Apple Begins Selling Refurbished 13-Inch MacBook Pro With M1 Chip

Apple today began selling certified refurbished models of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 chip in the United States and Canada for the first time since the notebook was released in November 2020. As usual, the refurbished models are discounted by approximately 15 percent compared to the equivalent brand new models.

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Apple's online refurbished store has the base model 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 chip available for $1,099 in the United States, for example, compared to Apple's regular price of $1,299 for this model. This configuration includes the 8-core M1 chip with 8GB of unified memory and 256GB of SSD storage in Silver or Space Gray.

Apple says refurbished MacBook Pro models are thoroughly inspected, tested, cleaned, and repackaged with a USB-C power adapter and USB-C cable in the box. In our view, a refurbished MacBook Pro is virtually indistinguishable from a brand new model, so this represents a good opportunity for savings. However, keep in mind that third-party resellers may offer better deals over time, so be sure to monitor our deals roundup.

Apple's refurbished Macs are covered by a one-year limited warranty and have a 14-day return policy. AppleCare+ coverage can be purchased as well.

(Thanks, Ryan Gregg!)

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Top Rated Comments

JPack Avatar
16 months ago
Some of the configurations are ridiculous, like 8GB/2TB. Who does that?
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
16 months ago
Waiting patiently for 16 inch model ;) Macbook Pro.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SFjohn Avatar
16 months ago

Refurbished Macs are generally not a great deal. I find that you can easily get a gently used model for even less. If the gently used model still has its 1 year warranty, you can even buy AppleCare+ for peace of mind.

The M1 based MacBook Pro is a poor value** regardless if new or refurbished. Just get a M1 MacBook Air and move on. Same ports, same computer, no stupid Touch Bar, and less expensive.

** If you are doing sustained heavy duty work where thermal throttling is an issue, the MBP has a fan and thus generally won’t thermal throttle. For regular day to day use that many folks need a Mac for, the MacBook Air is a better value.

I’d also like to think that hard core professionals are still using Intel based Macs with more RAM and discrete graphics. Those users will likely upgrade once Apple has a proper M1X or whatever based Mac. The current M1 was designed to replace low end Intel offerings, not higher end quad core machines or Xeons.
Some of us really love and use the Touchbar. Just because you never figured out how to use it doesn’t make the Touchbar “stupid”.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
QCassidy352 Avatar
16 months ago

Not really. Wait for regular sales and you can buy a brand spanking new one.
Apple's refurbs are basically indistinguishable from a brand new one other than the packaging.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Chompineer Avatar
16 months ago

Not really. Thoroughly inspected doesn’t mean ****. They aren’t putting logic boards under a microscope looking for any defects in soldering. They aren’t doing heavy duty testing. I know because I’ve seen refurbished units fail slightly more than brand new ones. Obviously both can have defects, but they go through pretty much the same QC
They aren’t passing units through with obvious visual defects, like is decently common with new units.

Your anecdotal evidence doesn’t mean much, sorry to say. I can say basically the opposite of it. I’ve had ~ 30 MacBook Pro’s through my hands in the last 12 months, every single one with visual defects was a new unit. Refurbs were all flawless.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Chompineer Avatar
16 months ago

Not really. Wait for regular sales and you can buy a brand spanking new one.
Refurbs are better.

They’ve been much more thoroughly inspected and tested vs new production.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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