Apple’s ‘Back to School’ deal offers gift cards for iOS and Mac purchases

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As expected, Apple’s website is currently advertising the company’s “Back to School” promotion.

Details about the promotion appeared early today, following a period during which the Apple Online Store was temporarily closed for business. Much like last year, Apple is offering students free gift cards of varying amounts when they purchase a Mac, iPhone, or iPad. A Mac purchase will net customers a $100 Apple Store Gift Card, while iPhone and/or iPad purchases will be rewarded with a $50 gift card.

Customers buying a Mac can save an additional amount by taking advantage of Apple’s Store for Education.

Although the gift cards can be spent on anything in the Apple Store, Apple is offering some handy nudges under the banner “The gear you need for all day and all-nighters.” Ideas for students include the Fitbit Flex, Logitech’s Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad, and a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones.

While this is a great deal if you’re thinking of buying an Apple device for the upcoming school year, you don’t need to rush out immediately. Last year’s Back to School offer was valid through September 6.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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