Posted November 30, 2018 12:20:22I had a hard time deciding whether to get a new iPad, or get a refurbished model, so I did what anyone would do: I called AppleCare to get my phone number.
AppleCare is a credit card company that offers an annual fee that you pay before you’re billed for anything, so if you’re going to get the iPad I needed, I was saving AppleCare money by calling.
When I called, I learned that the AppleCare card holder has to pay $499 for the new iPad (including shipping) and $599 for a refurbish (which includes $20 for a new charger and $40 for a case).
The $499 price tag also applies to AppleCare cards issued by Apple, but I was able to find no information about AppleCare fees for those that were issued prior to September 15.
My phone number was quickly answered, but after a few minutes, the customer service rep on the other end said that the company couldn’t help me because it didn’t have an “authorized reseller” list, which would indicate a retailer that is authorized to sell Apple products.
(AppleCare also does not offer its own list of authorized resellers, so the rep was unable to give me any further information about what would be required to purchase a refurbisher.)
After confirming that my new phone number and new AppleCare account were both in Apple’s database, I went to my local Apple store to pick up my new iPad and see if the refurbisher had a store near me.
The store closest to me was located in a shopping center just across the street from my house, but the shop was closed, so AppleCare couldn’t provide me with a confirmation number.
After an hour and a half, I finally received my new iPhone 6S and my refurbished iPad.
The iPhone 6s is a refurbishing of the original iPhone 6, but it’s got a slight bump in price to $699.99 (plus shipping and handling), up from the original price of $599.99.
The iPad’s screen is now a 5.5-inch 1920×1080 IPS LCD, and the refurbished tablet also includes a microSD card slot.
There’s a headphone jack, as well as two USB 3.0 ports, a mini-DisplayPort, and a microUSB port.
Apple says the refurbishing process takes only 45 minutes, but in practice, I had to wait up to three hours for the iPad to arrive.
In the meantime, I’ve got an iPhone 6 Plus, an iPad Pro, and an iPad Mini.
I’m not sure if the new Apple TVs will work with the refurbish iPad, but hopefully Apple will add support in the future.
AppleInsider reader Ben Bajarin is an Apple Insider, and we recently got our hands on a new refurbished MacBook Pro, so he’s not yet a certified Apple Insider.
Bajin sent us his refurbished iPhone 6 and refurbished AirPods to test out.
Bajarin’s iPhone 6 is the latest Apple product with a Retina display, which makes it an ideal choice for people looking for a larger screen and for those looking to upgrade to a new iPhone.
It also features a smaller battery than the 6S, which means it’s not as capable of handling heavy multitasking or gaming, and it comes with a slightly thicker chassis.
As far as the AirPads, the refurbishes are identical to the iPhone 6.
They’re made of metal, and they have a matte finish, so they look and feel more premium.
I don’t know how much of a difference the matte finish makes to battery life, but this model also includes an upgraded battery life indicator and a new speaker grille.