Apple starts back to school push with gift cards for new collegiate iPad purchasers

Apple starts back to school push with gift cards for new collegiate iPad purchasers
In many parts of the nation there are high school seniors that aren’t even out of school yet. That’s not stopping Apple from already starting to kick off its back to school specials.

If you are a college student, a student who has been accepted into a college, a parent purchasing for a college student, or an educational faculty or staff member purchasing a new Mac or iPad between June 11th and September 21st, you are entitled to get some free money on a Back to School Gift Card.

New Mac owners will get $100 and iPad purchasers will get $50. The funds can be used to purchase apps, music, books, and more in the Mac App Store, the iTunes Store, the iBookstore, and the App Store.

While the iPad isn’t eligible for educational pricing itself, $50 to spend on digital content is a nice perk for those of you planning on grabbing a shiny, new Apple slate for the upcoming school year.

source: Apple

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1. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Few are the college students I know that can actually afford it. I myself just paid 200.00 for a textbook and 50.00 for a parking permit.

2. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

ill just save 200 and go buy an asus tablet.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well at least you're picking a good brand, not that it means much.

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

it means he gets a tablet that will do more.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

I support this; the only way to effectively brainwash is to start them young. I've seen 2 and 3 year olds on the subway playing with iPhones and they're already experts (not that they have to learn much; I guess that's why it's good for the masses) and they're the Apples of their iParents.

8. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

so now its bad for young people to learn technology? oh wait u just needed to find something to dis apple with for no apparent reason..

10. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Yeah, must be good to know that 2 year olds and even Orang Utans can use the same technology as you, a grown up man. So much for "smartphone", Apple takes the "smart" out of that word.

4. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

Im sorry it hard to not think anyone who brings in a iPad to a college class is a d-bag. Just watching them awkwardly type out there notes on a fingerprint covered screen is sad. Honestly maybe reading a textbook on the iPad would be nice, but really is it worth an additional 600$ to be able to do that?

5. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

How is that any different from bring a smartphone?

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I smell jealously from Android fans in this article.

9. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Why would we be jealous when even after the discounts (Ok, not really discounts, more like money back), it still cost the same as a high end Asus or HP? The specs of Macbooks are still mediocre compared to PC high ends and don't even get me started on OSX.

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'm a Senior in high school and was think in about buying a MacBook Pro. For a 15" screen, its like $1,600. Wtf? I can customize a Windows laptop with quad core i7, W7 Ultimate, and a nice SSD for around $1,200. That extra $400 can go towards my books, which aren't cheap. Macs are overpriced and are not worth the money.

13. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

thank you for this post - the iDIOTS are blinded by loyalty for a product over value of a product.

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