If you were waiting for a great discount before buying a new M1 Mac, Apple has begun selling the M1 MacBook Pro for the first time in the Apple Refurbished Store. Customers can save up to $230 when buying a refurbished Mac M1 compared to the retail price.Expand Expanding Close
With news of fresh 12-inch MacBooks this morning, Apple is now further discounting previous generation refurbished models with prices starting at $929 shipped. If you’re willing to hold off on the spec bumps announced today, you’ll be able to cash in on significant savings. All of Apple’s refurbished products come with a full one-year warranty and are eligible for AppleCare.
Apple’s inventory of refurbished computers and accessories are generally limited. It’s not uncommon to see a specific model come in and out of stock. Check in regularly if your desired MacBook sells out in the coming days.
Here’s a look at the new MacBook price drops:
- 12-inch 1.1GHz/8GB/256GB: $929 (Orig. $1,299) – was $1,099
- available in Space Gray, Silver and Gold
- 12-inch 1.3GHz/8GB/256GB: $1,149 (Orig. $1,549) – was $1,319
- available in Space Gray and Gold
- 12-inch 1.2GHz/8GB/512GB: $1,189 (Orig. $1,599) – was $1,359
- available in Space Gray, Silver and Gold
- 12-inch 1.3GHz/8GB/512GB: $1,319 (Orig. $1,749) – was $1,489
- available in Space Gray and Gold
If you’re looking for more power, we currently have Apple’s 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro on sale from $1,000 with a .edu email address (Reg. $1,299).
It’s only been a few short months since the 4th generation Apple TV with Siri remote was released, but it’s already available in refurbished condition from Apple’s online store. The discounts are slight, but they are definitely better than paying full-price: 32GB is $129 (Reg. $149) and 64GB is $169 (Reg. $199). Apple’s refurbished products include a full one-year warranty and generally come in great condition. Just last week Apple began offering refurbished 12-inch MacBooks for the first time ever.
We’ve seen a handful of deals for Apple’s latest streaming media player during the holiday season with prices dropping as low as $100 for the 32GB model and $150 for the higher-end 64GB variant. If you’d prefer to stay away from a refurb and are looking to save a few bucks, RadioShack currently has it bundled with an HDMI cable for $126 shipped.
(1) What are Apple Certified Refurbished Products?
Apple Certified Refurbished Products are pre-owned Apple products that undergo Apple’s stringent refurbishment process prior to being offered for sale. While only some units are returned due to technical issues, all units undergo Apple’s stringent quality refurbishment process.
Each Apple Certified Refurbished Product:
- is fully tested (including full burn-in testing).
- is refurbished with replacement parts for any defective modules identified in testing.
- is put through a thorough cleaning process and inspection.
- is repackaged (including appropriate manuals, cables, new boxes, etc.).
- includes either the Mac OS originally shipped with the unit or, in some cases, a more recent version*.
- is given a new refurbished part number and serial number.
- is placed into a Final QA inspection prior to being added to sellable refurbished stock.
Judge rejects class-action over AppleCare’s subpar replacements, calls lawyer ‘manifestly incompetent’
Remember that class-action lawsuit alleging AppleCare+ customers were being given subpar replacement products? This week a federal judge rejected the case while calling the plantiffs’ lawyer “manifestly incompetent” and suggesting the counsel orchestrated the entire case.
ArsTechnica reports the judge’s rejection this week claimed the lawyer encouraged the plaintiffs to purchase AppleCare plans and record interactions with Apple employees “for the purpose of initiating this lawsuit.”
But none of the plaintiffs were disgruntled consumers who went looking for a lawyer after getting bad service. Galindo was a paralegal for Renee Kennedy, the lawyer who filed the lawsuit, and Adkins had also worked for Kennedy in the past. Kennedy gave them both “monetary gifts to thank them for their excellent work,” and both women used those “gifts” to buy AppleCare Plus, referred to as “AC+” in court papers.
While the case isn’t entirely over, it won’t be a class-action and therefore will likely be on a much smaller scale than it might have been otherwise (if it doesn’t eventually get thrown out altogether).
Under Apple’s current policy for AppleCare plans, the company promises to “exchange the Covered Equipment with a replacement product that is new or equivalent to new in performance and reliability, and is at least functionally equivalent to the original product.” It’s not always the case — the judge found one plaintiff in the case was actually given a brand new device as a replacement — that’s another way of saying you might get refurbished replacement units (or parts for repairs).
9to5Toys Last Call: 11-inch MacBook Air $730, 3-ft. MFi Lightning Cables $5, Jawbone Mini Jambox $50, more
Today’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call Updates:
Apple 11-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (newest version): $730 shipped (Reg. $899)
- Your choice of MFi Apple-certified 3-ft Lightning cables from Anker and Spigen for $5 shipped
- Jawbone Mini Jambox Bluetooth Speaker in Blue Diamond: $50 shipped (Reg. $87)
- Harman Kardon Nova 2.0 Bluetooth Stereo Speaker System $150 shipped (Orig. $200)
- Neato details its new iOS/Android connected robotic smart vac
- EA announces upcoming Star Wars Battlefront beta, new gameplay modes and companion app
- Home: Dyson AM07 tower fan $270 (Reg. $320), Philips Norelco men’s shaver $120 (Orig. $280), more
Ringke iPhone 6/Plus Cases from $5 shipped in multiple colors/styles, more
Apple AirPort Express Dual-Band 802.11n Wireless Router (refurbished): $50 shipped (Orig. $99)
Amazon Gold Box – up to 45% off gaming gear: SteelSeries iPhone controller $45, ViewSonic 28″ monitor $187, much more
All-Inclusive iOS 9 & Swift 2 Course Developer Bundle: $49 (Orig. $398)
13-inch Retina MacBook Pro w/ Force Touch (newest) 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB: $1,280 shipped (Reg. $1,499)
13.3-inch MacBook Air (early 2014) 1.7GHz/8GB/512GB: $1,249 shipped (Orig. $1,849)
Giveaway: $400 Belkin WeMo bundle including the new Lightify Starter Set, multiple winners
More new gear from today:
Healthkit-supported Bluetooth Smart Bathroom scale with BMI, more: $49 Shipped
- Games/Apps: Borderlands Handsome Collection $35, 1TB Xbox One Halo bundle $360, more
- Nintendo brings new smaller 3DS to North America, Zelda Tri Force 3DS, opens digital store on Amazon
- Pandora celebrates its 10th anniversary by nixing ads for all listeners
- D-Link PowerLine AV500 Mini Adapter Starter Kit: $20 shipped (Reg. $35+)
- Fitbit Charge HR Activity Tracker in multiple sizes/colors: $120 shipped (Reg. $150)
- Kindle First Books for September: The Prettiest One, Pale Queen Rising, Still Waters, more
- Daily Deals: Logitech K350 Curved Wireless Keyboard $30, Urge Basics Bluetooth Speaker $19
More deals still alive:
Brother All-in-One AirPrint Wireless InkJet Printer $50 shipped (Reg. $85+)
Gift Cards up to 20% off: Sports Authority, Domino’s, Jiffy Lube, Steak ‘n Shake, TGI Fridays, Michaels, more
- Western Digital 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive: $130 shipped (Orig. $200)
- GoPro HERO4 Silver waterproof action camera: $319 shipped (Reg. $400)
- Motorola SURFboard Cable Modem + Wireless Router: $90 shipped (~$109+ value), more
- Monitors: Acer 23″ $100 (Reg. $140), Dell 23.8″ UltraSharp w/ HDMI $210 (Reg. $240)
- Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-inch Solid-State Drive: $150 shipped (Reg. $175+)
- Audio: JBL Micro Bluetooth speaker $28, V-MODA M-80 headphones $80 (Reg. up to $120)
- Home: home/office laminator $15, LED desk lamp $35, electric kettle $20, more
- App Store Free App of the Week: Nighty Night Circus kids’ bedtime story app ($3 value)
- MFi Lightning Cables: 6-ft. Braided Nylon $9.50 (Reg. $14), 2-ft. Retractable $9 (Reg. $13), more
- Philips Portable Bluetooth Speaker in multiple colors for $15 Prime shipped (Reg. $20)
- Power Banks: Anker PowerCore 15600mAh w/ dual USB ports $25 Prime shipped (Reg. $33), more
- MicroSD cards: Silicon Power 64GB $20 (Orig. $36), PNY 128GB $51 (Orig. $80), more
- REI extra 20% off: Columbia Fleece Half-Zip $24, Marmot Down Jacket $104, more
- Home: Best selling Roomba robot vacs up to $100+ off, Electric Fondue Maker from $37 (Orig. $80+)
- Timbuk2 bags, backpacks, and rollers 25% off: Command Messenger Bag $112 shipped (Reg. $150)
- Gaming apparel/collectibles 20% off: Fallout 4 hoodies $48, official PlayStation gear from $10, more
- Bose SoundTrue on-ears in black $80 (Reg. $120), much more
- AirPrint Printers: Canon Inkjet All-in-One $90 (Reg. $110), more
- Griffin ‘Twenty’ Digital Audio Bluetooth Amplifier: $120 Shipped (Orig. $150, CA Tax Only)
- MLB.TV is down to just $10 for the rest of the season
- Hot Java Android Coding Bundle: 5 app development courses for $29 (Orig. $657)
- Free Xbox Live Gold Games for September: Tomb Raider Definitive Edition, Battlestations Pacific, more
- Free PS Plus Games for September: Grow Home, Super Time Force Ultra, Twisted Metal, more
- Doxie Go Wi-Fi Scanner: $175 Shipped (Orig. $229, CA Tax Only)
- Google Play offers free downloads of Buddy Guy’s Born To Play Guitar album (Reg. $10)
New products & more:
Leica partners with an Italian auto designer to create a marvelous set of limited edition binoculars
Microsoft details new Xbox One Elite Bundle w/ upgraded SSD, new special edition controller
- Release dates/special editions announced for Uncharted 4 & Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
- Set the clock back to 1875 with the new Tesla Watch from ThinkGeek
- Netflix September Preview: The Walking Dead Season 5, Gotham Season 1, and more
- SmartHalo adds simple smartphone-connected navigation to your bike’s handlebars
- Gears of War creator reveals the first gameplay footage for his new gravity-defying FPS
- Back to school gift guide: essential tech gear every student should be using
- Here’s how you can play Forza 6 nearly a week before its release plus pre-order discounts
- Lara Croft GO hits iOS and Android with puzzle-based gameplay
- Logitech’s new Artemis Wireless Gaming Headsets focus on features and compatibility
- Samsung introduces new multi-room speakers alongside an improved Android and iOS app
- Amazon’s new Underground app for Android delivers over $10,000 worth of free apps and games
- Sensel’s Morph is an ultra sensitive Force Touch Trackpad look-alike
- These mesmerizing auto-Mario Maker levels will take you on the ride of a lifetime
- Rise of the Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition features a 1-foot Lara statue and more
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular $449, GoPro HERO3+ Black $262, Power Bank $6, more
Today’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call Updates:
- Apple is giving away free downloads of iOS cooking app Green Kitchen ($5 value)
- Review: Logitech’s Anywhere 2 Bluetooth mouse shines w/ adaptive scrolling
- Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless Headphones (multiple colors): $140 shipped (Reg. $200)
- PIQ uses multiple sensors and a clever design to paint a clearer picture of your golf game
- Casetify custom Apple Watch bands: $70 credit for $50
- Elgato 1080p Game Capture device for PS4, Xbox One, more $105 shipped (Reg. $139+)
- Enthusiasts create incredibly detailed 14-foot Starcraft II map out of LEGO
- Home: Oral-B Bluetooth electric toothbrush $120 (Reg. $150+), more
Apple iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB in Silver: $449 shipped (Orig. $929)
GoPro HERO3+ Black 4K Action Camera (refurb) $262 shipped (Reg. $280), 33-piece accessory kit $15
RAVPower Portable 3,000mAh Battery: $6 Prime shipped, Lightning cables under $6
$50 iTunes gift card for $40 w/ email delivery from PayPal (20% savings)
The best lawn games to make your 4th of July cookout a success
Look like a real American hero at your 4th of July BBQ with this over-the-top USA garb
Giveaway: Owen & Fred’s Desk Essentials collection ups your work game while looking good, $250+ value
More new gear from today:
Daily Deals: XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer $350, HP x3000 Wireless Optical Mouse $8, more
Home recording bundle: ATH-M50x over-ears, Focusrite Scarlett interface and mic kit $269 shipped ($410+ value)
- New! Games/Apps: FX Photo Studio for Mac $2 (Reg. $10), I Gladiator goes free (Reg. $3)
- New! Acer 11″ Chromebook 2.16GHz/2GB/16GB (refurb): $110 shipped (Orig. $200)
- New! Quick Charge 2.0 18W USB Wall Charger w/ micro USB $10 (Reg. $16), more
- New! Headphones: Monster iSport in-ears $50 (Reg. $150), Beyerdynamic Tesla on-ears $200 (Reg. $300), more
More deals still alive:
JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth Headphones for $110 shipped (Reg. $170)
RAVPower FileHub Travel Router w/ 6000mAh Power bank $35 Prime shipped (Reg. $60)
- Add seven USB 3.0 ports to your Mac w/ this 30W Mpow Aluminum Hub: $19 (Reg. $39)
- 11″ MacBook Air (previous gen) 1.7GHZ/8GB/512GB + freebies: $1,000 (Reg. $1,200+)
- Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Turntable: $210 shipped (Orig. $300)
- KingTop car chargers w/ Prime shipping: 10A/50W 4-port $10, 6.6A/33W 3-port $10
- Media: BOGO Blu-rays from $8, Spirited Away $20 Prime shipped, more
- Toshiba 13″ Chromebook 2 Intel 2.16GHz/4GB/16GB SSD $250 shipped (Reg. $300)
- App Store Free App of the Week: Halftone 2 Comic Book Creator ($2 value)
- Free Xbox Gold Games for July: Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, more
- HooToo Wireless N Travel Routers 20% off: TripMate Nano $15 Prime shipped (Reg. $25)
- Speakers: PreSonus 4.5″ Powered Studio Monitors $163 (Reg. $200), more
- LG 34″ UltraWide LED IPS Monitor w/ Thunderbolt 2: $750 shipped (Reg. $1,000)
- iPhone 5 & 1-Yr Unlimited Talk/Text, 500MB LTE/m $300 shipped
- Ondesoft Mac Bundle w/ X-Mirage, iTunes Converter, more: free ($146 value)
New products & more:
Bricasso scans any image and then 3D prints it using LEGO bricks as ink
Five bizarre kitchen gadgets you need to add to your cooking arsenal
- Frigidaire launches its very first iOS/Android connected smart home air conditioner
- Yirego’s Drumi powerless washing machine gives urbanites a unique alternative
- Quick Review: Eton Scorpion II is a rugged solar electronic survival kit for $50
- Molson and Google team up on voice activated fridge that dispenses free beer
- Amazon’s Treasure Truck brings daily deals to the streets
- Firebox’s new WTF section has a $236K Apple Watch and a full-size Delorean
- SanDisk’s behemoth 200GB microSD is now in-stock and ready to ship
- Silk by Saffron’s smart LED bulbs adjust your lighting based on the sun
- Here’s a life-size model of Claptrap from Borderlands made entirely of LEGO
- Stream the series debut of HBO’s Ballers in HD for free
- LEGO unveils the highly detailed new Ferrari F40 Creator series set
- The Luzi Smart Lamp has Siri-like powers with charging options for Apple Watch
Apple today officially launched a version of its Apple Store iPhone trade-in program for China, as noted on the individual store pages for China’s Apple Retail Stores.
As is the case in the United States and several other countries with Apple Stores, the program allows a user to bring in an older iPhone model and trade in that device for gift card credit toward the purchase of a new iPhone; the program will most likely not allow a customer to trade in an iPhone toward the purchase of an Apple Watch. But as contrasted with the U.S., France, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada and Italy, the new China program is limited to iPhones and iPads, and will not support non-Apple smartphones.
Apple has recently added the 27-inch iMac with Retina display, originally released in October 2014, to the refurbished section of its online store. Currently, the baseline 5K iMac with a 3.5 GHz quad-core Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, a 1 TB Fusion Drive, and an AMD Radeon R9 graphics processor will cost you $2,119 refurbished from Apple. That’s $380 – or 15%- off the price of a new model.
After first showing off the latest Mac Pro at WWDC 2013 and launching the professional-class desktop computer last December, Apple’s certified refurbished online store is now carrying discounted models for the first time.
The 2013 Mac Pro, which is the only Mac computer manufactured in the United States, ordinarily starts at $2,999 for the base model configuration, but customers looking to save on that cost can now get the same configuration for $450 less at $2,549. A variety of other configurations are available in refurbished models with discounted price tags ranging up to $7,479…
Apple has recently added the 2014 MacBook Air to the refurbished section of the Apple Online Store. Currently, the 1.4 GHz Intel Core i5 11-inch MacBook Air is available in two configurations priced at $769 and $929, with 128 GB and 256 GB SSD’s respectively. 13-inch Air’s have also been in the store at various times in the last couple of days, so should return once Apple replenishes their refurbished inventory. These reduced prices are equivalent to around 15% savings in comparison new models from Apple’s site. The products were added two days ago, and have been lapsing in and out of stock constantly, so — like much of Apple’s refurbished offerings — quantities are obviously limited.
The 2014 MacBook Air’s were originally released in April, featuring new Haswell processors. As usual, Apple’s refurbished offerings come with new 1-year warranties and are subject to Apple’s normal refurbishment processes.
Although the price savings are significant when compared to Apple’s current MSRP for the machines, we’ve tracked better prices for brand new models from Best Buy on several occasions, and even eBay Daily Deals.
Need a new MacBook Air now? You can pickup the 13-inch (MD760LL/B) model for $749.99 if you have access to a .edu email address. That’s $250 below retail.
FreedomPop, the carrier offering free and cheap data plans on Sprint’s network, today announced that it’s bringing its free voice, data, and text plans to tablet users starting with the iPad mini and Samsung Tab 3. Since LTE iPads only support data over their cellular connection, the carrier provides iPad users with Apple headsets with mics for making calls and an app that routes calls/texts through its own VoIP platform.
While there are competitors like Skype that enable VoIP calling on iPads already, FreedomPop has a couple things going for it. The company’s CEO Stephen Stokols notes that “unlike some apps, we actually provision a new unique phone number and enable voice mail, number porting, etc, on it” …
One of the most highly touted features of the new Google Chromecast is its price tag, coming in at just $35. The Apple TV retails for $99 (Amazon sells it for $96) but includes a more expansive feature set including full mirroring capabilities, a beautiful user interface, physical remote and an abundance of compatible streaming services. In a possible reaction to the low Chromecast price, Apple has dropped a refurbished Apple TV 12% down to just $75 with free shipping. Although, this could be a planned price drop as Apple typically re-evaluates their refurb prices as products go through their life cycle. No matter the reason for the drop, at $75 with a 1-year Apple warranty this is our pick for the best current Apple TV deal.
After it started offering a selection of refurbished 5th generation iPod touch through the Apple online store earlier this month, Apple today began selling the refurbished 16GB, 7th generation iPod nano in various colors for $129. That’s $20 or 13% off retail, but we’ve seen these refurbished units go for as low as $119 on 9to5Toys.
Apple today also began selling the refurbished iPad 2 and iPad 3 at even lower prices than before with the 16GB iPad 2 with WiFi + 3G now starting at $349 (roughly $180 off retail). Apple has also further discounted its refurbished iPad 3 with WiFi and cellular to a starting price of $409 ($170 off retail). That provides consumers with an additional $50 off its old refurbished prices and matches the best price we’ve seen on 9to5Toys.
Apple is now offering the refurbished 5th Generation iPod Touch for $249 (32GB) and $349 (64GB) in a variety of colors. The 17%/$50 discounts are the lowest we’ve seen (new ones at Best Buy and other retailers have hit as low as $270).
Apple refurbished products come with one year of AppleCare just like new products.
Apple today started offering a couple new models of its latest generation iMac through its refurbished online store. Previously Apple was offering refurbished units of the new 21.5-inch iMac only, but we hadn’t seen any 27-inch models hit yet, which we assumed was likely due to yield issues and significant delays experienced in the iMac’s first few months of launch. Today Apple has finally started offering both the entry level 27-inch iMac and the higher end iMac, in addition to a couple of BTO models. However, taking tax into account, you might be about to score a new one for around the same price…
You might not be able to entirely beat Apple’s refurbished price, but taking the tax into account, you can almost get a brand new 27-inch iMac for the same price. 9to5Toys breaks it down.
For instance, the high end 3.2GHz model is currently available for $100 off on Amazon for $1,899. If you’re paying 8% tax on the refurb unit, that brings your total up to $1834.92. In many cases, buying new for around the same price or slightly more might be worth your while.
We reported in November that a representative of eBay told us Apple was running the store, possibly through intermediaries. An eBay spokesperson declined to refute the information at the time. An Apple spokesperson also declined to comment.
The store gained added attention because of the requirement that tax only be paid immediately in a few states, as well as PayPal payment options, and that it sometimes offered prices lower than the official Apple Store on Apple refurbished items.
Apple Store also drops prices of refurbished Retina MacBook Pros (now start at $1269) and MacBook Airs
Following price drops and minor processor upgrades for Apple Retina MacBook Pros this morning, Apple also further discounted its refurbished MacBook Pros. Apple took 15 percent off the MacBook Pros in January, and it dropped the 256GB 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro even more to $1,359 today. Other refurbished Retina MacBooks have been discounted as well. The 512GB 2.9GHz Retina MacBook Pro now sells for $1,779 refurbished. Apple also discounted its 256GB 13-inch MacBook Air to $1,099, and it received a price drop this morning to $1,399 new.
Seth Weintraub and Danny DeSilva contributed to this post.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve been posting links to a mysterious Apple refurbished store that appeared on eBay about a month ago and has been hiding in plain sight ever since. Labeled only “Refurbished Outlet” with hidden corporate information and nothing in the way of contact information or a traceable backend, the store gets impressive 99.7-percent positive reviews from buyers. But, there is no information on where devices are coming from.
We thought Apple might be testing the waters to sell refurbished products directly to customers through eBay, and it seems that’s exactly what is happening. We discovered that this is in fact an Apple-run Store within eBay. It is in trial, and it could open the door to much bigger things. No one would go on the record at eBay, however.
Aside from the image fonts above, which are an uncharacteristic wreck, there are many telltale signs of Apple’s direct involvement. Just like Apple’s own refurbished products, the “refurbished outlet” products all have the following:
- Full one-year warranty
- Returned to like-new condition
- iPads/iPods include a new battery
- Received complete burn-in testing
- Original OS re-installed
- Repackaged with manual and cable
- Final quality inspection by Apple
The prices on the products are also identical to the Apple Store’s refurbished prices across the board (below)
Thanks to the new fourth-generation iPad unveiled this afternoon, the third-generation iPad that launched in the spring has been discontinued. Consequently, the third-generation iPad is now available on Apple’s refurbished store. Prospective customers can find the base 16GB model listed for only $379 in the refurbished store, while the 32GB and 64GB models are also for $469 and $549 (respectively).
The new iPad suddenly isn’t new anymore.
It looks like Apple has just started offering refurbished iPad 2s via the Apple online store, as noted by Dealnews and MacRumors. We aren’t going to jump to any upcoming iPad 3 conclusions just yet, but the discount is definitely a welcomed entry price point for new iPad owners in the midst of tablet makers looking to go after the low-end tablet market.
The only iPad 2s currently available include the 32GB and 64GB Wi-Fi+3G models going for $679 and $779, and the 64GB Wi-Fi only model going for $649. It looks like both black and white models are currently available as well as all four carrier options for the 3G models. If you can get your hands on one before they’re gone, it’s listed as shipping in 1-3 business days.