Brown box: new or refurbished

Discussion in 'iPad' started by scorpionfalcon, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. scorpionfalcon macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2011
    I have seen several posts where people wonder if the brown box iPads are refurbished or not. Last week, Apple did not have any iPad 2 replacements in stock, so they had to order one for me. In a couple days, it came in, and it was in a brown box. However, the serial number indicates it was week 29 (July) of production. Isn't this too recent to have been a refurbished unit? I think it's somewhat safe to assume this is a brand new unit.
  2. dreams macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2009
    I believe it should be the refurbished one inside the brown box. Strangely some people have noted that the refurbished iPad's serial number starts with a X
  3. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    I bought mine retail store... purdy white box.

    You ordered yours, the brown box is typical shipping affair and will be more sturdy.

    Either box is going in trash *shrug*
  4. blarivee macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2009
    I think someone else mentioned on other posts that brown boxes are reconditioned products where they recycle the logic board and give the product new case, battery and display. Personally, I think it's not brand new (as in you're the first customer to own it). The reason I say that is because when I order from Apple online, I would get the production week corresponding to the week the product is shipped.
  5. njsa04playa macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2010
    new joisey
    i think the production date is the same as when u buy the refurbished maybe a little earlier
  6. greygray macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2009
    It's refurbished, tells you that the product has been exchanged with a new body and battery, so it's good as new. Except that it HAS been passed on from somebody else.

Share This Page