Apple begins selling refurbished iPhone XS models

Apple has begun selling refurbished iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max models online.

The company first released the smartphones in September 2018, and today marks the first day Apple is selling pre-owned versions of the popular models, with a decent discount.

Apple is currently offering models in all color options, including Space Gray, Silver, and Gold, and there are models available in all three storage capacities – 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB.

The models are only available on the Apple online store in the United States, though it’s expected that the company will begin to roll out the refurbished handsets in other markets.

All of the pre-loved smartphones are available unlocked, so users can choose their favorite carrier or plug in their existing SIM card to receive the same service, without locking themselves into a new contract.

The iPhone XS in 64GB storage capacity is available for just $699, down from the original $999 when the device went on sale in 2018. The 256GB refurbished model retails at $829, down from $1,149, and the 512GB is now available for $999, down $349 off its retail price.

For the iPhone XS Max, users can pick up the base 64GB model for $799, down from $1,099, while the 256GB model comes in at $929 and the 512GB model in at $1,099.

Unlike when users buy refurbished iPhones from third-party sellers, all of Apple’s models have been tested, cleaned, and repackaged, and they come with a one-year warranty.

What’s more, the models come packaged in a new white box with new manuals and accessories, the battery is replaced, and the outer shell is also replaced, so you’d never know you’re buying a second-hand model, as all of the touchpoints have been refreshed.

If you’re concerned you’ll break your new iPhone, you can add AppleCare+ for $199.

Do you think Apple’s offering a good deal on the iPhone XS and XS Max? Is it worth paying a little more for the latest iPhone 11? Let us know on Twitter and check back soon for more.

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