So you've purchased your first Salsa, and you're waiting for it to arrive (yay!). If you don't already have an iPad, you're going to need to purchase that next.

iPads come in a number of configurations: from screen size, to storage space, to network capabilities. 

In order to to run the powerful and feature-filled Salsa application, you're going to need an iPad capable of making your photos, boomerangs, GIFs, and videos crisp, vibrant, and fun.

The best iPads for this job are the Pro series.

This guide will walk you through which iPad you need, where to purchase it, and any additional accessories or warranties that will protect your device and ensure your events are a blast.

Selecting Your iPad

When choosing the best iPad there are few things to keep in mind:

  • Which type and generation?
  • What size screen?
  • How much storage?
  • WiFi only or WiFi + Cellular?
  • Any additional accessories?
  • Warranty or insurance?

Type and Generation

Salsa supports both the 10.5" and 12.9" 2nd Generation iPad Pro (2017) as well as the 11" and 12.9" 3rd Generation iPad Pro (2018).

Both of these iPads come with the upgraded, and much improved, 7 Megapixel front-facing camera. So no matter which one you choose, you'll still get the same great shots.

Screen Size

Which size screen is entirely up to you.

The larger 12.9" screen will allow for a more immersive experience, but the smaller screen will require less power if you plan to run off of battery pack and can be more cost effective if you plan on deploying multiple booths for permanent installations.

Storage Capacity

As with other Apple products, the iPad is sold in various storage capacities.

Storage provides space for you to download Salsa, along with any assets you plan to use for designing your events. It also temporarily store captures before they're uploaded to your Salsa account.

Both the 2nd and 3rd Generation iPad Pro come in a minimum 64GB configuration, which is plenty space for all of the above and more, since Salsa is built to store your captures online.

WiFi or WiFi + Cellular?

Strong and stable WiFi can be a luxury at an event, so having an internet back-up plan can be a great idea.

While internet access isn't necessary to start an event, being able to provide the shared photos to guests immediately can be a delightful experience.

Some clients choose to use a standalone hotspot for their photo booths, but you can purchase an iPad that has built in cellular connectivity similar to a smartphone.

You can read more about supported carriers and how to subscribe to a cellular plan on Apple's website.

Additional Accessories

The primary accessory you will need your iPad of choice is a faceplate for Salsa

Each Salsa purchase comes standard with a faceplate that accommodates the 12.9" 3rd Generation iPad. If you decided to go with another size or generation iPad you can visit our store to pick one up.

A screen protector, while not necessary, can be beneficial for booths planning to be permanent installs or mostly unattended. The glass used for iPads are quite durable; however, heavy usage for long periods of time can lead to micro-abrasions. These may not be visible on a bright screen, but if you want to prevent them, a screen protector will do that. 

Salsa can be used without a dedicated wall outlet, whether you're too far from a wall or working a party out in the desert (yes, it's been done!).

You can use an external battery pack to power both the iPad and the booth's LEDs. Our team has tested the Anker Powerhouse in-house, and found that it provided over 8 hours of power.

Warranty and Insurance

New and refurbished iPads sold through Apple and authorized re-sellers come with a standard one-year manufacture warranty; however,. these do not cover accidental damage, loss, or theft.

Salsa is rugged and robust, but accidents do happen.

AppleCare+, Apple's extended warranty, can come in handy for any "Oh ****!" situations, which allows for repair or replacement for a nominal service fee. To read more about AppleCare+ you can visit their website.

For coverage of loss or theft you may want to look into business insurance and their offering for covering these particularly unfortunate instances. 

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