Updated 10/11/18 to reflect the inventory changes 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 $469, which is $80 less than a new model.
Other refurbished iPhones to consider
Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro: The best deals
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 and 2016 models from which to choose. There are no 2018 models available.
Which 13.3-inch MacBook Pro should you buy? We like the deal for 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 $1,439.
Refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro: The best deals
As of this writing, Apple’s inventory of these laptops is pretty small. There are no 2018 models in stock; you'll have to settle for a 2017 or 2016 model.
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 $1,909. This is a pretty good deal.
Refurbished MacBook: The best deals
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.
Refurbished MacBook Air: The best deals
As of this writing, Apple has no refurbished MacBook Air laptops in stock. Check back later.
Refurbished iPad: The best deals
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.
Other refurbished iPads to consider
- 2017 Refurbished 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi 512GB in Gold. It’s $979, which is $170 lower than the original price.
Refurbished Apple Watch: The best deals
The refurb store stock for the Apple Watch varies greatly. If you don’t see something you like, check back later. As of this writing, there are only Series 2 models available.
Which Apple Watch should you buy? Take a look at the Refurbished Apple Watch Nike+ Series 2, Silver Aluminum case with a Flat Silver and White band, available in 42mm ($249).
Refurbished 21.5-inch iMac: The best deals
The refurb store has a few 2017 21.5-inch iMacs in stock. But they go quickly.
Which 21.5-inch iMac should you buy? Consider the Refurbished 21.5-inch iMac 3.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Retina 4K display. It's $1,269, which is $230 lower than a new version.
Refurbished 27-inch iMac: The best deals
Apple several 2017 models available, but the sell quickly. Apple also has a few 2015 models available.
Which 27-inch iMac should you buy? At $1,699, the Refurbished 27-inch iMac 3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Retina 5K display is $300 less than a new version with the same specs.
Refurbished Mac mini: The best deals
As of this writing, there are no Mac mini models available. Check back later.
Refurbished iMac Pro: The best deals
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.
Refurbished Mac Pro: The best deals
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.
- Refurbished Mac Pro 3.5GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5 for $2,549. This is the current low-end Mac Pro, and a brand new model costs $450 more.
- Refurbished Mac Pro 3.0GHz 8-Core Intel Xeon E5 for $3,399. The brand-new version of this Mac is $600 more.
Refurbished Apple TV: The best deals
As of this writing, there are no Apple TV models available.