Is it worth becoming a ADC Student member?

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by gangst, Aug 9, 2006.

  1. gangst macrumors 6502a

    Dec 27, 2004

    I'm new to programming, so new in fact I don't have a clue.
    I would like to get into programming for my own uses, and read about an ADC student membership. I know this may be jumping too quick but by becoming a member you are entitled to savings on new Mac products.

    What kind of savings are you entitled to, as I am considering a MacBook Pro, and if there is a big saving this may sway me. So for a £50 membership I could save several hundred pounds.

    Also I'm in senior school, so I guess I'm entitled to a studewnt membership, seeing in the past I have always purchased from the Student Store.

  2. NATO macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2005
    Northern Ireland
    Apart from the obvious access to developer materials via the ADC website, it offers you a once-in-a-lifetime (literally!) discount on computer hardware (seems to be around 20%) which could help buy a MBP or Mac Pro cheaply. Also, although it doesn't seem to be official, student ADC members tend to get a free copy of an OS X release should one occur during your membership.

    I'm going to wait until I'm ready to buy a Mac Pro AND OS X 10.5 (or 10.6!) is due for release that year to make the most of it.

    It's certainly good, but be sure to check the ADC Price against the Higher Education price of products as there might not be that much difference, especially with the lower end products

    Edit - Don't forget that the UK Higher Education store offers a free 3 year warranty vs standard 1 year warranty with an ADC purchase.
  3. Palad1 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2004
    London, UK
    You forgot the best part.

    A free Apple T-shirt ;)
  4. Mac Rules macrumors 6502

    Mac Rules

    Jul 15, 2006
    I'm so tempted to join, it would mean I could actually get a MBP foraround75% of the RRP, but I think I'll wait until next spring, hopefully by then MBP will have a new form, Santa-Rose implimentation and a better graphics card + increased HD size and speed!

    Oh, and of course Leopard!

  5. peter32892 macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2006
    say you sign up do you have to have to actualy have to program on it? Because people could just buy it because they want it cheaper?:confused:
  6. kainjow Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000
    Isn't the edu discount roughly the same as the ADC discount?
  7. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    At lower levels, yes, but as you ascend into the pro lineup, the ADC discount is much better.
  8. almightyshoe macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2006
    B-Town, India
    Don't forget it's once in a lifetime, and it costs 100 bucks. So save up and make the most of it. no point discounting 150 bucks; you only save 50 dollars. (I feel the need to iterate this because my lab partner made this mistake, thinking he got the discount whenever he wanted).
  9. macdaddy121 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2003

    This is easily the most confusing sentence I have ever read.

    However, yes, you are supposed to use it for developmental reasons.
  10. nater. macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2006
    I am also thinking of joining ADC, but I am an art student. Does that matter? It's kind of a hobby to explore programming and stuff. Would they reject me if I applied?

    Probably should mention I've been learning a lot about web developing. Would that qualify me for ADC?
  11. Catfish_Man macrumors 68030


    Sep 13, 2001
    Portland, OR
    They really don't care afaik. As long as you're a student, it should be fine.

    I got a student dev account for one reason and one reason only: to apply for the wwdc student scholarship.
  12. simon-says macrumors regular

    May 24, 2005
    Where do you sign up for the student membership? I've got the free student account. I'm interested in paying for student ADC membership. What all am I able to access that I can't with the free account? Am I able to get things like Leopard Preview?
  13. Catfish_Man macrumors 68030


    Sep 13, 2001
    Portland, OR
    It's basically worthless unless you use the discount and/or scholarship. Or if you have dialup and don't want to download Xcode updates.
  14. nater. macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2006
    Is it possible to use the ADC discount at an Apple store?
  15. br- macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2006
    Nope. ADC discounts are only valid at the ADC Online Store.
  16. gman71882 macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
    Houston, Tx
    I found out about this a few years ago, which happened to be a few months after getting my computer at time. :mad: :mad:
    I have since had 4 friends(students) sign up for the Apple developer group. I really feel its worth it to do it if your in school still!!! its only $99 USD here to join. how much is it in UK?
  17. Edot macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2002
    No. You won't get any pre-releases or software. You will get a CD monthly with sample code. You will get several copies throughout the year of whatever the current OS is and a T-Shirt. Like someone said earlier the purchase discount is only available ONCE per person FOREVER. Only valid on one single order. So use it wisely. You have to prove that you are a student as well.
  18. gangst thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 27, 2004
    same as it is in the US,$99
  19. Graeme macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2005
    Delta, BC
    I found it very useful. I signed up for the student developer membership and bought my MacBook Pro soon after for about $400 cheaper than it would have been with the normal student discount.

    I don't have any plans of programming either (mainly because I don't know how and have no interest in it, but it was a way of getting my computer cheaper) and it was in my last semester of school that I did this so I still have the developer membership until next year without being enrolled in school now.

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