If you want a new Apple product, the Apple Back to School sale is the perfect time to buy it. Right now we're seeing some incredible deals geared towards people heading back to school – whether high school or college. And we've listed all the best ones here.
As lockdown measures ease, the prospect of a normal return to school in September is a reality, and people will be needing their kit. Others will still want to take the opportunity to stock up on the best gear to make the most of schooling from home. Either way, if you're a fan of Apple's brand of cutting edge, beautifully designed tech, this is the article for you. Below you'll find everything you need to make sure you resume your studies well-kitted out.
- US: Buy a Mac or iPad and get free AirPods (opens in new tab)
- UK: Buy a Mac or iPad and get free AirPods (opens in new tab)
It's rare to find deals directly from Apple itself, but the tech giant does occasionally feel generous, and now is one of those times. The Apple Back to School sale is underway and looks set to continue until October 2021 (and we will be covering it and reporting back here every day). The 2021 sale is one of its best yet, with Apple giving away free AirPods worth around $160/£160 with every purchase of a Mac or iPad.
Below you'll find the best Apple back to school deals that we can find right now, both at Apple and at other retailers. Be sure and check out our wider selection of the best Apple deals available around the world too. You should also check out our guide to getting Apple student discount and our breakdown of the very best iPad cases out there.
In one of the best deals we've seen from Apple for a long time, the tech giant is giving away free AirPods with a huge range of tech devices, from iPads to Macbooks and iMacs. Considering that these fantastic earbuds retail at around $160/£160, it's a great saving to take advantage of. Click on the links below to get this deal on the product that you're interested in.
Apple Back to School sale 2021: US
- iPad Air: Get free AirPods with an iPad Air from $549 at Apple (opens in new tab)
- iPad Pro: Get free AirPods with an iPad Pro from $749 at Apple (opens in new tab)
- MacBook Air: Get free AirPods with a MacBook Air from $899 at Apple (opens in new tab)
- MacBook Pro: Get free AirPods with a MacBook Pro from $1,199 at Apple (opens in new tab)
- iMac: Get free AirPods with iMac from $1,049.99 at Apple (opens in new tab)
- iMac 24: Get free AirPods with iMac 24in from $1,249 at Apple (opens in new tab)
Apple Back to School sale 2021: UK
- iPad Air: Get free AirPods with iPad Air from £579 at Apple (opens in new tab)
- iPad Pro: Get free AirPods with an iPad Pro from £749 at Apple (opens in new tab)
- MacBook Air: Get free AirPods with a MacBook Air from £999 at Apple (opens in new tab)
- MacBook Pro: Get free AirPods with MacBook Pro 13 from £1,299 at Apple (opens in new tab)
- iMac: Get free AirPods with iMac from £1,249 at Apple (opens in new tab)
Apple Back to School: The best Mac deals in the US
Apple MacBook Pro 13in:
$1,299.99 $1,099.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $200: At Best Buy, you'll find a number of excellent deals on the Apple Mac range, including $200 off the latest model 13-inch MacBook Pro. There's also $200 off the 512GB version.
Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020):
$999.99 $799 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $200: If you've got a school email, you can sign up to the Best Buy newsletter for free (opens in new tab), then use the promo code to get the MacBook Air for $799. It's the best deal we've ever seen on the laptop, which boasts a stunning 13-inch display and Apple's super-fast M1 chip.
Apple Back to School: The best Mac deals in the UK
iPad Air and iPad Pro
US: Buy an iPad Air or iPad Pro and get free AirPods (opens in new tab)
UK: Buy an iPad Air or iPad Pro and get free AirPods (opens in new tab)
If you're after a new iPad Air or iPad Pro, this is cracking deal from Apple. Purchase any spec of either model and get a brand new pair of AirPods thrown in for good measure. Nice one.
Apple Back to School iPad deals: US
iPad Air (2020):
$599.99 $539.99 at Amazon
(opens in new tab)Save $60: Boasting a A14 Bionic chip this is a fantastic iPad, and is also really light and portable, with 64GB RAM and 10.9-inch screen. If you're looking for a tablet that covers you in both work and play, this is the best iPad out there, in our opinion.
Apple iPad Pro (2nd Gen):
$899.99 $749.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $150: This is a good deal if you want the power of the iPad Pro, and the storage that comes with the higher-end version of this 2nd Gen model. The 11-inch model comes with 256GB storage and a beautiful LED Retina Display.
Apple iPad Pro (4th Gen):
$1,099.99 $949.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $150: Students can get $150 off the fourth-generation iPad Pro at Best Buy, both the 11in and the 12.9in versions with immersive, edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display and support for Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil.
Apple Back to School iPad deals: UK
Apple iPad Pro (2021, M1):
£999.00 £944.05 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save £54.95: The 2021 iPad Pro is a stunning tablet with the power of a computer thanks to Apple's M1 chip. With its liquid retina screen and Apple Pencil support, this will have you flying through coursework in no time. Amazon has 6% off.
Apple Pencil deals
Apple pencil deals: UK
Apple Pencil 2:
£119.00 £115.97 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save £3.03: This is the pencil you'll need for the newest 4th generation iPad Air (2020), the first generation 11-inch iPad Pro (2018) or later and the iPad Pro 12.9-inch third generation (2018) and later – including the brand new iPad Pro M1 2021 models.
Apple Back to School iPhone deals: US
iPhone 12 Mini:
$729.00 from $529.00 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $200 If you verify with Verizon, AT&T or Sprint, you can get $200 off the 5.4in iPhone 12 mini, which packs a lot of features into its pocket-friendly size. Perfect for keeping in touch during your studies.
iPhone 12 Pro Max:
$1,099 from $999.00 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $100 You can also save up to $100 on the top-of-the-range iPhone 12 Pro Max, which gives you huge power and an awesome camera to work with.
Apple Back to School iPhone deals: UK
Apple iPhone 12:
£799.00 £679.00 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save up to £120: Apple's latest flagship phone is its most powerful yet with a 6.1-inch Super Retina display and insanely good cameras. Start the new school year well kitted out by grabbing a fantastic 15% saving at Amazon right now.
Apple iPhone 8:
£274.80 £199.99 at Appliances Direct (opens in new tab)
Save £75: If you're not bothered about having the latest model iPhone, the iPhone 8 is a brilliant option. The still very powerful device has everything you need to surf the web, make calls and texts, all for a super low price.
Apple Watch deals
Apple Watch deals: US
Apple Watch 6 GPS:
$399.00 $355.00 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $44: If you want the newer Series 6 watch and want to make a bold colour statement on campus, Amazon has $44 off the GPS version right now. You can take calls and reply to texts from your wrist and check all your vital signs.
Apple Watch deals: UK
Apple Watch 6 GPS:
£409.00 $389.00 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save £20: It's not a massive discount but £20 off Apple's Series 6 watch is not to be sniffed at when there are books and other supplies to be bought ahead of the new academic year. The red wristband stand out on this quality smartwatch.
Apple AirPods deals
Apple Back to School AirPods deals: US
Apple AirPods Pro:
$249 $197.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $52: In the US, you can get the AirPods Pro at under $200 right now with a hefty saving of 21% off the standard price. It's a great opportunity to get these iconic noise-cancelling earbuds with Siri and everything else you'd expect.
Apple AirPods with wireless charging case (2nd Gen):
$199.99 $159.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $40: You can also get $40 off the wireless charging AirPods (just place the case on a qi mat) at Best Buy. The earbuds offer 18 hours of talk time, 24 hours of listening time, Siri and one-tap, always-on activation.
Apple Back to School AirPods deals: UK
Apple AirPods Pro:
£249.00 £189.99 at Amazon
(opens in new tab)Save £59: The AirPods Pro are incredible ears with fantastic sound. They're also highly flexible, with active noise cancellation mode to shut out unwanted noise and transparency mode so you can hear what's going on around you. Now under £190, they're hard to resist.
Apple AirPods with wireless charging case (2nd Gen):
£199 £156 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save £43: With wireless charging (just place them on a charging mat), 18 hours of talk and 24 of listening, one-tap activation and Siri assistance, these AirPods are a bargain right now, at one of the cheapest prices we've seen.
Apple Music deals
Apple Music: 3 months free then just $4.99/£4.99 per month (opens in new tab)
One of the best back to school deals going, prove you're a student and get three months of Apple Music for free, then pay just $4.99/£4.99 per month for access to 60 million songs – what are you waiting for? Sign up and start making your playlists today!
How to get a student discount at the Apple Education Store
In order to qualify for the official Apple Back to School sale deals, you need to make sure you can get an Apple student discount. This is available to the following people:
- Students in higher education
- People purchasing for educational institutions
- Parents of students purchasing on their behalf
This may differ slightly depending on your location, so be sure to check Apple's terms and conditions (opens in new tab) for full details specific to your area. Once you've identified that you qualify, you then need to verify that. Again, how you do this varies in different regions.
How to get an Apple Student discount in the US
1. Visit the Apple US Education Store (opens in new tab) (from your university network, if possible).
2. Make sure you have access to some for of ID, such as a student ID card, which proves you qualify for the education discount.
How to get an Apple student discount in the UK
1. Visit the Apple UK Education Store (opens in new tab)
2. You'll be asked to sign up for student discount website UNiDAYs (opens in new tab), which you will need to do in order to access Apple offers.
3. Here you will need to provide your email address, a password, your name, place, subject and length of study.
4. Once completed and registered successfully, Apple offers will become available.
Alternatively, if you'd prefer to go through Apple directly, there is also the option to use its Apple chat online feature, visit an Apple Store or call Apple, where staff can guide you through the process.