Apple's certified refurbished iPhone X starts at $769: too much, too late?

Apple's certified refurbished iPhone X starts at $769: too much, too late?
Apple refreshed its certified refurbished online storefront shortly after adding the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, as well as the HomePod, to the company’s official “like new” product lineup, following all that up with sales of the newest 9.7-inch iPad model in the same perfect working condition at a (small) discount.

But even though the iPhone X was commercially released all the way back in November 2017 and discontinued less than a year later, Apple inexplicably waited until today to offer its first ever “all-screen” mobile device in certified refurbished condition.

At the time of this writing, the iPhone X is available as an official refurb in the US with both 64 and 256GB internal storage space in silver and space gray paint jobs. The “entry-level” configuration costs $769, representing a $230 markdown from the original list price of a brand-new unit, while digital hoarders need to cough up $899 for a 256 gig refurbished iPhone X, compared to $1,149 back in the day for the same variant sold unused and untouched.

Those are some hard to swallow price tags considering the “modern” competition of the iPhone X, but something tells us inventory will quickly run out anyway. After all, the $299 refurbished HomePod didn’t seem like an objectively great deal either, but enough people disagreed for the discounted smart speaker to vanish from Apple’s dedicated refurbished e-store.

Perhaps the toughest decision an “iFan” on a budget might be facing now is whether to pick up a $769 refurbished iPhone X or $749 and up brand-new iPhone XR. The latter is faster, thanks to an A12 processor, and available in a wider range of colors, but the iPhone X’s smaller display is significantly sharper, the dual cameras are neat, and the stainless steel frame oozes elegance and premium build quality from every pore.

Don’t forget that Apple’s certified refurbished products include a new battery and outer shell, as well as a new white box, all standard manuals and accessories, and the same one-year warranty as new “iDevices.” A tough call indeed!

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