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[Refurb] Certified M1 MacBook Air 8c/7c CPU/GPU 256GB/8GB $1359; 8c/8c 512GB/8GB $1679, 512GB/16GB $1929, 1TB/16GB $2189 @ Apple

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Apple have recently added the M1 MacBook Air released last November to their Apple Certified Refurbished range, for the usual price of ~15% off RRP. Seems likely that the M1 MacBook Pro and M1 Mac mini will also be added soon.

Unlike any other refurbished products I’ve ever come across, the products Apple sells as certified refurbished are totally flawless in appearance, and also inspected and tested more thoroughly than new products – so in practice they’re less likely to have defects. They also come in a new box with new accessories. Check out https://www.apple.com/au/shop/refurbished/about , https://www.apple.com/au/shop/help/online_store_exclusives#r... and https://www.macrumors.com/guide/apple-refurbished/ for more info.

Stock levels fluctuate, so although Apple restocks their certified refurbished range frequently, individual items are pretty much constantly in and out of stock (especially more popular products, like these M1s are sure to be).

Note that for configurations not available from resellers like JB and Officeworks, buying it certified refurbished from Apple is often the only way to get it at a discount. If you want a particular config but can’t see it on the store, you can use sites like https://refurb-tracker.com or https://www.refurb.me/au to track the specific one you’re after.

I switched to buying certified refurbished products from Apple a couple of years back after bad experiences with Macbooks purchased new from Apple that had issues (although both laptops were repaired for free under ACL, it was still a hassle to book in with an Apple store and then be without the laptop for a week). I have been pleased with the immaculate appearance and absence of hardware issues of Apple’s refurbished products.

Stacks with Cashrewards (currently only 1.50% cashback, “Cashback is eligible on the purchase of Apple refurbished products”), as well as Apple employees’ family and friends discount iirc (which would be an additional 10-15% off), but not the Apple edu discount (see https://www.apple.com/au-hed/shop/refurbished/mac – prices of refurbished macs are unchanged). So if you’re eligible and you want both an M1 MacBook Air and AirPods, you might as well buy from the Apple edu store: https://www.apple.com/au-hed/shop/back-to-school

Certified Refurbished Products - Apple (AU)

Apple Certified Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU and 7‑Core GPU - Gold - 8GB unified memory - 256GB SSD $1,359 (RRP $1,599)

Apple Certified Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU and 7‑Core GPU - Silver - 8GB unified memory - 256GB SSD $1,359 (RRP $1,599)

Apple Certified Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU and 7‑Core GPU - Space Grey - 8GB unified memory - 256GB SSD $1,359 (RRP $1,599)

Apple Certified Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU and 8‑Core GPU - Gold - 8GB unified memory - 512GB SSD $1,679 (RRP $1,949)

Apple Certified Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU and 8‑Core GPU - Silver - 8GB unified memory - 512GB SSD $1,679 (RRP $1,949)

Apple Certified Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU and 8‑Core GPU - Space Grey - 8GB unified memory - 512GB SSD $1,679 (RRP $1,949)

Apple Certified Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU and 8‑Core GPU - Space Grey - 16GB unified memory - 512GB SSD $1,929 (normally $2,249)

Apple Certified Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU and 8‑Core GPU - Space Grey - 16GB unified memory - 1TB SSD $2,189 (normally $2,549)

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Comments

  • 100% agree certified products feel brand new. The only difference is a plain white box rather than the picture of the product on the front.

    • Apple refurbished products have new screens, batteries and cases. At least, this is the case with iPhone/iPad. I’d assume it’d be the same case for Mac products. In the end, the only difference is the packaging and machine’s internals.

  • Fantastic description OP, thanks.

    • Agreed.
      At these prices it's good value. Funny enough, watched this video just earlier.

      personally: I'll wait for the 2021 MacBook Pro, rumour has it that it's going to be revolutionary device. Basically it upgrades to the M2 chip, updated software, and a new display with Slim Bezels around an MLED screen (that's basically synthetic-OLED so you don't get pixel burn-in and degradation). And that's not all, it also has major quality-of-life improvements, with the return of the MagSafe connector, well as HDMI-out, SD card slot, extra ThunderBolt-4 ports, and a Microphone-Headphone Jack. Not to mention they'll be sticking with the old scissor-style Magic Keyboard instead of the newer but flimsy Butterfly Keyboard. I doubt the Selfie-Cam will be upgraded, but that's also on the table due to use during lockdown and it's certainly been long overdue for an upgrade. Other rumours for future Macs are about FaceID making its way, the laptops getting the 360' folding display, and (you guessed it) the addition of Touchscreen on the display.

      • I would expect these machines to be literally double the price of a Macbook Air though.

        • At double the price, I think I would buy.
          It's good value. I've always wanted to buy a machine with a real-world performance, battery life, display, build quality and optimisation that's simply that good. To me it's not really about the brand, but about being a tool that can service me for a long time. All my Windows Laptops aged far worse than the average Macs do, requiring more repairs and sooner upgrades. I think the only company that comes close is Razer, but I've never owned any of their Laptops so can't comment.

      • If the upgraded MacBooks had all those features, they'd be quite an amazing machine.

        If Apple could just loose the stubborness they'd make amazing laptops. They've already shown under Tim Cook that they're willing to roll back bad changes. If they would include just a single USB-A port, I'd probably be a customer. I absolutely refuse to use a laptop with dongles.

        Magsafe is also really nice as long as they don't disable USB-C charging because of it. Options are great.

  • I'm surprised they already have these in stock since the m1 only released 3 months ago

  • Refurbs, curious what had failed

  • Looks like the MacBook Pro M1 is now in stock, including models with 16GB RAM

  • How does this compare with buying with the various 10% off/gift card sales/etc…? I was under the impression refurbished is a good deal if there aren't any of the other usual deals available?

    • +8 votes

      Buy at the education store, use cashback (I got 7%) and sell the free Airpods, and the end price will be cheaper for a brand new MacBook.

      • Best way to do it. Takes 10% off the RRP + value for Airpods (market price ~$200) = at least a $300 saving, extended up to the $400 for a Pro.

      • how you get 7% cash back????

        • I think shopback had a deal. It may have expired, but there will be deals again, there or on other cashback sites. The only thing that may not be available for long are free Airpods, and that's a lot of $$

    • JB’s usual 10% off sale + discounted gift cards would put you ahead (and brand new to boot)

      But refurb route does get you some interesting BTO options if available that don’t get discounted elsewhere

  • these are basically returns. I purchased an M1 Mini when it was launched and returned it because there were too many issues (mostly software) and couldn't be bothered waiting for eventual updates. These refurbished will be excellent value. The M1 chip is amazing for processor intensive tasks. They wait till they have enough returns and refurb them before putting them back in the refurb store.

  • One quick way to see how many of a particular machine are in stock, is to add it to your bag and try and order an unrealistic quantity (like 999), and it will revert the number to the exact amount in stock. For instance this one has 10 in stock, this one has 5 in stock and this one has 3 in stock.

    • Lol, they'll probably fix that oversight.

      • Is it really an oversight? Or an intended feature to allow people or order multiple items without having to do multiple orders?

        • It is an oversight one way or another. If they want that info to be presented, they can do it at the time you're choosing how many you want, rather than present an error when you try to order to many.

  • Does it stack with shopbacks 5% cashback?

    • i think so.

    • Will not stack with Shopback:
      "As of March 3rd, Any pre-order & new releases including AirPods Max, MacBook Air with M1, 8th generation iPad, all-new iPad Air, updated iMac 27-inch, Mac Pro, Apple Pro Display XDR is not eligible for cashback"

  • I buy macs only refurbished direct from Apple.

    saves me the $$$

  • My last Mac was a refurb too. Product appeared to be brand new and has been flawless. Only difference was a white box.

    • Does it come with stickers, plastic covers, etc?

      • You mean the Apple stickers? No, although I’m not sure new ones do any more?

      • Does it come with stickers, plastic covers, etc?

        Do these have any value?
        In fact, I would prefer if they didn't other than what is required to protect the device from scuff marks during shipping.

  • Great description OP. Is the warranty still 12 months or is it reduced? Not sure if I’ve missed something on the product page but can’t find it

    • Pretty sure all the same warranty applies, and you can even add Apple Care if you want. Essentially there's no difference, and I haven't had any worries with ACL claims either.

    • Same warranty, standard 12mo.

    • Same 12 month warranty, although in practice, even if you choose not to get Apple Care, thanks to ACL you can get Apple to repair defective hardware free far longer periods of time – I got a defective battery on an early 2013 15" MBP replaced last year under ACL.

      • How did you manage this? My late 2013 15" MBP battery is telling me the battery needs to be replaced and they want $289 for it.

      • Any advice on how to get them to fix my MacBook Air? It’s not turning on and the Genius Bar reckons it’s the main board and will be a $750 fix..

        Also didn’t back up the laptop (stupid) so will be losing 1000s of photos

        • A bit late, but try third party repair if you're willing to pay some amount (but less than Apple) - pre-2016 macbooks have removable SSDs to get the data off them.

      • I have a macbook air 13" late 2012 model, how can i get battery replacement for free? just checked, battery charge cycle count is 541 and service recommend

        thanks

      • Didn’t even think to try this when my wife’s 15” 2015 battery started to swell (less than 100 cycles). $299 for a new top case with battery. Great tip nonetheless.

  • Better off waiting for new models releasing July- September.

    If I was to buy a refurb (Macbook Pro M1 16GB mem, 512GB SSD @$2,200) it still isn’t worth it compared to buying new one through Apple Education store for $2,400 with free Airpods and charging case that I can sell for $180-$200.

    There is also 20% off 3 year Apple care including accidental damage. So $2600 for a new one, free AirPods and 3 year accidental damage cover lol

    Comes to $2400 after I sell AirPods.

  • Amazing device… Leaves Windows laptops in the dust.

  • This would be a bargain comparing to the iphone 12 pro..