iPad iPad refurbished

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Brounmoney, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. Brounmoney macrumors 6502

    Jan 31, 2012
    What are your experiences with refurbished ipad? Good experiences or bad ones. I have been having problems with my ipad 2 screen and AppleCare said they wanted me to take it to get replaced.
  2. ZZ Bottom macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    If you get it from an Apple store, request to open it up and inspect it on the spot. I've heard of many doing this without any complaints from staff.

    Any functional problems like troublesome LCD or battery can be addressed with another replacement. Apple has an above average reputation for refurbish quality, and its quite possible the refurb you get was only a return with no problems in the first place.
  3. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    The refurb will be as new, probably going through better quality control than a new iPad. It will have a brand new screen, rear housing and battery.

    You will have to inspect it there and then anyway, since they'll send yours back in the box the new one come in - they don't just give you a box and send you on your way!
  4. ZZ Bottom macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    Do you have a source on the LCD claim? I would assume they would only replace the top glass on the refurbs to give it a brand new appearance. Replacing an entire LCD that had no issues would be a colossal waste of resources.
  5. Defender2010, Dec 29, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2012

    Defender2010 macrumors 68030


    Jun 6, 2010
    Physically you can't tell the difference from the outside which is a refurb and which is new.
  6. Medic311 macrumors 68000


    Jul 30, 2011
    i only had 2 issues with a refurbished iPad

    1) iPad 2 16GB wifi refurb - screen typed by itself

    2) iPad 2 16GB wifi refurb - after about 4 months the adhesive holding down the bezel separated from the aluminum shell

    both were replaced without issue. the 3rd iPad 2 16GB wifi refurb has been without issue for almost a year. my brother has it now, no problems.

    i now have an iPad 3, 64GB LTE-Verizon refurb that i bought. flawless. the screen is perfect as well - no light bleeding, no pink/yellow tint, no dust under the screen.

    to put it into perspective, i went through 2 iPad Minis (one had light bleed and the other had a machining defect where there was a large gap between the bezel and the aluminum rear shell. i also went through an iPad 4 which had such severe back light bleeding that you could actually see the individual LEDs on the left side when in portrait mode

    the iPad 3 refurbs are the best value right now in my opinion. if you can get away with a 16GB, the $379 price tag is phenomenal for what you get. i have a lot of movies and video podcasts so i had to get a 64GB. i use my iPad a lot as a LTE hot spot so i needed the LTE model. it cost me $679. compared to what it was brand new, i saved $150. compared to the refurb prices before the iPad 4 came out, i saved $100. can't ask for something better than that
  7. Boob macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2012
    Bought a refurbished iPad 2 from apple.com a few months back and it was practically brand new. Couldn't even tell if someone had used it. Typing from it now and still enjoying the hell out of it.
  8. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    That's what I meant - as in the touch screen/digitiser.
  9. Braniff747SP macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2010
    Los Angeles, California, USA
    My first generation iPad was refurbished; it was--and is-- in flawless condition, like new. Only difference was the substantially smaller price tag.
  10. CoMoMacUser macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2012
    I have a refurbished iMac and Time Capsule. The experiences with both are good enough that I wouldn't hesitate to buy a refurbished iPad.

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