Apple has once again launched a ‘Back to School’ promotion ahead of the start of the new school year in Australia and New Zealand. Students who purchase a Mac will receive a AU$100 (NZ$125) gift card and students who purchase an iPad with Retina display will receive a AU$50 (NZ$65) gift card – virtually identical to the ‘Back to School’ promotion held in North America and Europe last June.
The promotion is open to any student, parent or staff member of a K-12 or higher education school with any purchase made between January 15th and April 1st. Products included in the deal include any iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or Mac Pro (including refurbished models), but the only iPad that is valid with this promotion is the iPad with Retina display – refurbished iPads, the iPad 2 and iPad mini do not qualify.
Apple has also put together a short list of great Mac and iOS apps that might appeal to students – as well as a buying guide that includes various accessories, bags and software that is targeted towards students.
Apple yesterday revamped their Student Jobs website that gives information about internships, retail positions and other career options at Apple that are open to current students and recent graduates. Current students have the opportunity to be an Apple Campus Representative, get an Internship or work in an Apple Retail Store. Whilst recent graduates similarly have the opportunity to work in an Apple Retail Store but could also participate in the Apple Leader Program or get a job in the Corporate section of Apple.
On the website Apple describes the Internships by saying:
At Apple, interns are an important part of the team. Whether you sign on for a summer internship or a co-op during the academic year, you’ll be working on critical projects. Better yet, you’ll be that much closer to landing a full-time job at Apple after graduation.
You might help engineer the next iPad, develop the next generation of Mac OS X, create the marketing materials for a top-secret product launch, manufacture the next new product, or travel internationally to help open a new store. We rely on interns in various corporate locations outside the United States too.
You can have a look for potential job opportunities yourself at Apple by visiting the new Student Jobs page here.
[Via The Next Web]
BGR reports one of Apple’s announcements at the upcoming WWDC will be about the Back to School 2011 program, which was initially rumored to launch this week. According to the website, this year’s Back to School will continue offering a free iPod touch to students who purchase a new Mac, although it’s possible that Apple will also kick off a new promotion with a $200 discount off an iPad following the purchase of a new Mac.
We have been told Apple will continue to offer educational discounts on computers and either a free iPod touch, or $229 towards the purchase of any other iPod. Our source also let us know that there might be something new in the works, as well… they heard that it’s possible Apple might offer students up to $200 off an iPad with the purchase of a new Mac.
The Back to School program has usually been announced in late May or early June. With the WWDC starting on June 6, the promotion could play nice with other major announcements such as Lion and iOS 5 made on stage. In the past years, Back to School allowed students to get a free 8 GB iPod touch, and the current family of iPod touches starts at $229 with the 8 GB model featuring the Retina Display and FaceTime camera. Apple’s push in the educational market was brought to the press’ attention again two weeks ago as the University of Delaware said an “Apple Store” would come on campus, enabling students to check out and buy products directly next to university’s library. With a wide selection of apps targeting students available on the App Store, $200 off an iPad combined with, for example, a MacBook Air indeed would be a good deal.
Following speculation on what Apple employees and store managers will discuss at the all-hands meetings set for Sunday, May 22, AppleInsider reports one of the subjects of discussion may be Apple’s new Back to School program.
People familiar with the Apple’s retail operations have told AppleInsider that the company is currently gearing up for its yearly educational promotion. The news comes as numerous reports have revealed that Apple has scheduled early 7 a.m. store meetings with employees this coming Sunday, May 22.
But with the annual back-to-school sale set to kick off as soon as next week, the educational promotion is potentially a more likely subject for Sunday’s meetings. Additionally, other people familiar with next week’s plans say some of the materials and shipments rumored to be making their way to stores around the same time will be part of ‘procedural changes’ to the way the shops run or operate, rather than new products customers could buy.
The Back to School program usually runs until the first week of September — before Apple’s music event — and in the past allowed students to get a free 8 GB iPod touch with the purchase of a new Mac. The timing of this report sounds appropriate, with rumors running wild about an Apple 10th anniversary of retail event and new product launches, but with Back to School seemingly ready to be launched considering the company followed a late May / early June timeframe in the past years. The current iPod touch family — assuming Apple is following its tradition of giving away free iPod touches to new Mac owners — starts at $229 with the 8 GB model, featuring Retina Display and FaceTime HD camera.
When you combine a student’s most necessary tools, something pretty great is bound to happen right? For the iPad notetakers reading our site, Audiolio combines the best of audio driven notes, Dropbox, and sharing for some pretty superb control over class lectures and meeting presentations.
Once again, Apple is featuring apps for college students in the iOS App Store homepage. The new section, called “College Survival Guide”, is available here and showcases more than 40 free and paid apps for iPhone and iPad.
Among the apps included in the guide, iBooks from Apple, iStudiez Pro, AP Stylebook, Momento and Instapaper. We’re not totally sure about Twitter and Facebook during classes but hey, at least they’re useful tools to stay in touch with friends. What about Netflix and Pandora Radio, though? I’m personally not sure about them either. Still, it’s good to see gems like Evernote and Put Things Off in the list.
Apple’s College Survival Guide can be accessed from the App Store’s homepage here.
A $100,000 pilot program at two elementary schools in Hancock County will allow hundreds of fourth graders to get iPads and start reading books, doing math and other different assignments on them. The program, which will take place at Weirton Heights and Allen T. Allison elementary schools, was paid for with the help of federal grant money, but teachers are already looking for ways to completely customize the iPad experience for each child. (more…)