Apple launches 'back to school' gift card promotion

Buy a Mac, iPhone, or iPad and you'll score a gift card good toward any item at Apple -- if you qualify for education pricing.

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Students, parents, or teachers who buy certain Apple devices can now get a little spending money in the form of a gift card.

Starting Tuesday and running through September 9, qualifying consumers who purchase a Mac through Apple's education pricing program will receive an Apple gift card worth $100. Pick up an iPhone or iPad and you'll get a $50 gift card. According to the promotion, the cards can be used at Apple's online store, its retail outlets, or for any purchase made over the phone by calling 1-800-MY-APPLE.

Though summer won't be over for a couple of months, Apple typically unveils its regular "back to school" promotion around this time. Last year's deal offered the same $100 and $50 gift cards depending on which device you purchased. In the past, however, the cards were good only for items in the App Store, iTunes Store, and iBookstore. This year, Apple is opening up the cards to any item in its online or retail stores.

There are a couple of caveats.

To qualify for the gift card, you must buy one of the following items, as highlighted in Apple's terms and conditions:

  • Qualifying Apple Computers: iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or Mac Pro.
  • Qualifying iPhone: iPhone 4s, 5c, or 5s.
  • Qualifying iPad: iPad Air, iPad Mini with Retina display, iPad with Retina display (current generation), or iPad Mini.

And you must make the purchase through Apple's education program. That means you must be a college student, a student accepted to a college, a parent buying an item for a college student, or a faculty or staff member from any grade level. Those who qualify also receive a discount on the purchased item through special pricing.

The program is available in the US, Canada, the UK, and other countries, according to 9to5Mac.

(Via AppleInsider and MacRumors)

About the author

Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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