Buying refurbished products can save you a lot of money, but it can feel like a risky investment. With the Apple Store, however, it’s a different story. There is literally no difference between a new and refurbished product from the official Apple Store. And, it can save you hundreds of dollars.
Every Apple product undergoes a rigorous refurbishment process. They even come with a new outer shell, and battery. Each item is backed with their standard one-year limited warranty, and you have the option of purchasing an AppleCare Protection Plan.
One important note: This only applies to refurbished products at the official Apple Store. I would not recommend purchasing any refurbished or used Apple products from third-party sources, or any Apple Authorized Resellers. Use the official Apple Store, only.