Windows & Apple


Please note that Bishops operates in a Windows environment and all boys are required to work in the Windows environment. Please also note that even if you purchased one of the Apple prescribed machines prior to the 2022 offer, your son is still required to ONLY work in the Windows environment at school.

Why Windows OS?

Regardless of hardware platform each student is required to have a Windows partition installed so that they run ONLY on the Windows platform at school.

From a teaching perspective it is better for teachers to use exactly the same software as the boys. The teachers currently use Dell machines.

Apple Mac - 2022

Some students are very keen to have Apple Macs.

In past years we have been able to offer an Apple device option as part of the range. Apple devices are not included as an option in the list of recommended machines for 2022. Currently there is a requirement that all machines boot into Windows and run in the Windows environment only. Unfortunately, the new Apple MacBooks, which are shipped with an M1 chip, do not allow for Windows to operate under a dual booting setup. School onsite, outsourced, support is at present geared only to deliver and support non virtualized Windows devices. Kindly email the IT Director at itdirector@bishops.org.za if you would like to discuss this further.

Netbooks, tablets and i-pads are exciting technological innovations, each with its own particular set of strengths. Screen size, software applications, proper keyboard, battery life, hard-drive capacity etc... All these need to be considered, and any sacrifice in one area has to be balanced by a real advantage in another.

iPads, in particular, have become popular and a number of schools are using these. They are popular because of a number of features such as weight, size and the ability to store and read e-books. The general feeling is that iPads are fabulous for younger children because of the tactile aspect and the multitude of inexpensive applications geared for younger ages. iPads are great for consuming information (reading emails, browsing the Internet and other research). They are less useful when creating content, word processing, generating presentations and working with spreadsheets at a senior school level. There are numerous very useful apps with great educational value, but generally we find that senior school students find it problematic to work solely on iPads. The nature of their work demands more sophisticated software and processing power than available at this stage on the iPad. At this stage, the majority of applications available for certain tablets are unable to replace the full suite of applications available on a PC or laptop or tablet running Windows. The iPad is an extremely useful but additional device. Over the next few years, tablets are expected have their greatest impact so they are certainly a technology to trial and to keep an eye on.

The College has thus decided, at this stage, to continue engaging with laptops and only certain tablets as the preferred one-to-one technology choice, but we are certainly keeping other tablet developments in our sights!