Apple lowers special deal prices on iBooks, PowerBooks, and more

Apple has added select Mac models to their special deals section at their online Apple Store, including Apple Certified Refurbished iBook and PowerBook units.

Apple Certified Refurbished products are pre-owned Apple products that undergo Apple’s stringent refurbishment process prior to being offered for sale. All Apple Certified Refurbished products are covered by Apple’s One-Year Limited Warranty. For extended coverage, you have the option of purchasing the AppleCare Protection Plan with your Apple Certified Refurbished product. The Apple Store also currently lists products on sale with savings on select new and unopened Apple products.

The previous-generation PowerBook 12-inch is available for $1,199 (1.5GHz/Combo) or $1,299 (1.5GHz/SuperDrive), and the generation previous to those, the 1.33GHz 12-inch PowerBook with 256MB is now listed at $1,149. Apple also features two 15-inch PowerBook models with Combo drives for $1,299. The previous-generation 15-inch PowerBook (1.5Ghz/Combo) model is now selling for $1,349 and the previous-generation 17-inch PowerBook is $1,999.

Apple has also lowered the price on its 12-inch iBook (1.2GHz/Combo) to $719, and the 12-inch iBook (1.2GHz/CD) model to just $699. Older 1.33GHz 14-inch iBooks are now $899 (CD) and $999 (SuperDrive). The previous-generation 14-inch iBook with enhanced Bluetooth and 512MB of RAM is selling for $1,049.

Apple Certified Refurbished Cinema Displays are now available for $1,099 and $2,099 for the 23-inch and 30-inch models, respectively.

Other refurbs, including Mac minis, many iPod models, and iMac G5s are also listed. More information and more Special Deals can be found on Apple’s Special Deals page.

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  1. I picked up an Apple PowerBook 15-inch refurbished from the Apple Store for my father-in-law. Replaced a truly PITA POS Dell craptop running Windows XP.

    It arrived like new and I could not find anything to distinguish it from a new unit. Amazing. It felt like stealing, I have to say.

    Of course, you don’t get the absolute latest model, but you do save hundreds. It’s a great way for switchers to get their first Mac.

  2. This is how I’ve bought every Mac I’ve ever owned. Sure they’re “used,’ but they look and work like “new.” Plus I save enough to be able to get iPods and Mac accessories and RAM. It’s the only way I recommend buying Macs. Apple’s refurbs aren’t like others’ used stuff.

  3. Okay, I’ll admit it – I got my parents an iMac G5 refurb unit this way last year and set it up so it was already on Christmas morning. They still don’t know it wasn’t “new.” I used the extra cash to up the RAM and buy a computer desk for them. Am I a bad son?

  4. I bought a refurbished Apple PowerBook G4 and it went in for service 3 times in as many months – white spots on the display, 2nd RAM slot didn’t recognize RAM (MLB replaced), then weird display glitches resulted in a third repair. When it started to spontaneously go to sleep – even while I was typing on it, I received a replacement machine which is a new model – and with the newer specs like higher resolution display. Troubles behind me, I’m a happy mobile computer user, now!

  5. Anon – Okay, I’ll admit it – I got my parents an iMac G5 refurb unit this way last year and set it up so it was already on Christmas morning. They still don’t know it wasn’t “new.” I used the extra cash to up the RAM and buy a computer desk for them. Am I a bad son?

    No, but I certainly am. I just bought myself a new iMac G5 for Christmas. Don’t know whether I can afford anything for my parents now ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  6. I haven’t yet partaken of this fruit. But, I expect to RealSoonNow.

    Do they seem to be accelerating and steepening discounts?
    If so, could this herald ‘early arrival’ Intel ‘Books?
    Will the discounts go steeper still whenever the Intels arrive?
    I’m hopeful all the answers to these questions are ‘yes’.

  7. It’s interesting that a number of Mac sites are just yesterday and today printing stories about something that happened weeks ago as if it were news. I guess y’all just copy each other’s items instead of tracking down the news yourelves?

  8. I’ve gone with refurbish from apple for a while now with nothing but good luck.

    Anyone tried the Apple Certified Refurbished Cinema Displays? I just can’t pull the trigger on one of these. The 23″ is a good price.

  9. “could it be……that some MacTels may be ready by XMAS? It wouldn’t be the first surprise SJ has pulled off”

    Sorry Santa, let’s put the brakes on this rumor right now.

    First the IntelMacs were due out sometime in 2006. Then people started thinking MacWorld. Now they’ll supposedly be out for Christmas 2005!?!?

    All what Apple has said, INFORMALLY, is that the Intel transition was going better than expected. Nothing more. If Apple is really ahead of schedule, all current software had better work smoothly, because nothing third-party is ready yet.

    IMO it’s reasonable to expect the first IntelMacs to be announced in the first half of 2006 (and not necessarily at MW), with real availability in early/mid-summer 2006.

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