One of the cool things about being a Prep student is that the students get to enjoy technology at its best. The school evolved from the PC tablet program to Apple iPads two years ago. This change was very exciting for most of the student body and staff because they got to use the newest technology to benefit their learning, rather than using boring old textbooks all of the time.
For the 2014-15 school year, returning sophomore, junior, and senior class students were required to stop at Prep’s sister school, Villa Maria Academy, to exchange their old iPads for brand new iPad Air models. This event was run by Prep and Villa’s technology center, and it was a very quick and smooth process. But what is different about the iPad Air? Prep’s professional technology office filled us in on what has changed in the new iPad Airs.
According to Mrs. Cambra, “the iPad Airs are lighter, smaller, have a faster processor, better camera, lightning connector for easier connectivity, as well as a warranty.” This means that students will not have trouble moving around with a heavy backpack. And with a faster processor, students can use apps without, or with minimum, difficulties. Sadly, as no new special futures with the iPad Airs, they should not be too difficult to use since students and staff have dealt with iOS7. “They should function the same as the iPad 3s because they are still using iOS7. However, iOS 8 should be released in the next couple of weeks.” But with that, of course, it makes the users of the iPad, or any Apple product, excited to see what iOS8 will bring.
Some Cathedral Prep students shared their own thoughts on the new iPad Air. “They are certainly faster than the pervious iPads,” said junior Joseph Armour. “They seem a bit faster, minimum crashes. A better improvement for our education,” said junior Alex Gorny. “Even though I am not a fan of Apple, I think iPad Air is a better improvement of iPad 3,” said junior Conrad Weiser.