Refurbished Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 models will soon be sold in the U.S.

Refurbished Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple  Watch Ultra 2 models will soon be sold in the U.S.
Looking to save some money on an Apple Watch Series 9 or Apple Watch Ultra 2 timepiece? Head to the Refurbished Apple Watch website and look at the list of models available. You'll see that the Series 9 and the Ultra 2 are greyed out indicating that refurbished versions of these two 2023 Apple Watch releases are coming soon. Currently, the Apple Watch SE is the only refurbished Apple Watch model shown on the U.S. site as being available for purchase.

Because the International Trade Commission (ITC) placed an exclusion order against Apple after an ITC judge found that Apple infringed on patents owned by Masimo, the refurbished Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 units will not be equipped with a working pulse oximeter. This is the sensor that measures the oxygen saturation level of your blood to make sure that those with certain conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, pneumonia, lung cancer, anemia, and heart issues are okay.

To be clear, the exclusion order prevents Apple from importing into the U.S. and selling in the States any Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 models with the pulse oximeter feature enabled whether the device is new or refurbished. Apple also stopped selling refurbished Series 7 and Series 8 Apple Watch models once the exclusion order took effect.


Masimo reportedly was upset when it discovered the pulse oximeter could be reactivated by pairing an impacted Apple Watch with a jailbroken iPhone running an older version of iOS. This would seem to indicate that should Apple and Masimo reach a settlement, or when the exclusion order ends in 2028, Apple can enable the feature via a watchOS update

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While the first-generation Apple Watch Ultra has never been available refurbished in the U.S., it is available via Apple's online store in the U.K., China, Ireland, and Japan. Additionally, since the exclusion order applies to the U.S. only, refurbished Apple Watch models sold in other countries that offer the feature (such as the Apple Watch Ultra, Apple Watch Series 7 and Apple Watch Series 8) will include a working pulse oximeter.

If you're in the market for a new Apple Watch Series 9 or an Apple Watch Ultra 2 with a pulse oximeter, Best Buy still has inventory which it is legally allowed to sell until it runs out of stock.

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