Apple is now giving away free AirPods with MacBook and iPad purchase but conditions apply

Apple Back to School 2021 program is offering discounts and other offers on select Apple devices. Students and those around them stand to benefit from the promotion if they plan to buy any of these models.

Story highlights
  • Apple Back to School 2021 program is offering a discount on AppleCare+.
  • A special, Apple education pricing will be applicable on these models for qualifying applicants.
  • There is a minimum saving of $159 to be made under the promotion.

Apple has announced a new promotional offer for students, promising several benefits upon the purchase of select Mac and iPad models through the Apple Store. Called Back to School, the program offers an attractive deal this year - a free pair of AirPods along with these devices.

Starting today, the new discount program by Apple will be applicable for students, parents and school faculty in the US. It will offer free AirPods to those who buy select Mac and iPad models under Apple's education pricing. In addition, the buyers will get 20 per cent off on AppleCare+.

AirPods will be the standard offering under the deal. Buyers can pay an extra amount to get AirPods Pro instead. Among the Mac lineup, the offer will be applicable on iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. As for iPads, free AirPods will be offered on the purchase of iPad Pro and iPad Air under the program.

Just the free pair of AirPods will be a saving of $159 for those who want any of the Apple device listed above. Buyers can upgrade to second-generation AirPods with a wireless charging case for an extra $40, or to AirPods Pro for an additional $90. The student discount on the Mac and iPad lineup under the Back to School program further sweetens the deal.

Other than the AirPods and the AppleCare+ benefit, there are regular Apple deals like 3 free months of Apple Music, Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade and free engraving on Apple Pencil. The promotional offers can be availed by qualifying applicants in the US till September 27.

Apple says that the Apple Education Pricing on AppleCare+ is only available during the promotional period and that it "cannot be combined with non-promotional Apple Education Pricing."

As noted by 9to5Mac in a report, Apple usually rolls out such Back to School promotions in other international markets too. As for India, students, parents, teachers and staff can avail discounts on new Mac and iPad models under Apple's education pricing right now. It is not clear if the free AirPods offer will be rolled out on Apple Store India any time soon.

Another such promotion by Apple offers discounted prices on AppleCare Plus prices for Macs. In India, buyers of Macs can avail AppleCare+ for a price of Rs 18,900, down from the earlier price of Rs 25,900. You can read all about the ongoing discount here.