There are consumers who are upset at the lack of backward compatible ports, and the high cost that Apple has placed on its premium laptop. Thankfully there is an answer to both of these issues, and it is lurking in the digital depths of the online Apple Store.
Apple CEO Tim Cook (R) previews a MacBook Pro during a product launch event at Apple headquarters (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Apple’s refurb section recently returned to the spotlight with the appearance of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S models. Unlike the smartphone models, there has been a constant turnover of MacBook Pros (and Macbook Airs) for many years. The machines generally come with a $200-$300 discount depending on the model, but Apple will still offer a twelve-month warranty and you can purchase Apple Care for the same price as those who buy their MacBooks new.
For those looking for a MacBook with an extensive array of ports, including ethernet, USB-A, and firewire, the refurb MacBook Pro machines will make a lot of sense. Apple’s iterative approach means the 2015 hardware is still up to the task, and while you potentially lose the TouchBar, in my opinion the price conscious consumer that must have a Mac should seriously consider a refurb unit.
Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller speaks during a product launch event at Apple headquarters (Photo credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)