I've noticed throughout the years how many of you have always wondered what types of devices Apple uses as their replacements. I am a perfectionist myself, and it is a terrible gift. I have had many replacements of multiple devices throughout the years and always dreaded Apple's white box. I have, however, concluded that almost all white box devices are actually Apple's brand new stock being sold as replacements only. I've noticed that nearly every single device's serial number is the same as the ones used in brand new devices. There are refurbished phones out there. Chances are, you don't have one. After purchasing my iPhone 4S, I handed my 4 to my niece. When she broke it and we went to the Apple Store to get it swapped out, the two replacements she received were all 5K phones. This means that the only time refurbished phones begin to circulate is after the production is halted. I also spoke to a very nice Apple Senior Advisor today and we've had a conversation about it. He confirmed that many people and Apple CS reps believe that white box phones are refurbished. They are, in fact, brand new phones. They cannot call them "new" due to legal issues. Hence why many have heard about white box phones being "refurbished". Thus, to recap everything; if it's in production, it's brand new!