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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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 Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro 2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Retina display in Space Gray  Gold  Space Gray  Silver  Space Gray  Silver 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 10/1/20 to reflect the changes in the store inventory.

Refurbished iPhone

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

Which iPhone should you buy? Grab a 256GB iPhone X (Unlocked) in Silver or Space Gray while you can. They sell for $699, which is $350 lower than the original price. The 64GB model is also available in Silver or Space Gray for $599, which is $300 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 2020 models in stock.

Which 13-inch MacBook Pro should you buy? Apple’s stock is filled with 2020 models at the time of this writing. Apple has the Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro 1.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Retina display in Space Gray and Silver for $1,269, which is $230 less than a new version. 

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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Apple now has inventory of refurbished 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops. They won’t last long.

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 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops to consider

  • Refurbished 16-inch MacBook Pro 2.3GHz 8-core Intel Core i9 with Retina display in Space Gray or Silver for $2,379, which is $420 lower than a new model

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’s inventory has a few 2019 models in stock.

Which 15-inch MacBook Pro should you buy? The 2019 Refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.3GHz 8-core Intel Core i9 with Retina display is available in Space Gray or Silver for $2,209.

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 MacBook Air models in the refurbished store as of this writing. Check back later.

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 a Black Sports 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 few 2019 27-inch iMacs available.

Which 27-inch iMac should you buy? Check out the Refurbished 27-inch iMac 3.7GHz 6-core Intel Core i5 with Retina 5K display for $1,779, which is $320 lower than the regular price.

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 range.

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? Look a Refurbished 27-inch iMac Pro 3.2GHz 8-core Intel Xeon W with Retina 5K display that’s $3,819. It does offer a significant savings over a new version: $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 with a 3.5GHz 8-core Intel Xeon W, 48GB RAM, two Radeon Pro W5700X graphics cards, Apple Afterburner, and a 256GB SSD, for $8,409. A new version of that model sells for $8,899. So you save over $400.

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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