Apple has kicked off their annual Back to School promotion, with a new twist. Instead of a free iPod Touch, Apple is including a $100 iTunes gift card with the purchase of a new Mac. The gift card isn’t as good as a $200 iPod Touch, but it still offers a great extra on top of the traditional student discounts.
The Back to School iTunes gift card is worth $100 with no strings attached and you can use it in the Mac App Store to pick up some new back to school software or you can use it in the App Store to pick up some new iPhone and iPad apps. If you don’t need apps, the credit will also work in iTunes for music and movies or in iBooks.
To get a Mac with a free $100 App Store gift card you need to be accepted to a college, a current college student, a parent buying for a college student or a Faculty or Staff member teaching at any grade level. When you purchase a new Mac, you should shop in the online Apple Education store, bring proof that you are a student to an Apple Retail location or pick up your Mac at an authorized Campus Store.
In addition to the $100 worth of apps and media you get $50 to $100 off the most popular Macs including all of the Apple notebooks. Below you’ll find the student discount pricing on Apple notebooks.
- MacBook – $899 – $100 off
- MacBook Pro – $1,099 – $200 off
- MacBook Air – $949 – $100 off
While we imagine that most students will find a way to use the $100 App credit, you can subsidize the cost of your MacBook purchase by selling the code on eBay or Craigslist for a $5 to $10 discount. This is an excellent way to drop the price of your new MacBook down to $800 — which is an amazing deal for a brand new MacBook.
The Apple Back to School deal runs from June 16th through September 20th and is valid on qualifying Mac models including the MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iMac notebooks purchased direct form Apple or from an Apple Authorized Campus Store.