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Best Apple back to school deals 2022

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Apple back to school deals are already kicking off. Most students are still enjoying summer, but back to school sales have begun, and you won't want to miss some of the epic savings currently out there.  

For instance, right now Amazon is offering Apple AirPods for just $119 (opens in new tab), and the Editor's Choice MacBook Pro 14" (M1 Pro/512GB) (opens in new tab) has also been slashed by $200. Best Buy is also holding a massive Apple sale (opens in new tab) with can't-miss savings on iPads and iPhones.

These are just a selection of some of the excellent Apple back to school deals that you can shop right now, and we've listed even more of our top picks down below. Make sure to check out our ultimate back to school guide for all the essentials, and our best Apple deals guide and Apple Store coupons page for even more discounts. 

Best Apple back to school deals

Macs

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MacBook Air (M2/256GB): $1,199 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Check stock: The MacBook Air M2 boasts a load of new features. It includes a larger 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display (2560 x 1664), Apple's new M2 w/ 8-core GPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, 1080p FaceTime camera, four-speaker system with Spatial Audio, and MagSafe charging. It's currently out of stock at Amazon. 

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MacBook Air (M1): was $999 now $949 @ B&H Photo (opens in new tab)
The new MacBook Air offers fantastic performance thanks to its new Apple Silicon. The new M1 CPU also helped it reach over 14 hours on our battery test. It features a 13.3-inch Retina display, Apple M1 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. 

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MacBook Pro 13" (M1/256GB): was $1,299 now $1,198 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The MacBook Pro with Apple's M1 chip delivers performance that runs circles around Windows laptops. Plus, you get a brighter display than the MacBook Air and beefier 8-core graphics. Even better, the system lasted over 16 hours in our battery test. 

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MacBook Pro 14" (M1 Pro/512GB): was $1,999 now $1,799 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $200: The 2021 MacBook Pro sports Apple's new M1 Pro CPU, which delivers 8 more GPU cores, a better Media Engine, and more memory bandwidth than the already incredible M1 chip. It's also Apple's first 14-inch MacBook Pro featuring a 14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED display with 3024 x 1984 resolution. Others specs include 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. You also get three Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI port, SDXC card slot, and a MagSafe 3 port. 

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MacBook Pro 16" (M1 Pro/512GB): was $2,499 now $2,249 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
$250 off: The 16-inch MacBook Pro sports Apple's new M1 Pro CPU. It features 10 core and a 16-core GPU. It also features a 16-inch Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED display with 3456 x 2244 resolution. Others specs include 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. You also get three Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI port, SDXC card slot, and a MagSafe 3 port. This model can be configured with an even more powerful M1 Max CPU (from $3,499), which features a 10-core CPU and 32-core GPU. 

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Apple Mac Mini M1: was $699 now $649 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The new Mac Mini marries great value with potent performance. It sports Apple's epic M1 chip, which smokes Intel's Core i3 and Core i5 processors in most tasks. With a small form factor, strong performance, and support for two large monitors, it's an amazing machine and now at one of its lowest prices ever. It features Apple's M1 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. 

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Apple iMac 27" 5K (2020): was $1,799 now $995 @ OWC (opens in new tab)
The 2020 iMac 5K is one of the most powerful all-in-ones on the market. It features a 10th-gen 3.3GHz Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and a Radeon Pro 5300 GPU. It's now on sale for $995, which is its lowest price ever. 

iPads

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8.3" iPad mini (64GB/2021): was $499 now $399 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Lowest price ever! The 2021 iPad mini features an all new thin-bezel design, a larger 8.3.inch Liquid Retina display, A15 Bionic CPU, 12MP wide camera, and USB-C connectivity. It also works with the Apple Pencil 2. Best Buy has it on sale for $399, which is $100 off and its lowest price ever. (On the landing page, scroll down to see the discounted iPad mini). 

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10.2" iPad (64GB/2020): was $329 now $309 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The 2020 iPad features Apple's A13 Bionic CPU, a new 12MP front camera, and 256GB of storage. You also get support for Center Stage, which uses machine learning to adjust the front-facing camera during FaceTime video calls. The 256GB model is on sale for $429 (opens in new tab) ($50 off). 

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10.9" iPad Air (2020/64GB): was $599 now $469 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
The iPad Air sports a large 10.9-inch display, speedy A14 Bionic CPU, and support for USB-C charging. Plus, with Magic Keyboard support, it's as close to a laptop replacement as you can get. Retailers have a tendency to "hide" this discount, so make sure to check all iPad colors in case the sale has moved to a different model. Additionally, if you can wait, this iPad hit $399 on Memorial Day and could drop to that price point again on July 4th or Prime Day. 

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11" iPad Pro (128GB/2021): was $799 now $749 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The 11-inch iPad Pro is the first iPad to house Apple's M1 CPU, which means it offers record-breaking performance. It features a stunning 11-inch Liquid Retina display with 120Hz Pro Motion, TrueTone, and P3 wide color. You also get 12MP wide and 10MP ultra-wide cameras along with Wi-Fi 6 support.

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12.9" iPad Pro (128GB/2021): was $1,099 now $999 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Apple's top of the line iPad just got a generous price cut. For a limited time, Amazon has the new iPad Pro 12.9-inch tablet on sale for $999. That's $100 off and its cheapest price ever. It features a stunning 12.9-inch Liquid Retina mini LED display (2732 x 2048) with 120Hz Pro Motion, TrueTone, and P3 wide color. You also get 12MP wide and 10MP ultra-wide cameras and Wi-Fi 6 support. The new Apple M1 CPU also means it's the fastest iPad ever. 

AirPods

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AirPods w/ Charging Case: was $159 now $119 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Looking for the cheapest Apple earbuds possible? Amazon has the AirPods with Standard Charging Case on sale for $119. That's one of their lowest prices of the year. The headphones feature Apple's latest H1 chip for fast wireless connectivity with Apple devices. 

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Apple AirPods Pro: was $249 now $174 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Amazon has the AirPods Pro on sale for $174. That's their lowest price right now at any retailer. The AirPods Pro offer both sweat and water resistance (IPX4 certified) along with built-in noise cancellation. 

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AirPods Max: was $549 now $429 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The AirPods Max are Apple's premium, retro-style headphones. They feature large ear cushions, a digital crown, active noise cancellation, and Spatial Audio. The latter feature uses head tracking to offer a surround sound experience. 

Apple Watch

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Apple Watch 7 (GPS/41mm): was $399 now $329 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Apple Watch deals on the new Series 7 are here. The new watch comes in 41mm and 45mm sizes. It features a larger/brighter display, better durability (IPX6 certification), and up to 33% faster charging. 

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Apple Watch 3 (GPS/38mm): was $199 now $169 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
The Apple Watch 3 is a great fitness tracker and smartwatch for those on a budget. The waterproof watch offers heart rate notifications, workout detection, Apple Music, and Siri support for a low price. It's now $40 under the Apple Store's price, but hurry, as this model goes in and out of stock. 

iPhones

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iPhone SE 2022: free w/ unlimited + new line @ Verizon (opens in new tab)
Currently at Verizon, new and existing members can get a new iPhone SE 2022 for free when you open a new unlimited line. That's $429 off and one of the best Apple deals we've seen. No trade-in is required for this deal. 

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iPhone 12: free w/ new line @ Verizon (opens in new tab)
Verizon has multiple Apple deals on Cupertino's iPhones. However, their best deals gets you an iPhone 12 for free when you sign up for any unlimited data plan. That's $699 off. You must open a new line to get this deal. 

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iPhone 11: Buy one, get one free @ T-Mobile (opens in new tab)
The Editor's Choice iPhone 11 delivers superb cameras, fast performance, and excellent battery life. Switch to T-Mobile and open two lines of data. Your second iPhone 11 will be free in the form of bill credits spread out of 24 months.

As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. With over 10 years of deals-hunting experience, Louis price checks against multiple retailers and searches high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.

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