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When you buy a refurbished Macbook direct from Apple, is the battery in it new? I cannot seem to find a definitive answer on their website or on the internet. I am concerned that the savings from buying a refurb will be cancelled out by having to replace the battery in less than a year.

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Once you have one you can check the number of charge cycles. –  Graeme Hutchison Dec 2 '11 at 8:37
    
I understand I can check after buying. I was hoping to find out prior to buying a refurbished model. –  Zach Green Dec 2 '11 at 12:25
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you can buy one and if you are not happy you have 14 days to return it. If you are really not happy about buying a macbook with a battery with a few chanrges done, then there will be many other things that will stop you buying referb. –  Graeme Hutchison Dec 2 '11 at 12:32
    
a few is no problem; 1/2 of the battery's available cycles is a problem. –  Zach Green Dec 2 '11 at 12:49
    
If you mean literally "in less than a year", you'd be covered by the warranty - refurbs carry the same warranty as new machines and qualify for AppleCare in exactly the same way (i.e., you can buy AC anytime before your 1-year warranty expires). –  JRobert Dec 2 '11 at 22:42
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I called Apple's Sale Support, and I asked them what their policy was for batteries in a refurbished Macbook. Their answer is that the battery will be replaced if it has a defect, but if nothing is wrong with it, then the laptop will include the original battery which may or may not have many used cycles.

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This is not answering your question, merely providing a data point, but my refurbished MacBook Air (purchased very late December 2011) currently has a single cycle on its battery. I didn't check the machine when it came out the box, but I'd imagine it was probably at zero cycles when I received it (as I've probably put that cycle on it myself in the month I've had it).

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As a second data point, I ended up buying a refurbished MacBook Pro, and it had 3 cycles out of the box. –  Zach Green Jan 23 '12 at 17:20
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