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Best Apple back to school deals 2021

Apple back to school deals
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Apple back to school deals are heating up. From the iPad to the Mac mini, retailers are taking hundreds of dollars off some of Apple's best gear. 

For instance, right now Amazon is taking $100 off Apple's new iPad Pro 2021 tablets. Amazon also has the Editor's Choice MacBook Air on sale for $899. If you need a new iPhone for the fall, mobile carriers are taking up to $1,200 off the current-gen iPhone 12 family. 

These are just some of this week's best Apple back to school deals we're seeing. Looking for more sales? Make sure to check out our back to school sales coverage and best Apple deals guide for more discounts.  

Best Apple back to school deals


MacBook Air (M1/256GB): was $999 now $899 @ Amazon
Editor's Choice deal: The new MacBook Air offers fantastic performance, thanks to its new Apple Silicon. It also lasted over 14 hours on our battery test. The 256GB model is on sale for $899  ($100 off) at Amazon. The 512GB model is also $100 off. View Deal

Apple Mac Mini M1: was $699 now $649 @ Amazon
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. View Deal

MacBook Pro (M1/256GB): was $1,299 now $1,099 @ Amazon
The new 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. The base 256GB config is now on sale at Amazon, which is one of the best Apple deals we've seen for this laptop. (The 512GB model is $200 off).View Deal

Apple iMac 21.5" 4K: was $1,299 now $999 @ Best Buy
The iMac 4K is the best all-in-one for most users. It sports an amazing 4K display, 8th-gen 3.6GHz Core i3 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. It's on sale for $999, which is $299 off. View Deal


Apple iPad Mini (2019): was $399 now just $299 @ Best Buy
Yes, it's showing its age, but the 2019 iPad Mini is still a terrific tablet. It houses Apple's A12 Bionic CPU, which provides insanely fast performance. It also packs epic battery life that lasts for just shy of 13 hours on a single charge. It's now at its lowest price ever. View Deal

10.9" iPad Air (64GB/2020): was $599 now $539 @ Amazon
The iPad Air sports a larger 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. Right now it's at its second-lowest price ever. (If you don't see the sale price, try choosing different color models).View Deal

11" iPad Pro (128GB/2021): was $799 now $749 @ Amazon
Editor's Choice deal: The new 11-inch iPad Pro sports Apple's M1 CPU for record-breaking speed and 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 and Wi-Fi 6 support. Amazon is taking $50 off the base model, which makes this one of the best Apple back to school deals you'll find.View Deal

12.9" iPad Pro (128GB/2021): was $1,099 now $999 @ Amazon
Apple's top of the line iPad just got a massive 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 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 makes it the fastest iPad ever. View Deal

10.2" iPad (32GB/2020): was $329 now $299 @ Walmart
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Apple's entry-level iPad is perfect for anyone. It features an A12 Bionic CPU, 10.2-inch (2160 x 1620) LCD, 8MP camera, 12MP front camera, and an epic 12:57 battery life. Amazon has has the 32GB model on sale for $299, which is the cheapest iPad available right now. View Deal


AirPods: was $159 now $119 @ Amazon
Amazon has the Apple AirPods with standard charging case on sale for $119. That's one of the best Apple back to school deals you'll find this week. These cheap AirPods feature Apple's H1 chip for fast wireless connectivity with Apple devices. View Deal

AirPods w/ Wireless Case: was $199 now $149 @ Amazon
For a limited time, you can get the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case for just $149 at Amazon. That's one of the best cheap Apple back to school deals we've seen for these buds. They come with a Qi-compatible case that allows for wire-free charging. Note: Best Buy also has them on sale for $149, plus you get 6 free months of Apple MusicView Deal

Apple AirPods Pro: was $249 now $179 @ Amazon
Amazon has the AirPods Pro on sale for $179. That's $69 off and the lowest price right now. The AirPods Pro offer both sweat and water resistance (IPX4 certified) along with built-in noise cancellation. This one of the best prices we've seen all year. Walmart offers the same priceView Deal

AirPods Max: was $549 now $499 @ Amazon
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. Amazon has the AirPods Max on sale for $499, although they were as cheap as $454 last month. View Deal

Apple Watch

Apple Watch 6 (GPS/40mm): was $399 now $319 @ Amazon
The new Apple Watch 6 features a brighter display, new S6 CPU, and built-in blood oxygen sensors that support Apple's new Blood Oxygen app. Amazon has the Apple Watch 6 (GPS/40mm) on sale for $319. It's one of the best Apple back to school deals you can get.View Deal

Apple Watch 3 (GPS/38mm): was $199 now $169 @ Walmart
The Apple Watch 3 is a great fitness tracker and smartwatch. The waterproof watch offers heart rate notifications, workout detection, Apple Music, and Siri support for a low price. It's now $30 under the Apple Store's price, but hurry, as this model goes in and out of stock. View Deal


iPhone 12: $1,200 off w/ trade-in @ Verizon
At Verizon, trade-in your current phone and sign up for an Unlimited plan to get up to $1,200 off any new iPhone. It's one of the hottest Apple back to school deals we've seen. (You'll get up to $700 for your trade in plus a $500 prepaid Mastercard for opening a new unlimited plan) Or buy one iPhone 12 at normal price, and get up to $1,200 off the cost of another. View Deal

iPhone 12: up to $700 off with Unlimited + trade-in @ AT&T
AT&T is offering major discounts on the iPhone 12 family. Currently, new and existing AT&T subscribers can take up to $700 off iPhone 12 phones with an AT&T Unlimited Plan and trade-in. It's one of the best deals from AT&T and we especially like it because these iPhone deals apply to new and current members. (For reference, an iPhone 8 or newer will fetch you the full $700 credit). View Deal

Louis Ramirez

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.