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Does Apple change the serial number of iPhones they take in when they refurbish them?

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Typically no. Serial numbers cannot be 'edited' as such - they can be written to new products (such as a new logic board), but an existing serial on a logic board cannot be rewritten.

However, if a logic board is replaced, then that will result in a new serial number.

As an aside, Apple really does have an excellent refurbishment program. Refurbished Apple products come with a new outer shell, a new battery, and the same full one-year warranty they give to their new products. It is more expensive than buying secondhand, but you're paying for the peace of mind.

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  • I wonder why Apple doesn't repair certain parts such as the display, it's just to remove the home button and put it back on the new display.
    – Antonio MS
    Nov 19, 2016 at 6:08

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