Question about replacement iphone 5

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  1. prism macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2006
    I had an issue with the power button of my 6 month old iphone 5, so I took it to the apple store and they did a white box exchange. I asked the "genius" if the replacement was new or refurbished to which he said brand new. I thought replacements were refurbished. I quickly did a chipmunk search on the serial and it gave me a production month of July 2013. Are white boxes new or refurbished?
  2. 3rd Rock macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2012
    Over here
    Either....We don't have absolute proof, but some have refurbished and a few stated they got new iphones.
  3. Rocko1 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2011
    Replacements are in white boxes even on day 1 after launch.
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
  5. itjw, Jun 18, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2013

    itjw macrumors 65816

    Dec 20, 2011
    It doesn't. But it drives the OCD crowd NUTS because even though they can't tell the difference it bugs the crap out of them (that they might not have a "brand new factory fresh" phone), even though one was NEVER promised to them for warranty work.

    I really can't wait to see the reactions when Apple starts taking people's devices apart in store. All of sudden I bet they'll be begging for one of those "so perfect I can't tell if it's a refurb or not" refurb instead of getting a new screen on their old one.
  6. dictoresno macrumors 601


    Apr 30, 2012
    so the phone was made in the future and you think it may be refurbed?

    And white box replacements are new phones set aside just for replacements as far as I've heard.
  7. rican macrumors 6502


    Jun 14, 2008
    Party in the USA
    I always thought they are 'refurbished,' but treated and fixed to brand new quality. :confused:
  8. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    Remanufactured, not refurbished.

    "A remanufactured good is a returned product that a manufacturer puts through its manufacturing process, or remanufactures, to restore to a good-as-new condition.

    A refurbished good is a returned product that is tested and has some nonworking parts replaced if the manufacturer deems this necessary to restore the product to working condition."
  9. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
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