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Dec 201313

iPhone 5s is the top selling phone for every major carrier!

by Shane Roberts


With so much competition out there in the smartphone space, companies are fighting for everyones attention. However, the more things change with new phones, the more they stay the same. Since its launch in September, the iPhone 5s is the top selling phone for all four major cellular providers in the United States, according to Canaccord Genuity.

“Our surveys indicated continued strong sales of the iPhone 5s, as it was by far the top selling smartphone at all four tier-1 U.S. carriers and at most channels where the smartphone launched globally,” Walkley explained in a note to clients. “Our surveys also indicated steady iPhone 5c sales with the smartphone’s color options and more affordable price point proving popular with its intended audience.”

iPhone 5s tops sales

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Possibly the most interesting thing is the fact that the iPhone 5c has been, or is, the 2nd or 3rd best selling phone in the country for every provider. Just like the quote above states,  the iPhone 5c was intended for a certain customer, and that customer is loving the colorful, cheaper iPhone. Apple has always been at or near the top of phone sales charts, now they are taking two of the top three spots for every provider!

Head over to the All Things D article for more!

Nov 201306

Reviews from around the web on the iPad Air

by Shane Roberts

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CNET 4.5/5 stars : Functionally, the iPad Air is nearly identical to last year’s model, offering only faster performance and better video chatting. But factor in design and aesthetics, and the iPad Air is on another planet. It’s the best full-size consumer tablet on the market.

MacWorld 4.5/5 stars: The iPad was already the best large tablet out there. If it had any deficiencies, it was really in terms of weight and size, and that’s where the iPad Air shines. It’s still got a battery that will last for ten hours, and now it’s twice as fast as it was before, opening the door for even more apps that can boost personal productivity or just entertain you that much faster.

It’s right there in the name: The iPad Air is still an iPad, but it’s lighter and thinner and twice as fast to boot. If you want a tablet you can comfortably hold with one hand, look elsewhere. Otherwise, look no further than the iPad Air.

PCMag 4.5/5 stars: The iPad Air is Apple’s attempt to make the tablet disappear. The result is an unusually slim, well-built platform for the best array of apps in the business.

The Verge 9.3/10 stars:  iPad Air is the best large tablet ever made, and its only real competition will be the forthcoming Retina iPad mini, which will offer the same experience in a smaller form factor for a lower price. If you have anything older than the fourth-generation iPad, the upgrade to the Air will be worth it.

Walt Mossberg, Wall Street Journal:  I’ve been testing the iPad Air for about a week and found it a pleasure to use. This new iPad isn’t a radical rethinking of what a tablet can be, but it’s a major improvement on a successful product. It is the best tablet I’ve ever reviewed.



Oct 201323

iOS 7.0.3 Released

by Shane Roberts

Apple has released a patch for iOS 7. The most crucial of the fixes would be with the iMessage issue people have been experiencing over the last couple of weeks. Apple has also enabled iCloud Keychain on iOS devices. iCloud Keychain is where you can store and sync all of your passwords and credit card info across all of your devices. All the fixes are listed below.


- Adds iCloud Keychain to keep track of your account names, passwords, and credit card numbers across all your approved devices
- Adds Password Generator so Safari can suggest unique, hard-to-guess passwords for your online accounts
- Updates lock screen to delay display of “slide to unlock” when Touch ID is in use
- Adds back the ability to search the web and Wikipedia from Spotlight search
- Fixes an issue where iMessage failed to send for some users
- Fixes a bug that could prevent iMessage from activating
- Improves system stability when using iWork apps
- Fixes an accelerometer calibration issue
- Addresses an issue that could cause Siri and VoiceOver to use a lower quality voice
- Fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the Lock screen passcode
- Enhances the Reduce Motion setting to minimize both motion and animation
- Fixes an issue that could cause VoiceOver input to be too sensitive
- Updates the Bold Text setting to also change dial pad text
- Fixes an issue that could cause supervised devices to become un-supervised when updating software


Oct 201322

Apple October Event Wrap-up!

by Shane Roberts


Another Apple announcement, another mountain of news! Here is a list of everything that was announced on Tuesday, more detailed breakdowns will be coming later.


Mac OS Mavericks

If you’d like to see more in depth break downs of Mavericks, click here and here. The big news with Mavericks was the fact that it was launched TODAY. Usually Apple takes a few weeks or months to release the OS after the release date is announced. The biggest news around Mavericks, however, was the price. For the first time Apple has released a major OS update for free. Not only is it free for people who have Mountain Lion, but also those who are still on Lion and Snow Leopard! To get Mavericks, click here.



Apple updated the entire line of MacBooks to the new generation Intel Core processors. That means increased performance plus battery life, up to nine hours. The biggest news with the MacBooks are with the MacBook Pros with Retina Display. Apple also dropped the price on the 13″ and 15″ model of the Retina MacBooks. Now starting at $1299 for the 13″ and $1999 for the 15″. The 13″ also now comes in three different builds offering different RAM, Hard Drive, and Processor configurations. We should start seeing these new MacBooks show up in our Simply Mac stores any day.


Mac Pro

The long awaited Mac Pro has finally had a majority of the details announced. Arriving in December, the Mac Pro will start at $2999. If you do any high end editing, this machine is for you.

Here are the specs:

3.7 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5 Processor

12 GB 1866MHz DDR3 ECC Memory

Dual AMD FirePro D300 w/ 2GB GDDR5 VRAM

256 GB Flash Storage

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iPhoto, iMovie and Garageband are all getting face lifts for iOS and Mac OS. All the apps have been optimized for 64-bit, thus making them a lot faster to use. iMovie and Garageband have both had some user interface tweaks and additions as well. Possibly the biggest addition to the iLife apps is the addition of iCloud. So if you’re working on a project on one device, like a Mac, you can pick up and work on it on your iPad! The cool thing is Apple is making these apps available for free to anyone who has purchased a new iOS device or a Mac.

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Probably the software that was most in need of an update was iWork. Apple has really blurred the lines between the iOS version and the Mac version. So there will be full compatibility between both versions. The inspector has changed into a ‘Format’ tool. So when you are clicked on a specific thing, like a chart or text, the tools that are available are different. Possibly the biggest addition and change with iWork is with iWork for iCloud. Now whether you are on a Mac, PC, or iOS device you can use the best word processing suite on the market, just log into iCloud. While you’re working in iWork for iCloud, you can have collaboration mode turned on, so multiple people can be editing a file and the changes happen in real time – perfect for students in groups. This is a great addition to iWork! Also, it’s free with any new iOS or Mac device!

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iPad Air

It seems Apple is really starting to separate their various iPad lines now. The iPad Air now packs the same hardware as the iPhone 5s, with the A7 64-bit processor. So this thing is great for ‘Pro’ apps for editing, games and the like. The key thing everyone will notice about the iPad Air is its size. It is now 43% smaller around the screen, and 20% thinner. It also now weights about a pound, so about a half  a pound lighter.  It does maintain its 10-hour battery life, and now is available in silver and white as well as space gray and black. We won’t see iPad Air until November 1st. The iPad Air will start at $499 for the 16GB model and have the traditional 32GB, 64GB and 128GB options, as well as the LTE versions. Apple is also keeping the iPad 2 as an option at $399, so the old reliable will remain.

iPad mini with Retina Display

The upgrade everyone wanted with the iPad mini is finally happening, Apple is adding a Retina Display to the smaller iPad. They are also upping all of the specs in it to match that of the iPad Air. The mini now mirrors the iPad Air in almost every way, except in a smaller screen. The iPad mini with Retina Display starts at $399. Apple pulled a bit of surprise by keeping the regular iPad mini around, similar to the iPad 2, but for the cheaper price of $299.

Apple also redesigned the smart covers and cases for the new form factor of the iPad.

We’ll have more detailed write-ups in the coming days on everything that was announced on Tuesday!

Oct 201317

Apple Special Event Live Blog!

by Shane Roberts



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Oct 201307

Apple TV 6.0 adds many new features

by Robby Barnes


Apple quietly released new software for the Apple TV at the same time as iOS 7 was released.  With the release of new iPhones, and a new operating system for all iOS devices, most of the changes flew in under the radar, but there are some pretty cool things that were updated and everyone should know about them.  There were some technical updates, which were minor, but I want to talk about the two major feature updates.

The first major update is called “AirPlay from iCloud”.  When I first read about what this is, it was a little confusing to me, but once you understand its implications, it’s pretty huge.  Basically what happens is you can start AirPlaying from your iOS device to Apple TV, and if it is a movie, TV show, or something else that was purchased on iTunes with your account, then it actually starts playing from iCloud, instead of directly from your device.  At first glance, this seems like a battery saver, but not a huge change, especially since if you are logged in to your same iTunes account on your Apple TV, you could already just play the same video directly from iCloud.

Here’s the cool part though.  It doesn’t have to be your Apple TV for this to work.  What this means is when you go over to a friends house and you want to watch a movie that you have purchased on your own account, and they don’t have the same movie, you can start AirPlay from your phone, and it authenticates with your Apple ID from your phone, but then starts streaming from the cloud.  This means you can watch any movie, TV show, or any other iTunes store purchases on any Apple TV, no matter where you are, as long as you have your phone with you.  And it doesn’t have to be downloaded to your phone, which saves tons of space!

The other major feature update goes hand-in-hand with an iOS 7 feature called “iBeacons”.  We will be going in to more detail about iBeacons in a future blog, but the short way of describing it is that it is a way for two bluetooth devices to tell how far away they are from each other, and you can make them talk to each other in specific ways once they get close enough to each other.  That might sound a little confusing, but let me explain how Apple integrated it in to the Apple TV and iOS 7, and perhaps it will make a little more sense.

If you’ve ever bought a brand new Apple TV, you know that while it is very easy to set up, sometimes it’s a little time consuming to get it to connect to your wifi network, or set up your Apple ID on there, because you have to scroll through the alphabet one letter at a time with the remote that comes with the Apple TV.  Well if you have an Apple TV with the latest software update on it, and a phone, iPod, or iPad running iOS 7, then this setup just got a whole lot easier.  When you set up an Apple TV with the new software for the first time, it will tell you that if you have any of these other devices, and if they have your wifi network and Apple ID already set up on them, all you have to do is set your iOS device on the Apple TV.  After a few seconds, you will be prompted to accept the transfer of that information.  Click ok on your iOS device, and you are done.

The Apple TV pairs with your iOS device, because it knows that it’s sitting right on top of it, and grabs the wifi network information, including network name and password, and also grabs the Apple ID username and password from your device, so that you’re up and running, ready to start watching all of your iTunes purchases.

One more small technical update that is also nice is that you now have the option to have Apple TV update itself in the future.  This means this is the last time you will have to manually tell your Apple TV to update.  Any future improvements will be downloaded and installed when you aren’t even using it, and will be ready for you the next time you use it after that.

These updates have largely gone unnoticed due to all the major announcements that Apple did right around the same time, but I think they are very cool updates, especially since they are free for 2nd and 3rd generation Apple TV owners.  For anyone who does not own one, it’s getting harder and harder to resist the $99 for all of these features.

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