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Aug 201422

iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program Starts

by Shane Roberts


Do you have an iPhone 5 and the battery life has been less than ideal? Apple may have a solution for you! As of Friday, August 22nd, Apple is offering free battery replacements on select iPhone 5 models.

Here’s what Apple has to say…

Apple has determined that a very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently. The affected iPhone 5 devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and fall within a limited serial number range.

If your iPhone 5 is experiencing these symptoms and meets the eligibility requirements noted, Apple will replace your iPhone 5 battery, free of charge.

What do you have to do to to see if your iPhone 5 qualifies, and then serviced if needed?

The best news is you don’t have to go to the Apple Store, or send away your iPhone, we can take care of the replacement in any of our Simply Mac locations, appointment free!

To check to see if your iPhone 5 meets the qualifications for a free battery replacement, and more information, click here!

Aug 201411

Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite Preview

by Shane Roberts

Apple is prepping the release of the next generation Mac OS, Yosemite. Many of you Mac users out there may be curious about what some of the changes are going to be in this upcoming release. Many of which are cosmetic, with Apple tweaking the look of OSX to be more like iOS 7. Here is a bit of a preview of what Yosemite is going to look like, and some of the new updates coming to the OS.

Click the images for a larger view.


One of the changes, like I previously stated, is the look of the OS. That is most noticeable with the dock within Yosemite. Just like iOS 7, it has a more flat look to it, and many of the icons mirrors iOS 7’s.


The text in the OS is a lot smoother and thinner, making it easier to read overall, in my opinion.

A new feature coming to Yosemite is Dark Mode. Dark Mode is in the settings under “General,” where you’d find some of your basic look options for OSX. Dark Mode is great for when you are working in the dark, or if you just prefer the darker look of the Menu Bar and the Dock.


Safari has also gotten a bit of a facelift as well. Similar to the iPad version, there isn’t a lot there to confuse you. The biggest thing with Safari, though, would have to be the speed. Safari in Yosemite is a faster, snappier Internet experience. Pages load significantly faster and are a more fluid working browsing experience.


Here is a better look at the Dock when you have magnification turned on.


One of the new features that is coming to Yosemite, which has been previously covered, is Family Sharing. Within the iCloud preferences is the Family Sharing option and where you can turn it on/off.



Above you can see what the windows within Yosemite look like. Obviously, there is a much higher level of transparency within the windows, which you can turn on or off. You also get an idea of the color schemes in both the open/close buttons, and the window navigations buttons.



Another of the new changes coming in Yosemite is with Spotlight. Above you can see what that looks like. When you click on the Spotlight feature, instead of a pop down, it’s a pop up in the middle of the screen. When you search for something, not only will it search the computer, but also the internet, which essentially makes Spotlight your one-stop for all things search.

Yosemite is a great looking operating system, and will be a nice refresher for Mac OS, which has had the same look and feel since its debut back in 2001. Apple hasn’t given a release date on Yosemite yet, but they have said it will be out sometime this fall.

Jul 201429

More Apps now on your Apple TV!

by Shane Roberts


Your selection of what to watch on Apple TV got even better today! Apple released the CNBC and Fox Now streaming apps, and both apps require subscription authentication through a service like Comcast.

CNBC will stream programing in real time, so you can watch CNBC on your Apple TV just like you do on your cable or satellite provider.

Fox Now is on demand video, similar to Hulu Plus or Netflix. When you login and authenticate, you’ll be able to stream popular TV shows like 24, New Girl, Cosmos, and more.

Your Apple TV should update automatically and add these channels to your Home Screen.

CNBC and Fox Now join the following list of apps on Apple TV:

Hulu Plus
Watch ABC
Watch Disney
Watch Disney XD
Watch Disney Junior
PBS Kids
Smithsonian Channel
Watch ESPN
MLB.TV Premium
NHL Gamecenter
ACC Collegiate Sports
Red Bull TV
WWE Network
ABC News
Bloomberg TV
Sky News
WSJ Live
The Weather Channel
Yahoo! Screen
Qello Concerts

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!

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