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Apple has begun selling discounted refurbished 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro models through its online store in the United States for the first time, with up to $200 savings available on some base configurations compared to brand new models.

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Currently, Apple's refurbished options for the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro lineup are limited to models with the 8th-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors (not the faster 10th-generation CPUs), but this spec does come with Apple's new scissor switch Magic Keyboard, which has been positively received by users, especially following the butterfly keyboard troubles of earlier models.

Apple says refurbished MacBook Pro models are thoroughly inspected, tested, cleaned, and repackaged with a USB-C power adapter and USB-C cable in the box. In our view, a refurbished MacBook Pro is virtually indistinguishable from a brand new model, so this represents a good opportunity for savings directly from Apple.

Keep in mind that third-party resellers frequently offer better deals than Apple's refurbished prices, so be sure to monitor our deals roundup.

A refurbished MacBook Pro comes with Apple's standard one-year warranty effective on the date the notebook is delivered. The warranty can be extended to three years from the refurbished purchase date with AppleCare+ at a cost of $269 for the MacBook Pro.

(Thanks, Shanmugam Senthivel!)

Article Link: Apple Begins Selling Refurbished 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro Models
 

WildSky

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I created a thread for this topic on Wednesday night when the 2020 refurbs were first added to the US refurb store. https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/2020-13-macbook-pros-now-in-apple-refurb-store.2249776/. I've been closely monitoring the refurb store awaiting these models to appear.

Some of the savings are greater than $200. Here's one for which the savings is $230:

Like all refurbs, it's only the stock configs for which you see the savings noted. For the CTOs in the refurb store, you'd have to configure it in the retail Apple Store to get the original price to compare.
 
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vmistery

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Considering we are just a few months away from the first ARM devices it should be interesting to what happens with the second hand market of Intel Mac's.
I was thinking the same thing, my guess is Apple won’t change the refurb pricing but the resale market elsewhere may see a decline in values. Of course we might find that people really do want the windows compatibility and the resale values hold but I doubt it. Either way though they will still hold value way better than a windows laptop
 
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aednichols

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Unfortunately all of the units so far are the lower end 1.4 & 1.7 GHz with two ports. I need them ports!
 
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CarlJ

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Unfortunately all of the units so far are the lower end 1.4 & 1.7 GHz with two ports. I need them ports!
To be fair, USB-C has a whole lot of cheap docks/hubs available - if there’s a bunch of things you want to plug into a 4-port MBP, you might be just as well off plugging them into a doc and plugging that into your MBP.

If you have 3 USB-C devices plus power, this doesn’t help much, but if what you’re intending to plug in are, say, an Ethernet dongle, and a card reader dongle, and a USB-A dongle, a dock could actually make things simpler.
 
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drzen

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The brand new i5 13” with 16/512 is still discounted by $200 at Best Buy (and dropped in price really early too), so these refurb prices aren’t all that attractive.
 
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jezbd1997

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So the ARM 13-14" rMBP is coming soon...right!?!?!?
Highly doubted that will be this year, iPhones have been pushed back to October/November. And the mbp 13 was the last macbook updated with the new keyboard and more.
They wouldn’t do that just to release a redesign within a few months.
Going off some leaks/rumours the first arm mac will be a MacBook Air or something in that lower cost category
 
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WildSky

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The brand new i5 13” with 16/512 is still discounted by $200 at Best Buy (and dropped in price really early too), so these refurb prices aren’t all that attractive.
I'd agree for the stock configs for as long as BB's sale lasts, but one of the advantages of the refurbs is getting CTO configs on sale with overnight or two-day shipping.
 
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Karl Ramonas

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Ive purchased every one of my macs/ipads/phones through apple's refurb site.
never had a single issue with any of the products and saved hundreds of dollars.

I think the fact they go through them and probably replace everything makes it a great way to get a device.
 
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WildSky

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Ive purchased every one of my macs/ipads/phones through apple's refurb site.
never had a single issue with any of the products and saved hundreds of dollars.

I think the fact they go through them and probably replace everything makes it a great way to get a device.
Yes, for sure! I so agree. And you get the one-year warranty, fast shipping, and option to buy Applecare.
 
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aajeevlin

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Unfortunately all of the units so far are the lower end 1.4 & 1.7 GHz with two ports. I need them ports!
What do you mean? Select 16Gb of RAM I5 and I see the four ports version right away.

oops, looks like you are correct. I didn’t realize the form factor on my first look. Can’t believe people will bump to i7 without just going with the higher 10th gen ones.
 
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bluecoast

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Great if you’re a freelancer or business and need to dual boot or simply to run pro apps / specialised software that you’re not certain is coming to AS anytime soon.

Everyone else should probably wait.
 
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jerryk

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Would be curious as to why the original customer returned it? I am suspecting it’s a YouTuber who didn’t get enough views on his channel. 😆

I returned the listed model because you could get the 10th gen model at $300 more on sale at Best Buy 1 month after the announcement. That extra $300 got you the 10th gen i5, 512 GB of ssd (versus 256), 16GB of ram, and 2 cooling fans instead of one
 
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Aboo

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Has anyone seen any varieties with 32GB RAM show up on the store yet?
 
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