Apple starts selling refurbished variants of its latest 9.7-inch iPad at $279 and up
Typically available for $329 brand-new, the “standard”, non-Pro 6th Generation iPad starts at $279 as a refurb, backed by a one-year warranty, with a new battery, new outer shell, and a new box containing all necessary accessories and cables.
Basically, you shouldn’t be able to notice any difference between these discounted units and those sold at their full retail prices, both aesthetically and from a functionality standpoint. Technically, you are getting a pre-owned iPad here, but any faulty components are replaced with “genuine” Apple parts and the refurbishing process also includes meticulous testing and cleaning of devices set to be resold.
All that being said, Amazon recently charged an even lower $250 for all-new entry-level 9.7-inch iPad variants, and there’s a decent chance similar deals will be rebooted in time for Christmas.
Then again, it’s never wise to put off the purchase of a certified refurbished product from the Apple Store, so you may want to make a decision as soon as possible. iPhone 8 and 8 Plus refurbs are already gone, along with 12.9-inch iPad Pros, while the iPhone X never even saw daylight in an official refurbished capacity.
At the time of this writing, a full dozen 9.7-inch iPad (2018) refurbished versions are up for grabs, ranging from $279 to $479. You’re technically looking at savings of between $50 and $80 here, with color options including silver, space gray, and gold, internal storage capping off at 128GB, and cellular connectivity available with both that and the 32 gig configuration.