The 2016 Apple Back to School deals are live, offering $200 to $300 in savings with the purchase of an Apple computer, iPhone or iPad.
Unlike Apple Back to School deals of years past, you get this savings with free Beats headphones, but you can sell these to cut down on the cost — or keep them as a handy bonus.
If you are a student, or if you are entering college for the first time this year, you can use the 2016 Apple Back to School deals to get something extra. This is not only for college students.
The 2016 Apple Back to School deals are valid on a wide range of products, but you cannot use them on refurbished Apple notebooks or computers. It’s worth comparing prices, since a refurbished notebook may be a better deal in the end for some buyers.
While you cannot use this Apple Back to School promo at third-party retailers you can use it at Apple Stores, Apple Online Stores, and Campus stores.
This is what parents and students need to know about the 2016 Apple Back to School deals.
2016 Apple Back to School Deals
The 2016 Apple Back to School deals are valid on a variety of Apple computers, iPhones and iPads. Depending on what you purchase you will get Bests headphones worth $200 or $300.
When you buy an eligible Apple computer you can add a pair of Beats Solo 2 Wireless headphones to your cart free in the color of your choosing.
When you buy an iPhone 6, iPhone 6s or iPad Pro you get a pair of Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless headphones free in the color of your choosing.
The Deals Stack on Education Discount
You can stack the 2016 Apple Back to School deals on top of the education discount that Apple already offers all year-long. This helps make the deal even sweeter for students.
The discounts allow you to save up to $200 on an Apple computer and up to $20 on the iPad. You can use Apple financing to spread out the payments over 48 months.
Eligible Apple Back to School Computers, iPads and iPhones
Even though Apple lists a large number of products on the Apple Back to School promo page, not all are eligible for this deal.
You can buy the following devices and get the free Beats headphones with purchase.
- Macbook Pro
- MacBook Air
- Mac Pro
- iPad Pro 9.7
- iPad Pro 12.9
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
These include build to order custom configurations of the notebooks. It is important to know that the Mac Mini is not eligible for this deal.
Who Can Get Apple Back to School Deals?
You don’t need to be a college student to get the 2016 Apple Back to School deals. This is open to k-12 employees, board members and officers and to higher education students, employees and parents of students.
High school students are not eligible for this deal, unless they are taking any college courses while in high school.
Students who are accepted into higher education institutions to start this fall are eligible and parents can also make the purchase for a student.
2016 Apple Back to School Dates
The 2016 Apple Back to School deals are live today, June 2, 2016 at Apple. The deals run through September 5th.
If you recently purchased a Mac or iPhone and you are eligible to participate in this deal you may have luck taking it to an Apple Store and asking them to re-sell the device to you with the free headphones, but they do not have to.
The promotion is listed as while supplies last, but we’ve yet to see Apple end deals like this early.
Other Apple Back to School Deals for 2016
Before you buy anything related to the 2016 Apple Back to School deals for free headphones you should check out other deals that may offer a better deal if you don’t need new headphones.
Best Buy currently offers $100 off the Macbook, iMac or iPad Pro to college students who sign up. That stacks on top of any current Best Buy deals on the MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac or iPad Pro.
The Apple Refurbished store is also one that you need to compare prices with. You can find $140 or more in savings on the MacBook Air, $200 or more on the MacBook Pro and similar discounts on other Apple products. All of these still come with a one-year Apple warranty.
Can I Return the Beats Headphones?
A lot of users want to know if they can simply return the Beats headphones to Apple and pocket $200 to $300 in cash or store credit.
That is something you cannot do, and even trying to return without a receipt may prove problematic.
If there is something wrong with the headphones you can exchange them for the same product. If you return the Apple computer, iPhone or iPad pro, without the headphones you will get $200 to $300 less in your return.
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