All iPads Refurb iPad 4's and mini's

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  1. macrumors 65816

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    Out of interest, does anyone know if there are refurb ipad 4s or minis out there yet either as replacements or those sold as refurb? How long does it generally take for the first refurbs to get out there after a new generation is released?
     
  2. macrumors 68030

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    For sales, I have no idea - I imagine they've been around. For replacements - yes, I'd say they well and truly have refurbs by now :).
     
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    saving107

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    its not a question of how soon after but when they accumulate enough inventory to either sell or swap them.

    The current iPod touch and iPod nano went on sale before the iPod mini was announced and are still not available for sale as refurbish.
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    Dealnews.com has decent refurb deals showing at newegg I believe.

    It has refurb 16 gb for 404
    And 64 gb for 599

    So 100 less
     
  5. 7thson, Mar 13, 2013
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    7thson

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  6. macrumors member

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    My replacement mini was a refurb

    When the wifi antenna died on my pristine black 64 GB LTE mini in less than 2 months AppleCare replaced it with a refurbished unit. They claim everything that can be touched was replaced. I wonder what that means for the lifespan of the moveable parts (jacks and buttons). When they replaced my wife's Touch due to a broken home button the one she was given had a crooked home button. She didn't notice it in the store and the 60 mile drive wasn't worth it for another exchange. Now it is unique ;)
     
  7. Samtb, Mar 14, 2013
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    thread starter macrumors 65816

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    How do you know it was a refurb you got?

    And when Apple give refurbs new s/n s do they include in it the week it was originally manufactured or the week it was refurbished?
     
  8. macrumors member

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    Put the serial number in this website:

    http://www.chipmunk.nl/klantenservice/applemodel.html

    The production date or location is not embedded in the serial number of a refurb. For example here is the info on the iPad mini I was given:

    Serial number: DKVK301HF19L
    Name: iPad
    ModelCode: ipad
    Group1: iPad
    Group2: Mini
    Generation: 1
    Machine Model: iPad2,7
    Screen size: 7.9 inch
    Screen resolution: 1024x768 pixels
    Colour: Black
    Capacity: 64GB
    Memory - flavour: xx
    Factory: DK (Refurbished)

    Whereas here is the info on my original iPad:

    Model introduced: 2012
    Serial number: F4KJN3K5F19L
    Production year: 2012
    Production week: 45 (November)
    Name: iPad
    ModelCode: ipad
    Group1: iPad
    Group2: Mini
    Generation: 1
    Machine Model: iPad2,7
    Screen size: 7.9 inch
    Screen resolution: 1024x768 pixels
    Colour: Black
    Capacity: 64GB
    Memory - flavour: xx
    Factory: F4 (China, Shanghai - Pegatron-Protek)

    I was concerned that this might affect resale value which is why I was asking for a new unit rather than a refurbished.
     
  9. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    The serial number of your replacement says production week 3 (January 2013). It just claims that DK means refurb.
     
  10. macrumors member

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    Fascinating! The website did not give that information when I actually had that unit in my hands but now it does.
     
  11. macrumors 6502a

    mpayne2k

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    Apple store updated today with refurbbed 4th gen and Minis.

    Only 6-9 percent off, not enough if you ask me!
     
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    Medic311

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    iPad 3 refurb is the best value IMO

    iPad 3, 16GB wifi for $379 - can't beat that value
     
  13. macrumors 68030

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    It will be the date it was refurbished.

    All refurbished devices have a new outer casing (including all buttons) and a new battery :).
     
  14. MacSince'85, Mar 18, 2013
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    macrumors member

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    Does that mean the mechanical part of the button or just the plastic part you touch? The clicker died on my wife's Touch and the replacement has a crooked plastic button. The serial number on the replacement coming today looks like another non-refurb.

    After receiving the final replacement:
    It is another mini with original serial number and damage to the case (plus a dead pixel or a speck of something under the screen this time). The refurbished unit I was sent before was the only device (except the original) that did not have case damage (but it had multicolored light bleed). It is starting to look as if they use "seconds" for their replacement devices.
     

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