Apple launches back-to-school deal with $100 Mac App Store voucher

Apple launches back-to-school deal with $100 Mac App Store voucher

Summary: Remember when Apple's routine back-to-school deal was buy a computer and get a free iPod? Well, it looks like those days might be over.

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Remember when Apple's routine back-to-school deal was buy a computer and get a free iPod? Well, it looks like those days might be over.

We can't be sure until it actually gets closer to school time again (perhaps at least August) if Apple will bring that promo back.

The current offer is that if the customer buys a Mac computer (laptop or desktop) between now and September 20th, he/she will get a $100 credit for the Mac App Store - or actually any of Apple's online app outlets, so that also qualifies for the iBookstore, the iTunes App Store and then just iTunes in general.

That doesn't sound nearly as awesome for the general public as a free iPod touch would, but for some students it might be worth it if they're looking for a particular application related to their fields of study. That credit could also be put towards iTunes Match when it's available later this year or the Lion upgrade, although it would be rather silly and wasteful to buy a Mac ahead of Lion's launch in July at this point if that really matters to you.

The following consumer groups qualify for this offer: college students (or at least students accepted into college), their parents buying it for them, and faculty/staff members at any grade level.

At least that $100 rebate when buying a printer with a Mac is still available.

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  • True savings?

    There ain't no such thing as a free lunch. In other words, the $100 is already included in the price of the computer. And this does not go only for Apple - every company does this.

    However, the author is right. $100 does not sound that inviting since one can probably buy a PC for half the cost and still get the software that one needs for school (Windows has the biggest selection of software, therefore the biggest selection of freeware as well). Also if a student needs Office it's available as Office Academic 2010 at a discounted price of about $70 if you know where to look.
    statuskwo5
    • Apple's hardware is high quality, sturdy, and software is seemlessly ...

      @statuskwo5: ... integrated. Most of students do not want to waste money on squeaky feeble plasticky junk, so they buy <a href="http://socialtimes.com/mobilecontenttoday/files/original/apple_via_engadget_classroom.png">Macs</a>.

      Thus even if $100 does not seem big incentive, people know that they will not be able to find elsewhere the same quality for less money.
      DDERSSS
  • RE: Apple launches back-to-school deal with $100 Mac App Store voucher

    Little disapointed, I was hoping for buy a mac get a free ipad!
    Hasam1991
    • Especially a $999 MacBook, and the free iPad has to be 3G 64 GB for $829 ;)

      @Hasam1991
      DDERSSS
      • RE: Apple launches back-to-school deal with $100 Mac App Store voucher

        @DeRSSS
        499 16 gb only would be OK.. great reason for Apple to clear out inventory and spread more iOS.
        Hasam1991
  • RE: Apple launches back-to-school deal with $100 Mac App Store voucher

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