On Wednesday, Apple announced this year’s edition of their Back to School promotion. With every eligible Mac, iPad, or iPhone purchase for college, Apple is giving free wireless Beats headphones. This is in addition to their education pricing which takes $200 off the price of a Mac and $20 off the price of an iPad.
The iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Pro are eligible to purchase for the promotion and they come with Solo2 Wireless Headphones. These Beats headphones retail for $299. Although the Mac mini is listed on the sale page, it is not eligible for the free headphones.
The iPad Pro is the only eligible tablet and the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus are eligible smartphones. Each of these comes with the Powerbeats2 Wireless Headphones worth $199. Apple notes in the terms and conditions that the headphones are upgradable to the Solo2 Wireless Headphones for an additional $100. The iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 2, and iPhone SE do not qualify for the promotion.
This sale is not limited to those who are enrolled in college; any “qualified” educational purchaser can receive a pair of Beats headphones when they make an eligible purchase. Qualified individuals include: K-12 employees, board members, and officers; higher education employees, students, and parents of students.
Last year Apple announced this deal in late July and it only lasted a couple of months. This year they are starting in early June and ending in early September for a total of three months. Perhaps their reasoning behind extending the deal by an extra month is due to their recent decline in sales. The deal usually ends the week before their fall special event. This year’s promotion starts on June 2 and ends on September 5.
On a side note, it is interesting that Apple is only offering wireless headphones. This could be a subtle confirmation that the iPhone 7 will not have a headphone jack.