Best iPad for Shapr3D

Choosing the best iPad for Shapr3D depends on your needs and budget. Here’s a breakdown to help you decide:

Best Overall:

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (latest M2 chip): The ultimate power and experience for Shapr3D. Large screen, blazing-fast M2 chip handles complex models with ease, excellent Apple Pencil 2 support. But it’s also the most expensive option.

Great Alternatives:

  • iPad Air (latest M1 chip): Fantastic balance of power and price. Large enough screen for most projects, M1 chip is powerful enough for demanding tasks, great with Apple Pencil 2.
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (latest M2 chip): A lighter and more portable option than the 12.9-inch Pro, but still offers excellent performance and a good screen size. Perfect if you prefer a smaller device.

Budget-Friendly Options:

  • iPad mini 6 (A15 Bionic chip): Smaller screen and less powerful than the Pro and Air, but still capable for simpler projects. A good option if portability is key and budget is tight.
  • Older iPad Pro models (M1 or A12Z Bionic chip): Still offer good performance for Shapr3D, especially the M1 models. Can be significantly cheaper than the latest Pro, but screen refresh rate might be lower.

Things to Consider:

  • Screen size: Larger screens are better for complex projects, but smaller ones are more portable. Choose what suits your workflow and preferences.
  • Processor: M2 and M1 chips are ideal for demanding projects, while A15 Bionic or A12Z Bionic can handle most basic tasks.
  • Storage: If you work with large files, consider getting more storage (256GB or more).
  • Apple Pencil: Essential for using Shapr3D effectively. Get either the Apple Pencil 1 (for older iPads) or Apple Pencil 2 (for newer iPads).


  • For professionals or serious hobbyists: iPad Pro 12.9-inch (M2) or iPad Air (M1).
  • For casual users or budget-conscious buyers: iPad mini 6 or older iPad Pro models.

Ultimately, the best iPad for you depends on your individual needs and budget. Consider the factors mentioned above and try out different models at an Apple store if possible to find the perfect fit for your Shapr3D workflow.

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Shapr3D iPad requirements

Shapr3D runs on a variety of iPads, but for the best experience, here are the recommended requirements:

  • iPad: Any iPad that supports Apple Pencil (all iPad Pro models, iPad Air 5th generation, iPad mini 6th generation and later).
  • Apple Pencil: 1st or 2nd generation, depending on your iPad model.
  • Storage: 256GB or more is recommended, as 3D models can take up a lot of space.
  • Processor: A10 Bionic chip or later.

While these are the recommended requirements, Shapr3D can technically run on older iPads. However, you may experience performance issues, especially with complex models.

Here are some additional things to consider when choosing an iPad for Shapr3D:

  • Screen size: A larger screen will give you more space to work with, but a smaller screen can be more portable.
  • Processor speed: A faster processor will make Shapr3D run smoother, especially with complex models.
  • Storage: As mentioned above, 256GB or more is recommended.
  • Budget: iPads can range in price from around $300 to over $1000. Choose one that fits your needs and budget.