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Apple Education Store: How Much Can Students Potentially Save on Apple Products When Buying Their Gadgets

Apple products are usually more expensive compared to other brands. The Apple Education store makes their product slightly cheaper.


If we are asked to recall the fondest memories in our lives, many of us will probably talk about our schooling days. Even though we have our unique experiences, there are also some memories that many of us share in common and can relate to.

For example, if you were born in the 80s and 90s, you would be familiar with taking over second-hand textbooks from your older siblings, or visiting a Popular bookstore to stock up on stationery and going to Bata to buy new white shoes before a school term starts.

For students these days, many will consider buying IT gadgets in preparation of a new academic journey. In fact, it’s almost impossible to get any work done without having a laptop, or tablet to access the Internet – especially for university students.

As we approach August, the month when freshmen embark on their university journey and undergraduate students return to a new semester, it is a good time to check out back to school promotions, including gadgets that are available at Apple Education Store. This is where students can enjoy education pricing on selected Apple gadgets along with free delivery and 12-month interest-free instalment plan.

Buying an Apple MacBook Air vs. Other Laptops

One of the most important gadgets that you likely need is a laptop. Much like the polytechnics, most of the learning resources and class materials are digitalised in university. Having a laptop is a necessity for effective learning.

Nowadays, a lower-end laptop will cost you about $700 to $800 while a middle to higher-end option with better performance specs will cost anywhere between $1,000 to $2,000.

With the current education pricing on Apple Education store, a 13-inch Apple MacBook Air with 8GB memory and 256GB SSD storage costs $1,299 (U.P. $1,449) – which means you can save $150. If you opt for 12-month instalment plan, you will pay about $108.25 per month. While this is not necessarily a small amount for some students at first glance, you just need to save about $3.60 per day, which you can easily do so by forgoing your craving for bubble tea.

This is comparable to other laptops with similar specs in the market. While getting a Mac is not the cheapest option, it is worth considering if you are an existing iPhone user and have gotten used to iOS operating system. Plus, you get to receive a free pair of Air Pods (worth $239) when you purchase a Mac.

Brand Apple Dell Lenovo HP
Model MacBook Air Vostro 5301 Yoga Slim 7 13ITL5 ProBook x360 435 G8 Notebook PC
Size 13” 13” 13” 13”
Memory 8GB 8GB 8GB 8GB
Storage 256GB 256GB 256GB 256GB
Delivery 5-7 business days 2-3 business days Within 4 weeks 3-7 business days
Free Gifts AirPods worth $239 N/A N/A N/A
Interest-free Installment 12 months N/A 6, 12 months 6, 12 months
Warranty 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year
Price $1,299 $1,298.99 $1,224.02 $859

 

Buying an Apple iPad vs. Other Tablets

If you already own a laptop, but find it a hassle to bring around for team project discussions or remote learning, you can consider getting an iPad instead.

A 10.2-inch iPad with 128GB storage currently costs $619 (U.P. $649), which means that you save $30 by buying from Apple Education Store. If you opt for a 12-month instalment plan, you will only pay about $51.58 per month. That’s equivalent to about $1.72 per day, which you can easily save by skipping your mid-day curry puff snack.

While an Apple iPad is not the cheapest option as compared to other brands of tablets, it is worth considering if you prefer Apple products for their security and durability. Best of all, you can personalize your iPad by adding engravings (such as text, emoji, numbers) of your choice! This makes it easier to identify your gadgets when you are at lecture halls.

Brand Apple Logitech Lenovo Xiaomi
Model iPad iPad Pro Tab M10 Pad 4 Plus
Screen 10.2” 11” 10.1” 10.1”
Storage 128GB 128GB 128GB 128GB
Free Gifts AirPods worth $239 N/A N/A N/A
Warranty 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year
Price $469 $329 $339 $724.61

 

Buying an Apple iMac vs. Other Desktops

With home-based learning likely to become more frequent, you may consider getting a new desktop at home if you prefer having a bigger screen.

A 24-inch iMac with 256GB storage costs $1,779 (U.P. $1,849), or $148.25 if you opt for the 12-month installment plan. In this case, you can save $70 with education pricing.

While an iMac is considered to be a higher-end option for desktop, it is suitable for students who are taking courses related to graphic design, motion graphics and media production. Trust us when we say that you don’t want to be experiencing constant lagging when doing video editing.

Brand Apple Dell Acer HP
Model iMac Inspiron 24 5000 All-in-One Aspire C22-1650 All-in-one PC
Size 24” 23.8” 21.5” 23.8”
Memory 8GB 8GB 8GB 8GB
Storage 256GB 512GB 256GB 256GB
Delivery Within 1 month 2-3 weeks 4 – 7 business days 3-7 business days
Free Gifts AirPods worth $239 N/A N/A N/A
Interest-free Installment 12 months N/A 12 months 6, 12 months
Warranty 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year
Price $1,779 $1,249 $898 $829

 

Things to Know Before You Purchase A Gadget from Apple Education Store

After you have decided on which gadget to buy, it is important to check on the eligibility terms prior to purchase. The education pricing is only available to current and newly accepted university students and their parents, as well as teachers and staff at all levels.

Do note that the promotion product (i.e. AirPods) is only applicable to the purchase of selected Apple products, such as MacBook, iMac, and iPad. Each customer can only claim the promotion product once. This means that you will only receive one complimentary pair of AirPods even if you have bought multiple gadgets.

All purchases are inclusive of one-year warranty, and you can extend your AppleCare+ at 20% off with education pricing. Top up $223 for Macbook, $215 for iMac, $79 for iPad respectively to extend your AppleCare+ for up to 3 years.

To maximise your savings, you can consider using a student cashback credit card or supplementary card to finance your gadget purchase. A cashback return of 1.5% allows you to earn a rebate of $19.49 if you buy a MacBook Air and $26.68 if you buy an iMac. You can compare the differences between a student credit card and supplementary card before deciding on the card that best suits your lifestyle.

It is important to assess the need for a new gadget before you make a purchase regardless of any promotion. If getting a new gadget is necessary to prepare you for an effective learning experience at the university, then you can make good use of the current back to school promotion on Apple Education Store.

Read Also: 5 Factors To Consider If You Are Buying A Laptop For Your Child’s Home-Based Learning (HBL)

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