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Apple Begins Selling Refurbished 2019 iMacs

Apple today added certified refurbished 2019 iMac models to its online store for the first time in the United States and Canada.

A selection of refurbished 21.5-inch iMac and 27-inch ‌iMac‌ configurations are available, with prices discounted by 15 percent compared to the equivalent brand new models. These models were originally released in March 2019.


Apple says all refurbished ‌iMac‌ models are thoroughly inspected, tested, cleaned, and repackaged with a new box and all manuals and accessories, including a Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, Lightning to USB cable, and power cord. Apple's refurbished products are virtually indistinguishable from brand new ones.

Any refurbished ‌iMac‌ model comes with Apple's standard one-year warranty effective on the date the computer is delivered. The warranty can be extended to up to three years from the original purchase date with AppleCare+ for ‌iMac‌ for a one-time cost of $169 in the United States or $199 in Canada.

Apple updated its iMac lineup in March with Intel's latest 8th-gen and 9th-gen Core processors and Radeon Pro Vega graphics options.

Beyond the processors and graphics refresh, there is a lot of familiarity. 2019 ‌iMac‌ models have the same design used since 2012 and the same 4K and 5K displays as the previous generation. I/O also remains unchanged with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, four USB 3 ports, a SD card slot, a headphone jack, and Gigabit Ethernet.

While the iMac Pro and other recent Macs are equipped with Apple's T2 security chip, 2019 ‌iMac‌ models do not have any T-series chip.

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19 weeks ago

looking forward to a completely re-thought & redesigned iMac now that J Ive is gone. This old design has got to go. This is the one time I wish they'd show courage.


Aside from the bezels getting trimmed down, I can’t imagine how much they can do to make this a more aesthetically pleasing machine. I personally think it’s a beautiful design even in its current state.
Rating: 23 Votes
19 weeks ago

looking forward to a completely re-thought & redesigned iMac now that J Ive is gone. This old design has got to go. This is the one time I wish they'd show courage.


The current iMac is one Ive's finer achievements. It could use narrower bezels, but other than that it's close to perfect.
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How popular are refurb machines?


I haven't bought a new Mac in 10 years. All refurbs. Same warranty as new.
Rating: 10 Votes
19 weeks ago
Really excited for a redesigned iMac. Holding onto my 2010 has gotten stressful lately lmao.

Hoping the end of this year or 2020 will be the time.
Rating: 9 Votes
19 weeks ago
looking forward to a completely re-thought & redesigned iMac now that J Ive is gone. This old design has got to go. This is the one time I wish they'd show courage.
Rating: 8 Votes
19 weeks ago

While the iMac Pro and other recent Macs are equipped with Apple's T2 security chip, 2019 iMac models do not have any T-series chip.

I can envision a day not too far in the future where any Mac without that T-series chip will be ineligible for an update.
Rating: 7 Votes
19 weeks ago
Trend is the iMac appears in the refurb store 3 months after into. I've been hitting refresh on the refurb store for about 4 weeks now and jumped on an i9 w/ Vega 48 during lunch. Those Geekbench scores are incredible.

Military discount stacks with refurb discount which drives down the cost quite a bit.
Rating: 6 Votes
19 weeks ago
just an observation, the past wkd was dead news-wise, then this week came in with a vengeance, across the board
Rating: 4 Votes
19 weeks ago

I’ve never bought a refurbished product before, is it worth the discount (and loss of the beats promotion)? Are they like new just not with the official box?


I’ve bought a few refurbished MacBook Pros over the years. They’ve always been indistinguishable from new, aside from the non-retail box. I would never buy one new unless I was in a hurry.
Rating: 3 Votes
19 weeks ago

Aside from the bezels getting trimmed down, I can’t imagine how much they can do to make this a more aesthetically pleasing machine. I personally think it’s a beautiful design even in its current state.


Aesthetically, it’s starting to feel dated. Not ugly, but just looks like from a time when wide bezels were the norm.
The tapered edges are a bit gimmicky and may hinder opportunities for better ventilation.

Maybe under new design leadership, it’s not about how thin we can make it. Have a uniform flat back, perhaps with cut out pattern similar to that new 6K display. I want to say, add an adjustable height and tilt, but that would add $1k to the price.

If they really want to make a bold change, consider what MS has done with their Surface desktop.
Rating: 3 Votes
19 weeks ago

I’ve never bought a refurbished product before, is it worth the discount (and loss of the beats promotion)? Are they like new just not with the official box?

Yes and Yes...
Rating: 3 Votes

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