Apple reduces trade-in values for iPhone, iPad and Mac

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in General Discussion edited November 2021
Apple this week reduced estimated maximum trade-in values for flagship devices including iPhone, iPad and Mac, with some products seeing an up to 16% change from previously offered prices.

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Apple Trade In has for years served as the tech giant's device recycling program, offering customers an option to turn in older hardware in exchange for an Apple Gift Card. The strategy is pitched in part as an environmental initiative that redirects electronics waste from landfills and into future devices.

Trade-in values regularly fluctuate depending on a variety of factors including device age and demand for new products. As spotted by MacRumors on Tuesday, Apple once again shifted pricing overnight to lower maximum payouts for nearly all eligible iPhone and iPad models, as well as a few Macs.

For example, the last-generation iPhone 12 Pro Max now fetches up to $700, down from $790 seen on Monday, according to a cached version of Apple's trade-in webpage hosted by the Internet Archive. Similarly, values for iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini were reduced from respective top-end estimates of $640, $530 and $400 down to $600, $450 and $350. Pricing for the iPhone 6s, the oldest handset to be included in the program, remains unchanged at $30, though its larger iPhone 6s Plus stablemate gets a reduction from $60 to $50.

The iPad sees similar value changes, with iPad Pro netting up to $550, depending on model and release date. That figure is down from estimates of $580. Trade-in pricing for iPad, iPad Air and iPad mini is set at $205, $345 and $205, respectively, down from estimates of $240, $360 and $225 offered prior to the change.

Mac remains largely unaffected, though the values of Intel-only models like iMac Pro and Mac Pro are down to $2,510 and $2,720, respectively. Previously, Apple was handing out gift cards worth up to $2,930 and $3,240 for those models. Mac mini payouts are set at up to $800, down from $900.

Apple also lowered trade-in values for Android handsets, but kept Apple Watch unchanged at a high of $270 for Apple Watch Series 6.

Apple last issued sweeping changes to its Trade In program in early 2020 when it cut price estimates across all product lines.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    cpsrocpsro Posts: 2,988member
    I noticed Apple's trade-in value on high-end MBPs dropped by a third, from last week to the past weekend. This suggests owners are dumping their Intel laptops in droves for the new models.
    edited November 2021 netrox
  • Reply 2 of 7
    netroxnetrox Posts: 1,159member
    cpsro said:
    I noticed Apple's trade-in value on high-end MBPs dropped by a third, from last week to the past weekend. This suggests owners are dumping their Intel laptops in droves for the new models.
    Definitely. We're going to see an explosion of computing power in the next few years.  AMD just announced its mind boggling performant chips. And Intel is betting that their chips will beat Moore's Law. 


  • Reply 3 of 7
    cpsrocpsro Posts: 2,988member
    netrox said:
    cpsro said:
    I noticed Apple's trade-in value on high-end MBPs dropped by a third, from last week to the past weekend. This suggests owners are dumping their Intel laptops in droves for the new models.
    Definitely. We're going to see an explosion of computing power in the next few years.  AMD just announced its mind boggling performant chips. And Intel is betting that their chips will beat Moore's Law. 


    Re: Intel, pretty much all cpu manufacturers use ASML's production equipment. If Intel beats Moore's Law, it will be relative to their own doing, but the competition is already ahead and they're all limited by what ASML can do.
  • Reply 4 of 7
    I re-checked the trade-in value of my 2019 MacBook Pro 16" and it is unchanged.
    edited November 2021
  • Reply 5 of 7
    I just finished an upgrade cycle of all my devices (the new Mac mini and Beats Fit Pros arrived this week) and the only thing I can imagine upgrading in the next year would be the iPad Pro (current model).

    No Intel Macs in the house.
    williamlondon
  • Reply 6 of 7
    jibjib Posts: 30member
    I just checked and the trade-in value of my 2018 13" MacBook Pro (i7,16GB,1TB) is still $690.  I traded mine in on a new MacBook Pro 14 and received full value.  By the way, this was more than any 3rd party vendor was willing to pay, so sometimes, Apple trade-ins can be a good deal.
    williamlondon
  • Reply 7 of 7
    The trade-in value doesn't really matter when they refuse to honor the deal.

    I traded in my 2017 iMac on a new MacBook Pro a few weeks ago. The iMac was in perfect working order however I received an email from Apple that said the iMac's backlight wasn't working and they reduced the trade in value to $0.

    After a few phone calls and emails Apple refused to do anything so I had them return my iMac. After I received it I checked it out and it was still in perfect working order. And this was Apple handling the trade-in, not some third party. The iMac was shipped to Apple's Elk Grove, California facility and shipped from there as well when it was return.

    So they are either incompetent or just decided they didn't want my iMac anymore. In any event, I now have to sell the iMac myself.

    Do a search on Apple trade-in problems and you will get lots of hits. I wouldn't recommend anyone use them.
    williamlondonmuthuk_vanalingam
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