The best Apple back-to-school sales of 2022: Save on Macbooks, iPads, AirPods, and more

The new school year means many new and returning students will be buying some expensive tech to prepare for class — including a ton of Apple products. We all know those aren’t cheap, so we scoured a few different sites for discounts and sales to help lighten the load on our wallets. If you’re not sure what you need, be sure to check out our recommendations for must-haves like iPads, AirPods, MacBooks, iPhones, and other Apple accessories.

We’ve sifted through a bunch of retailers to find the best deals for you. Target is running a massive sale and saving on every Apple device imaginable. Amazon and eBay are great for refurbished models if you want to save even more money and don’t care about not having new models (for many students, new models aren’t super necessary). Apple itself is running its annual education sale for students (or those with a .edu email address) through September 26, with up to $150 and $100 off laptops and iPads.

Read on for some of the best deals on Apple devices below.

Amazon has a ton of great deals on iPads, like $80 off the 2021 10.2-inch version with WiFi and 256GB.

Students can get education discounts starting at $50 on iPad Airs (hello, all-day battery life) and Pros (superfast), plus a $100 gift card. Plus, AppleCare is now 20% off. All of these are from .edu email addresses, so if you haven’t already, sign up as soon as possible.

Best Buy has a slew of deals on the iPad right now: namely, $150 off the fourth-generation model with Wi-Fi and 64GB, and $200 off the 256GB version.

eBay is a great source for used iPads that are certified to work, so if you just need a tablet to get the job done, we recommend checking out the retailer’s selection stats. (Second-hand is great for younger kids too!) You can get 7th-gen iPads with 32GB and Wifi in good condition starting at $219.95, recent models like the 2018 Apple iPad Pro with 4G speeds and very good version, priced at $718.24.

Walmart has cut prices on many Apple devices, including several new and refurbished iPad models. For example, you can find the new 2021 iPad Mini (sixth generation) for $409, which is $50 less than its usual price.


If you’re a Prime member, you can currently pick up a pair of AirPods Pro for $75 on Amazon, with free double shipping. Amazon is also currently offering $100 off AirPods Max over-ear headphones (full discount applies to cart).

Apple AirPods Pro are now $70 (nearly 30%) off at Target — or get the second-generation AirPods for $30.

Apple AirPods Pro with MagSafe Charging Case are $40 off right now.

Head to the mobile retailer for a pair of Apple AirPods Pro with MagSafe cases for $199.99 instead of $249.99, which is 20% off.

Get a pair of AirPods Pro for $179.99 at Walmart, down from the original price of $214.

Tefeca Breathable Sports Wristband for Apple Watch


Apple Watches are now buy-one-get-one-free at AT&T, including the Series 7 and Nike SE.

Best Buy has several models of the Apple Watch on sale, including $60 off the SE with a 40mm strap and gold case, $60 off the Nike SE or $60 off the 44mm with a sports strap.

You can find new and refurbished Apple Watches (from several generations) at Walmart. Refurbished models promise to work and look like new, which is great if you don’t care or don’t want to spend money on the latest model. For example, a restored Apple Watch Series 4 with a 44mm strap is currently on sale for $109.49, or a silver aluminum 5th-gen version for $179—you can also skip buying a restored Series 7 for $333.97.

Wow! It’s a great place to pick up used wearables, including the Scratched Series 4 watches starting at $109.99, the Series 3 starting at $84.99, and the Series 5 starting at $149.99.


The new Series 7 can now be found on Amazon for 30% off the 41mm band, while the GPS version with the 45mm band is 16% off. If you don’t care too much about having the absolute latest model, Amazon is currently offering the Apple Watch Series 5 in a 44mm width, which retails for $209, down to $219.99 — they’re refurbished, but functional and described as in good condition.


Buy a 64GB iPhone 12 on a monthly installment plan of $10.14 instead of $20.20 (plus activation and taxes) plus up to $365 in bill credit. There’s a lot of detail in the terms and conditions, so read them carefully – but if you’re looking for a new plan, this is a great way to get an iPhone that you can pay a little bit each month.

If you’re leaving class and switching phone carriers, head over to Best Buy—the company offers up to $150 off with qualifying activation from carriers like T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T. You’ll also get perks like up to six months of free Apple Music and News+ and three months of free Apple+ TV (new or existing customers only).

Trust us: Your phone might get a little weird in college, so owning a used phone isn’t a bad idea. eBay has a wide selection of refurbished iPhones, with options like B+- or the iPhone 11 64GB in good condition for $319.95 instead of the original $699. You can also get the Apple iPhone X 64GB Factory Unlocked for 81% off the list price, or $214.95.

There are tons of iPhones on sale right now when you connect them to your carrier. For example, Boost Mobile’s prepaid smartphone deals include the second-generation 64GB Apple iPhone SE for $199.

Woot has a range of refurbished iPhones on sale almost constantly, with the latest deals including the Apple iPhone 8 starting at $139.99, 11s starting at $329.99, XRs starting at $224.99, and Xs (not XS) starting at $214.99.

Apple Magic Keyboard


Plenty of accessories are on sale, including Speck’s Clear iPhone 12 Mini Case for $5, Tylt 20W Fast Charge Wall Charger for $9.99 instead of $19.99, and Belkin MagSafe Car Ventilation Mount for $33.99 (down from $39.99) ) and an antibacterial glass screen protector for the iPhone 13 Pro Max is now half price at $30. Try code B2S20 at checkout to see if you can save even more.

The sharp-looking caramel leather case for the iPhone 13 Mini is now $29.99 on Verizon’s website, down from the regular price of $59.98.

Equip your device according to your needs and preferences with Apple accessories from Walmart, including keyboard cases and iPad cases. Deals include Smart Keyboard Folio for 12.9-inch iPad for $79.95 (was $119.93) and Smart Keyboard Folio for 11-inch iPad Pro (3rd gen) and iPad Air (5th gen) for $160.06 USD instead of $240.09. You can also buy the fourth- and fifth-generation iPad Minis for $19.95 instead of $39.

On the iPad side, you can grab a Magic Keyboard and turn your iPad Pro setup into something akin to a mini desktop computer — it’s now $299.99 instead of $349 — or the second-generation Apple Pencil, which sells for $99, or $30 off.

You can usually find some must-have accessories for sale on Woot!, as well as a ton of accessories for older models that come in handy when they’re hard to find anywhere else. Currently, that includes a $13.99 magnetic case for the iPhone 13 Pro Max and a $9.99 10W Qi wireless charging pad (which is relatively slow, but also relatively cheap).

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