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How to buy a refurbished iMac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro, 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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Updated 7/3/18 to reflect the inventory change in the store.

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.

Refurbished iPhone: The best deals

As of this writing, the store has the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus available. There used to be iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models, and there are no iPhone X models. Check back if those are the phones you really want.

Which iPhone should you buy? Rose Gold is a popular color, and you can get a Rose Gold iPhone 7 in the refurb store. We’d go with the Refurbished iPhone 7 128GB - Rose Gold for $589, which is $60 less than a new model.

Other refurbished iPhones to consider

Check out the iPhones on the Apple Certified Refurbished store.

Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro: The best deals

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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 a few 2017 models from which to choose.

Which 13.3-inch MacBook Pro should you buy? Apple has a Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with Retina display in either Silver or Space Gray. This laptop is $1,529, which is $270 cheaper than a brand new model.

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

Refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro: The best deals

As of this writing, Apple’s inventory of these laptops is pretty small. Grab a laptop while you can.

Which 15.4-inch MacBook Pro should you buy? The 2017 Refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.8GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 with Retina display is available in Space Gray for $2,039. You’ll save $360 over a new laptop.

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

Refurbished MacBook: The best deals

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MacBook stock runs out quickly. Apple has a few in stock. Act now.

Which MacBook should you buy? The Refurbished 12-inch MacBook 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core m3 is a pretty good deal, available in Gold, Rose Gold, and Space Gray. At $1,099, it’s $200 cheaper than a new model.

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

Refurbished MacBook Air: The best deals

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The refurb store sells only 13.3-inch models from 2015 and 2017—sorry, no 11-inch models.

Which MacBook Air should you buy? The MacBook Air with 256GB of storage for $1,019, is a pretty good deal. It’s $180 lower than the brand-new version.

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

Refurbished iPad: The best deals

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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 2017 Refurbished 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi 64GB in Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, or Space Gray. It’s $549, which is $100 lower than the original price.

Other refurbished iPads to consider

  • 2017 Refurbished 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB in Gold or Space Gray. It’s $769, which is $140 lower than the original price.

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

Refurbished Apple Watch: The best deals

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The refurb store stock for the Apple Watch varies greatly. If you don’t see something you like, check back later.

Which Apple Watch should you buy? Take a look at the Refurbished Apple Watch Series 1, Rose Gold Aluminum Case with Pink Sand Sport Band, available in 38mm ($209) and 42mm ($239) sizes.

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

Refurbished 21.5-inch iMac: The best deals

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The refurb store has no 21.5-inch iMacs in stock at the time of this writing. Check back at a later date.

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

Refurbished 27-inch iMac: The best deals

Apple had no 2017 models available at the time of this writing. Check the reurb store at a later date.

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

Refurbished Mac mini: The best deals

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In April, Apple had no Mac minis for sale. It’s a different story as of this writing. Grab one now before they run out.

Which Mac mini should you buy? Apple has the Refurbished Mac Mini 2.8GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5 model for $849, a savings of $150 from a new one.

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

Refurbished iMac Pro: The best deals

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Apple now has stock of the iMac Pro, which was originally released last December. The iMac Pro is Apple’s Mac for the most demanding users.

Which iMac Pro should you buy? We like the base 8-core iMac Pro, especially if you’re looking to upgrade from a 5K iMac. The Refurbished 27-inch iMac Pro 3.2GHz 8-core Intel Xeon W with Retina 5K display is $4,249, which is $750 cheaper than a brand-new version.

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

Refurbished Mac Pro: The best deals

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The Mac Pro hasn’t changed much since its release in 2013. Apple refreshed the line in April 2017, but all it did was increase the number of cores used in each model. The lack of drastic changes means you can get a good deal on a refurbished model.

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

Refurbished Apple TV: The best deals

If you want an Apple TV 4K, act now. The refurbished store has the Refurbished Apple TV 4K 64GB for $169, which is $30 cheaper than a new model.

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