How to buy a refurbished iMac, iMac Pro, Mac mini, Mac Pro, MacBook, iPhone or iPad from Apple
Looking for a way to save some money on the latest Apple products? Consider a refurbished MacBook, refurbished iPhone, or refurbished iPad from the Apple Certified Refurbished store. A refurbished product is just like a new, but at a lower price.
Here’s a quick guide with links to the best deals you can find on the refurb store, along with a FAQ guide if you want to know more about the ins and outs of the Apple Certified Refurbished store and buying a refurbished MacBook, desktop Mac, iPhone, or iPad.
Editor’s note: Updated 3/14/19 to reflect the inventory changes in the store.
As of this writing, the store has a few iPhone X models available. The iPhone 7 Plus is regularly in stock. You might find the iPhone 7, but it sells out quickly. While the store has listings for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, it’s been a while since its had actual stock.
Which iPhone should you buy? Grab a 256GB iPhone X (Unlocked) in Silver or Space Gray while you can. They sell for $899, which is $150 lower than the original price. The 64GB model is also available in Silver or Space Gray for $769, which is $130 lower than the original price.
Other iPhones to consider
Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro
Apple’s stock ebbs and flows. Sometimes there are several current MacBook Pro models to choose from, while other times the selection is small. Some are standard configurations, while others are customized built-to-order models.
At this writing, Apple has a few 2018 models from which to choose.
Which 13.3-inch MacBook Pro should you buy? We like the deal for a Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Retina display with a 256GB SSD in either Silver or Space Gray. This laptop is $1,529, which is $270 lower than the regular price.
Other 13.3-inch MacBook Pro laptops to consider
- Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with Retina display 128GB SSD (no Touch Bar) in Space Gray or Silver for $1,099
Refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro
As of this writing, Apple’s inventory has several 2018 models in stock. They don’t last very long, though. You’ll also find 2017 models
Which 15.4-inch MacBook Pro should you buy? The Refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.6GHz 6-core Intel Core i7 with Retina display with a 512GB SSD is available in Space Gray or Silver for $2,379. This is a pretty good deal, since it’s $420 off the regular price.
Other 15.4-inch MacBook Pro laptops to consider
- Refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7 with Retina display 256GB SSD in Space Gray or Silver for $2,039.
Refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.6GHz 6-core Intel Core i7 with Retina display with Radeon Pro Vega 20 graphics in Space Gray for $2,679.
MacBook stock runs out quickly. Apple has a few in stock. Act now.
Which MacBook should you buy? The Refurbished 12-inch MacBook 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core m3 is a pretty good deal, available in Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, and Space Gray. At $1,099, it’s $200 cheaper than a new model.
Other MacBook laptops to consider
Refurbished MacBook Air
Apple has limited stock of MacBook Air laptops. The 2018 model is now available, but don’t expect inventory to last.
Which MacBook Air should you buy? The Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with Retina Display with 8GB of memory and a 256GB SSD is available in Gold, Silver or Space Gray for $1,189. The regular price of this model is $1,399, so you’ll save $210.
Other MacBook Air laptops to consider
- Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with Retina Display, 16GB of memory, and 256GB SSD in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray for $1,359.
The refurb store can be a good place to save some money on an iPad, though might actually find better deals on brand-new iPads from Best Buy and other non-Apple retailers.
Other refurbished iPads to consider
Refurbished Apple Watch
The refurb store stock for the Apple Watch varies greatly. If you don’t see something you like, check back later. As of this writing, there are Series 2 and Series 3 models available.
Which Apple Watch should you buy? Take a look at the Refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular, 38mm Space Gray Aluminum Case with Anthracite/Black Nike Sport Band, available in 38mm ($319) or 42mm ($349).
Refurbished 21.5-inch iMac
The refurb store has a few 2017 21.5-inch iMacs in stock. But they go quickly.
Which 21.5-inch iMac should you buy? Consider the Refurbished 21.5-inch iMac 3.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Retina 4K display. It’s $1,269, which is $230 lower than a new version.
Other 21.5-inch iMacs to consider
Refurbished 27-inch iMac
Apple has several 2017 models available, but they sell quickly.
Which 27-inch iMac should you buy? At $1,699, the Refurbished 27-inch iMac 3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Retina 5K display is $300 less than a new version.
Other 27-inch iMacs to consider
Refurbished Mac mini
Apple has a few 2018 Mac mini models available.
Which Mac mini should you buy? Apple is selling a Refurbished Mac mini 3.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i3 in Space Gray for $929. This model has 8GB of memory and a 256GB SSD, and is $170 lower than a brand new version. That’s a pretty good deal.
Other Mac minis to consider
Refurbished iMac Pro
Apple has stock of the iMac Pro, which was originally released in December 2017. The iMac Pro is Apple’s Mac for the most demanding users.
Which iMac Pro should you buy? We like the base 8-core iMac Pro, especially if you’re looking to upgrade from a 5K iMac. The Refurbished 27-inch iMac Pro 3.2GHz 8-core Intel Xeon W with Retina 5K display is $4,249, which is $750 cheaper than a brand-new version.
Refurbished Mac Pro
The Mac Pro hasn’t changed much since its release in 2013. Apple refreshed the line in April 2017, but all it did was increase the number of cores used in each model. The lack of drastic changes means you can get a good deal on a refurbished model.
Refurbished Apple TV
As of this writing, there are no refurbished Apple TV models available.
As of this writing, there are no refurbished HomePod models available.