Apple's Back to School promo is extended by two weeks, but there's no new iPad Air freebie

Apple iPad Air 4
Apple iPad Air 4 (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple has extended its Back to School promotion.
  • It'll now end on October 12 rather than September 29.
  • But the new iPad Air is excluded.

Apple has extended its Back to School sale in the United States, giving buyers an extra couple of weeks to take advantage of its deals. The promo now ends on October 12 rather than the precious September 29 date.

Despite having launched back in June, the promotion also received a change to its Terms and Conditions to exclude the latest iPad Air. That means that while anyone buying the old iPad Air before yesterday would have received a free pair of AirPods, that isn't the case with the new model.

Apple Back To School iPads

Apple Back To School iPads (Image credit: iMore)

While the new iPad Air is already up on Apple's online store, you can't actually order one just yet. We don't know when that will change, but it'll surely happen before the end of the year. The smart money is on a launch next month, likely shortly after the Back to School promotion comes to a close on October 12.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.