Refurbished 2015 Retina MacBook Now Available From Apple's Online Store

Apple recently began offering the 12-inch Retina MacBook in its online store for refurbished products, marking the first time refurbished versions of the Retina MacBook have been made available for purchase.

Released in April of 2015, the Retina MacBook is Apple's thinnest, lightest Mac product, measuring in at just 13.1mm thick and weighing 2 pounds. The machine has a full edge-to-edge keyboard, a fanless design enabled by a low power Core-M chip from Intel, and a Retina Display.

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While the main refurbished site does not yet have a listing for the Retina MacBook, refurbished models are available on a dedicated MacBook page. All of the refurbished machines are available at a 15 percent discount.

Apple has four refurbished Retina MacBook models for sale at the current time, including two entry-level 1.1GHz models for $1,099, a $200 discount, and two higher end models. The 1.2GHz/8GB/512GB Retina MacBook in Silver is available for $1,359, a $240 discount, while an upgraded 1.3GHz/8GB/512GB machine in Silver is available for $1,489, $260 off the regular price of $1,749.

For many months after its launch, Retina MacBook supplies were constrained. Shipping estimates were upwards of a month for most models, and most Apple retail stores received very little stock. Personal Pickup for the MacBook wasn't available until August, four months after it was released. Refurbished editions of newly released Macs often show up in the refurbished store after a few months, but the supply issues may explain why refurbished MacBook models haven't previously been available.

Apple's refurbished inventory fluctuates on a regular basis based on available supply, so models that are available today may not be available tomorrow. All of Apple's refurbished products are tested, certified, and come with a one-year warranty.

(Thanks, Matt!)

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60 months ago

I don't know how anyone could possibly justify buying one of these over an Air. It defies logic.

What's the first thing you look at when you open a computer?
the screen
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60 months ago
Still overpriced for what you get. But so was the first MacBook Air, which is now a nice little machine. I might pick one up in a few years unless the iPad Pro gets its crap together. I want to move from a rMBP to an iMac or Mac Pro and then get a really lightweight portable to fill in the gaps.
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60 months ago
I think it's a shame they can't add a second USB-C port when they refurbish...
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60 months ago

I don't know how anyone could possibly justify buying one of these over an Air. It defies logic.

Well, it has nearly 4 times the resolution of an Air, is thinner, lighter, has a smaller bezel, and IMO, looks better. Once you experience a hi-res display it's hard to go back. It's everything I liked about the 11.6" MacBook Air with a screen as good as an iPad Air.
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60 months ago
Got a 1.1 base model for almost half the price on Gumtree (UK version of craigslist). If I was in the market for a rMB now, I would either buy used or hold out, as the skylake update could be around the corner (in 2 months, it'll be exactly a year since it was announced in March 2015). Skylake for those that haven't read about it, should bring about an extra hour or 2 in battery life, 10/15% CPU improvements, and up to 40% in GPU improvements. Also, judging by the Windows Core M laptops that have been released recently, there could be a 2nd USB C port.

Look around online/ebay etc, there are some really good deals to be found. Just stay safe and make sure you check serial/warranty/stolen etc.

I transitioned from a rMBP 13 and MBA 11, still getting used to the keyboard but My God am I amazed by what this thin tiny thing can do! Battery life is on par with MBA 11, which is great as its lighter, almost the same in terms of power and the screen blows everything away, even my 13 rMBP. Colours come to life on it!
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I don't know how anyone could possibly justify buying one of these over an Air. It defies logic.

I don't know how anyone could possibly justify buying an Air over one of these. It defies logic.
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