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Apple logoFree Apple coding sessions for kidsAny age at Apple stores until Thu 26 Oct

Limited spaces

If you go online to Apple, you can sign up for free coding sessions at its UK stores. Spaces are limited and it's first-come, first-served. Similar workshops have been very popular with MoneySavers in the past – so go quick.

Workshops are on various days until Thu 26 Oct. You'll need to go along and stay with your child, but some workshops are suitable for adults as well as children, so you shouldn't be bored.

What workshops are there?

There are several different workshops on offer (you'll need to set up an Apple ID to do this if you don't already have one). They include:

  • How to get started with coding. Learning Swift programming using iPads.
  • Kids Hour Sphero maze challenge. Explore coding with Sphere robots.
  • How to program robots with Swift playgrounds. Learn how to program MeeBot robots.

All children have to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for the duration of the session.

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Apple logo50% off Apple Music for StudentsDiscount via Unidays gets £4.99/mth subscription

Ongoing

There are plenty of free music streaming services available, if you don't mind putting up with the ads. But if you want an ad-free service you'll need to stump up for it. With Apple Music Student Membership you can get a subscription for half the standard price, at £4.99/month (normally £9.99) – a strong deal given there's no free version of the service.

How do I get the discount?

You need a Unidays account for Apple to verify your student status (it can't do this via NUS Extra unfortunately). Use up any new customer promos first though to maximise value – a three-month trial of Apple Music is available on an ongoing basis.

Apple says it "periodically" checks your student status, and if it finds out you're no longer a student or if you reach the maximum discount period (four years), it'll automatically move you to a full-price subscription at £9.99/mth. So make sure you cancel if you don't want this.

Apple logoWhere can I find the cheapest iPad?See our Cheap iPads guide for tips if you're buying an iPad

iPads guide

While iPads aren't MoneySaving, if you're going to buy one anyway, you should spend some time looking around for the cheapest deal. See our Cheap iPads guide for iPad buyers' tips, whether it's 'new vs refurbished' or buying direct from Apple compared with cheaper UK retailers.

Apple logoApple Music 3-month free trial*Try iTunes streaming free, then cancel or pay £10/mth

Ongoing

If you've never used the iTunes streaming service Apple Music*, you can try it free for the first three months (normally £9.99 per month). Simply log in with your Apple ID and sign up* for the free trial in iTunes or via the Apple Music app on your Apple device.

Warning: After the trial, you'll automatically be charged £9.99 per month every month until you cancel. So if you don't want to pay, remember to cancel before the three months are up.

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Apple logoApple Store free creative workshops for adultsLearn to use Apple tech for coding, music, photography etc

Free

If you're interested in learning a new creative skill, or would just some tips on how to get more from your iPad or Mac computer, Today at Apple programmes* are free educational workshops, mostly aimed at adults, running at all 30+ Apple Stores across the UK (find your nearest*).

Times and dates vary by location, so go to the Today at Apple website to find out what's on and when at your local branch. You can sign up to the workshops online using your Apple ID (the email and password you use to sign into Apple devices), then simply turn up on the day.

While most are for grown-ups, children can get involved at special Kids' Hour sessions held on weekends. As the sessions are aimed at owners of Apple technology, you may be asked to bring along your iPad or whatever gadget is needed for the activities.

Here's a quick guide to the different Apple Today programmes:

  • Studio Hours - Topics include art/design, documents and presentations.
  • Photo Walks - Guided walks on topics such as framing architecture or capturing action.
  • Sketch Walks - Guided walks on observational drawing and brush techniques.
  • Kids' Hour - Weekend sessions for families involving hands-on projects for kids.
  • Coding Sessions - Beginner classes exploring code languages used by professionals.
  • Photo Labs - Learn new techniques and styles in hands-on sessions.
  • Music Labs - Designed to introduce new tools to musicians of all levels.

Today at Apple: Free events in Apple Stores

Apple logoDownload free iWork apps for Mac/iOSSimilar to Office but for MacBooks, iMacs, iPhones & iPads

Free

In 2017, Apple made all of its iWork programs free to download for all iMac, MacBook and iPhone/iPad users. Previously, you had to have bought a device recently.Apple iWork apps: Pages, Numbers and Keynote

See Free iWork apps for more info and download links.

What is iWork?

iWork is Apple's answer to the Microsoft Office suite of work programs, but created specifically for Mac computers and iOS devices. The package consists of three programs:

  • Pages (for documents, like Microsoft Word)
  • Numbers (for spreadsheets, like Microsoft Excel)
  • Keynote (for presentations, like Microsoft Powerpoint)

Apple logoApple: MoneySaving tips and tricks*Incl up to 15% student discount, cheap iPads

Ongoing

There are rarely big discounts available at Apple*, but don’t assume you can’t cut your costs on a new iPhone, iPad or Mac computer until you've checked the following tips and tricks.

  • Student & teacher discount. If you're studying at university, or if you work in education at any level (lecturers, school teachers, office staff etc), you can save as much as 15% on Apple products such as iMas, MacBooks and iPads. See our Deals Hunters blog about the Apple Education Discount.
     
  • Check for deals elsewhere. If you're not committed to buying direct from Apple, look for discounts at other places where Apple products are sold such as AmazonArgosCurrys and John Lewis (John Lewis also offers a two-year guarantee, compared to the standard 12-month warranty).
     
  • Time it right. If you're not fussed about having the very latest model, you can save money on Apple products by grabbing an older product as a new one's announced. This tends to happen in September, when Apple normally unveils a new iPhone and prices on previous models suddenly go down.
     
  • Buying an iPad? See our Cheap iPads guide for tips on getting the best deal, including how to save money with refurbished iPads and cheap 4G data plans.

  • Had a problem with Apple? There’s a free online tool you can use to complain – it helps draft, manage and if necessary escalate your complaint. It’s offered by a firm called Resolver, which we like so much we work with it to help people get complaints justice – you can use it to complain to Apple*.

If you spot any hot deals out there we have missed (we are human after all!), please let us know in the MSE forum, email us at msedeals@moneysavingexpert.com or via MSE Facebook and Twitter @MSE_Deals.

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Apple logoApple student deals, eg, 10% off Macbook*Plus free Beats headphones with a discounted Mac or iPad Pro

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Apple doesn’t offer widespread discounts and its products aren’t at all MoneySaving, but if an Apple device is what you want, there is a way to take a bite out of the cost of Apple Macs, iPads and more (but sadly not the iPhone) – up to 10% off the normal price.

Officially, this education discount is geared towards university students and teachers, but even if you’re neither, you can still be smart and benefit from the offer as the broad eligibility criteria means just about anyone can get it (see who it’s for below).

What’s more, until Mon 2 Oct, you can grab an extra bonus to make the deal more fruitful – Beats headphones or earphones that would normally cost £116-£224, when you buy certain products via the Apple for Education* website or at an Apple Store.

Who's eligible and how do you get the discount?

1. Students attending (or have been accepted into) uni, go to the Apple for Education* website. You’ll be asked to sign up (or log in) to discount scheme Unidays using your uni email address for verification. The education discounts will then be automatically applied.

If you’re unable to sign up to Unidays or you don’t want to give it your data, you can call Apple on 0800 048 0408 and it’ll verify you with your ID or acceptance letter and you can continue your purchase over the phone. Alternatively, take the verification documents to an Apple Store (find your nearest*).

2. Teachers and education workers (even if you work in the office and not the classroom), visit an Apple Store and show proof of where you work such as a payslip.

3. Parents of students, visit an Apple Store and show your child's student ID or acceptance letter.

Which Apple products can you get?

You can get up to 10% off Mac products and up to 5% off iPads. There isn’t a discount on iPhones and they aren't eligible for the Beats offer.

We’ve done some number crunching on five student discount examples:

  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch, 256GB, WiFi - £673.20, norm £709 (5% discount). Next cheapest we found, £679.98 (gold colour) at ebuyer.com.
  • Macbook Air 13-inch, 1.8Ghz, 128GB - £854.40, norm £949 (10% discount). Cheaper at Currys, £849, though you won't get the 'free' Beats.
  • iMac 21-inch, 2.3Ghz, 128GB - £944.40, norm £1,049 (10% discount). Next cheapest, £1,049 at John Lewis with a two year guarantee.
  • Macbook 12-inch, 1.2Ghz, 256GB - £1,124.40, norm £1,249 (10% discount). Next cheapest, £1,149.97 at Laptops Direct.
  • Macbook Pro 13-inch, 2.3Ghz, 256GB - £1,304.40, norm £1,449 (10% discount). Next cheapest, £1,340.96 at BT Shop.

Don't assume even with the education discount that Apple will always be cheaper (though you could also factor in the cost of the 'free' Beats). Unless you're intent on buying direct from Apple, compare prices and check for discounts at other retailers.

Free Beats headphones/earphones when buying a Mac or iPad Pro

If you buy certain products through the Apple for Education scheme until Mon 2 Oct, in addition to the special discount, you can get free Beats wireless headphones or earphones:

Apple for Education 'free' Beats headphones

  • Buying a MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Pro or iMac? Get Beats Solo3 wireless headphones (norm £224.40 via Apple for Education), Powerbeats3 wireless earphones (norm £152.40), or BeatsX earphones (norm £116.40).
  • Buying an iPad Pro? Get BeatsX wireless earphones. If you want the Beats Solo3 or Powerbeats3 instead, you can, but you’ll have to pay the difference in cost.

You can only get this offer with the products above (so not the iPad Air or iPad Mini, for example).

Once you’ve selected an eligible Apple product, choose your Beats (or opt to not receive Beats at all) and this will be added to your 'bag'. If you don’t actually want the Beats, you could sell it to make a bigger saving. See our guide on selling or trading in unwanted items.

Of course, it's not worth buying a Mac or iPad Pro just for the Beats as much cheaper non-Apple alternatives are available, which could save you more than the cost of the Beats at full-price.

Not a student, teacher or other education worker?

Provided you know someone who’s studying at uni or working at a school, college or uni, you can in theory get the discount if that person’s willing to go and buy the goods for you. As far as we can see, this isn’t a breach of the terms and conditions. Of course, you’ll have to decide whether it’s morally okay – as this is a scheme designed specifically for people in education.

Apple logoApple iPads from £220*Black Friday discounts at Argos, Currys, John Lewis & Tesco

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If you've been planning to buy an iPad, Black Friday may be one of the best opportunities all year. Retailers including Argos, John Lewis and Tesco have knocked down prices - so if it's an iPad Air 2, an iPad Mini or iPad Pro you're after, you'll hopefully get a decent discount.

Some deals are running for the whole Black Friday weekend (ending Mon 28 Nov), and others ended on Fri 25 Nov. Yet they could end at any time if the iPads sell out completely - so go quick if there's a particular one you've had your eye on, though take time to check prices elsewhere.

Here are some of the top deals we spotted when we last checked at 11.26am on Mon 28 Nov:

iPad Mini 2 (32GB)
£189 at John Lewis* (SOLD OUT) and Tesco* (SOLD OUT). £219 via code IPAD30 at Currys*.

iPad Air 2 (32GB)
£349 at John Lewis*Argos* and via code IPAD30 at Currys*. £379 at Apple* and Tesco*.

iPad Mini 4 (32GB)
£359 at John Lewis* and via code IPAD30 at Currys*. £379 at Apple* and Tesco*.

iPad Pro 9.7in (32GB)
£499 at John Lewis*Argos* and via code IPAD30 at  Currys*. £549 at Apple* and Tesco*.

iPad Pro 12.9in (32GB)
£659 at John Lewis,  Argos*. £679 via code IPAD30 at Currys*. £729 at Apple* and Tesco*.

It's worth remembering John Lewis offers a two-year guarantee on all iPads at no extra cost, compared to the standard 12-month warranty provided by other retailers (including Apple). Though if you collect Clubcard points, you might prefer to shop at Tesco Direct.

Important: Don’t allow yourself to be taken in by the hype around Black Friday and sucked into buying something you don’t need or can’t afford. And always do your own price comparisons to ensure you are getting the best deal possible – don’t just take a retailer’s word for it.

For the rest of our Black Friday deals and analysis, see our Black Friday 2016 Deals page.

Apple logoiPad Pro £120 cheaper than from Apple*Now £610 at Tesco Direct (£730 at Apple), plus Clubcard pts

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Apple tech's rarely discounted and when there are discounts, they're usually led by Apple. So it's surprising that right now, some stores are selling iPads for much less than they cost from Apple.

iPad Pro

Before we go on, we want to point out that we know iPads aren't MoneySaving - there are many cheaper tablets out there. But we know many will buy Apple products anyway, so our job is to ensure you get the best deal possible. 

What's the deal?

Currently, if you're after a high-spec tablet, you might be able to get a 12.9-inch iPad Pro (32GB, Wi-Fi only) for £609 at Tesco Direct* or John Lewis* - that's £120 less than Apple's price of £729. Delivery's free.

When we checked at 10am on Thu 15 Sep, Tesco Direct had it in stock. However, John Lewis had sold out online.

That's why we're leading with Tesco Direct, but if you do manage to bag one in a John Lewis store (find your nearest*), until Wed 21 Sep, you'll get a three-year guarantee (it's normally two years at John Lewis, and only one year at Tesco or Apple).

Yet at Tesco Direct, you can earn Clubcard points - worth up to £24ish once 'boosted' to vouchers for days out etc (see Clubcard Boost) - so you might want to factor this into your decision.

This is the newest version of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, first released in November 2015.

Will it last?

Well... as this is a hot Apple product with a rare discount, you'll need to go quick if it's something you were planning to buy - stock is likely to be very limited and could sell out. 

When we spoke to both retailers, Tesco told us there's "no specific end date for this promotion" and John Lewis said it's currently price-matching an "unnamed competitor" (we reckon it means Tesco), so these prices could change at any time. 

Want a different iPad?

We've also spotted the smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro (32GB, Wi-Fi only) from £469 at John Lewis* - which is £80 cheaper than from Apple (£549). Again, if you order from John Lewis by Wed 21 Sep, this will also come with a three-year guarantee at no extra cost.

We've not seen any similarly huge price drops on other iPad models, but for buyers' tips and more info on the various iPads available see our regularly updated Cheap iPads guide.

MSE Anthony says:

This is the cheapest we've seen these high-end iPad Pros since their 2015 release. Of course, you should weigh up whether you actually need such a large screen and high-end performance as cheaper, lower-spec iPads are enough to meet most people's tablet requirements.

Apple logoFree Apple Summer Camp for kidsAge 8-12, incl three sessions in Jul or Aug at Apple stores

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If you go online to Apple, you can book your child a place on its free Summer Camp, a three-day interactive workshop for 8 to 12-year-olds at its UK stores. 

Spaces are limited and it's first-come, first-served. The workshops have been very popular with MoneySavers since registration opened on Tue 21 Jun and when we checked on Thu 30 Jun, there were 12 out of 37 locations that still had places available – so go quick.

Workshops begin from Mon 11 Jul in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and Mon 25 Jul in England and Wales, for three weeks. Each workshop will include three morning or afternoon sessions over one week, with the days varying. You'll need to go along with your child, but while you're there you'll have the opportunity to learn family-focused features of Apple products, including how to organise your family's devices, and setting up sharing and restrictions.

What workshops are there?

There are three workshops on offer (you can only register for one workshop – you'll need to set up an Apple ID to do this if you don't already have one). They are:

  • Stories in Motion with iMovie. Making a movie, including storyboarding, shooting video and editing.
  • Interactive Storytelling with iBooks. Creating an interactive book, including illustrations and sound effects.
  • Coding Games and Programming Robots. Learning block coding using the Tynker app and Sphero robot.

Each workshop will end with a showcase of the finished project, where kids can share what they’ve been working on.

All children have to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for the duration of the camp.

More info

Excludes the Apple Store Buchanan Street in Glasgow and the Apple Store at Selfridges Oxford Street in London.

Apple logoApple iPad Air £249 (norm £319)*Rare £70 off at John Lewis, Currys & Tesco Direct

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iPad AirApple isn't MoneySaving, but if you're planning to buy a new iPad, you can get aniPad Air (16GB, Wi-Fi only) for £249 at John Lewis* until 11.59pm on Wed 30 Mar. Delivery's free.

The iPad Air's also on offer at £249ish via other big retailers, including Currys* and Tesco Direct*, but only John Lewis provides a two-year guarantee at no extra cost - compared to the standard one-year warranty.

Discounts on iPads are pretty rare, and this is the cheapest we've ever seen a major retailer sell the iPad Air (the fifth-generation iPad, released in 2013).

The iPad Air 2, the latest version, was released in 2014 and has a slightly faster processor, more memory and a fingerprint sensor. It's currently £399 at Apple and all of the above retailers.

For iPad buyers' tips and more info on the different models, see our Cheap iPads Guide.

MSE Anthony says:

When a specific iPad's price is suddenly dropped, it often means Apple's planning to discontinue it and launch a new model within the next couple of months. Although a new model's been confirmed, if you're not fussy about owning the most up-to-date iPad, this could be an opportunity to grab a slightly older version at a decent price before it disappears from shelves for good.

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  • Can I afford it?
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  • Will I use it?
  • Is it worth it?
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And although Section 75 doesn't apply to debit cards, there is something else to fall back on if you've paid using a debit card, or used a credit card for a purchase under £100. Known as Chargeback, this is part of banks' and card companies' internal rules and not a legal requirement. Read full details of Section 75 or Chargeback, plus how to claim, in our guides.

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