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Jul 201410

iOS 8 Preview: Family Sharing

by Shane Roberts


iOS 8 is continuing to build on the foundation laid by the radically redesigned iOS 7, that was released last year. One feature that is going to be handy, especially for families out there, is “Family Sharing.”

There has always been the issue of families having multiple Apple ID’s, credit cards, and just general account confusion. With Family Sharing in iOS 8 that should straighten out a lot of that confusion.

Here is how Apple explains Family Sharing -

“Family Sharing is a new way to bring harmony to your family’s digital life. Up to six people in your family can share purchases from iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store without sharing accounts. Pay for family purchases with the same credit card and approve kids’ spending right from a parent’s device. Easily share photos, a family calendar, and more to help keep everyone connected.”

Basically, someone in the family sends out invites to other members of the family to set up sharing. You can then set parameters of  what certain family members can have access to. Once you have that set up, all of your purchases can come from one credit card and kids can ask for permission to download items.

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Another great feature of Family Sharing is that you can download each others apps, music, movies, and more. That eliminates any need to double purchase anything for your iPhone and your spouses iPhone, or your kids.

Family Sharing also gives seamless access to both Find My Friends and Find My iPhone. Here’s how Apple best describes it with Find My Friends:

Family Sharing can automatically share your location with your family members and show you where they are, too. Now it’s easier than ever to meet up at the park, see if Dad’s on his way home, or keep tabs on your kids throughout the day. Out shopping for a surprise birthday gift? Just hide your location with a tap.

It’s the same story with Find My iPhone. If a member of your family has lost or had their iPhone stolen, you can easily see and lock down anybody’s phone that is in your family.

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Family members will also be able to share other items like pictures in a unified photo album and have a joint family calendar as well.

Family Sharing is a great feature, and could clean up a lot of confusion for people that like to share info and purchases.

Family Sharing will be available this fall when the free update to iOS 8 launches.

Jun 201426

iPod touch gets an update with new pricing

by Shane Roberts


Another update came from Apple Thursday.

Apple updated the iPod touch by matching the 16GB model with the other iPod touch models. The 16GB now comes in multiple colors and has a 5 megapixel iSight camera, all for $199. Not to mention the 32GB model is now $249, and the 64GB is now $299.

Here is the full press release from Apple:

CUPERTINO, California—June 26, 2014—Apple® today announced its 16GB iPod touch® is now available in vibrant colors and equipped with a 5 megapixel iSight® camera for just $199. The entire iPod touch lineup features the 5 megapixel iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording, brilliant 4-inch Retina® display, Apple’s A5 chip and FaceTime® camera. iPod touch features an ultra-thin and light anodized aluminum design and is available in pink, yellow, blue, silver, space gray and (PRODUCT) RED. iPod touch comes in a 16GB model for $199, 32GB for $249, and 64GB for $299.  

iPod touch comes with iOS 7, offering more than 200 features including Camera app filters that let you easily add real-time photo effects. Additionally, the Photos app offers ways to automatically organize your photos based on time and location. With iCloud® Photo Sharing, it’s simple to share photos and videos with exactly the people you want to see them and your friends and family can comment and access their shared streams from any iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch, Mac® or PC at any time. This fall, iOS 8 will be supported on the entire iPod touch lineup. 

With the revolutionary App Store℠ on iPod touch, users in 155 countries have access to over 1.2 million apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, including hundreds of thousands of games. More than 75 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store. Customers also have the iTunes Store® at their fingertips, giving instant access to an incredible selection of music, TV shows, movies and books to purchase and download directly to their iPod touch. 

For availability, contact your local Simply Mac for more!

Jun 201424

New Channels have landed on Apple TV!

by Shane Roberts


Apple has added some new channels to the Apple TV home screen for your viewing pleasure.

ABC News is one of the new apps to hit Apple TV, with live and on-demand streaming. Also, AOL ON, PBS Kids, and Willow have been added to the home screen.

PBS Kids is a nice addition, because you can let your kids watch popular hits like Curious George and Cat in the Hat. 

Willow is for the Cricket fans out there, and AOL ON will give you news, sports and some original content as well.

There is nothing you need to do to get these apps, they will just update for free!

These apps not doing anything for you and you’d like to hide them? Here’s how you can do that!

Jun 201418

New iMac option released by Apple

by Shane Roberts


Have you been wanting a new iMac, but would like to pay a little less? Today Apple has given you a great option!

Apple has released a new entry level 21.5″ iMac that will give you the beautiful all-in-one, at a more affordable price.

Here is the run down for the new entry level iMac:

New 2014 entry iMac

If you’d like this new iMac, contact your local store about availability!

Jun 201411

First 3rd-party iOS 8 Keyboard in action!

by Shane Roberts

Keyboards like this will be available when iOS 8 launches this fall!

Jun 201411

The Verge Calls iPhone 5s “The Best Smartphone You Can Buy”

by Shane Roberts

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We all know it already, but it’s nice to see some validation from other websites that the iPhone is the best phone out there.

The Verge ran an article on which smartphone should be your next smartphone, if you’re up for a new one. Of course, they chose the iPhone 5s as the best all-around phone, and suggest if you’re in the market for a new phone, don’t look any farther than the iPhone 5s. Here’s a little of what they had to say:

The 5S’ appeal begins with its design. Its rounded metallic body feels precious and high-end in a way few phones can match. Its 4-inch screen is a little small by today’s standards, but it makes the device much easier to use in one hand and far more pocketable. Its camera is best-in-class, an 8-megapixel shooter that takes crisp and clear photos that no other cellphone camera has ever been able to replicate. Battery life is the 5S’ weakest spot — it’ll last a day but never more — but it’s nowhere near enough to be a problem.

No doubt there are other great phones out there, with some cool features. However, this final paragraph by The Verge nails exactly what the iPhone is all about:

Other devices may have particular advantages — a bigger screen or longer battery life — but they all come with complications and trade-offs. The 5S has none. If you want a smartphone you know you’ll love, that you’ll never have to worry or think about, the iPhone 5S is the best you can buy.

Make sure to go check out the entire article, because the iPhone 5c makes an appearance as well.

Check out all the iPhone models currently available here, and come into your local Simply Mac to get your new iPhone!

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