Back in December of 2018, Apple officially announced and opened a dedicated online store specifically for active military and veterans. It’s a nice gesture by Apple to offer those who serve and protect our country a good deal on a new iPhone, MacBook, or iPad. So I figured it was time to take a closer look at how the Apple military discount works, how you qualify, and what kind of deals you can expect.
What is the Apple Military Discount?
Once verified, you’ll gain access to the Military and Vet Online Storefront where all Apple products will be discounted by 10%.
It should be noted that this discount is only available online.
Is the Discount Only Available to Active Military?
All veterans and reserve personnel are also eligible to get the discount.
What Proof of Service Do I Have to Show?
First of all, Apple uses a verification service called ID.me to verify your military status. Click here to start your verification.
To prove you’re active, retired, or reserve military status you’ll need one of the following:
– Veteran’s ID card (VIC)
– Veteran Health ID card (VHIC)
– Common Access card
– State driver’s license with veteran’s designation (usually has a U.S. flag or the word “Veteran” on it)
– Uniformed services ID card
– DD214 or DD256 form
Are All Military Branches Eligible?
All branches of the armed forces are eligible along with the National Guard and Reserve.
What Products Can I Get a Discount On?
As a general rule, you’ll score a 10% discount on the iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, MacBook, Apple TV, and accessories.
You’ll also get a discount on AppleCare and AppleCare+ protection plans which is nice.
Are There Any Exclusions?
Yes, but not many.
The only items excluded from the Apple military discount are 3rd party accessories sold by Adobe, HP, Microsoft, and Bose.
Does Apple Limit the Number of Products I Can Buy?
Apple specifically says the military discount is for “personal use” only.
To this end, they limit you to only three Mac computers, iPhones, AirPods, iPads, HomePods, and Apple TVs per calendar year.
They raise that limit to ten when buying Beat products, refurbished items, iPod Touch, and Apple Watch accessories.
Can Family Members Get the Discount Too?
The one caveat is they have to be an immediate family member who live in the same household.
How Do I Know I’m Getting the Discount?
The Military storefront on the Apple website doesn’t typically list the original price which can leave you wondering if you’re actually getting a discount.
To insure you’re actually getting a deal, pull up the Apple Store website in a separate browser tab, find the product you’re interested in purchasing, then compare the price with the military discount price.
Ask the Reader: Have you been verified by Apple to receive their military and veteran discount? Was it an easy process and how much money has it saved you so far?
By Kyle James