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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.

Editor’s note: Updated 6/21/19 to reflect the inventory changes in the store.

Refurbished iPhone

As of this writing, the store has a few iPhone X models available. The iPhone 7 Plus is regularly in stock. You might find the iPhone 7, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, but they sells out quickly.

Which iPhone should you buy? Grab a 256GB iPhone X (Unlocked) in Silver or Space Gray while you can. They sell for $899, which is $150 lower than the original price. The 64GB model is also available in Silver or Space Gray for $769, which is $130 lower than the original price.

Other iPhones to consider

Check out the iPhones on the Apple Certified Refurbished store.

Refurbished 13.3-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 a few 2018 models from which to choose. 

Which 13.3-inch MacBook Pro should you buy? We like the deal for a Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Retina display with a 256GB SSD in either Silver or Space Gray. This laptop is $1,489, which is $260 lower than the regular price.

Other 13.3-inch MacBook Pro laptops to consider

  • Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with Retina display 128GB SSD (no Touch Bar) in Space Gray or Silver for $1,019

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

As of this writing, Apple’s inventory has several 2018 models in stock. They don’t last very long, though. You’ll also find 2016 and 2017 models

Which 15.4-inch MacBook Pro should you buy? The Refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.6GHz 6-core Intel Core i7 with Retina display with a 512GB SSD is available in Space Gray or Silver for $2,289. This is a pretty good deal, since it’s $410 off the regular price.

Other 15.4-inch MacBook Pro laptops to consider

  • Refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7 with Retina display 256GB SSD in Space Gray or Silver for $1,999.

  • Refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.6GHz 6-core Intel Core i7 with Retina display in Space Gray or Silver for $2,289.

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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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, Silver, 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

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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 model is $1,199, so you’ll save $180.

Other MacBook Air laptops to consider

  • Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with Retina Display, 8GB of memory, and 128GB SSD in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray for $849.

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 2017 Refurbished 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi 64GB in Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, or Space Gray. It’s $469, which is $180 lower than the original price.

Other refurbished iPads to consider

  • Refurbished iPad Wi-Fi 128GB (6th Generation) in Gold or Silver for $369. 

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 stock for the Apple Watch varies greatly. If you don’t see something you like, check back later. As of this writing, there are mostly Series 3 models available, with a few Series 4 models.

Which Apple Watch should you buy?

Apple has the Refurbished Apple Watch Series 4 GPS Gold Aluminum Case with Pink Sand Sport Band in 44mm ($449). If you want this watch act now. This deal won’t last long.

Other refurbished Apple Watches to consider

  • Refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular, 38mm Space Gray Aluminum Case with Anthracite/Black Nike Sport Band, available in 38mm ($319) or 42mm ($349).

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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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

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

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

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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2018 Mac mini models don’t last very long here. 

Which Mac mini should you buy? Take a look at the Refurbished Mac Mini 2.8GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5 for $849.

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 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.

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

Refurbished Mac Pro

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This 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. Apple is releasing the new Mac Pro this fall, so you might want to wait for it.

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

Refurbished Apple TV

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As of this writing, there are a few 4K models available. Act now and save $30 on either a 32GB ($149) or 64GB ($169) Apple TV 4K before they sell out—and they will. Apple does have a Refurbished Apple TV HD 64GB for $139, a $30 savings.

Refurbished HomePod

As of this writing, there are no refurbished HomePod models available.

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