Thinking of buying a new iMac? Consider buying an Apple refurbished 2019 iMac.

In what appears to be a first, Apple recently added certified refurbished 2019 iMac models to its online stores in the U.S. and Canada. MacRumors noted that a selection of 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac configurations are available for everyone to check out and purchase.

Wondering if it’s worth the buck? Here are some reasons to consider buying an Apple Refurbished 2019 iMac model:

Relatively new

First of all, these iMac models aren’t old ones that are cleaned and brought back to life. These iMac models are relatively new: all of them were originally released in March of 2019 -- just a few months ago.

Virtually indistinguishable from new units

Aside from being relatively new, these iMacs are refurbished by none other than Apple itself. These refurbished iMacs are Apple-inspected for damages (parts that needed replacing are replaced with genuine Apple part replacements), Apple- tested for full functionality, and Apple-cleaned to ensure they meet Apple’s standards for quality.

Apple said each refurbished iMac model comes with the original Operating System (or a more recent version) and come repackaged in a brand new box with manuals and all accessories including a Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, a Lightning to USB cable and a power cord.

Simply put, these Apple refurbished iMacs are virtually indistinguishable from new ones, packaging and all. All Apple refurbished iMac purchases are even eligible for free delivery and returns.


All Apple refurbished iMac models come with a standard one-year warranty effective on the date the iMac is delivered to the buyer’s home. This warranty can also be extended for up to three years from the original purchase date with AppleCare+ for iMac. AppleCare+ pricing varies: it’s $169 for buyers in the United States and $199 for buyers in Canada.


Lastly, Apple refurbished iMacs cost significantly less compared to brand new units. Refurbished iMacs are 15% cheaper compared to equivalent brand new models.

A base refurbished 21.5-inch iMac with 3.0GHz 6-core Intel Core i5 with Retina 4K display, for example, will cost only $1,359. The equivalent brand new model, on the other hand, costs $1,499. The storage options are worth noting, though, as the refurbished model only has a 256GB SSD while the new one has a 1TB Fusion Drive.

An iMac pro shown in an Apple store.
An iMac pro shown in an Apple store/gettyimages gettyimages