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How to buy a refurbished Mac, MacBook, iPhone, or iPad from Apple

Want a new Apple device but don't want to shell out for a full-priced version? Consider a refurbished model instead.

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Looking for a way to save some money on the latest Apple products? Consider a refurbished MacBook, refurbished iPhone, or refurbished iPad from the Apple Certified Refurbished store. A refurbished product is just like a new, but at a lower price.

Here’s a quick guide with links to the best deals you can find on the refurb store, along with a FAQ guide if you want to know more about the ins and outs of the Apple Certified Refurbished store and buying a refurbished MacBook, desktop Mac, iPhone, or iPad. We make a recommendation of what to buy, but feel free to check out the store inventory to find the right model for you.

Editor’s note: Updated 7/7/20 to reflect the changes in the store inventory.

Refurbished iPhone

As of this writing, the store has a few iPhone XS models available. You’ll also find the iPhone X

Which iPhone should you buy? Grab a 256GB iPhone X (Unlocked) in Silver or Space Gray while you can. They sell for $699, which is $350 lower than the original price. The 64GB model is also available in Silver or Space Gray for $599, which is $300 lower than the original price.

Other iPhones to consider

Check out the iPhones on the Apple Certified Refurbished store.

Refurbished 13-inch MacBook Pro

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Apple’s stock ebbs and flows. Sometimes there are several current MacBook Pro models to choose from, while other times the selection is small. Some are standard configurations, while others are customized built-to-order models.

At this writing, Apple has very few 2019 models from which to choose. You won’t see 2020 models for a while.

Which 13-inch MacBook Pro should you buy? Apple’s stock of 2019 13-inch models has shrunk to just a single offering at the time of this writing. Apple has the Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Retina display in Space Gray for $1,349.

Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available 13-inch MacBook Pro models for sale.

Refurbished 16-inch MacBook Pro

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Apple now has inventory of refurbished 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops. They won’t last long.

Which 16-inch MacBook Pro should you buy?

The Refurbished 16-inch MacBook Pro 2.6GHz 6-core Intel Core i7 with Retina display in Silver or Space Grey is a good deal at $2,039, which is $360 lower than a brand new model. It comes with 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a 4GB AMD Radeon Pro 5300M graphics card.

Other 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops to consider

  • Refurbished 16-inch MacBook Pro 2.3GHz 8-core Intel Core i9 with Retina display in Space Gray or Silver for $2,379, which is $420 lower than a new model

Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available 16-inch MacBook Pro models for sale.

Refurbished 15-inch MacBook Pro

As of this writing, Apple’s inventory has a few high-end 2019 models in stock. They don’t last very long, though.

Which 15-inch MacBook Pro should you buy? The 2019 Refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.4GHz 8-core Intel Core i9 with Retina display and Radeon Pro Vega 20 graphics is available in Space Gray or Silver for $4.309.

Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available 15-inch MacBook Pro models for sale.

Refurbished MacBook

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Apple officially discontinued the MacBook, so the only way to get one is through the refurb store.

Which MacBook should you buy? The Refurbished 12-inch MacBook 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5  is available in Gold. At $1,349, it’s $240 cheaper than the original price. Though a brand new $999 MacBook Air or a refurbished 2019 MacBook Air (see below) are probably better deals.

Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available MacBook models for sale.

Refurbished MacBook Air

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Apple has limited stock of MacBook Air laptops. The 2019 models are now available. The 2020 MacBook Air was just recently released, so you won’t find it in the refurbished store until maybe later this year.

Which MacBook Air should you buy?  The 2019 Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 in Space Gray, Silver and Gold is $779. 

Other MacBook Air laptops to consider

  • The Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with Retina Display with 8GB of memory and a 256GB SSD is available in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray for $819.

Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available MacBook Air models for sale.

Refurbished iPad

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The refurb store can be a good place to save some money on an iPad, though might actually find better deals on brand-new iPads from Best Buy and other non-Apple retailers.

Which iPad should you buy? We like the 2018 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular 64GB in Space Grey. It’s $849, which is $220 lower than the original price.

Other refurbished iPads to consider

Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available iPad models for sale.

Refurbished Apple Watch

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The refurb store now has Series 5 watches. If you’ve been waiting, grab one now. The stock won’t last long.

Which Apple Watch should you buy?

Apple has a Refurbished Apple Watch Series 5 GPS + Cellular, 44mm, Stainless Steel Case with either a White Sports Band for $639. That’s $110 lower than a new version.

Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available Apple Watch models for sale.

Refurbished 21.5-inch iMac

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Apple has the 2019 Refurbished 21.5-inch iMac 3.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i3 with Retina 4K display for $1,099. That's $200 less than a new model.

Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available 21.5-inch iMacs for sale.

Refurbished 27-inch iMac

You can get the Refurbished 27-inch iMac 3.0GHz 6-core Intel Core i5 with Retina 5K display for $1,529, which is $270 less than a new version.

Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available 27-inch iMacs for sale.

Refurbished Mac mini

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As of this writing, Apple has no Mac mini models available. Come back soon.

Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available Mac minis for sale.

Refurbished iMac Pro

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Apple has only one model in stoack. It's a Refurbished 27-inch iMac Pro 3.2GHz 8-core Intel Xeon W with Retina 5K display that's $4,248. It does offer a significant savings over a new version: $750.

 

Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available iMac Pros for sale.

Refurbished Mac Pro

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Apple finally has stock of the new Mac Pro. It’s a pricey machine, so going with a refurb is a way to save some cash.

Which Mac Pro should you buy? For a brand new Mac Pro, Apple doesn’t offer standard configurations; it’s a machine you customize to your preferences. Since a refurbished Mac is a machine that a customer returned, all the Mac Pros in Apple’s refurbished inventory are ones that a customer designed. You can’t customize a refurb, so you basically have to pick what’s on the shelf. If you really want a refurb Mac Pro, you may have to settle for a model that doesn’t quite fit the specifications you want.

That being said, big savings could be had. For example, Apple is selling a Refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.3GHz 12-core Intel Xeon W, 48GB RAM, two Radeon Pro Vega II graphics cards, Apple Afterburner, and a 1TB SSD, for $12,659. A new version of that model sells for $14,899. So you save over $2,000.

Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available Mac Pros for sale.

Refurbished Apple TV

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Apple has no models in stock. Check back at a later time.

Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available Apple TVs for sale.

Refurbished HomePod

As of this writing, Apple does not have any refurbished models in stock. Check back later.

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