iPad Requirements

One critical hardware requirement for operating the Geocortex Mobile trapper application: the iPads must have Wi-Fi + Cellular capabilities. These are the only iPads that include built-in GPS which is required for the mobile trapper application.

After purchasing one of each model to try: Recommend the 11” iPad Pro with Wifi + cellular 128 GB $999. Prefer the 256 GB model to future proof the investment for the next 5+ years $1,099.

The iPad uses an A13 processor. The iPad Air uses an A14, and the iPad Pro uses an M1. The M1 processor is Apple’s new flagship processor that has more cores to handle multiple threads for processing which is great for GIS related applications. Although the A14 from the iPad Air will suffice, we don’t recommend it because it’s older technology. A 10.9″ iPad Air with 256GB WiFi + Cellular LTE is $879.

Advise to stay away from the iPad and the 12.9″ iPad Pros. The regular iPad feels cheap, gets hot easily, and therefore drains the battery quickly. The 12.9″ iPad Pro has a nice screen and incredibly fast and capable. The downside is that the battery life is shorter because it’s powering a larger screen. Folks working in the field will also find the larger display to be cumbersome.

COSTS:

10.2″ iPad

Connectivity:Wi-Fi + Cellular
Storage:64GB256GB
Cost:$459$609

Name: iPad 10.2” – 9th Gen

Model: A2603

Introduced: September 14, 2021

Chip: A13 Bionic chip processor @ 2.6GHz (6-core CPU, 4-core GPU, 8-core Neural Engine)

RAM: 3GB of RAM

Screen resolution: 2160×1620 @ 264 pixels per inch

Screen brightness: 500 nits max brightness

Battery: 32.4-watt battery

Weight: 1.09 pounds (498 grams)

10.9″ iPad Air

Connectivity:Wi-Fi + Cellular
Storage:64GB256GB
Cost:$729$879

Name: iPad Air 10.9” – 4th Gen

Model: A2324

Introduced: September 15, 2020

Chip: A14 Bionic chip processor @ 3.0GHz (6-core CPU, 4-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine)

RAM: 4GB of RAM

Screen resolution: 2360×1640 @ 264 pixels per inch

Screen brightness: 500 nits max brightness

Battery: 28.60-watt battery

Weight: 1.01 pounds (460 grams)

11″ iPad Pro

Connectivity:Wi-Fi + Cellular
Storage:128GB256GB
Cost:$999$1099

Name: iPad Pro 11” – 3rd Gen

Model: A2301

Introduced: April 20, 2021

Chip: Apple M1 chip processor @ 3.2GHz
(8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine)

RAM Option 1: 8GB of RAM for models 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB storage

RAM Option 2: 16GB of RAM for models with 1TB or 2TB storage

Screen resolution: 2388×1668 @ 264 pixels per inch

Screen brightness: 600 nits max brightness

Battery: 28.65-watt battery

Weight: 1.04 pounds (470 grams)

iPad Accessories

OtterBox Defender Case

Brand: OtterBox
Model: Defender Series Pro Case
Website: https://www.otterbox.com

USB-C to USB-C 2.0 Cable

Brand: Amazon Basics
Model Name: Fast Charging USB-C
Website: https://www.amazon.com

Dewalt USB-C Cable

Brand: Dewalt
Model Name: Reinforced Cable USB-C, 6 ft.
Website: https://www.dewalt.com

Anker 42W USB-C Car Charger

Brand: Anker
Model Name: PowerDrive Speed+ Duo
Website: https://www.amazon.com

Anker 30W USB-C Car Charger

Brand: Anker
Model Name: PowerDrive PD 2
Website: https://www.amazon.com

Apple 20W USB-C Power Adapter

Brand: Apple
Model Name: 20W USB-C Power Adapter
Website: https://www.amazon.com

iPad Lockers

12-Device Charging Cabinet: (holds 8 iPads with cases)

Brand: Structure Series
Type: Table Mount
Website: https://www.amazon.com

12-Device Charging Cabinet: (holds 8 iPads with cases)

Brand: Line Leader
Type: Wall Mount
Website: https://www.amazon.com

16-Device Charging Cabinet: (holds 12 iPads with cases)

Brand: Global Industrial
Type: Portable
Website: https://www.globalindustrial.com

16-Device Charging Cabinet: (holds 12 iPads with cases)

Brand: Pearington
Type: Table Mount
Website: https://www.amazon.com

20-Device Charging Cabinet: (holds 16 iPads with cases)

Brand: Datamation Systems
Type: Table Mount
Website: https://www.ipadcarts.com

30-Device Charging Cabinet: (holds 20-22 iPads with cases)

Brand: Luxor
Type: Portable
Website: https://www.schooloutfitters.com

30-Device Charging Cabinet: (holds 20-22 iPads with cases)

Brand: EZ Charge
Type: Portable
Website: https://www.amazon.com

32-Device Charging Cabinet: (holds 24 iPads with cases)

Brand: Global Industrial
Type: Portable
Website: https://www.globalindustrial.com

32-Device Charging Cabinet: (holds 24 iPads with cases)

Brand: Pearington
Type: Portable
Website: https://www.amazon.com

36-Device Charging Cabinet: (holds 26-28 iPads with cases)

Brand: Global Industrial
Type: Portable
Website: https://www.globalindustrial.com