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Online Apple store delists refurbished Apple TV

updated 10:45 am EDT, Fri September 6, 2013

May foreshadow fall refresh

Apple's online store is no longer listing refurbished versions of the Apple TV, shoppers note. While Apple can periodically run out of refurbs, the timing may be more than coincidental. The company recently received 40 metric tons of "set top boxes" from a Chinese supplier, and a "television product" is rumored to be launching as soon as November.

Where Apple might be taking the Apple TV is unknown. While the device has gained a host of new apps in recent months, from sources like Vevo and ESPN, there isn't much room for the company to explore in terms of hardware. The unit already supports 1080p video and 5.1-channel surround sound; upgrading the processor and storage may not achieve many benefits, and it's too early for Apple to upgrade to 4K video. The company could however switch to 802.11ac Wi-Fi and HDMI 2.0.

by MacNN Staff



  1. jpellino

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 10-29-99

    Well, they're still for sale on the retail store. Maybe they simply finally ran out of refurbs?

  1. Laminar

    Posting Junkie

    Joined: 04-28-07

    You can find refurb Apple TVs at the retail store?

  1. jpellino

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 10-29-99

    You can still buy them at full retail price at both the physical stores and online. The only stuff missing are the online refurbs. (If I had to guess why, it could be that being the start of the academic year, schools figured out that with an iPad, an AppleTV and a large screen or projector they just saved a whole lot of coin on a SmartBoard-ish setup...) And yes, monthly, Apple retail stores have some refurb stock they get rid of at a discount. You have to ask, but it's often there.

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