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Apple Launches 2017 Back to School Promotion: Free Beats With Select Mac or iPad Pro Models

Apple today launched its Back to School promotion in the United States and Canada, offering the choice of a free pair of Beats Solo3, BeatsX, or Powerbeats3 headphones to qualifying students, parents of students, and educators who purchase an eligible Mac with education pricing for a limited time.


Eligible models include any MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, or Mac Pro. As usual, the Mac mini and refurbished Macs are excluded from the deal.


The promotion also offers free BeatsX wireless headphones with the purchase of any 10.5-inch or 12.9-inch iPad Pro, or students can pay $50 extra for Beats Powerbeats3 or $150 extra for Solo3 wireless headphones. Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad and iPad mini 4 models do not qualify for the promotion.

In addition to Apple's online store for education, the promotion is available at Apple retail stores and Apple authorized campus stores, or by calling 1-800-MY-APPLE. Those eligible for the promotion include faculty, staff, students, and parents of students at higher education institutions, and select others:
K-12 - Any employee of a public or private K-12 institution in the Qualified Country is eligible, including homeschool teachers. In addition, school board members who are currently serving as elected or appointed members are eligible. PTA or PTO executives currently serving as elected or appointed officers are eligible.

Higher Education - Faculty and staff of Higher Education institutions in the Qualified Country and students attending or accepted into a Higher Education institution in the United States are eligible to purchase. Purchases from the Apple Store for Education Individuals are not for institutional purchase or resale.

Higher Education Parents - Parents purchasing on behalf of their child, who is a student currently attending or accepted into a public or private Higher Education institution in the Qualified Country, are eligible to purchase.
Apple's Back to School promotion is also available in select other countries, including Singapore and Mexico, but it has yet to launch in Europe. Apple usually waits up to a few weeks before expanding the promotion to countries like the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands.

Apple's Back to School promotion starts today and ends September 25, 2017 in the United States and Canada. Apple's terms and conditions outline the complete eligibility requirements for the promotion in those countries.

Students are required to verify their enrollment or acceptance in a higher education institution in order to participate in the promotion. Not a student? Visit our Apple Deals roundup for other deals on Apple products and accessories.



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16 months ago

Why not a price reduction equal in value? At least make that an option!


You obviously don't understand marketing.

If I give you a $100 item for free for buying something, I'm NOT out $100. I'm only out what it costs to make that item, like $50. Your perceived value is $100, but my cost is $50.

If I gave you a price reduction of $100, then my cost is $100. Not as good for me.

Additionally, Apple gets more people using Beats and can talk about those increased numbers. They can't do that if they just give cash back. And giving $50 off sounds worse than 'free $100 beats'.

This is why so many stores, like Target, want to give away $25 gift cards with $100 purchase instead of just $25 off. First, it encourages people to come back to Target, second that $25 really doesn't cost their bottom line $25.
Rating: 33 Votes
16 months ago

Beats must be selling really well...


I don't even care about Beats being good or bad but who cares? They've given out iTunes cards before, those must not have been selling well? Or Apple gift cards? Or Printers? Or iPod Touches/Minis.

Its free. Never seen so many people bitch about something free they can re-sell.
Rating: 21 Votes
16 months ago
Good old days.

Rating: 11 Votes
16 months ago
ebay will be flooded with BeatsX by the weekend.
Rating: 10 Votes
16 months ago
Beats must be selling really well...
Rating: 10 Votes
16 months ago

Beats.....not worth £5.


You are correct. They are worth more.
Rating: 9 Votes
16 months ago
I think this is the purrfect deal. I am going to get this fur sure and tail all my friends.
Rating: 8 Votes
16 months ago

Why not a price reduction equal in value? At least make that an option!

Beats is the new bloatware.


This is so dumb I don’t even know where to begin...if you feel that free headphones are “bloatware” I’m sure Apple wouldn’t mind if you didn’t take them.
Rating: 8 Votes
16 months ago

What a worthless promotion! Like many of the other comments, I would prefer a straight up discount or at least a gift card for the Apple Store. There are so many reasons this is a bad promo:
1. Already own Beats
2. Already own another headset/airpods
3. Don't use headsets
4. The hassle of reselling them
5. Devalues the Beats brand


It's not for you then. Apple doesn't owe you anything.
Rating: 7 Votes
16 months ago
Why not a price reduction equal in value? At least make that an option!

Beats is the new bloatware.
Rating: 6 Votes

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