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Thursday, April 17, 2014, 08:56 am PT (11:56 am ET)

Apple begins selling refurbished iPad mini with Retina display starting at $419 [u]

Consumers waiting for Apple to start offering refurbished models of its latest Retina display-equipped iPad mini need wait no longer as the tablet's Wi-Fi variants are now available with double-digit discounts from their off-the-shelf price.




Update: Apple's online store appears to have sold out of the 16-gigabyte Retina iPad mini variants, leaving only the 32-gigabyte and 64-gigabyte models available for purchase.

Apple originally listed the 16-gigabyte models for $339, a $60 savings from the $399 list price. 32-gigabyte models receive an $80 discount to $419, while 64-gigabyte models are marked down $90 to $509.

As per its usual practice with refurbished products, Apple offers the tablets with a full one-year warranty, and they are eligible for extended coverage with AppleCare. The company says consumers will receive a device with "a brand new battery and outer shell," meaning buyers should not experience any performance differential between their refurbished iPad and a similarly-specced new model.

At press time, only Wi-Fi-only models were available from the refurbished outlet. It is unknown why Wi-Fi and cellular models are excluded, nor when they might make an appearance.