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Apple launches its back-to-school summer promotion

June 18, 2012|By Salvador Rodriguez
  • Apple's annual back-to-school promotion offers a gift card good toward apps, music and more.
Apple's annual back-to-school promotion offers a gift card good… (Apple )

Apple's annual back-to-school academic discount is back for the summer, giving students, parents and school faculty and staff members something back when they purchase a Mac or iPad.

Those who qualify for the deal will get a $100 gift card when they buy Mac and a $50 card for buying an iPad. The gift cards can be used in the iOS App Store, iBookstore and iTunes store as well as the Mac App Store.

Students in college or heading to college, parents buying for college students, and faculty and academic staff members at any grade level can partake in the offer.

The deal, according to Apple emails that began going out this weekend, began June 11 and lasts until Sept. 21. Anyone interested in the deal can make their Mac or iPad purchase from Apple's website, its retail stores or through Apple Authorized Campus Stores.

Based on what Apple says on its website, the deal  applies to MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, iMacs and both versions of the iPad -- there's no mention of the Mac mini and Mac Pro.

The deal is annual Apple tradition, but it isn't what it used to be.

Four years ago, Apple gave discounts on the computers, gave away  printers and iPod Touches and offered a discount on Apple Care. 

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