I did the same, and have been to the same conclusion as you. I think they are brand new ones.I am looking at the refurb 24" imac on Apples store and I am wondering if at $1589 it's a good deall? Also Could it be new? I watched the Apple store for a month prior to the new imac update, and there were never any refurb 24" units. Then right after the update they list the 24" model. This makes me think they could be new models being blown out. What do you think?
At that price, you get a good deal, and the new models are not very much faster than the older ones. So I think it is a good deal.