Apple is selling refurbished iPhone XR handsets, starting at $499

midian182

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The iPhone XR was the best-selling phone last year, so purchasing a refurbished version is likely to prove popular. Boasting the A12 Bionic SoC and a 6.1-inch IPS LCD panel, the XR only recently lost the “world’s most popular smartphone” title to its successor, the iPhone 11.

Apple slashed the price of the iPhone XR’s base price from $749 to $599 when the iPhone 11 series landed, and now buyers can save even more by opting for a refurbished device. The 64GB model is going for $499, offering a $100 saving, while a 128GB handset is $539, which is $110 cheaper than purchasing a new one. There’s also the now-discontinued 256GB iPhone XR available for $629.

$499 is still $100 more expensive than the new iPhone SE, which comes with the superior A13 Bionic chip that helped it win the ‘Best Mainstream Segment’ in our Best Smartphones feature. What you do get with the iPhone XR, however, is a more modern handset design with minimal bezels and a notch, along with Face ID instead of the Touch ID used in the iPhone SE.

Buying anything that’s classed as “refurbished” can be a concern, but Apple says these iPhone XR handsets come with both a new battery and outer shell. They’re also thoroughly inspected, tested, cleaned, and repackaged inside a new box with all manuals and accessories, making them identical to the new versions. You even get Apple’s standard one-year guarantee, which can be extended with AppleCare+

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QuantumPhysics

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#1 If Apple was to take the phones, break them down to their components and then rebuild them after replacing any damaged or worn part, are the still technically refurbs?

#2 As long as they include a warranty, I see no issues here.

These phones in general are so well made that aside from minor blemishes and the need to replace the battery, there's plenty market for them.

But I'd say that a refurb $499 XR is a harder sell when a brand new SE is $400.
 
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toooooot

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I just noticed, Xr has such gigantic black frame.... Does their religion not allow them to use curved edges?
 

toooooot

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#1 If Apple was to take the phones, break them down to their components and then rebuild them after replacing any damaged or worn part, are the still technically refurbs?

#2 As long as they include a warranty, I see no issues here.

These phones in general are so well made that aside from minor blemishes and the need to replace the battery, there's plenty market for them.

But I'd say that a refurb $499 XR is a harder sell when a brand new SE is $400.
Since those tow are very different sized phone, I dont think that they are making a rival to SE.
People who want a smaller phone are usually very serious about having this exact feature. And consequently, people who refuse to use medium or small devices wouldnt even look at SE.