It's time to head back to school -- whether that means going off to campus or staying home because of social distancing. Regardless of whether your school is open for classroom learning this fall,
has the best offer for returning students that we've seen in a while: You can get a free set of
(or $159 off higher-end models) when you buy select Macs or
from the Apple Store.
In previous years, Apple has offered exciting incentives, including Beats headphones. But this year, the deal is for something that's both fun and practical: AirPods. Specifically, you get a $159 credit when you buy eligible Mac computers or iPad
. That zeroes out the cost of the baseline AirPods, but you can also choose the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case (spend $40 out of pocket, or 80% off) or the
(spend $90, or 64% off).
The fine print on the offer says that the deal is "available to current and newly accepted college students and their parents, as well as faculty, staff, and homeschool teachers of all grade levels." But, so far as we can tell, you only need to show your educational credentials if you go in-person to make the purchase in a physical store.
So to get your free AirPods, go to Apple's Back to School pages and simply choose the
, MacBook Pro, iMac, or iPad you want to buy and go through the checkout process. When you see the AirPods, you can choose to get the baseline model at no additional cost or to upgrade at the prices listed above. Note that these products already include the educational discount (usually about $100), and Apple offers educational discounts on AppleCare and accessories, too.
Alternatively, you can go directly to the product page for the product you want. Here's where to find each of the items included in the sale: