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Apple is selling refurbished iPhone X models for roughly the same price as the XR

By DPennington · 6 replies
Feb 6, 2019
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  1. Apple is putting 2017's iPhone X back on the market, selling refurbished handsets for roughly the same price as the newer iPhone XR. Starting at $769 for the 64GB version, the iPhone X is now the cheapest way for iPhone fans to get a dual camera and OLED screen.

    If you're in the market for an iPhone but don't want to dish out almost a grand for the iPhone XS, Apple is giving you a choice between the X and the XR. So which to choose?

    The iPhone XR is slightly less expensive at $750, packs the latest A12 processor, and a 6.1-inch retina display rocking a 1792x828 resolution at 326ppi. The iPhone X is using the previous-gen A11 processor and packs a smaller 5.8-inch AMOLED display. But the X also features a better camera, a higher resolution (2436x1125, 458ppi), and the AMOLED screen is much sharper and more color accurate than the XR's retina. Both are IP67-certified and running the latest version of iOS 12. Essentially, if you're looking for strictly the best performance at this price point, go with the XR. But if screen and camera quality mean more to you, the iPhone X is still the better choice.

    Buying new versus used is a matter of personal preference, but given that these phones are factory refurbished and given Apple's testing and quality assurance standards, the used iPhone X is likely a safe bet.

    Apple is likely burning inventory of traded-in iPhone X models from users who exchanged them for an XR or XS last year, so don't expect the X to remain up for sale indefinitely. If you're in need of more storage, the 256GB version of the iPhone X is also available for $899.

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  2. FF222

    FF222 TS Addict Posts: 180   +108

    Refurbished my ss. These are simply stock Apple couldn't get rid of, and tries to save face by labeling them as "refurb" devices instead of "phones we couldn't sell at our exorbitant prices".
     
  3. amghwk

    amghwk TS Guru Posts: 523   +319

    $769 for a refurbished phone? Never understood why people still keep buying overpriced phones.
     
  4. MaikuTech

    MaikuTech TS Evangelist Posts: 1,063   +186

    Refurbished items online means instant nightmares once it starts to malfunction again.
     
  5. Lew Zealand

    Lew Zealand TS Guru Posts: 667   +557

    Apple's refurbs are indistinguishable from new and I wouldn't hesitate to buy one if I was in the market for an Apple device. I've bought about a half dozen over the past 10 years or so and none have been less dependable or any sort of compromise compared to new. I'm sure someone can get a lemon but that's no different than when I helped a user get a new 2008 MacBook replaced under CA's lemon law. As long as you can find the config you want, saving a couple hundred at the Apple Refurb store is the way to go.
     
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  6. Dosahka

    Dosahka TS Addict Posts: 147   +58

    Just to confirm, we've (my company based in the UK) got an email from our Apple Business Pro, I will quote the relevant part of email here:
    I’m not sure if you’ve seen but Apple have started stocking refurbished iPhones in the UK for business, this will allow you to get your business pricing and an additional refurb saving too.

    All refurbished iPhone models come with a new battery, new outer shell, are backed by a one-year warranty, have free delivery and returns, and also include:
    • Full functional testing, genuine Apple part replacements (if necessary) and a thorough cleaning
    • The original Operating System or a more recent version.
    • All refurbished devices are repackaged in a brand-new box with all accessories and cables.

    We have all models available right now so if you’re interested I can build quotes and apply your business pricing, with all refurb orders we have to suggest placing the order within 72 hours of the quote to guarantee the stock.

    Also these refurb phones won't appear in the Refurbished section in the Custom Apple Store for Businesses.
    I didn't asked for a price yet, hence we just replaced all of our 6/6s phones with XR/XS/XSM, but new staff will get one of these that's for sure, also Apple refurbished devices have to go through the same rigorous process as a completely new one from the factory.
     
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  7. netman

    netman TS Addict Posts: 311   +97

    No, it doesn't have a much better camera than XR...
     

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