Apple offers a trade-in scheme in return for a gift card or refund on a new purchase – but is it a deal worth going for? And what happens to your old device?
A few weeks back, Jon asked whether or not you recycle your old tech to give it a second life, or if your old devices end up in a drawer, gathering dust.
For those who do look to repurpose their old tech, Apple is offering a trade-in scheme in return for an Apple Store gift card or a refund on a new purchase.
I was recently asked to address a few concerns from a member – what will Apple do with their old iPad? And should they have any concerns that the data that’s on it won’t be compromised?
Erasing your old data
Wiping and resetting your iPad makes it virtually impossible for hackers to access your information, although it’s your responsibility – not Apple’s – to make sure that it’s clear of personal data before you send it in.
Apple told us that it refurbishes devices in good working order, which accounts for around two thirds of everything it receives.
Devices that it believes can’t be sold to a new owner are recycled responsibly and this comes at no cost to you.
Alternative trade-in options
You don’t have to send your iPad back to Apple to get money back, though.
Apple will give you up to £380 depending on the model and its condition, but you could get a better deal selling through high street shops such as CEX, or online through eBay.
Alternatively, you could donate it to charity or visit WeeeCharity to arrange for it to be recycled.
If you are going to trade or recycle your device, make sure you back up all your data first. Sign out of all your apps, then factory reset the device.
If you need a hand with the process, our guide shows you how to do it here.
Do you have an old Apple device you want to trade in? Considering Apple’s offer? If not, what do you think you’ll do with it?