Apple starts selling refurbished 2020 MacBook Pros at big discounts

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13.3-inch MacBook Pro from 2020
The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro has only been out a few months, but refurbished units are available today.
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Apple launched a redesigned 13-inch MacBook Pro in May, and refurb models are already available. Buying one of these refurbished Mac units from Apple.com saves up to $230.

Availability of refurb units depends entirely on the number Apple has is stock. There are just a handful of configurations on the Apple Store now, and these often sell out. Apple’s refurbished MacBook Pro page shows which units the company has in stock at any given time.

Deals on previously-owned 13-inch MacBook Pro models

The deals currently available start with a 13.3-inch MacBook Pro running a 1.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, with 8GB or RAM and a 256GB SSD. It’s available in either Silver or Space Grey for $1,099, which is $200 below the usual price.

This same unit with a 512GB SSD is $1,269, or $230 below the regular price because it’s a refurbished Mac. It’s also available in Silver or Space Grey.

These discounts apply to the 13-inch MacBook Pro that Apple introduced in spring 2020. It comes with a 10th-generation Intel Core processor and Apple’s new Magic Keyboard, not the problematical butterfly keyboard.

What is a refurbished Mac?

When Macs are bought but returned, “every unit is evaluated to ensure it meets Apple’s quality standards,” according to Apple. Any defective modules are replaced, and the device is cleaned. It’s then repackaged, including appropriate manuals, cables, and a new box. Then there’s a final QA inspection.

Apple says that its refurbished products come with the “assurance that the unit meets Apple’s premiere quality standards, and that its defective components have been replaced by genuine Apple components.”