If you have always wanted an iPhone with a dual camera and OLED display, but didn’t want to spend $1000 for it, you’re in luck. Apple, on Monday, started selling the refurbished iPhone X models starting from $769.
Want an iPhone X – here’s how you can buy it
It is the first time that Apple is selling the refurbished iPhone X after its launch in November 2017. Apple came out with the refurbished iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models in November last year.
Apple stopped selling the iPhone X after it came out with the 2018 iPhones – iPhone XS, XS Max and XR. So, with the refurbished model, Apple is bringing back the iPhone X again. Stock is not expected to last long, so you must hurry if you want one. To track the inventory, you can use the Refurb Tracker.
To buy the refurbished iPhone X, visit Apple.com and then go to the main Certified Refurbished page. The listing for the iPhone X is available under “Featured Offers.”
Though Apple is selling the refurbished iPhone X for the first time, other sites have long been selling refurbished and used models of the same. For instance, Gazelle is selling the iPhone X in several colors, storage sizes and carrier models. A 64GB iPhone X on the Sprint network, for instance, is available for $699 on their site.
Refurbished iPhone X – what you get?
Apple is selling unlocked Space Gray and Silver color variants of the refurbished iPhone X. In the U.S., the 64GB variant is priced at $769 (original price of $999), while the 256GB variant is priced at $899 (original price of $1,149). Apple is also selling the refurbished iPhone X in the UK.
These refurbished models are equivalent to the brand new models. Apple claims that all such phones are inspected, tested, cleaned and repackaged. The refurbished phones are packaged in a new white box with all manuals and accessories. To know more about Apple’s “rigorous refurbishment process,” visit this link.
Also, the batteries are new and the outer shell is replaced, making it almost impossible to differentiate between the new and the refurbished iPhone. Moreover, Apple gives the same one-year warranty on the refurbished iPhones, just like with the new ones. One can also extend the warranty to two years with the AppleCare+ for the iPhone X by paying $199 more.
Refurbished iPhone X or a new iPhone XE?
Based on the price of the refurbished iPhone X, you may have to decide if you want a refurbished iPhone X or the iPhone XR, which starts at $749. With the iPhone X, you get dual rear cameras and a higher-resolution OLED screen, but not the latest processor, more battery life and Smart HDR photography.
You can even extend the battery life for the XR with Apple’s Smart Battery case. There is no such case from Apple for the iPhone X. Also, the iPhone X is smaller than the iPhone XR, and the latter offers you more colors to choose from.
The iPhone X was the first major redesign of the iPhone in three years. With the X, Apple ditched the home button, added Face ID and expanded the OLED to cover the entire front of the phone. The phone helped Apple to become the first company with a trillion-dollar market cap.
Brings back another popular iPhone
Apple, last week, also brought back the iPhone SE in its refurbished store. The 32GB version of the now discontinued phone was available for $249 (a discount of $100 from the original price), while the 128GB version costs $299 ($150 off the original price). Even though the iPhone SE is being sold through the clearance channel, these are brand new phones (not refurbished).
Apple is clearly selling the remaining inventory of the phones it has. The company stopped selling the iPhone SE last year. The iPhone SE features a 4-inch Retina display, 12-megapixel rear camera, an A9 chip and Touch ID. Apple originally released the device in March 2016.
Apple’s iPhone SE was a hit with users who wanted a smaller iPhone and also those who preferred the iPhone 5-like design. Considering the popularity of the phone, there were speculations earlier that Apple was considering a so-called iPhone SE 2. Later, however, there were reports that the company had shelved the plans for the new iPhone SE.
Bringing back popular phones is probably a part of Apple’s strategy to boost sales, especially after it lowered is revenue guidance earlier this year.