Best iPad and Accessories for Procreate
Do you want to get started using Procreate and are wondering which iPad to get? Are you interested in upgrading your iPad, but are not sure what to look for? In this video, I’ll walk you through how different hardware can affect the Procreate experience. I’ll compare the different iPad models, help you pick the best one for your budget, and give you an overview of my favorite iPad accessories for working in Procreate.
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How hardware affects the Procreate experience
First, you need to make sure that whatever iPad you want to use can run Procreate. You can find a list of all iPads currently compatible with Procreate on their website at procreate.art/faq.
Apple Pencil Compatibility
What to look for in an iPad for drawing
So without knowing anything about iPads, here’s some guidance for what to look for in a device. Get the most RAM and largest screen that your budget will allow, and be sure the iPad is compatible with the Apple Pencil. Having a larger hard drive is great too, so if you have some extra budget, go for it.
Lots of RAM + large screen size + Apple Pencil compatible
With that in mind, let’s talk about the nuances of the different iPads, Apple Pencils, and what accessories are must-haves.
iPad models compared
There are 4 different models of iPad. the standard iPad, the iPad mini, the iPad Air, and the iPad Pro. Below you will find a comparison of each model. Current iPad Models (as of Dec 2020)
|iPad||iPad mini||iPad Air||iPad Pro|
|Summary||Great for more most purposes, it's got what you need, but not a lot of bells and whistles.||It's the least powerful iPad but it's great for portability.||Recently updated in 2020, has a lot of amazing tech for a great price||This is the top-of-the line iPad, it's got the best technology that Apple has to offer|
|RAM||3 GB||3 GB||4 GB||6 GB|
|Screen Size||10.2"||7.9"||10.9"||11" or 12.9"|
|Hard Drive||Up to 128 GB||Up to 256 GB||Up to 256 GB||Up to 1 TB|
|Apple Pencil Compatibility||Generation 1||Generation 1||Generation 2||Generation 2|
Which Apple Pencil should I buy?
Difference Between Apple Pencil 1 and 2
|1st Gen||2nd Gen|
|Charging||Lighting connector under removable cap, connects to bottom of iPad||Charges by magnetically connecting to side of iPad|
|Other Features||Invisible button, flat on one side|
|Compatibility||Works with iPad & iPad mini||Works with iPad Air & iPad Pro|
Should I get a screen protector for my iPad?
iPad stands and cases
I also keep my iPad in a case, which is multi-purpose. It protects the edges and glass, has a spot to keep the Apple Pencil, and has a way to hold the iPad at an angle when drawing. Currently, I’m using this one. If only to protect your iPad, I’d get a case on it asap.