FREE 3 months of Apple Fitness+
Finder is committed to editorial independence. While we receive compensation when you click links to partners, they do not influence our content.
Apple back-to-school: Best deals and what to expect
Find ways to save and even get some freebies from this tech giant.
Apple rarely offers significant markdowns on its products, making the back-to-school season one of the best times to buy everything from MacBooks to Beats by Dr. Dre headphones and more.
Top Apple products with education pricing and student discounts:
13-inch MacBook Air
Pro Display XDR
Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd gen) and iPad Air (4th gen)
When is the Apple back-to-school sale?
Every year Apple launches its back-to-school promotion, offering discounts on popular MacBooks and iPhones. Apple’s back-to-school sale usually starts in early July and runs until late September.
Will Apple have a back-to-school sale this year?
Yes! You can count on it. One of the best deals offered right now is:
How do I shop the Apple sale?
To be eligible for Apple’s education pricing and back-to-school discounts, you need to fall into one of these categories:
- K-12 teachers, staff and administrators
- Homeschool teachers
- Higher education students, teachers and staff, parents of students
If you’re eligible, head to Apple’s Education Store online or your local Apple Store to shop the sale.
What kind of deals to expect
Apple has a history of running similar deals year-to-year, which typically include freebies and other perks when you buy select MacBooks and iPads. In 2020, Apple offered a free pair of AirPods with select Mac and iPad purchases, savings of up to $250 on eligible Macs and 20% off AppleCare+.
Ways to save even more
Finding a discount on Apple products takes some research, patience and a little bit of luck. Fortunately, we’ve found some solid ways to save if you missed or don’t qualify for the back-to-school sale:
- Shop the Education Store year-round. If you qualify for the Apple education discount, you can still snag deals on select products long after the yearly sale is over.
- Get a military discount. Members of the Canadian military may be eligible for special pricing on Apple products.
- Buy last year’s models. Brand-new releases of MacBooks, iPads and iPhones carry a hefty price tag. But if you can stick it out a few more months or settle for last year’s model, you could potentially save hundreds.
Other tech deals
Don’t qualify for Apple education pricing, but still want a deal? Try these top retailers that are known for offering authentic Apple products at a discount:
- Best Buy runs Apple sales events throughout the year that often coincide with Apple’s own back-to-school sale.
- Amazon often has similar or even better markdowns on MacBooks, iPads, Apple Watches and more.
- Walmart usually offers small deals on iPhones and accessories like AirPods, smart keyboards, charging cables, Beats headphones and more.
Bag up back-to-school bargains on the latest Apple products — and earn freebies too — when you shop Apple’s yearly sale for students and educators.
More guides on Finder
Hybrid vs. electric cars
Find out how to make the right environmentally friendly choice for your next vehicle between hybrid and electric cars.
What is an annuity?
Taking a chunk of your retirement savings to buy an annuity can provide peace of mind in your golden years. Find out how.
Cloud stocks | Top cloud companies to invest in 2020
Cloud computing stocks have skyrocketed during 2020, in this article we look at the best performers, how to invest in them, and also take a quick look at cloud computing ETFs for you to invest in too.
FitTrack discount codes and coupons September 2021: Buy 1, get 1 50% off + FREE tempo thermometer
FitTrack helps you monitor your fitness in the most fun and motivating way possible. Get the app today and save with our promos!
iPhone financing in Canada
Find out your options for iPhone financing in Canada.
RentalCover.com rental car insurance Review
Find out how you can save money on insurance when you rent a car for your next trip with this reputable third-party provider.
13 tips to survive and thrive on a low-income budget
Find out how to make your salary stretch and take care of your finances when your job doesn’t pay well. Tips from real life experience here.
What is a retirement savings account?
Find out how you can use an RRSP to maximize your retirement savings and get a higher income tax return.
How to budget for a house
Find out about how to budget for a house – one of the largest and most exciting purchases of your life. Discover what expenses to look out for and learn our saving tips.
Airbnb versus a savings account
Airbnb offers higher potential gains as well as potential losses. Savings accounts keep your money protected but don’t earn as much. Find out which one is right for you.
Ask an Expert
You must be logged in to post a comment.