Apple recently announced the Apple Renew program, which pays you in Apple gift cards to recycle old iPhones, iPads, Macs, and other devices. Here’s what you can expect to get back if you send in your used stuff.
Recycling with Apple Renew is simple. Just head here, and provide some information about the model of device you want to recycle, its storage, its condition, and a few other things, then the site will give you a return value. To make things easier, here’s what you can expect to get back, organized by device.
What You’ll Get for Your Old iPhone or iPad
Provided your device is still in decent working condition, here’s what you can expect to get back for recycling an old iPhone (Brightstar is Apple’s recycling partner), regardless of device color or carrier. Keep in mind, these are all estimates and the actual value you get back may change once Apple gets your device and inspects it.
- iPhone 4: $50 Apple gift card for 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB models
- iPhone 4s: $50 Apple gift card for 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models
- iPhone 5: $100 Apple gift card for 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models
- iPhone 5c: $100 Apple gift card for 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB models
- iPhone 5s: $150 Apple gift card for 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models
- iPhone 6: $250 Apple gift card for 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB models
- iPhone 6 Plus: $300 Apple gift card for 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB models
Here’s what you’ll get for recycling an old iPad (all colors, Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi+Cellular models):
- iPad Mini: $65 Apple gift card for 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models
- iPad Mini 2: $115 Apple gift card for 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB models
- iPad Mini 3: $155 Apple gift card for 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB models
- iPad 2: $60 Apple gift card for 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models
- iPad 3: $80 Apple gift card for 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models
- iPad 4: $125 Apple gift card for 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB models
- iPad Air: $150 Apple gift card for 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB models
- iPad Air 2: $225 Apple gift card for 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB models
It’s important to note that your return will be lower if your device does not power on properly, has a severely damaged screen, has a bent or broken metal enclosure, has been damaged by water, or if any of the buttons aren’t working. Also, the site doesn’t mention anything about engraved models, so it’s possible that may affect your device’s value. If your device is really messed up, they may not offer you anything at all. They do, however, offer environmentally safe disposal for free no matter what.
Apple’s Renew program sees your old iPhones and iPads as a sum of the materials inside. It doesn’t really matter what color it is or how much memory it has. This is a fair deal for the folks that purchased base models, but not so great for those who forked over a few hundred extra dollars for more memory. You could probably get a little more for your devices if you tried to sell them (and get cash instead of Apple gift cards), but it isn’t a bad deal overall if you’re looking to upgrade within the Apple lineup. Apple will also take your old iPods and other gadgets as well, but there’s no gift card incentive. If you want to safely dispose of your iPod, they’ll do it for free, but all you’ll get is the satisfaction in properly disposing old electronics (which is still worth plenty to some). If you take your old non-Shuffle iPod into an Apple Store, however, you can get 10% off the purchase of a new iPod.
What You’ll Get for Macs and Windows PCs
You probably assumed that Apple would take back old iMacs, Mac Minis, and Macbooks, but you can also recycle Windows laptops and desktops. As long as your Mac or Windows PC was made after 2007, it’s eligible for Apple Renew.
There are a lot of different Mac models and combinations out there, so you’re better off looking for your own specific machine. To give you a ballpark estimate, however, you can expect an Apple gift card anywhere from $35 for an older MacBook Core 2 Duo (2.0GHz) to $500 for a MacBook Air Core i7 (2.2GHz) to $720 for 13″ MacBook Pro Core i7 (3.1 GHz). For desktops, you can get anywhere from a $230 gift card for a Mac Mini Core i7 (3.0 GHz) to $800 for a 27″ iMac Core i7 (4.0 GHz) with 5K Retina display to $1500 for a Mac Pro (3.7 GHz) Ivy Bridge Quad-Core. If you’re a dedicated Mac user, and you’re not up for selling your old machine, recycling your computer with Apple seems like a pretty good way to cover some of the cost of your upgrade.
For Windows PC recycling, however, you’re not going to get much, even if the machine works just fine. A Windows desktop PC with an Intel Core i7 (3.0-3.49GHz) processor, for example, will only net you a $75 gift card, and that’s if you include a power cord, working keyboard and mouse, and if it has an SSD. The processor alone is worth nearly three times that much (assuming it’s still in good condition). Recycling your Windows machine with Apple is only worth it if it’s broken, you don’t want to try and sell its parts, and you’re just looking for an earth-friendly way to dispose of it.