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Apple Launches 2011 Back to School Promotion - $100 App Store Credit

Apple has finally launched the Back to School promotion for 2011.
When you buy a new qualifying Mac with Apple education pricing* from June 16, 2011, through September 20, 2011, you'll get a $100 Back to School Card to use on the Mac App Store, the App Store, the iTunes Store, and the iBookstore.
As reported, this year's back to school promotion offers a $100 iTunes/App Store Gift Card with the purchase of a qualifying Mac. The promotion starts today and ends on September 20, 2011. International Apple Stores have also launched their local equivalents (65 British Pounds in UK, 75 Euro in Europe).

You must be a college student, student accepted to college, parent of college student or faculty/staff at any grade level. Qualifying computers include the MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, and Mac Pro. Readers should also note that any Mac purchased now will also get OS X Lion for free.

Update: Apple has posted the terms and conditions. When the new MacBook Airs are released, they will also qualify.

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52 months ago

i dig the 3 featured apps.

productivity, productivity, pro...crastination
Rating: 10 Votes
52 months ago
I see people are claiming that students shouldn't be disappointed, as Apple is still giving them something extra which they should be grateful for. I suppose they should grateful... but a $100 voucher is absolutely nothing compared to a $250 iPod Touch that Apple has given out in previous years. It's disappointing to those who were anticipating the same iPod that previous students have received, and it ESPECIALLY hurts when Microsoft has stepped UP their game by giving out a free Xbox 360 with their computers.
Rating: 7 Votes
52 months ago
Am i the only one who thinks this is paltry? Only $100/£65 and you can't even use it towards hardware. You have to go to one of the stores and feed Apple an extra 30% :rolleyes:

Such stingy, BS marketing. Glad i've never taken this promo seriously anyway.
Rating: 6 Votes
52 months ago
Terrible offer, frankly. I dont care what anyone says. Microsoft are offering a far greater value of product - both in terms of worth and enjoyment - in the xbox, with computers that cost far less than a Mac.

I think it's legitimate to feel somewhat let down by this.
Rating: 6 Votes
52 months ago
People Here wouldn't be complaining as much if they saw next year's promo:

"2012 Back To School Promotion: Get a free Thank You card from Steve Jobs with the purchase of $2,000 or more."

It looks something like this:


- Steve

Rating: 6 Votes
52 months ago
Too bad this year~ I was waiting for such long time to have a free iPod Touch, but now it's gone~:mad:
Rating: 5 Votes
52 months ago
Good Deal for Apple, since they're getting back 30% of that "discount" anyway....
Rating: 4 Votes
52 months ago

When you buy a computer through the education store is there any difference in the computer or the use of it, like there is when you buy student versions of software?

No, it's exactly the same computer.
Rating: 4 Votes
52 months ago
So Terms & Conditions posted

Mac Pro is included. Mac mini not.

They only specify by model names, so the new MacBook Airs should qualify when they are released.

Rating: 4 Votes
52 months ago
I am wondering how many people on here complaining about this promo are actually students. I wish Apple would make it a bit more work to actually prove you are a student. I think a lot of people abuse the student discount and Apple knows this, hence why you no longer see discounts on iPods and other things.

It is 2011, how many students don't have an iOS product? Apple has seen that many people just turn right around and sell the BTS iPod online afterward, hence causing Apple to lose a sale.

I like that the free giftcard can be used in any of Apple's content stores, including the iBookstore. Sure, the lack of a free iPod is disappointing, but I think most people could get some decent usage out of the free card, or just sell the card online for $70-$75.

Still the best deal is Amazon if you aren't wanting to customize anything...
Rating: 3 Votes

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