Apple offers free Beats in latest Back to School promo

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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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