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Apple says your Android phones, iPads, and Macs are worth less than before

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What you need to know

  • Apple had adjusted the trade-in value of a number of its products.
  • Trade-in values of some Macs and iPads are now lower than before.
  • Android devices are worth less than before including some big-name models.

Apple has updated its device trade-in prices to reduce the amount of money you will get when you hand over your old kit to buy a new iPhone 13, for example. Trade-in reductions cover a number of products both with and without Apple logos on the back.

Apple allows people to trade in their old devices as a way of reducing the outlay required to get into a new product and trade-ins are available online and in physical Apple Store locations. You'll get the same price no matter how you trade your old stuff in, too.

These are the prices that have changed in terms of Apple hardware as spotted by MacRumors.

  • iPad — $200 down from $205
  • iPad Air — $335 down from $345
  • MacBook Pro — $1415 down from $1630
  • MacBook — $325 down from $340
  • MacBook Air — $530 down from $550
  • iMac — $1260 down from $1320
  • Mac mini — $740 down from $800

It's worth noting that all of these prices are assuming that your devices turn on and are undamaged, of course.

Apple has also reduced the prices it is willing to pay for a ton of Android devices including those from Samsung and Google. As an example, a Google Pixel 5 is now worth just $235 which is a considerable drop from the $315 that would have been paid before. Those trading in a Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G will now receive $325 in credit, whereas Apple was previously offering $435. These are of course just two examples — be sure to check Apple's trade-in page (opens in new tab) to see exactly how much your own kit is worth before making any buying decisions.

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

7 Comments
  • In all honesty, these devices were never worth what you paid for them. Afterall, Apple has roughly a margin of 30-40% on these devices. Meaning you paid Apple 30-40% more than you should have.
  • You think that everyone should only pay what the companies have to pay to produce the goods? Funny ...
  • Well, you just won the internet's dumbest statement of the day award.
    Basically, you just said that Apple has no right to make a profit, and they should sell their products at cost. The USSR called, they are looking for you.
  • Seriously, the Apple trade in prices were always ridiculous - a few bucks more or less don't make a difference now. If you add 10-20% to Apples prices and take your device to the private market, you still have 10 buyers in 5 minutes. I've never understood who would go for these Apple deals.
  • People who just don’t wanna deal with the BS, risks and hassles that come with selling elsewhere. Don’t get me wrong, I personally prefer to skip what these retailers offer as well but I definitely don’t expect my parents to deal with the hassle of reselling on their own.
  • It's dead simple. I had gotten good use out of my MacBook Pro, which I got a good deal on in the first place. Just added it as a trade-in for a new one and got about half what I paid for it. Walked into the Apple store, handed them the old one, they handed me the new one, and I was on my way. Even got to keep the old charger and cable. Not worth the hassle of advertising it, dealing with local weirdos in person, or shipping, for a few extra bucks.
  • Which means that LOTS of people are trading in old stuff for new stuff and Apple has a warehouse full of old crap that they can’t get rid of. Supply and demand, folks. Econ 101.