Apple fans looking for the best back-to-school savings don’t have to look far. Apple and our favorite retailers are currently offering significant discounts on Apple gear.
So far the Apple Education Store (opens in new tab) has the best exclusive discounts this back to school season. Students, teachers, and parents instantly save $100 on MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops. Apple bundles the savings with a free Apple Gift Card (worth up to $150). This deal lowers the MacBook Air M2 to $1,099 (opens in new tab) and throws in bonus money to spend on accessories.
In addition to leading the charge in MacBook deals, Apple has a similar offering for its family of premium tablets. Students can save up to $50 on a new iPad and receive up to $150 Apple Gift Card. Prices start at $309 ($20 off) for the entry-level 10.2-inch iPad.
So if you’re looking for the best Apple back to school deals, there are plenty of ways to save. Check out the best deals on our favorite Apple gadgets below.
Back to School Apple Deals
Apple’s MacBook Air M2 is one of the best laptops for students. It is elegant, powerful and offers a battery life of 14 hours. Normally $1,199, it starts at $1,099 for students through Apple’s Education Store. At this price, you get a 13.6-inch (2560 x 1664) display, Apple M2 8-core CPU, 8GB RAM, 8-core GPU, and 256GB SSD.
In terms of performance, the MacBook Air M2 surpasses its successor, the beloved MacBook Air M1. In our lab’s overall performance test, Geekbench, it achieved a score of 8,919. This beats the MacBook Air M1’s benchmark score of 5,962 by a huge margin. As Apple proudly claims, its M2 chip is 20 percent faster than the M1 processor. And if you’re on an older Intel-powered MacBook Air, that’s nearly 40 percent faster for you.
Another highlight of the MacBook Air M2 is the newly integrated sound system with 4 speakers. It supports Spatial Audio for enhanced audio whether you’re streaming content or on a video call. For connecting external devices, the M2 MacBook Pro provides two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports. There is also a new MagSafe port onboard for easier and safer charging.
If you’re looking for a top-notch workhorse of a machine with a long battery life, the MacBook Air M2 ticks all the boxes.
See our MacBook Air M2 Review.
If you can afford to splurge, chances are the M1 Pro charged MacBook Pro is on your wish list. More powerful than the M2 MacBook Air, it is well suited for students who need demanding applications for their studies.
The MacBook Pro 14 normally costs $1,999 and it starts for $1,849 at Apple’s Education Store (opens in new tab). It features a 14.2-inch (3024 x 1964) Liquid Retina XDR display, Apple’s M1 Pro 8-core chip, 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD. For graphics processing, it has a 14-core GPU, making it suitable for gaming.
This muscular machine scoffed at everything we threw at it during real-world testing. Even with 70 open Google Chrome tabs with a few streaming 1080p YouTube videos and Twitch streams, it couldn’t slow down. It scored an astonishing score of 12,477 in Geekbench’s overall performance tests.
Connectivity is plentiful on the MacBook Pro 14. It includes an HDMI port, SDXC card reader, and a trio of Thunderbolt 4 ports. There’s even a headphone jack and MagSafe charger that frees up a Thunderbolt 4 port if needed.
Read our full MacBook Pro 14 review.
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Starting at $329, the 9th-generation iPad is Apple’s cheapest tablet. For students who want a more flexible device for school, the iPad 2021 is a solid value. It supports Apple Pencil (1st generation) for taking notes, highlighting documents or sketching. Attach a Smart Keyboard (sold separately) and the iPad becomes a super portable productivity laptop.
Under no circumstances does the iPad sacrifice performance for the price. The base model features a 10.2-inch Retina display with True Tone, A13 Bionic chip, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and stereo speakers. It has an 8MP wide-angle primary camera on the back and a 12MP ultra-wide camera on the front. Touch ID and Apple Pay provide secure login and payments.
During testing, the iPad easily juggled a dozen Google Chrome tabs with no signs of slowing down. Two of the above tabs were playing 1080p YouTube videos while streaming music in the background. The iPad didn’t even flinch.
Overall, the 10.2-inch iPad is solid, but whether you want a flexible tablet PC or a companion device for your MacBook.
Read our full Apple iPad Review.
Despite their age, Apple’s 2nd generation AirPods should not be slept on. While they’ve been passed by the AirPods 3, they’re still among the best wireless earbuds out there.
The AirPods are comfortable to wear, have good sound and twice the talk time of the 1st-Gen AirPods. In fact, the AirPods 2 are powered by Apple’s latest H1 chip, the same as in the AirPods Pro. This makes for quick and easy Bluetooth pairing, especially with iPhones.
Usually the AirPods 2 sell for $159, but we’ve seen them drop to $89 in July. Since then, they’ve held up at $99 for the back to school season. That’s a good deal if you’re looking for under $100 wireless earbuds.
Read our AirPods 3 vs. AirPods 2 comparison (opens in new tab)
If you have more room in your budget, the 3rd generation AirPods are a great option. They are almost identical to the AirPods Pro and feature Adaptive EQ, spatial audio and improved Find My AirPods.
We love these AirPods for their extremely comfortable fit, sound quality and improved battery life.
One of the best features of the AirPods 3 is the automatic switching between devices. In one test, our reviewer went straight from a video meeting on a MacBook Pro 14 to the music playlist on an iPhone 13 Pro Max without missing a beat.
Read our full AirPods 3 review