Apple offers free Beats in latest Back to School promo

Apple offers free Beats in latest Back to School promo


Apple Back to School 2017
Get free Beats worth up to $300.
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Apple is giving away free Beats headphones for its latest Back to School promotion.

Students and teachers who purchase a qualifying Mac at reduced education pricing will get a set of Beats Solo3 wireless headphones at no extra cost, while those who purchase a new iPad Pro will be treated to BeatsX.

Apple used to give away gift cards worth as much as $100 for its Back to School promotions, but in recent years, it has swapped those for free Beats headphones. That’s a shame if you don’t want Beats, but the value of the freebie has certainly increased.

Just like last year, those who purchase a qualifying Mac will receive a free pair of Solo3 wireless headphones worth $299.95. Eligible machines include the MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac Pro — but not the more affordable Mac mini.

Those who purchase a new iPad Pro — either the 10.5- or 12.9-inch models — will receive a free set of BeatsX wireless earphones worth $149.95. If you don’t want those, you can upgrade to the Powerbeats3 earphones for $50, or to the Solo3 headphones for $150.

All three feature Apple’s new W1 chip for a more stable wireless connection and increased efficiency. That’s the same chip used in AirPods, but sadly, there’s no option to upgrade to those, which still come with a six-week wait for shipping.

To take advantage of Apple’s Back to School promotion, you must be a student, parent, or teacher eligible for education pricing. You can also enjoy Apple Music for just $4.99 a month.


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