Apple has been selling refurbished Macs, iPads, and iPods for a while, but today the company added iPhones into the mix for the first time, giving customers a way to purchase a device at a lower cost directly from Apple complete with official warranty support.
Right now the company is only selling a few models of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. A 16GB iPhone 6s can be had for $449 while the larger iPhone 6s Plus is being offered in two storage varieties: 16Gb and 64GB for $529 and $589, respectively. Both devices are available in all colors including Silver, Space Gray, Gold, and Rose Gold.
Those prices are about $80 to $110 less than brand new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus devices, although the regular store only offers them in 32GB and 128GB capacities. A brand new iPhone 6s costs $549 for the 32GB model and $649 for the 128GB variant, while the 6s Plus is either $649 or $749 for the 32GB and 128GB versions respectively.
All refurbished iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models are unlocked and SIM-free, meaning they are compatible with all U.S. carriers. Apple says these phones are fully tested, updated with replacement parts for any defective modules identified in testing, cleaned and repackaged with cables and other materials you get when you buy a new iPhone.
They come with the same one-year warranty as brand new iPhones, and they also feature a brand new battery and a fresh outer shell with no scratches or cosmetic damage.
Apple last sold reconditioned iPhones through its official refurb store back in 2008 with the iPhone 3G and has also used an eBay store front in recent years.