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 10/8/19 to reflect the changes in the store inventory.
As of this writing, the store has a few iPhone X models available. You might find the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, but they sell out quickly. If you want an iPhone 7, go to the Clearance section. (The iPhone XS never seems to be available in the refurb store. Maybe it’ll appear once the new iPhone 11 has been on sale for a bit and people trade in the iPhone XS, which then gets refurbished for sale.)
Which iPhone should you buy? Grab a 256GB iPhone X (Unlocked) in Silver or Space Gray while you can. They sell for $809, which is $240 lower than the original price. The 64GB model is also available in Silver or Space Gray for $679, which is $220 lower than the original price.
Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro
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 2019 models from which to choose.
Which 13.3-inch MacBook Pro should you buy? Apple's stock of 13-inch models has grown, and there are several from which to choose. An attractive choice is the Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro 1.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Retina display for $1,099, available in Silver and Space Gray. That's $200 lower than a brand new version.
Other 13.3-inch MacBook Pro laptops to consider
Refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro
As of this writing, Apple’s inventory has several 2019 models in stock. They don’t last very long, though. You’ll also find 2016, 2017, and 2018 models
Which 15.4-inch MacBook Pro should you buy? The 2019 Refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.6GHz 6-core Intel Core i7 with Retina display is available in Space Gray or Silver for $2,039. This is a pretty good deal, since it’s $360 off the regular price.
Other 15.4-inch MacBook Pro laptops to consider
Apple officially discontinued the MacBook, so the only way to get one is through the refurb store. MacBook stock runs out quickly. 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, Silver, and Space Gray. At $1,099, it’s $200 cheaper than the original price.
Refurbished MacBook Air
Apple has limited stock of MacBook Air laptops. The 2018 model is now available, but don’t expect inventory to last.
Which MacBook Air should you buy? 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, or Space Gray for $1,019. The regular price of this 2018 model was $1,199.
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
Refurbished iPad Wi-Fi 128GB (6th Generation) in Gold for $329.
Refurbished Apple Watch
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?
Apple has the Refurbished Apple Watch Series 4 GPS + Cellular, 44mm Stainless Steel Case with White Sport Band for $589. That's $110 lower than a new version.
Refurbished 21.5-inch iMac
The refurb store has a few 2019 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 3.0GHz 6-core Intel Core i5 with Retina 4K display. It’s $1,269 for this 2019 model, which is $230 lower than a brand new version.
Other refurbished 21.5-inch iMac to consider
- Refurbished 21.5-inch iMac 3.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i3 with Retina 4K display for $1,099, a $200 savings.
Refurbished 27-inch iMac
Apple has several 2019 models available, but they sell quickly.
Which 27-inch iMac should you buy? At $1,529, the Refurbished 27-inch iMac 3.0GHz 6-core Intel Core i5 with Retina 5K display is $270 less than a new version.
Other 27-inch iMacs to consider
- Refurbished 27-inch iMac 3.7GHz 6-core Intel Core i5 with Retina 5K display for $1,949, $350 lower than a brand-new model.
Refurbished Mac mini
2018 Mac mini models don’t last very long here.
Which Mac mini should you buy? There's a Refurbished Mac mini 3.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7 for $1,609. It has 32GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.
Refurbished iMac Pro
Apple has stock of the iMac Pro, which was originally released in December 2017. 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
You can no longer buy the cylindrical Mac Pro. Apple is releasing the new Mac Pro this fall, so you might want to wait for it.
Refurbished Apple TV
As of this writing, there are no 4K models available. Apple does have a Refurbished Apple TV HD 64GB for $139, a $30 savings.
For a while, the HomePod wasn't available in the refurb store. But there seems to be stock now. You can get a refurbished Space Gray HomePod for $259, which is $40 lower than a brand new model.