Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference is just around the corner and starts on June 6. We suspect we’ll hear news of a new iPhone, as well as new versions of both its desktop and mobile operating systems. However, rumors are flying around of another announcement, and this one focuses on Apple’s back-to-school offers.
Apple has been offering free or discounted products since about 2006 for students or teachers who purchase a MacBook during the period of May to September. When I bought my MacBook in 2006, I got a free HP all-in-one printer that’s still kicking around. Apple has since offered iPods, and it currently offers an iPod touch. The company has usually made its back-to-school announcement around this time, but never at WWDC, so we’re a little puzzled as to why it might make the announcement there.
Though we don’t know for sure if it’s true, Boy Genius Report wrote that one of its sources at Apple told them that its back-to-school special will be either a free iPod touch, or $229 towards the purchases of any iPod. The real kicker is that Apple might be offering students up to $200 off an iPad with the purchase of a Mac.
Apple has to do something good this year to compete with Microsoft who just announced it will be giving away free Xbox 360s with the purchase of a Windows 7 PC worth $699 or more.