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Apple this week began selling refurbished 8th-generation iPad models through its online store in the United States for the first time since the device was released last year. As usual, the refurbished models are discounted by approximately 15% compared to brand new models, with pricing starting at $279 for the 32GB model versus $329 new.


Apple says its certified refurbished iPad models are thoroughly inspected, tested, cleaned, and repackaged in a new white box, with a Lightning cable, power adapter, and manuals included in the box. A refurbished iPad also comes with a new battery and a new outer shell, making it virtually indistinguishable from a brand new iPad.

Introduced in September 2020, the 8th-generation iPad features a 10.2-inch Retina display and the A12 Bionic chip with a Neural Engine.

Refurbished iPads are covered by Apple's standard one-year warranty. This coverage can be extended with an AppleCare+ for iPad plan, available for a one-time fee of $69 or $3.49 per month for 24 months in the United States.

Apple also started selling refurbished 2020 iPad Pro models this week. While certified refurbished iPads represent a decent opportunity for savings straight from Apple, better deals are sometimes available from resellers like Amazon and Best Buy. Be sure to monitor our Apple Deals roundup for the latest discounts on Apple products.

Article Link: Apple Begins Selling Refurbished 8th-Generation iPad Starting at $279
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Oct 22, 2013
I don't understand those peoples buying old, used hardware for very little discounts.

I bought refurb from Apple for years. Though I feel that the deals used to be better.

This brings items into impulse buy territory for many, or allows some to afford multiples.

Even though I now can (and do) buy whatever I want, that wasn’t always the case, and Apple refurbs were my gateway into Apple (after buying deeply used for a few years). It’s a testament to Apple product longevity that they are still useful products well beyond being current products. (I.e. using used G4 TiBook well into 2011)
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Oct 22, 2013
There’s no discernible difference between Apple Certified Refurbished and new Apple products. There’s no reason imo not to buy Apple refurbished if you have the option, especially for Macs.

It’s better than new. It’s another round of QC (potentially more thorough than brand new), and new battery.

Most refurbs are probably never even used originally. They are probably returns that people sent back for having screens too yellow or home buttons too clicky.


macrumors 68000
Dec 19, 2009
I bought 8gen 128GB iPad 2020 to replace aging iPad Pro 9.7 2016. In general, 8 gen speed is higher, iPad Pro has better sound and graphics, but 8gen has larger storage and much, much cheaper, so in general I am quite happy and also the screen is a bit larger (9.7->10.2), screens seemed largely close enough for me, but Pro has laminated screen I think, 8 gen has just a normal screen, both use Apple Pen 1st gen


macrumors 68000
Sep 20, 2014
Lack of a laminated screen makes this a pass for me. The design is chonky and ridiculously outdated. They should have gone with the Air 2 chassis and called it a day. But no, trillion dollar company gotta trillion dollar company apparently.


macrumors regular
Mar 13, 2020
As typically happens this time of year, devices that will soon be replaced by newer models show up on sale or start showing up in Apple's refurbished site. It's all happening as expected. My frustration relates to the earlier predicted new iPad Mini. I very much want one and really don't want to wait until 2022 to get one. Yet, none of the indicators noted above have been happening with the iPad Mini, and there haven't been any recent articles on it. Has anyone here heard anything recent on the tipic?
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