Refurbished iPhone XR units are now available for sale in the US on Apple's website
Apple is now selling refurbished iPhone XR units on its official website. The base 64GB variant can be had for $499, which is $100 less than its asking price of $599. Similarly, the 128GB and 256GB variants will set you back by $539 and $629, saving you $110 and $120, respectively. Go here to find out more about it.
Apple says that the refurbished iPhone XRs will be 'like new' and throws in a one-year warranty with it. Furthermore, all refurbished devices are also eligible for Apple Care. Apple even puts in a new battery in every device to ensure that a phone doesn't end up with one that has experienced wear and tear.
Buying a refurbished smartphone is a bit of a gamble, as it might not arrive in the advertised state. For example, some newer Samsung Galaxy S and Note phones have a hardware switch on the motherboard that is triggered when modifications are made to the bootloader. That disables Samsung's Knox protection, which, in turn, doesn't let users run applications such as Samsung Pay and Secure Folder.
Thankfully, iPhones are free from such annoyances. That, combined with Apple's impeccable software support, is why iPhones retain their value even after years after release. Lastly, since Apple is selling these phones first-hand, one doesn't have to worry about them being iCloud locked. While it was easy to bypass the iCloud lock on earlier iPhone models, it is virtually impossible now thanks to the iron-clad security offered by Apple's T2 chip.