Until now, Apple has refrained from selling refurbished iPhones on its online store despite selling other Apple products, including refurbished Mac and iPad. The refurbished iPhones were sold by e-commerce destinations but never directly by Apple in their online stores. Now in a welcome move, Apple has announced that it will start selling refurbished iPhones on its website. Currently the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus are being sold on the store.
This is the first time Apple is selling refurbished iPhones in the open. The iPhone 6s starts from $449 (for the 16GB), while the iPhone 6s Plus is sold in 16GB and 64GB variants at $529 and $589, respectively. Also, from the looks of it seems that all the colors, including Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold, are available. By opting for a refurbished phone, users can save nearly $100, and considering the fact that all the refurbished devices come with a 1-year factory warranty, it isn’t a bad deal after all. The prices are also comparable with other third-party retailers selling on eBay and other e-commerce destinations.
All the refurbished iPhones are unlocked and come equipped with a new battery and an outer housing shell which, to be fair, are the only parts that usually get worn out during the due course of usage. It is most likely that the deluge of iPhones is from Apple’s Update program, which lets its user update to a new iPhone every year. That said, the number of iPhones on the offing will be limited, and if you set your heart on one, it’s better that you buy it without any delays.
With the plummeting iPhone sales, it is very likely that Apple will introduce iPhone trade-in offers that one simply cannot refuse. It’s a win-win situation for Apple, which will achieve the sales target, and the used phones can always be refurbished and offloaded.