available in silver, gold and space grey.

– Prices start from £295 ex VAT.

iPad Air

– 16GB or 32GB capacity in WiFi or WiFi and cellular.

– 9.7″ 2048×1536 resolution display.

– A7 chip with 64-bit architecture.

– 8MP iSight camera and 1.2MP FaceTime camera with 720p HD video.

– Available in silver and space grey.

– Prices start from £320 ex VAT.

iPad mini

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iPad mini offers a smaller, more portable form than its counterparts, but retains many of their core features, meaning you’ll get a familiar and reliable Apple iPad experience. While it does lack the content creation capabilities of the other two iPad, it’s important to remember the benefits of a small, portable, yet technologically sound tablet device. The mini works great as a digital notebook, ideal for sketches, document management, quick photo and video capturing (thanks to two high-quality cameras), and notes. Think of iPad mini as a handy little companion to your desktop machine back at the studio.

At 6.1mm thick and equipped with a 7.9″ screen, iPad mini is possibly a little smaller than some users may like. Despite this, the lower asking price of iPad mini is worth a thought if you’re looking for a more cost- effective way to view, share and store your creative content on the go.

The specs:

iPad mini 4

– 16GB, 64GB or 128GB capacity (WiFi only or WiFi and cellular).

– 7.9″ 2048×1536 resolution display.

– A8 chip.

– 8MP iSight camera and 1.2MP FaceTime camera with 720p HD video.

– Apple Pay.

– Touch ID.

– Available in silver, gold and space grey.

– Prices start from £261.50 ex VAT.

iPad mini 2

– 16GB or 32GB capacity (WiFi only or WiFi and cellular).

– 7.9″ 2048×1536 resolution display.

– A7 processor.

– 8MP iSight camera and 1.2MP FaceTime camera with 720p HD video.

– Available in silver and space grey.

– Prices start from £179.50 ex VAT.

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Buyers’ Guide: iPad for business

Buyers’ Guide: iPad for business

With nearly half of all iPad now being sold to corporations rather than consumers, the odds that you’re going to end up working with an iPad at one time or another are pretty steep. 

Luckily, they’re user-friendly, great for increasing mobile productivity and, increasingly, are capable of running the vast majority of apps you already use on your desktop or notebook. With that in mind, it’s time to arm yourself with some key specs that’ll help you work out which iPad is right for your line of work.

While the basics of iPad remain the same – Retina display, iSight camera for photo and video on one side, FaceTime HD camera for video calls (and conferences) on the other, industry-leading platform, device and app-level security – there are subtle differences between models, such as screen size, storage capacity and whether they are available in gold, that can make all the difference.

iPad Pro

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iPad Pro is the creative user’s tablet of choice thanks to its leading graphics performance, but with analysts predicting that large format tablets will be ruling the workplace by 2019, it’s well worth getting to grips with iPad Pro in enterprise environments too.

But whether to opt for the larger 12.9″ model, or the more recent 9.7″ one? Well, if you regularly have to use your iPad as a presentation device, the three inches of extra screen space can provide some much-needed breathing room for your pitch content, especially if you deal with incredibly detailed models or documents. And while that faster A9X processor is designed to give more power to your creative apps, it’ll work equally well as a way to speed up data-driven work, so if you want to fly through analytics analysis (and then have plenty of space to show off your results) iPad Pro is the way to go.

That larger screen also means you get a bigger keyboard, should typing on your regular screen leave you drowning in a sea of typos and humiliating autocorrect errors, or you can add a Smart Keyboard, a lightweight, full-size keyboard that is built into an iPad Pro cover, meaning it’s there whenever you need it. Just fold back the cover, lean back your iPad (the non-keyboard portion of the cover folds into a stand) and you can set your iPad Pro up like a desktop or notebook for easier multitasking.

You can also add an Apple Pencil if you want to do slightly more detailed drawing than your finger can manage, or take notes. The iPad Pro scans for Pencil activity 240 times a second, meaning there’s no lag between your hand moving and your drawing appearing on the screen, and we’ve yet to hear of any reviewer managing to defeat the palm rejection technology. It’s also pretty quick to charge – 15 seconds of charge via your iPad Pro’s Lightning port gives you enough power for 30 minutes of use.

Best for: Architects, designers, onsite contractors – anything where you need to deal with high-res, detail-heavy imagery.

iPad Pro 12.9″

– 32GB or 128GB capacity (WiFi only), 128GB (WiFi and cellular).

– 12.9″ 2732×2048 resolution display.

– A9X chip with 64-bit architecture (2.5x faster than A7 chip with 5x faster graphics).

– 12MP iSight camera with 4K video recording and 1.2MP FaceTime camera with 720p HD video.

– Touch ID.

– Apple Pay.

– Available in silver, gold and space grey from November.

Prices start from £585 ex VAT.

iPad Pro 9.7″

– 32GB,  128GB and 256GB capacity.

– 9.7″2048×1536 resolution display.

– A9X chip with 64-bit architecture and M9 motion co-processor.

– 12MP iSight camera with 4K video recording and 1.2MP FaceTime camera with 720p HD video.

– Touch ID.

– Apple Pay.

– Available in silver, gold and space grey from November.

Prices start from £441 ex VAT

iPad Air 2

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Keeping the screen size of the original iPad but squeezing the internals into a tiny 444 gram machined aluminium body, iPad Air 2 is an excellent compromise between screen size and portability. (We particularly like it for any roles where you need to combine typing and form-filling admin work with visual documentation, because it’s easier to handle than the Pro, but still retains the same pair of high quality cameras.)

While workers in some sectors are reporting that iPad is taking over from their desktop and notebook computers, there are plenty of tools available to help you use it as a second screen or presentation device – we highly recommend pairing it with Apple TV in your boardroom as a replacement for ageing projector setups.

iPad Air 2 has a greater internal memory than the original iPad Air, which tapped out at 32GB, which makes this form factor viable even if you’re toting larger apps or bigger files. This also allows you to work in Split Screen mode, which means you can use more than one app at once side-by-side – watch a video while reading something in Safari or dig information out of your email while typing into a document, for example.

iPad Air 2 also comes with Touch ID, Apple’s biometric security measure, to ensure no one can sneak onto your iPad without your index fingerprint. So if you’re saving ultra-important files locally or have business secrets in your email inbox, opt for the newer model.

Best for: Retail – a flexible solution for POS displays, kiosks, ePOS and face to face sales.

iPad Air 2

– 32GB and 128GB capacities (WiFi only or WiFi and cellular).

– 9.7″ 2048×1536 resolution display.

– A8X chip with 64-bit architecture (1.4x faster than A7 chip with 2.5x faster graphics).

– 8MP iSight camera and 1.2MP FaceTime camera with 720p HD video.

– Touch ID.

– Available in silver, gold and space grey.

Prices start from £304 ex VAT.

 

iPad mini

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If you need something even more portable, go for the ultra-light 7.9″ iPad mini. Despite not being much bigger than your phone, it still manages to be higher resolution than an HD TV, and iPad mini 4 even manages to fit in Touch ID for biometric security authentication and supports Split Screen view for working in multiple apps side-by-side.

We like iPad mini for fieldwork such as repairs or surveying, as it has all the document and data management capabilities of its larger counterparts, but is slim enough to hold in one hand, making collecting video and photographic evidence that much easier.

The slightly lower price tag also makes it a popular choice for workplace schemes, as it shaves a little off the upfront cost of investing in iPad without you losing any of the core benefits.

Best for: Field sales, on-site reporting.

iPad mini 4

– 32GB or 128GB capacity (WiFi only or WiFi and cellular).

– 7.9″ 2048×1536 resolution display.

– A8 chip.

– 8MP iSight camera and 1.2MP FaceTime camera with 720p HD video.

– Apple Pay.

– Touch ID.

– Available in silver, gold and space grey.

Prices start from £311 ex VAT.

iPad mini 2

– 32GB capacity (WiFi only or WiFi and cellular).

– 7.9″ 2048×1536 resolution display.

– A7 processor.

– 8MP iSight camera and 1.2MP FaceTime camera with 720p HD video.

– Available in silver and space grey.

Prices start from £196 ex VAT.

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Apple announce new iPad Pro and iPad mini 4

Apple announce new iPad Pro and iPad mini 4

At last night’s Apple ‘Hey Siri’ event we were treated to not only a new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, but we’ll soon be able to get our hands on a brand new, super-sized iPad Pro and a refreshed iPad mini 4. Here’s how they shape up…

iPad Pro

The largest iPad to date, the iPad Pro features a stunning 12.9″ Retina display, 5.6 million pixels, the latest iOS and new 64-bit A9X chip, giving it enough power to rival most portable PCs.

It features:

– 32 or 128GB storage options available.

– Silver, gold and space grey colour option.

– 12.9″ Retina display packing in 5.6 million pixels, 2732×2048 resolution at 264 ppi.

– Refined Multi-Touch technology.

-8 mega-pixel iSight camera and 1.2 mega-pixel FaceTime HD camera.

– New Apple A9X chip, delivering up to 1.8 times the CPU performance and double the graphics performance of iPad Air 2.

UK pricing hasn’t been confirmed yet, but keep checking back in for pricing and availability details!

iPad mini 4

The iPad mini has had a face lift! It’s now 18% thinner (at just 6.1mm thin) and slightly lighter, and is powered by a new A8 processor chip. Available in 16, 64 or 128GB capacities, the iPad mini 4 now comes with iOS 9, Apple’s latest mobile operating system.

It features:

– 7.9″ display, packing in 3.1 million pixels and 2048×1536 resolution.

– iOS 9, Apple’ latest operating system.

– A8 chip for speedy performance.

– Touch ID.

– 8 mega-pixel iSight camera.

iPad mini 4 prices start from £319 for the WiFi model, £419 for WiFi + Cellular model and will be available in silver, space grey and gold.

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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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