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Apple’s plan to halt slide in iPhone sales? Sell you refurbished ones

Let’s be real for a second; the new iPhones are bloody expensive, especially for Brits who’ve been screwed over by the post-Brexit vote collapse of the pound.

Likewise, Apple is dealing with a falling global appetite for its handsets amid more modest hardware improvements over the last two years.

These two factors don’t mix well for Cupertino.

So, the company has devised a solution that could help all parties; it has stared selling refurbished iPhones online (via VentureBeat).

It is only selling the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus at the moment and each handset costs 15% less than the asking price for new models.

Apple has long sold refurbished iPads, iPods and Mac computers, but this is the first time it has embraced second hand sales of its bread and butter gadget.

The devices come with all the gear you’d expect with a new phone and will feature at least the iOS 9 software they originally shipped with.  They’ve been cleaned, inspected, fully tested and fitted with replacement parts if needs be.

They also come with a one-year limited warranty.

Right now the scheme appears to be limited to the US as Apple is yet to update its UK ‘Certified Refurbished’ store.

Is 15% off a year-old iPhone worth it to you? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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