Anyone else waiting for the Back To School Program and OSX Lion??

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  1. cbflip2000 macrumors regular

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    I really want to get the new iMac 27" with 2TB and 256GB SSD. I see that they are shipping in 4-6 weeks. Do you think that the times will be cut by the time the back to school program (free base model iPod touch) is announced (hopefully in 4-6 weeks). Also do you think we will get an official date on OSX Lion on WWDC? Usually when they announce a release date, they offer OSX Lion as a free upgrade when you purchase a new mac. So i am guessing the best time to buy is to see if they have an announcement at WWDC on the release date of Lion and hopefully the back to school program is up and running. The student discounts are nothing spectacular right now. ($100 off and a little bit cheaper upgrades)
     
  2. iMerik macrumors 6502

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    Back-to-School Programs started May 25, 2010 and May 27, 2009, so I would think it's a safe bet that waiting until May 24 or May 31 could get you a free iPod Touch and maybe a free Lion upgrade.
     
  3. kikuchiyo macrumors member

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    Same here, I don't need an iPod but getting a free one and selling it could help finance the actual machine I'm getting. Can't wait :)
     
  4. chris1184 macrumors regular

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    YEP going to wait for the free iPod and take advantage of the student discount
    ...gonna get the 21.5 inch with the 6770M and 1tb hd ...then going to upgrade more ram on my own a little later.
     
  5. DTMfan macrumors member

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    you guys all have old IDs? Or actual students still?
     
  6. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    Sort of... I'm waiting for the redesign, which usually comes right after the back to school promo ends. :mad:
     
  7. iMikeT macrumors 68020

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    Yup, I was initially just waiting for the promotion. But since WWDC is a week or two after the promotion begins, what's a little longer at that point? At the very least, I can find out what the word about Lion will be even if it doesn't ship during or shortly after WWDC.
     
  8. iMikeT macrumors 68020

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    If you are in the know, then you will know that you do not necessarily need to be a current student or student ID. ;)
     
  9. iMikeT macrumors 68020

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    The iMac was just updated this morning and you're all ready waiting for the next update, complete with a redesign? Seriously!?!?!

    What makes you think that Apple will redesign the iMac in the fall? The current design has been around since the 2009 version, which was just a year and change ago. Apple will probably not refresh or even redesign the iMac in so little time. To be realistic, you will be waiting until next year for that redesign, if it happens. Good luck on that.
     
  10. Amnesiac1 macrumors 6502

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    Really?
     
  11. iMikeT macrumors 68020

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    Yup.
     
  12. Amnesiac1 macrumors 6502

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    Well, I was only going to wait until the Back-to-School Promotion but now I'll wait until WDCC, as well.
     
  13. wywern209 macrumors 65832

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    yeah, it should be out by june right? that's what i plan to do. wait it out and see what lion brings.
     
  14. DTMfan macrumors member

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    Well I guess I'm out of the know..anyone care to PM me details?
     
  15. zap2 macrumors 604

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    I believe he is suggest that rarely if ever does Apple check if you are actually in a school that you use their discount online.

    In store, they normal ask for an ID


    As for waiting, I do think it makes more sense to wait for a free upgrade to Lion, but my office can get me a copy for free, plus I'd need to get an upgrade for my MacBook Air, and I assume the Lion upgrade is specific to the iMac. But really, the office is the main reason I want to pull the trigger as soon as the back to school promo comes out. And the Mac Minis, thats something I want to see. Maybe save some cash by using two displays I own. Although 27'' can support those two plus its own, which is quite a bit more room. We'll see
     
  16. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    I flashed my old (we're talking a few years) college ID to the Apple store rep., he took a quick glance at it, and said, OK, and processed my Pro with the student discount.

    If I understand correctly, online, there isn't even a checking system... however, people have reported that Apple has asked them to provide additional proof later on. I believe this is a random checklist.

    The risks for "tricking" Apple are small, but there are risks regardless.


    And I'm also waiting for the free iPod promotion. Unfortunately, we still have to pay a little bit, as I understand it, it's a 200 dollar rebate, but the price of the lowest end iPod comes out to almost 250 after taxes. A 50 dollar iPod is still cool. Or do I have this completely wrong?
     
  17. harcosparky macrumors 68020

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    From what I have read, Apple does from time to time do audits of online Education Pricing purchases. Honestly though, it's too easy to legitimately get the discount then to play games with Apple. You just have to play games with a school! :D
     
  18. harcosparky macrumors 68020

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    Last time I did the IPOD promo the rebate was for the full cost of the IPOD.

    It's been a while since I did that though. I think it was 2nd Gen IPOD Touch.
     
  19. lasuther macrumors 6502a

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    They will make an announcement at the beginning of June. Hopefully it releases soon afterthat, but it could be months.
     
  20. gtsgts macrumors newbie

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    I have two ipod touch, iphone 4, and my ipad 2 is schedule to come tomorrow. So waiting for another ipod isn't worth it for me. Though I was under the impress that those who buy imac 2011 refresh were getting the lion upgrade for free. Is that not the case? If not is the Mac OS X Lion expensive. If so maybe I should wait it out.
     
  21. Bob Coxner macrumors 6502a

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    From last year:

    Eligibility

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    K12

    Any employee of a public or private K-12 institution in the United States is eligible. In addition, school board members who are currently serving as elected or appointed members are eligible. PTA or PTO executives currently serving as elected or appointed officers are eligible.
    Higher Education

    Faculty and staff of Higher Education institutions; and students attending, or accepted into a Higher Education institution are eligible to purchase. Purchases from the Apple Store for Education Individuals are not for institutional purchase or resale.
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  22. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    So get the free one, sell it, and use the money for the new one. No need to look a gift horse, err... iPod in the mouth.
     
  23. spcdust macrumors 6502a

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    Can anyone remind me - if Apple announce Lion at WWDC this usually translates that any iMac order PLACED AFTER the announcement should get the OS upgrade at a reduced rate (vaguely remember £10-£15 UK Sterling). Is this different if they announce in June but don't actually release Lion until September / October? Also, what of orders placed prior to the announcement but not delivered until after the announcement?
     
  24. Amnesiac1 macrumors 6502

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    Good questions.
     

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