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. We make a recommendation of what to buy, but feel free to check out the store inventory to find the right model for you.
Editor's note: Updated 04/12/21 to reflect the current inventory of the store.
As of this writing, the store has a few iPhone 11 Pro models available.
Which iPhone should you buy? Grab a 256GB iPhone 11 Pro (Unlocked) in Silver, Space Gray, Midnight Green, or Gold while you can. They sell for $849, which is $150 lower than the regular price. The 64GB model is also available in Space Gray, Midnight Green, or Gold for $759, which is $149 lower than the regular price.
Other iPhones to consider
Check out the iPhones on the Apple Certified Refurbished storeRemove non-product link.
Refurbished 13-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 M1 models in stock. Most of the inventory are Intel-based models.
Which 13-inch MacBook Pro should you buy? Grab a Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU, 8‑Core GPU, 256GB SSD and 8GB of memory in Space Gray or Silver for $1,099. That's a $200 savings.
Other 13-inch MacBook Pro to consider
Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU, 8‑Core GPU, 512SSD and 8GB of memory in Silver for $1,269.
Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available 13-inch MacBook Pro models for sale.
Refurbished 16-inch MacBook Pro
As of this writing, Apple's inventory of the 16-inch MacBook Pro is filled with 2019 models. Apple did not update this laptop in 2020.
Which 16-inch MacBook Pro should you buy?
The Refurbished 16-inch MacBook Pro 2.6GHz 6-core Intel Core i7 with Retina display in Silver or Space Grey is a good deal at $2,039, which is $360 lower than a brand new model. It comes with 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a 4GB AMD Radeon Pro 5300M graphics card.
Other 16-inch MacBook Pro to consider
- Refurbished 16-inch MacBook Pro 2.3GHz 8-core Intel Core i9 with Retina display in Silver or Space Gray for $2,379
Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available 16-inch MacBook Pro models for sale.
Refurbished MacBook Air
Apple now has M1 MacBook Air models in the refurbished store as of this writing. Models with Intel processors are also available.
Which MacBook Air should you buy? The Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU and 8‑Core GPU is available in Gold, Silver, or Space Gray for $1,059. That's $190 lower than a new version.
Other MacBook Air to consider
- Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air 1.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Retina Display and True Tone technology in Gold, Silver, or Space Gray for $1,019
Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available MacBook Air models for sale.
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.
As of this writing, Apple has no iPads in stock. Come back at a later date.
Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available iPad models for sale.
Refurbished Apple Watch
The refurb store now has Series 5 watches. If you've been waiting, grab one now. The stock won't last long.
Which Apple Watch should you buy? Apple has a Refurbished Apple Watch Series 5 GPS + Cellular, 44mm, Space Black Stainless Steel Case with Black Sport Band for $579. That's $120 lower than a new version.
Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available Apple Watch models for sale.
Refurbished 21.5-inch iMac
As of this writing, Apple has a limited stock of refurbished 21.5-inch iMacs.
Which 21.5-inch iMac should you buy? Apple has a Refurbished 21.5-inch iMac 3.0GHz 6-core Intel Core i5 with Retina 4K display, 8GB of memory and a 1TB Fusion drive for $1,269, which is $230 less than a new model.
Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available 21.5-inch iMacs for sale.
Refurbished 27-inch iMac
As of this writing, Apple does not have any refurbished 27-inch iMacs available.
Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available 27-inch iMacs for sale.
Refurbished Mac mini
Apple is sold out of M1 Mac mini models. The models available use Intel CPUs.
Which Mac mini should you buy? The Refurbished Mac mini 3.0GHz 6-core Intel Core i5 – Space Gray for $929 is $170 cheaper than a new model.
Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available Mac minis for sale.
Refurbished iMac Pro
Apple now has several different modesl in stock.
Which iMac Pro should you buy? Apple has a Refurbished 27-inch iMac Pro 3.2GHz 8-core Intel Xeon W with Retina 5K display for $3,819, a savings of $680.
Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available iMac Pros for sale.
Refurbished Mac Pro
Apple finally has stock of the new Mac Pro. It's a pricey machine, so going with a refurb is a way to save some cash.
Which Mac Pro should you buy? For a brand new Mac Pro, Apple doesn't offer standard configurations; it's a machine you customize to your preferences. Since a refurbished Mac is a machine that a customer returned, all the Mac Pros in Apple's refurbished inventory are ones that a customer designed. You can't customize a refurb, so you basically have to pick what's on the shelf. If you really want a refurb Mac Pro, you may have to settle for a model that doesn't quite fit the specifications you want.
That being said, big savings could be had. For example, Apple is selling a Refurbished Mac Pro 3.5GHz 8-core Intel Xeon W, 8GB Radeon Pro 580X, 48GB of memory, and a 256GD SSD for $5,349. A new version of that model sells for $$6,299 So you save $950.
Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available Mac Pros for sale.
Refurbished Apple TV
The Apple TV rarely is available, but if you're lucky, you can get a Refurbished Apple TV 4K 64GB for $169 and save $30.
Go to the Apple Certified Refurbished store to see all of the available Apple TVs for sale.
As of this writing, Apple does not have any refurbished models in stock.
Apple Certified Refurbished store FAQ
What's the difference between the Apple Certified Refurbished store and the Apple store?
The Apple Certified Refurbished store sells gently-used products that have been returned to the company. Apple repairs and tests these products to make sure they are in like-new condition. The Apple store, however, sells only new products that have never been opened and used.
Strangely, finding the Apple Certified Refurbished store isn't obvious. On Apple.com, scroll to the very bottom of the page, where you'll find a site directory. Under Apple Store, you'll find a link for Refurbished and Clearance. (This link takes you there.)
What does Certified Refurbished mean?
The items in the Apple Certified Refurbished store are products that have been purchased and returned by other customers. Apple puts these products through what they call a stringent refurbishment process before they are put on the virtual shelves.
Apple says that each product is thoroughly tested and any problematic hardware components are replaced. The exception is with the Apple Watch and Apple Pencil: If these items need new parts, they aren't put up for sale.
Each product goes through a quality assurance inspection, and is also cleaned, inspected, and repackaged with complete documentation, cables, and anything else that usually ships with that device. These products are essentially like new.
What kind of warranty comes with an Apple Certified Refurbished product?
Apple includes a standard one-year limited warranty. Learn more about Apple's hardware warranties.
Is AppleCare available for Apple Certified Refurbished products?
AppleCare is available. For an additional fee, you can get two or three years of coverage and support. Read our guide to AppleCare for more information.
What products are available?
Since these are refurbished products, inventory for this store relies on what's returned to Apple. Because of this, it's quite possible the store won't have the model that you want. Apple may not have a certain model of a product one day, and the next day they might all of a sudden have a limited stock run available, unannounced. Then, once that batch sells out, it will once again become unavailable until Apple builds up stock again.
The Apple Certified Refurbished store carries all of the company's major product lines: Macs, iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, HomePods, iPods, and Apple TVs. There's also a Refurbished Accessories section.
When shopping at this store, keep an eye on the product's release dates, which are listed in each product description. Apple often sells older models. You can find refurbished models of the current product line, but these items tend to sell quickly, so act fast.