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Apple Now Selling Refurbished 2017 21.5-Inch iMac Models

Apple today updated its online store for refurbished products to add the new 21.5-inch iMac models that were initially released in June of 2017.

Today marks the first time the new 2017 iMacs in the 21.5-inch configuration have been available through the refurbished store since their launch at the Worldwide Developers Conference. The new iMacs feature Kaby Lake processors, upgraded displays, faster solid state storage, and discrete graphics.


Apple's refurbished store features only 4K models with Retina display at this time and does not have any refurbished non-Retina 21.5-inch iMac models available for purchase.

At the time of this post, there were eight different refurbished 4K 21.5-inch iMacs available in various configurations, with prices discounted by approximately 15 percent. An entry-level 4K model with 8GB RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and a Radeon Pro 555 is available for $1,099, for example, a $200 discount off of the regular $1,299 starting price.

Apple has a several different configurations available, from low-end to top-of-the-line. As with all refurbished products, stock will fluctuate regularly based on the machines Apple is getting in for repair. The addition of the new 2017 21.5-inch models follows the introduction of refurbished 2017 27-inch iMacs earlier this month.

All of Apple's refurbished products go through a rigorous refurbishment process before being offered for sale, which includes inspection, repairs, cleaning, and repackaging. Refurbished Macs come with a one-year warranty that can be extended with an AppleCare+ purchase. For more info on purchasing a refurbished product from Apple, make sure to check out our guide.

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9 months ago
I should never see the number '5400' on any Apple product. Its truly the most insulting thing they do.
Rating: 6 Votes
9 months ago

Based on previous years, two to three months is how long it takes for refurbed units to show up (except when demand greater than supply), so the timing is not unusual. I actually got a refurb Apple Watch (2nd gen) about a month after they went on sale. That was superb, since I'd planned to buy it new later that week.

I got a refurbed 27in iMac last week and love the 5k screen.

Come on, stay with the downer theme common here, ;)
Rating: 3 Votes
9 months ago

My "dream features" for an iMac:

• Target Display Mode
• A taller 16:10 display (This is great for watching 16:9 movies without having the subtitles/media controls covering up the content.)
• 256MB (or more) of L4 Cache (with super fast CPUs and SSDs of today, RAM is becoming the new bottleneck. Larger caches on the CPU help with that problem. The 5th generation Intel CPUs outperformed the 6th generation CPUs in many tests because they included a super-large cache.)
• Great GPU for playing VR content.

and a 32" screen!
Rating: 2 Votes
9 months ago
15% is peanuts. Should be at least 90% off.
Rating: 2 Votes
9 months ago
As much as I love the iMac product line, removing the ability to use the recent models as a monitor for PC is annoying as hell.

And Bootcamp still can't utilize Fusion Drive fully right?
Rating: 2 Votes
9 months ago
I see 2 i7 processors with the 5400 rpm fusion drive. So sad that's a configuration you can choose.
Rating: 2 Votes
9 months ago

If they have refurbished models this soon it indicates there are a considerable amount of defective units which have required "refurbishing."

More likely many returns to refurbish
Rating: 1 Votes
9 months ago
If they have refurbished models this soon it indicates there are a considerable amount of defective units which have required "refurbishing."
Rating: 1 Votes
9 months ago

As much as I love the iMac product line, removing the ability to use the recent models as a monitor for PC is annoying as hell.

And Bootcamp still can't utilize Fusion Drive fully right?


I doubt it, the fusion drive is a mac logical volume, and would need PC-side drivers.

Edit: just read, bootcamp will create the windows partition on the hard drive, so it'll work but w/o the speed.
Rating: 1 Votes
9 months ago
I don't get it, why harddisks? All iMacs should have a SSD with 256Gb at the minimum;
Fusiondrive is old tech.
Rating: 1 Votes

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