2018 refurbished 13-in. MBP--mfg. date 2019-05-20

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  1. Broadus macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2011
    Upstate SC
    I set up my new (refurbished) 2018 13-in. MBP (2.3GHz, 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM) yesterday. After doing a good deal of research, I opted for the 2018 refurb instead of the comparable 2019 new to save $400. The only spec difference, I think, is the processor, 2.4GHz for the 2019. At any rate. I'm very pleased with it, though the 13" screen takes a little getting used to after six years of a 15-in. MBP (also refurbished), not to mention 15-inch Windows machines before 2013.

    The one thing I miss is the MagSafe power connector. A lot.

    The keyboard is perfectly fine for me. I type a lot and seem to adjust to whatever keyboard I have. I like it better than my 15-in. 2012 rMBP, and that keyboard was fine. This one feels more solid and sounds much less clicky. Whether it holds up, I guess, is another story.

    Which brings me to the manufacturing date: May 20, 2019 (battery mfg. date is March 10, 2019). I was surprised that 2018 models were still being made the month that the 2019's were released. I'm sure there's a reason for it, and some of you with more knowledge and awareness of these things wouldn't think twice about it, but I was a little surprised. Is there any possibility that 2019 keyboards were used in these late 2018 models?
  2. Howard2k macrumors 68020


    Mar 10, 2016
    I would guess that the manufacture date is the date when it has been re-certified, not the original date of manufacture of the unit. My 2015 is a refurb too and the date was surprisingly recent when I got it.
  3. Broadus thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2011
    Upstate SC
    Ah, good point.
  4. Broadus thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2011
    Upstate SC
    Interestingly, plugging the serial number into the chipmunk site, I get the following outlay of information:

    Nice Name: MacBook Pro Core i7 2.7 13 Touch/Mid-2018
    Machine Model: MacBookPro15,2
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    Family name: A1989
    Group1: MacBook
    Group2: Pro
    EMC number: 3214
    Model introduced: 2018
    CPU speed: 2.7GHz
    Screen size: 13.3 inch
    Screen resolution: 2560x1600 pixels
    Colour: Space Grey
    Return Key: Please tell us what model keyboard this model has. Do you have a US style HORIZONTAL, or ISO style VERTICAL return key on the keyboard?
    Production week : -21- (May)
    Production year : -2019-
    Model introduced: -2018-
    Capacity: 512GB
    Memory - flavour: Soldered
    Memory - maximum total: 16GB
    Factory: C0 (Quanta Computer (Subsidiary = Tech Com) China)

    Among the inaccuracies are the CPU speed and storage capacity. The manufacturing date (or recertification date) is the same as the Coconut Battery app reveals.

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