Now is the ideal time to save big on some great Apple deals with back-to-school Apple deals fully underway. Whether you’re looking for new AirPods, a new iPad, MacBook, or even simply some AirTags, there are some big discounts to be enjoyed. We’ve taken a look at some of the highlights so you know exactly what to do and where to buy.
Apple AirTag (4-Pack) — $89, was $99
- Easy to use
- Leverages huge ecosystem
- Can replace battery
- Precision tracking is great
The Apple AirTag is one of the best ways to help you track your many different devices. Through the tag, you can keep track of and find all your items alongside your friends and devices all through the Find My app. It has a simple one-tap setup process that instantly connects your AirTag with your iPhone or iPad so we’re talking super-fast prep here. With the Find My network now piggybacking on every iPhone out there, you’ll get near real-time updates about the location of your items, providing you’ve hooked up an Apple AirTag.
That’s why it’s so useful to be able to snap up a four pack of them. Each device is small and portable so it’s easy to keep one on a keychain or in your purse or wallet. The latter is the easies option as you’ll need to buy a separate accessory to hook it onto a keychain but it’s worth it. The Apple AirTag is a neat yet subtle looking device that’s easily slipped away. Unusually for an Apple device, you can even change the battery yourself rather than needing to take it for repair. Each battery lasts around a year or so, so you won’t have to worry about this too often.
Thanks to the Apple AirTag relying on Apple’s Find My network, it can communicate with other Apple devices, even if they aren’t yours, before alerting you to its location. The Find My app then offers numerous features. You can see its last known location on a map with a high rate of accuracy. From there, once you’re within 30 feet, you get precision tracking via Bluetooth so you can find it within a few inches. You can also trigger a sound if you need the extra assistance. If you’re prone to losing your wallet or other essentials, the Apple AirTag is great peace of mind.
Apple AirPods Pro — $180, was $249 Karolina Grabowska/Pexels
- Active Noise Cancellation
- Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking
- Adaptive EQ
- Good battery life
Back-to-school AirPods deals tend to favor the Apple AirPods Pro because they are some of the best wireless earbuds around. Packed full of plenty of great features, the Apple AirPods Pro are well suited for a busy lifestyle. On the surface, that’s because they’re adaptable. They’re sweat and water resistant but they also have decent battery life with more than 24 hours total listening time when you incorporate the MagSafe charging case. It’s that kind of battery life that means the Apple AirPods Pro should survive your commute throughout the week before you need to recharge them.
And, predictably, the Apple AirPods Pro sound fantastic. They offer spatial audio with dynamic head tracking so that it feels as if sound is being placed all around you. Ever wanted to feel like you’re at a concert while you listen to music on the train? The Apple AirPods Pro provide that, giving you a truly immersive experience. That’s further helped by the Apple AirPods Pro having adaptive EQ so that music is automatically tuned to the shape of your ears. By doing so, you get a truly personal experience with the Apple AirPods Pro offering up three sizes of soft, tapered silicone tips so you can enjoy a fit that truly works for you.
The Apple AirPods Pro also offer highly comprehensive active noise cancellation. Capable of blocking outside noises, you can immerse yourself in your music without worrying about any distractions. When you do need to check back in, a transparency mode makes interacting once more a breeze without having to take the earbuds out. It’s a well-rounded package right down to the Apple AirPods Pro including excellent in-ear detection and automatic switching between Apple devices.
Apple iPad 10.2 — $309, was $329 Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends
- Great Retina display
- Strong performance for price
- Ideal for the whole family
- Great entry point to the iPad world
One of the best value back-to-school iPad deals is the Apple iPad 10.2. In the past, we’ve deemed it one of the best tablets for kids thanks to it offering all the benefits of an iPad while keeping costs relatively low. If you’re keen to check out the Apple iPadOS ecosystem but you don’t want to spend a fortune, you’ll still reap many benefits from the Apple iPad 10.2 even if it doesn’t have the power of other models.
One standout feature is its beautiful 10.2-inch Retina display. The display has True Tone support so you’re guaranteed to see some great colors whatever you plan on using the Apple iPad 10.2 for. Suitably vibrant and enthusiastic, the Apple iPad 10.2’s display is perfect for everything from browsing the internet, playing games, or streaming content from your favorite streaming service. Performance wise, the Apple iPad 10.2 has an A13 Bionic chip with Neural Engine so it provides decent performance for the price, ensuring that nothing will feel sluggish here. Alongside that, the offers an 8MP wide back camera for the occasional snap along with a 12MP Ultra Wide front camera that has Center Stage support. The latter is great for taking video calls as it means you’re always kept in the center of the image, even if you move around a lot.
Elsewhere, the Apple iPad 10.2 offers up effective stereo speakers so you can hear others clearly. It also has Touch ID support to save you entering so many passwords, plus there’s Apple Pay so you can pay using your iPad. Up to 10 hours of battery life will keep you active all day, while there’s also support for the Apple Pencil (1st generation) and Smart Keyboard so you can be more tactile or type up documents easily with the Apple iPad 10.2.
Apple iPad Pro 11-inch — $749, was $799
- Powerful performance
- Gorgeous display
- Excellent cameras
- All-day battery life
The best iPad for anyone looking for great performance without going as expensive as the iPad Pro 12.9-inch, the Apple iPad Pro 11-inch is a real powerhouse of an iPad. That’s because it uses the Apple M1 chip which means you get laptop level performance in a tablet form factor. The M1 chip is used in many MacBooks so seeing it in a tablet makes a huge difference. Combined with the efficiency of iPadOS, you’ll be able to multitask as much as you need, while also being able to play the latest games without a problem.
That’s well suited for anyone who wants an iPad that will last because the Apple iPad Pro 11-inch really could be a laptop replacement. It has support for the Apple Pencil (2nd generation), as well as the Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio so you can easily use it to type up documents as well as sketch out designs. A Thunderbolt port also means you can connect it to fast external storage along with displays or docks, so this becomes far more than just a tablet.
When you are using it as a tablet, the Apple iPad Pro 11-inch looks amazing. It utilizes a 11-inch Liquid Retina display that has ProMotion, True Tone, and P3 wide color capabilities. What does that mean for you? Colors will be vibrant and highly accurate, while you’ll never have to worry about motion blur no matter how fast the action you’re witnessing may get. Alongside that, the Apple iPad Pro 11-inch has a great set of cameras too. It has a 12MP Wide back camera along with a 10MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage support. It’s well designed for taking video calls in a professional manner, plus you have the addition of a LiDAR scanner for immersive AR. Wrapping up the great bunch of features, the Apple iPad Pro 11-inch also has four speaker audio, five studio-quality microphones, plus Face ID support.
Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch — $999, was $1,099
- The ultimate iPad
- Powerful performance