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Back to school: Apple offers $200 college discount for Macs, $50 gift card for iOS devices

A reminder of what we reported when it launched on July 2: Apple is hoping to attract computerless college students towards its wares by offering discounts and extras on computers and mobile devices. There are a number of different programs you can qualify for if you're a student (or parent of a student) purchasing a MacBook, iMac, iPhone or iPad for educational purposes.

Depending on the Mac model you have in mind, you can get up to $200 off the regular retail price and also score a $100 App Store gift card, which should help you load your new computer with plenty of scholastic software... and maybe some Angry Birds. iPad and iPhone buyers can get a $50 App Store gift card.

To take advantage of these deals, you can shop for your gear at retail locations or on the Apple Store for Education, which has all of the available discounts already in place. When checking out online, you'll be prompted to fill in the name of your school, and for the most part, Apple uses the honor system when it comes to applying the price cuts. However, if you make your purchase at a retail store -- or you're one of the online customers Apple randomly audits to ensure you're not a fibber -- you'll need to provide a school ID or some other form of verification.

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