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Apr 12, 2001

Apple today began selling certified refurbished iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max models for the first time since the devices were released in September 2018.

At the time of writing, the refurbished models are available in Space Gray, Silver, or Gold with 64GB, 256GB, or 512GB of storage through Apple's online store in the United States. All of the models are unlocked, aka SIM-free.


Refurbished models available:
  • iPhone XS - 64GB: $699, down from $999 in September 2018
  • iPhone XS - 256GB: $829, down from $1,149 in September 2018
  • iPhone XS - 512GB: $999, down from $1,349 in September 2018
  • iPhone XS Max - 64GB: $799, down from $1,099 in September 2018
  • iPhone XS Max - 256GB: $929, down from $1,249 in September 2018
  • iPhone XS Max - 512GB: $1,099, down from $1,449 in September 2018
Apple says all refurbished iPhone models are thoroughly inspected, tested, cleaned, and repackaged with a new white box and all manuals and accessories. Apple also installs a new battery and replaces the outer shell, making it nearly impossible to distinguish between a refurbished and brand new iPhone.

Any refurbished iPhone model comes with Apple's standard one-year warranty effective on the date the device is delivered, which can be extended with AppleCare+ at a cost of $199 for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

Apple is not offering refurbished iPhone XR models at this time.

Article Link: Apple Begins Selling Refurbished iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max Models
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Sep 9, 2012
They just cut the prices of the Xs models at JB HiFi in Australia where you can still buy them new. I picked up an Xs Max yesterday. I think they’re selling quickly at the lower prices considering they’re a lot cheaper than the Pro models.


macrumors 603
Feb 5, 2009
Gee...compared to iPhone 11 pricing why would anyone buy one of those?

The XS is no slouch. 30% off to get last years’ model is a decent deal.

Don’t forget it wasn’t long ago that Apple knocked off only $100 of the prior year iPhone and kept it on sale along side the newest model. I realize this iPhone is refurbished, but the discount is also significantly greater.
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macrumors G4
Mar 27, 2017
Best value at $699 - iPhone 11
Best value at $799 - iPhone Xs Max (refurb)

No surprise Apple is discontinuing the 5.8" model. It's too small and narrow for today's consumers and isn't priced appropriately.


macrumors 68030
May 14, 2014
nyc upper east
this reminds me of SS AW3 vs normal AW4, where newer tech beats out better materials.
yeah the stainless steel and oled is nice, but the nightmode camera on the 11 trumps all that, at least for me.
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macrumors 68000
Jan 1, 2008
OLED screen, better build material, 3D Touch

Thicker bezels one the 11 as well I think? But Bezels and oled display might be enough to sway me from an 11 to an xs on sale but really I'd probably want the Pro or Pro Max anyway.


macrumors 6502
May 13, 2019
That is a pretty good price drop for the xs and xs max! I am going to have to remember to look for these when I get a new phone.


macrumors G4
Mar 20, 2003
Bay Area
Yeah, it is still $100 more than a brand new iPhone 11. I guess that’s the price you pay for OLED display if you really want one as otherwise it’s inferior in every way.
I'd rather an XS than an 11 because 1) size 2) OLED 3) telephone lens > ultrawide lens 4) love 3D Touch.

That said, I don't find either option particularly compelling at $700.
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