What you need to know
- Apple is now selling refurbished 2020 MacBook Air notebooks.
- Models are only available in the United States currently.
- Discounts are in the region of 15%.
Buyers looking to pick up a 2020 MacBook Air while saving some money can now buy a refurbished notebook from Apple. In the United States, at least.
This is the first time this particular model has been available as a refurbished product and it sees prices fall in the region of 15% compared to buying a new model. Prices start at just $849 (opens in new tab) for a base model with 256GB of storage an Intel Core i3 CPU.
All of Apple's refurbished products have been through a lengthy process to make sure they're as good as new, making them a great buy.
Each Apple Certified Refurbished Product:
- undergoes full functionality testing and any defective modules identified in testing are replaced.
- Apple Watch and Apple Pencil devices that require replacement parts are not included in the Apple Certified Refurbished Program.
- is put through a thorough cleaning process and inspection.
- is repackaged (including appropriate manuals, cables, new boxes).
- includes either the Operating System originally shipped with the unit or, in some cases, a more recent version.
- is placed into a Final QA inspection prior to being added to sellable refurbished stock.
That makes buying a refurbished Mac a no brainer in my eyes.
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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.
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