You can now get an iPhone 7 directly from Apple for half the price of an iPhone X

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  • Apple is now offering certified refurbished iPhone 7 models.
  • Prices for the previously owned models start at $US500.
  • In addition to a 15% discount, owners get new accessories and a 1-year-warranty for the pre-owned device.

Apple is known for its pricey devices, but the 2016 iPhone 7 can now be purchased through Apple for just $US500.

The smartphone maker is now offering certified refurbished models of its two-year-old flagship online, meaning those interested in an iPhone 7 don’t have to bargain hunt through third-party sellers.

A brand-new iPhone 7 currently starts at $US550 when purchased directly from Apple. After being spruced up with a new battery and outer shell, refurbished iPhone models sell unlocked with new accessories and a one-year warranty. The refurbished device program knocks approximately 15% off the original price of an Apple product.

Here’s a rundown of the refurbished iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus prices base on storage capacity.

iPhone 7 32GB – $US500

iPhone 7 128GB – $US590

iPhone 7 256GB – $US680

iPhone 7 Plus 32GB – $US600

iPhone 7 Plus 128GB – $US690

iPhone 7 Plus 256GB – $US780

Before you thumb your nose up and purchasing such a discounted device, we’ve previously noted that when iPhone owners get replacement devices under warranty, they are typically refurbished models and not brand-new handsets. Refurbished iPhones are tested and certified by Apple, and tend to work well; one common glitch to look out for is “touch disease,” where the touchscreens on devices go unresponsive for no apparent reason, but every refurbished Apple product comes with a one-year warranty in case you run into any of those issues.

A recent report from Bloomberg indicates that some iPhone 7 models, which were likely purchased new, are also having touchscreen issues. So if you’re in the market for an iPhone 7, opting for the discounted version may not be a bad idea.

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