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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 02/22/21 to reflect the availability of the 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro.

Refurbished iPhone

As of this writing, the store has a few iPhone XS models available.

Which iPhone should you buy? Grab a 256GB iPhone XS (Unlocked) in Silver, Space Gray or Gold while you can. They sell for $759, which is $290 lower than the original price. The 64GB model is also available in SilverSpace Gray,or Gold for $639, which is $260 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 M1 models in stock. Most of the inventory are Intel-based models.

Which 13-inch MacBook Pro should you buy? Grab a Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU, 8‑Core GPU, 256GB SSD and 8GB of memory in Space Gray or Silver for $1,099. That's a $200 savings.

Other 13-inch MacBook Pro to consider

  • Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU, 8‑Core GPU, 512SSD and 8GB of memory in Silver for $1,269.

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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As of this writing, Apple's inventory of the 16-inch MacBook Pro is filled with 2019 models. Apple did not update this laptop in 2020.

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 13-inch MacBook Pro to consider

  • Refurbished 16-inch MacBook Pro 2.3GHz 8-core Intel Core i9 with Retina display in Silver or Space Gray for $2,379

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 has no inventory of this laptop.

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

Refurbished MacBook

Apple officially discontinued the MacBook and it’s no longer available in the refurbished store.

Refurbished MacBook Air

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Apple does not have any M1 MacBook Air models in the refurbished store as of this writing. All of the reurbished stock for this laptop have Intel processors.

Which MacBook Air should you buy? The 2020 Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i3 and a 256GB SSD is available in Gold, Silver, or Space Gray for $809. That's $140 lower than a new version.

Other MacBook Air to consider

  • Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air 1.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Retina Display and True Tone technology in Gold, Silver, or Space Gray for $1,019

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.

As of this writing, Apple has no iPads in stock. Come back at a later date.

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, Space Black Stainless Steel Case with Black Sport Band for $579. That’s $120 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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As of this writing, Apple does not have any refurbished 21.5-inch iMacs in stock. Check back later.

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

Refurbished 27-inch iMac

As of this writing, Apple has a limited number of 2019 27-inch iMacs available.

Which 27-inch iMac should you buy? Check out the 2019 Refurbished 27-inch iMac 3.6GHz 8-core Intel Core i9 with Retina 5K display and Radeon Pro Vega 48 for $2,539.

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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Apple has replenished its stock, but as of this writing, there aren't any configurations at the lower price ranges. Apple has only Intel-based models available.

Which Mac mini should you buy? Apple is offering the Refurbished Mac mini 3.0GHz 6-core Intel Core i5 - Space Gray for $929, which is $170 lower than a new version. This model has 8GB of memory and a 512GB SSD.

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 now has several different modesl in stock.

Which iMac Pro should you buy? Apple has a Refurbished 27-inch iMac Pro 3.2GHz 8-core Intel Xeon W with Retina 5K display for $3,819, a savings of $680.

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 3.5GHz 8-core Intel Xeon W, with two Radeon Pro Vega II graphic cards, Apple Afterburner, 48GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD for $11,809. A new version of that model sells for $$13,899 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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