'Apple' News and Updates: Refurbished iPhone 6S and 6S Plus Models Are Now on Sale

By Cores Grace Malaay , Updated Nov 09, 2016 03:47 PM EST

Apple is already selling refurbished Macs, iPads, MacBooks, and Mac accessories but they have never offered iPhones in their refurbished store before. However, it looks like something's changed. For the first time in years, its online store shows that iPhones are discounted by up to 15 percent off.

Starting this week, Apple is selling iPhones to consumers that come with a one-year warranty just as the same as the new models. According to The Verge, a refurbished rose gold 64GB iPhone 6S Plus is on sale for only $589 while a silver 16GB iPhone 6S Plus is $529. These iPhones are unlocked and there's no SIM card included, but it comes with a new battery and outer shell.

Apple only sells 16GB iPhone 6S models as well as 6S plus models in 16GB and 64GB capacities. These come with the same Lighting cable, power adapter and headphones. There's also one-year warranty that can be extended up to two years with AppleCare+ for $129, according to Ars Technica.

All of these models are versions of the iPhone 6S that are already out from the market. When the iPhone 7 was released, the 16GB and 64GB capacities were replaced by 32GB and 128GB capacities. Apple may sell more iPhones in its refurbished store but there's also a chance that they won't. Either way, having an iPhone 6S and 6S plus for a very reasonable price is already a great deal.

iPhone is a line of smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc. They run Apple's iOS mobile operating system. The first generation iPhone was released on June 29, 2007. The most recent iPhone model is the iPhone 7, which was unveiled at a special event on September 7, 2016.

Development of what was to become the iPhone began in 2004, when Apple started to gather a team of 1000 employees to work on the highly confidential "Project Purple" including Jonathan Ive, the designer behind the iMac and iPod. Apple CEO Steve Jobs steered the original focus away from a tablet, like the iPad and towards a phone. Apple created the device during a secretive collaboration with AT&T Mobility (Cingular Wireless at the time) at an estimated development cost of US$150 million over thirty months.

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