5 tips for choosing an iPad for Procreate

With such a large choice of iPads available, which one should you get? That’s a tricky question as there are so many models and generations available. But I’m here to help. Having gone through the pain of choosing the perfect iPad myself, I developed 5 golden tips to help you out.

Tip #1: Compatible with Procreate

According to Procreate any iPad released after 2015 is compatible with Procreate app. So if you’d like to use the app (which I highly recommend) then you shouldn’t buy any model released before 2015. Can you buy any iPad released after 2015? Yes, so long as it’s compatible with Apple Pencil. More on that in tip #2.

Tip #2: Compatible with Apple Pencil

Make sure to choose an iPad generation that is compatible with the Apple Pencil. In my opinion this is very important as I find the Apple Pencil to be superior to its competitors. This is mainly because it is pressure sensitive, which means it has the ability to create thinner or thicker lines depending on the pressure you apply. Perfect for drawing and lettering!

Tip #3: Choose a size that fits your lifestyle & budget

The size is a highly personal choice and you should choose what works best for your lifestyle and budget. As a general rule, the bigger the iPad, the bigger the price tag. But depending on your needs, opting for a bigger size can be worth the investment. I find the 9.7 inch great for traveling or reading. But to draw I much prefer the 12.9 inch as it is similar to an A4 or 8x10 inch size, which is perfect to draw on.

Tip #4: Choose a storage size that fits your needs

You can choose between different storage sizes ranging from 32GB to 1TB. The bigger the storage capacity the more expensive. If like me you tend to export your work to an external computer, then 64GB should be enough. This is what I have and I am very happy with it.

Tip #5: Choose between wifi or cellular

If you have access to wifi in places where you design, then just go for wifi. Choosing the cellular option is very pricey and might not be necessary!

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Yay! You are now in possession of 5 great tips for choosing an iPad that works for you. Remember to choose one that’s compatible with Procreate and Apple Pencil and to choose a size, storage capacity and connexion that fits your lifestyle and needs.