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Guide to Buying Refurbished Apple Products

There's often a stigma against purchasing refurbished electronics because many companies don't have rigorous quality control programs for refurbished items, but that's not the case with Apple. Some companies may sell refurbished items with cosmetic defects and other issues, but Apple's refurbished products, available from its online refurbished store, are "as good as new" products, as Apple says. You can also get refurbished Apple products at steeper discounts from third-party retailers, but they don't offer the same benefits as buying directly from Apple. Every refurbished iPad, Mac, Apple TV, or Apple accessory Apple sells goes through a certification process that ensures full functionality, and with iOS devices, each one gets a new outer shell and a fresh battery. All refurbished products come with a 1-year warranty. As long as you can wait a few months to pick up an Apple product, there's virtually no downside to purchasing a refurbished model. The quality is superb and the price savings can be worth the wait. This guide covers all the ins and outs of refurbished products, from release timelines and prospective price savings to warranty information and stock information.

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Apple Now Selling Refurbished 13-Inch MacBook Pro With Touch Bar

Apple has added the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, originally released in October 2016, to its refurbished store for the first time. The base model with a 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 256GB flash storage, 8GB of RAM, and Intel Iris Graphics 550 is available for $1,529 in the United States, reflecting savings of $270 off Apple's regular price of $1,799. Available colors include both Silver and Space Gray. The base model is also available with an upgraded 16GB of RAM for $1,699, or $300 off Apple's regular price of $1,999. The higher-end model with a 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 512GB flash storage, 8GB of RAM, and Intel Iris Graphics 550 is available for $1,699 in the United States, reflecting savings of $300 off Apple's regular price of $1,999. Available colors include both Silver and Space Gray. The higher-end model is also available with an upgraded 16GB of RAM for $1,869, or $330 off Apple's regular price of $2,199. Other built-to-order configurations are available for between $1,949 and $2,459 in the United States, including models with up to a 3.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor, 1TB flash storage, and 16GB of RAM. Apple has also made refurbished 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models available in Canada for between $290 and $350 off. The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 13-inch model with standard function keys were added to Apple's refurbished store in March. Apple says refurbished MacBook Pro models are thoroughly inspected, tested, cleaned, and repackaged, including the manuals and cables

Refurbished Apple TV 4 Now Available on Apple Online Store

Apple has added refurbished Apple TV 4 models to its online store for refurbished products, less than a week after refurbished 12-inch Retina MacBook models became available. The base model with 32GB storage is available for $129, compared to its regular $149 price, while the 64GB model costs $169, down from $199. The total savings are between $20 and $30. While these are Apple's best prices for the new Apple TV, RadioShack is currently selling brand new 32GB and 64GB models bundled with an HDMI cable online for only $119.98 and $169.98 respectively. There is a $5.95 shipping fee on all orders. The fourth-generation Apple TV was released in October 2015, and features an App Store, Siri and tvOS software. Earlier today, Apple seeded the second beta of tvOS 9.2, which introduces support for Bluetooth keyboards, app folders, a new look for the App Switcher interface, MapKit, additional Siri languages and more. (Thanks, Jeremy!)

Retina 5K iMac Models Now Available From Apple's Online Refurbished Store

Apple recently started selling the 27-Inch iMac With Retina 5K Display in the refurbished section of its online store, as first noticed by MacGeneration and 9to5Mac. These refurbished models offer customers the chance to save up to 15 percent off the retail price of a brand new model. Several 27-inch Retina iMac models are available, including the entry-level model which is availablee for $2119 and includes a 3.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory and a 1TB Fusion Drive. Other available Retina iMacs include a $2,419 model with 16GB of memory and a 3TB Fusion Drive and a $2,549 unit with 16GB of memory and 512GB flash storage. All three models are in stock and available to ship today. After months of speculation, Apple unveiled the 27-Inch iMac With Retina 5K Display during its October media event. The consumer desktop features a 5120 x 2880 pixel display with improved contrast, viewing angles, and color accuracy. Early impressions of the machine were favorable with reviewers praising the "stunning display" and noting that it is a "huge step up" from Apple's notebook Retina displays.

Refurbished 128 GB iPad Models Begin Appearing in Apple Online Store

Late last week, Apple's online store for refurbished products began offering 128 GB fourth-generation iPad models for the first time. Wi-Fi models in black and white are currently being quoted shipping times of 5-7 business days with pricing set at $679, a discount of $120 from brand-new units. The only cellular model currently available through the refurbished store is the white AT&T model, which carries an identical 5-7 business day shipping estimate and is priced at $789, a $140 discount compared to brand-new pricing. Apple launched the 128 GB fourth-generation iPad in early February, several months after the release of lower-capacity models that saw updated internals and a move to Apple's new Lightning connector. The fifth-generation iPad is expected to debut as soon as next month with a redesigned body taking design cues from the iPad mini, giving the full-size iPad a significantly narrower and thinner

Apple Slashes Prices on Refurbished iPad Mini and iPad 4 Models

Apple today significantly reduced prices on refurbished models of the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad, with all models now carrying approximately 15% discounts relative to brand-new units. iPad mini - 16 GB Wi-Fi: $279, down from $299 previously and $329 brand-new - 32 GB Wi-Fi: $359, down from $389 previously and $429 brand-new - 64 GB Wi-Fi: $439, down from $489 previously and $529 brand-new - 16 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: $389, down from $429 previously and $459 brand-new - 32 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: $469, down from $519 previously and $559 brand-new - 64 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: $549, down from $619 previously and $659 brand-new Fourth-generation iPad - 16 GB Wi-Fi: $419, down from $449 previously and $499 brand-new - 32 GB Wi-Fi: $499, down from $549 previously and $599 brand-new - 64 GB Wi-Fi: $579, down from $649 previously and $699 brand-new - 16 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: $529, down from $579 previously and $629 brand-new - 32 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: $609, down from $679 previously and $729 brand-new - 64 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: $689, down from $779 previously and $829 brand-new Introduced last October, the iPad mini and fourth-generation arrived in Apple's online store for refurbished products in mid-March at modest discounts. The company's 128 GB fourth-generation iPad models introduced in early February have yet to appear in the refurbished store. Rumors have indicated that Apple is unlikely to launch its next versions of the iPad and iPad mini until late this year, but the company has apparently still decided to reduce pricing on refurbished

Apple Cuts Pricing on Refurbished Original iPad and iPad 2 Models by $20-$50

Apple today reduced prices on all refurbished models of the original iPad and iPad 2 in its online store, knocking between $20 and $50 off of each model. The price drops include: iPad 2 - 16 GB Wi-Fi: $319, down $30 from $349 - 32 GB Wi-Fi: $399, down $50 from $449 - 64 GB Wi-Fi: $499, down $50 from $449 - 16 GB Wi-Fi+3G: $449, down $30 from $479 - 32 GB Wi-Fi+3G: $529, down $50 from $579 - 64 GB Wi-Fi+3G: $629, down $50 from $679 Original iPad - 16 GB Wi-Fi: $279, down $20 from $299 - 32 GB Wi-Fi: $349, down $50 from $399 - 64 GB Wi-Fi: $449, down $50 from $499 - 16 GB Wi-Fi+3G: $379, down $20 from $399 - 32 GB Wi-Fi+3G: $449, down $50 from $499 - 64 GB Wi-Fi+3G: $549, down $50 from $599 Apple has yet to begin offering refurbished models of the new third-generation iPad, but for comparison last year the company first offered refurbished iPad 2 models in late August at a $50 discount from brand-new pricing. (Thanks, Brad!)

Apple Cuts Prices on Refurbished iPad 2 Models by $30-$50

Apple today dropped prices on its refurbished iPad 2 models, cutting $30 off of 16 GB models and $50 off of 32 GB and 64 GB models. Pricing is now as follows: - 16 GB Wi-Fi: $419, down from $449. Pricing for brand-new is $499. - 32 GB Wi-Fi: $499, down from $549. Pricing for brand-new is $599. - 64 GB Wi-Fi: $599, down from $649. Pricing for brand-new is $699. - 16 GB Wi-Fi+3G: $549, down from $579. Pricing for brand-new is $629. - 32 GB Wi-Fi+3G: $629, down from $679. Pricing for brand-new is $729. - 64 GB Wi-Fi+3G: $729, down from $779. Pricing for brand-new is $829. Apple first began offering refurbished iPad 2 units in late August. The company also continues to offer refurbished original iPad models on a limited basis. Current availability on the original iPad is limited to the 32 GB Wi-Fi ($399) and 64 GB Wi-Fi ($499)

First Refurbished iPad 2 Models Appear in Apple's Online Store

Apple has just begun offering refurbished iPad 2 units in its online store, opening the way for modest price savings on available models. Discounts currently come in at only $50 off of pricing for brand-new units, and no low-end units are currently available. Models currently available in the U.S. online store include: - 64 GB Wi-Fi: both colors ($649) - 32 GB Wi-Fi + 3G: all four carrier/color combinations ($679) - 64 GB Wi-Fi + 3G: all four carrier/color combinations ($779) All refurbished iPads carry the same return and warranty policies as brand-new units, and also include new batteries and outer shells. All other components are cleaned and tested during the refurbishing process, with defective parts obviously being replaced. Current stocks are listed as shipping in 1-3 business days. Apple has been offering refurbished original iPad models at its lowest prices ever, with the 16 GB Wi-Fi model coming in at $299. Availability of the low-end models has been scarce, however, as stock has been quickly depleted by customers taking advantage of the deep