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Apple today began selling certified refurbished iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models in the United States for the first time since the devices were released in late 2020.

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In the United States, only the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models are available refurbished right now, with no iPhone 12 mini or iPhone 12 Pro Max models to choose from at this time. A variety of colors and storage capacities are available for delivery or scheduled pickup at select Apple Store locations.

As usual, the refurbished iPhones are discounted by around 15 percent compared to the equivalent brand new models. For example, an unlocked iPhone 12 with 64GB of storage is available for $619 through Apple's refurbished store in the United States, whereas Apple currently sells the same model for $729 brand new.

The refurbished iPhone 12 models are all unlocked and SIM-free. All refurbished iPhones come with a new battery, a new outer shell, and a new white box that includes all manuals and a USB-C to Lightning cable. All refurbished iPhones are covered by Apple's standard one-year warranty and are eligible for extended AppleCare+ coverage.

Apple says its refurbished products are thoroughly tested and cleaned, and in our view, they are virtually indistinguishable from brand new Apple products.

Article Link: Apple Begins Selling Refurbished iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Models
 
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LFC2020

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New shiny parts, warranties & AppleCare+ makes buying refurbished worry-free. I don't know any resellers I'd trust to buy from. You'll pay a little more, though but you can't put a price on that.
I’d love to buy one, apple won’t sell refurb iPhones here in Aus. ??‍♂️
 
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JPack

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Not worth it.

Refurb 128Gb black iPhone 12 from Apple = £619

NEW 128Gb black iPhone 13 from Amazon = £729

Would rather pay the £110 extra

Based on that logic of $100 difference, Apple shouldn't be selling iPhone 12/mini as new, but they do. For a lot of people, they don't need that top end performance or features.
 

Malkie0831

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I traded my iPhone 12P as soon as the 13P arrived, battery life was worse than my old iPhone X. Now if they would offer iPad Pto M1 models in the refurb store I could cancel my iPad Air M1 order…..
 

MrENGLISH

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I like refurbished products, they typically go through a more rigorous QA testing. Plus Apple Care, makes it worth it to me. But I also prefer to have the newest phone out the gate, so I never get refurbished phones.
Same here. Apple is one of the few brands that I trust purchasing refurbished products from so long as the purchase is made directly from apple.com. I've owned so many Apple Refurbs over the years and always recommend them to family and friends. Many of whom are usually surprised to learn that many of my Apple products are actually refurbs. Other trusted refurbs straight from the manufacture are Nintendo and Oculus. DON'T EVER BUY A REFURB DIRECTLY FROM DYSON.
 

orbital~debris

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I hope they would offer Jet Black again. A Jet Black iPhone 14 Pro Max with USB-C would be an instant buy for me!

Yes! They're halfway there with the frame on the Graphite 13 Pro (just make it black)… now all they need is to have a polished back glass in that inky black colour, and somehow bring back the grippyness the Jet Black coating had.
 

TheSl0th

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Apple today began selling certified refurbished iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models for the first time since the devices were released in October and November of 2020. Availability is limited to the United States and the United Kingdom for now.

refurbished-iphone-12.jpg

In the United States, only the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models are available refurbished right now, while customers in the U.K. also have refurbished iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max models to choose from. A variety of colors and storage capacities are available for delivery or pickup at select Apple Store locations.

As usual, the refurbished iPhones are discounted by around 15 percent compared to the equivalent brand new models. For example, an unlocked iPhone 12 with 64GB of storage is available for $619 through Apple's refurbished store in the United States, whereas Apple currently sells the same model for $729 brand new.

The refurbished iPhone 12 models are all unlocked and SIM-free. All refurbished iPhones come with a new battery, a new outer shell, and a new white box that includes all manuals and a USB-C to Lightning cable. All refurbished iPhones are covered by Apple's standard one-year warranty and are eligible for extended AppleCare+ coverage.

Apple says its refurbished products are thoroughly tested and cleaned, and in our view, they are virtually indistinguishable from brand new Apple products.

Article Link: Apple Begins Selling Refurbished iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Models

This isn't correct at least for the UK - iPhone 12 models have been on the refurbished store here for at least the past month if not longer.
 

iOS Geek

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Dang! Impressive.

I went caseless with it since it's super rare that I drop my iPhone, but day 2, it flew out of my hand and onto tile of all freakin' places. I was pissed lol.
Ouch. That would have been my luck ? Straight onto the tile...or the driveway ?
 

Relentless Power

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If you purchase refurbished, then I would just consider Apple. Obviously for reasons already the article/other members stated why it’s a ‘safe bet’, but there’s just way too many unknown variables buying used (‘Like new!’) phones from eBay, Swappa or other sources.

Are Apples prices the most reasonable? Probably not. But then you roll the dice for a myriad of other reasons to go wrong with refurbished phones from XYZ vendors.
 

Joe Rossignol

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This isn't correct at least for the UK - iPhone 12 models have been on the refurbished store here for at least the past month if not longer.

these have been on sale for months in the UK apple store. £579 refurb 64Gb. i have been watching them...

I know, mines a refurb from a few months back
Bit of a non story/bad research!
They are new in the US as of today and I mistakenly assumed they were just added in the UK as well. I've updated the story. Thanks.
 
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