Wednesday, July 6

Apple’s annual back-to-school deal is live now, and it includes a free pair of AirPods when you buy a Mac or iPad

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  • Apple’s 2021 back-to-school discount lets you get a free pair of AirPods with a Mac or iPad purchase.
  • Apple’s year-round education pricing includes discounts on Macs and iPads, including $100 off the MacBook Air.
  • Not sure which MacBook is right for you? See our guide to the best Apple MacBook laptops.

Apple’s back-to-school discounts have arrived, and this year the iPhone maker is giving away a free pair of AirPods to students who buy an eligible Mac or iPad device.

The promotion is live now and runs through September 27. Those who are eligible can upgrade from the free standard AirPods with wired charging to the version with a wireless charging case for $40 or the AirPods Pro for just $90. That’s a significant discount from the AirPods Pro’s $250 list price and their typical street price of $220.

The offer is valid on purchases of the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Pro, Mac Mini, iPad Pro, or iPad Air. Unfortunately, Apple’s 8th-generation iPad, which we’ve called the best iPad for most people, and the iPad Mini are excluded from this offer.

See below to learn more about Apple’s general education discounts and the eligibility requirements.