Apple slashes trade-in values by up to 42% for Macs, iPads, Apple Watch

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What you need to know

  • Apple has cut the trade-in price of some of its most popular products.
  • The MacBook, iPad, and Apple Watch have all had their values reduced.
  • The biggest reductions came to high-value items like the MacBook Pro and the iMac.

Apple has quite drastically reduced the trade-in value of some of its most popular products, according to the company's trade-in website.

The three main product categories that have seen a reduction this week are the iPad, Mac, and the Apple Watch. But first, some good news: the best iPhone you can trade-in, the iPhone 12, remains priced at up to $650 for the 'Pro Max' variant, with all of Apple's phones back to the iPhone 6s retaining their previous value.

Apple has knocked a few dollars off the price of the Apple Watch Series 6, down to $150 from $170, while the SE, Series 5, 4, and 3 have all been reduced by $15-$20 as well. According to the site, Apple is no longer offering a price for the Series 2 Apple Watch (previously $20), but will likely still accept it just for free recycling.

The iPad Pro and iPad Air both saw their prices fall from $680 and $335 to $655 and $290 respectively, with smaller reductions for the regular iPad and the iPad mini.

Unfortunately, the big losers are anyone who was thinking about trading in a Mac with Apple in the near future, with prices for Apple's top-of-the-line desktops and laptops falling significantly.

The price of a MacBook Pro for trade-in has fallen by some $350 to $1,000, the MacBook Air has dropped from $490 to $400, and the MacBook from $315 to $220.

Apple's desktop machines saw even more drastic reductions, likely owing to their larger starting price points. The Mac mini fell from $600 to $450, the iMac from $1,200 to $850, the Mac Pro from $2,720 to $2,000, and the iMac Pro from $2,315 down to just $1,500, a 42% reduction in the possible price.

It's important to note that Apple can only offer estimates for quotes online and that the price of a device at trade-in isn't guaranteed until it has been checked physically by Apple. The prices listed on the trade-in website are the most you can expect to receive for any given device. Apple offers trade-ins in-store or prepaid kits that can be shipped to your home in certain locations. Apple has also amended its trade-in policy to allow customers to trade in products for gift cards even if they aren't making a purchase. Originally, customers could only trade in a device if they were buying a new one.

Stephen Warwick
News Editor

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9