Starting today, Apple begins its annual Back to School sale for all Macs. In earlier years, the company would throw in a free 8GB iPod touch with the purchase of a Mac for education purposes. This year they are doing things a bit differently. Instead of the iPod touch, every Mac now comes with a $100 gift card to spend on the Mac App Store, iTunes Store, iOS App Store, or iBookstore. It is mainly being advertised as for the Mac store, however the gift card is valid for all of these stores.
In addition to the to the free gift card, students can also take advantage of the special education pricing on Macs which are available all year. The regular, white MacBooks start at $899, which is $100 less than the standard price. Or if you’re more of a power user, the MacBook Pros start at $1,099 and the discounts on all models range from $100 to $200. I have to say though, when getting up to the over $2,000 range particularly for those 17-inch MacBook Pros, a couple hundred dollars off probably will not fill the void in your pocket. Finally, the MacBook Airs start at $949 with a $50 savings and the iMacs start at $1,149 with a discount of either $50 or $100.
Apple surprisingly does not advertise this for whatever reason, but there is also some notable discounts on the Mac mini and Mac Pro. The Mac mini starts at $649 with a $50 discount, which is not much. The Mac Pro, on the other hand, starts at $2,299 but has savings all the way up to $450. Yes, that 12-core powerhouse has that generous discount, bringing it down to the low, low price of — wait for it — $4,549.
Although not too big of a deal, it is generous of Apple to offer a little aid to those on a college budget. In fact, Macs are the most popular computers among college students. I would say that the company made the right move to switch from a free iPod touch to a free gift card. Even though the iPod touch has a higher value at $229, chances are pretty good that anyone buying a Mac already has an iPhone or iPod touch. Plus, gift cards are much more flexible in choosing how to spend it. So those of you looking to take advantage of this offer, you have until September 20. Spend on — in more ways than one.
Links: Apple – Back to School Sale