Apple's 2017 Back to School promo offers wireless Beats with Macs & iPad Pros

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in Current Mac Hardware edited July 2017
Apple on Wednesday launched its annual Back to School promotions for the U.S and Canada, offering qualified shoppers wireless Beats headphones if they buy a Mac or an iPad Pro. Alternatively, Apple-authorized resellers are offering their own great deals on new Mac purchases for students and non-students alike.




Students, their parents, or educational staff buying a MacBook, iMac, or Mac Pro are eligible to get a free pair of Solo3, Powerbeats3, or BeatsX headphones, on top of existing educational discounts. The offer switches to free BeatsX earbuds in the case of an iPad Pro purchase, but people wanting Solo3 or Powerbeats3 instead can choose to pay the gap.

U.S. educational discounts on Macs can range up to $300, but are capped at $20 on iPad Pros.

All three of the headphone options were announced last fall, and make use of Apple's proprietary W1 chip. The technology enables more reliable connections than some other Bluetooth headphones, while also offering easier pairing with Apple devices -- including automatic pairing across devices using the same Apple ID.

This year's promotions are largely similar to past ones. Notably the company isn't offering AirPods, despite those being priced less than the Solo3 or Powerbeats3. This is presumably due to their scarcity, since months after launch, U.S. shipping times are still running up to six weeks.

Alternative coupon deals with no tax collected in 48 states

Apple authorized resellers are also running back to school promotions, including exclusive coupon discounts on every new Mid 2017 Mac at AppleInsider partner Adorama with the pricing links in our Price Guide and promo code APINSIDER. With combined coupon and instant savings, the discounts range from $70 to $175 off MSRP. And since Adorama will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ, many shoppers outside those states can save hundreds more on a new MacBook Pro or iMac.

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* Price with promo code APINSIDER using the instructions below. Prices shown reflect total savings off MSRP. Adorama will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY & NJ.
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(%) Step by Step Instructions for these Deals at Adorama

    1) Make sure you're using a browser with cookies enabled that isn't in private mode.
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    5) Look for a link that says "Do you have a gift card or promo code?" next to the gift icon. Click that to bring up a coupon code field.


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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 13
    SoliSoli Posts: 6,139member
    This article makes me feel like a poor planner. I bought a family member heading off to college this year a new MBP for college and had them wait to see if there would be new ones announced at WWDC before ordering, but I completely forget about the back to school deal which has been offering headphones for free the last year or two. It's now been 5 weeks since the order and 4 weeks since he received the purchase, so I'm SOL. Oh well, live and learn.
  • Reply 2 of 13
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 3,858member
    Soli said:
    This article makes me feel like a poor planner. I bought a family member heading off to college this year a new MBP for college and had them wait to see if there would be new ones announced at WWDC before ordering, but I completely forget about the back to school deal which has been offering headphones for free the last year or two. It's now been 5 weeks since the order and 4 weeks since he received the purchase, so I'm SOL. Oh well, live and learn.
    Did you buy them 10,000 dongles to go with it? I mean thats what everyone says is required when purchasing a new MacBook Pro after all! /s
  • Reply 3 of 13
    larryalarrya Posts: 460member
    Beats wireless headphones are among the worst reviewed devices on Apple's own website. Was going to get Powerbeats 3 or BeatsX, but they seem to have high failure rates. 
  • Reply 4 of 13
    larrya said:
    Beats wireless headphones are among the worst reviewed devices on Apple's own website. Was going to get Powerbeats 3 or BeatsX, but they seem to have high failure rates. 
    I've got a pair of Beats Studio Wireless headphones that I've had since November, and have never had an issue.  Battery lasts 8-10 hours per charge, and they've always just worked.
    ronn
  • Reply 5 of 13
    SoliSoli Posts: 6,139member
    macxpress said:
    Soli said:
    This article makes me feel like a poor planner. I bought a family member heading off to college this year a new MBP for college and had them wait to see if there would be new ones announced at WWDC before ordering, but I completely forget about the back to school deal which has been offering headphones for free the last year or two. It's now been 5 weeks since the order and 4 weeks since he received the purchase, so I'm SOL. Oh well, live and learn.
    Did you buy them 10,000 dongles to go with it? I mean thats what everyone says is required when purchasing a new MacBook Pro after all! /s
    I bought Apple's USB-C(m)-to-USB-A(f) for the occasional plugging in some other device and a reversible 64GB flash drive with both USB-C/USB-A. That latter for being able to easily share files between older and newer devices with ease. That should be enough to hold them over during this standard transitional period until USB-C becomes the dominate port interface on new devices within a couple years.
    edited July 2017
  • Reply 6 of 13
    wozwozwozwoz Posts: 164member
    Kids (in particular) shouldn't be unnecessarily using wi-fi products, which are known to damage DNA, and especially when placed so close to the head. What next: hand out free packets of cigarettes with branded products?
  • Reply 7 of 13
    larrya said:
    Beats wireless headphones are among the worst reviewed devices on Apple's own website. Was going to get Powerbeats 3 or BeatsX, but they seem to have high failure rates. 
    Not to say the reviewers are wrong, but I've been using Powerbeats3s for several months during some pretty intense gym sessions. No problems so far - fingers crossed.
    ronn
  • Reply 8 of 13
    AvieshekAvieshek Posts: 81member
    Will the code work in India? 
  • Reply 9 of 13
    Shit. I bought my new iMac yesterday!! Ugh. Do you think I can weasel a pair of Beats from Apple?
  • Reply 10 of 13
    williamhwilliamh Posts: 579member
    wozwoz said:
    Kids (in particular) shouldn't be unnecessarily using wi-fi products, which are known to damage DNA, and especially when placed so close to the head. What next: hand out free packets of cigarettes with branded products?
    Please cite the study.  From what I can tell, wifi products are not known to damage DNA especially when placed close to the head.  On the contrary, the studies I read indicated that wifi only had some effect on rodent sperm.  Presumably, but not necessarily, the effect would be seen on humans but I am not sure that's been studied.   If you aren't keeping a lot of sperm you intend to use for reproductive purposes around your head, and you aren't putting headphones on your crotch, you should be ok.

    It's also worth mentioning that the Beats headphones are not wifi products - though I'll give you Bluetooth does use 2.4ghz.  Also worth mentioning that an increasing amount of Wifi is not at 2.4ghz, which is what was studied in papers I looked at.
    StrangeDays
  • Reply 11 of 13
    curtis hannahcurtis hannah Posts: 1,607member
    Shit. I bought my new iMac yesterday!! Ugh. Do you think I can weasel a pair of Beats from Apple?
    Well I've heard in the past you can claim you won't to return it under the 30 day return period and then buy it with the headphones.
  • Reply 12 of 13
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 3,916member
    wozwoz said:
    Kids (in particular) shouldn't be unnecessarily using wi-fi products, which are known to damage DNA, and especially when placed so close to the head. What next: hand out free packets of cigarettes with branded products?
    Pure and utter bullshit on your part. As usual when pressed, you won't back up your personal paranoia with any sort of science.
  • Reply 13 of 13
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 3,916member
    larrya said:
    Beats wireless headphones are among the worst reviewed devices on Apple's own website. Was going to get Powerbeats 3 or BeatsX, but they seem to have high failure rates. 
    Not to say the reviewers are wrong, but I've been using Powerbeats3s for several months during some pretty intense gym sessions. No problems so far - fingers crossed.
    My BIL bought a pair around Christmas time, which did fail -- power button stopped functioning. Apple sent out a new pair, of course.
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