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November 26, 2013
The Apple TV lineup of channels just keeps getting better and better with yet another free over-the-air update that added access to PBS and Yahoo Screen channel programming. When combined with the update from earlier this year, the Apple TV is a power house of entertainment at just $99.
Original PBS content is just a click away with full access to popular programming like Masterpiece Theater, American Masters and Antiques Roadshow updating as they air. Fans of PBS’ most popular program Downton Abbey will be also be able to catch past seasons of the show.
Yahoo Screen presents free programming from popular networks like Comedy Central, NBC and The Onion. Just open the app for free access to full episodes of Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Yahoo Screen also gives full access to original content and shows like the popular web series Burning Love.
While neither channel requires a cable subscription, PBS channel users will be asked to sign-in via Facebook, Google+ or a PBS account. Current Apple TV owners should receive the update automatically, but if not, can access the latest software by visiting Settings, General and then Update Software.
With free channels and updates coming on a nearly monthly basis, there’s never been a better time to own an Apple TV. Try one out at your local PeachMac.
October 22, 2013
Apple unveiled a number of new products at today’s highly anticipated media event, including new iPad models and updates to the MacBook Pro line. Apple also announced updates to the iLife and iWork suites and the release of OS X Mavericks. This may have been one of the most announcements packed Apple media events in recent history. Where should we begin?
The full-sized, 9.7-inch iPad has been redesigned to be thinner with a smaller bezel, sharing the same A7 processor found in the iPhone 5s. Weighing in at only one pound, the new iPad has been dubbed the iPad Air. The new iPad Air will be available starting November 1st starting at just $499 in silver/white or space gray/black color configurations. The iPad 2 will still be available with 16GB models starting at $399.
A new iPad mini has been added to the lineup: iPad mini with Retina display. This device has the same A7 processor as its full sized counterpart starting at just $399. Previous version iPad mini models will still be available but with a new price starting at $299. The iPad mini with Retina display should be available some time in November.
Not to be outdone, MacBook Pro models have also been updated. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been redesigned to be thinner, lighter and more powerful than ever before starting at just $1299—a full $200 less than the previous model! The 15-inch MacBook with Retina display has also been reduced a full $200 with a starting price of $1,999.
While we’re on the topic of saving money, Apple also announced that OS X Mavericks will be available free from the Mac App Store! iWork (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) and iLife (iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand) apps have also been completely revamped for Mavericks and iOS 7. Both packages of software will be available free with the purchase of a new Mac or iOS device.
With the new iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display, updated MacBook Pro models, and more free software than you can shake a stick at, it’s a good time to be an Apple fan!
September 24, 2013
Apple updated their iMac line today to offer better processors, new WiFi capabilities and performance enhancements to graphics cards along with faster flash storage options. All iMac models have been updated to include the same Haswell 4th Generation Core i5 processors featured in Apple laptops for maximum performance and energy efficiency.
- The base 27 inch iMac model ($1799) has been boosted from 2.9ghz to 3.2ghz while the upgraded 27 inch iMac model ($1999) has been increased from 3.2ghz to 3.4ghz.
- The base 21 inch iMac model ($1299) has been updated to include discrete Intel Iris Pro Graphics, for faster, more energy efficient performance.
- The upgraded 21 inch iMac model ($1499) has seen an increase in graphics memory from 512mb to 1gb for up to 40% faster performance.
- Both 27 inch model iMacs have seen their graphics memory doubled as well, topping out at 2GB in the upgraded model iMac ($1999).
- All iMac models have been upgraded from 802.11n WiFi to the new 802.11ac standard. When coupled with Apple’s AirPort Extreme, 802.11ac wireless offers up to 3 times faster network performance than 802.11n.
- Apple has switched to PCIe based flash storage for iMacs with Fusion Drive options, claiming up to 50% faster performance over prior technology.
September 24, 2013
Another month, another Apple TV update. Like the two most recent updates, 6.0 offers a host of new features that make your $99 set-top box even better. If you haven’t installed the upgrade just yet, it’s as simple as visiting Settings, then General and choosing Update Software. Like iOS 7, this update took quite a while to wrap up on our demo machines, so you might want to be patient with this one. Let’s talk about what the update has to offer.
iTunes Radio is one of the most talked about features in iOS 7, but it’s easy to forget that you can also find it in iTunes on your Mac and now the Apple TV. From the interface you can choose from stations created by guest DJs like Katy Perry, or featuring music from a specific band or genre. If you can’t find something to suit your tastes, you can always choose “Add Station”. There you can simply type in any song or artist, and iTunes Radio will create a selection of music that you might also like.
If you find a song that really hits the spot or that you just really can’t stand, hold the down button on the remote. iTunes Radio will ask if you want it to “Play More Like This” or the more extreme “Never Play This Song Again”. iTunes Radio also gives you quick and easy access to purchase any must have songs directly from the interface.
In our testing, iTunes Radio on the Apple TV worked splendidly. We particularly enjoyed the way the service automatically synchronized our Stations between our Mac, iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. When we added a Station, it was available immediately on our other devices. The service does play advertisements, but they are infrequent (every 15 minutes) and brief. iTunes Match subscribers get the added perk of using the service ad free.
Our only minor quibble with the service is that it’s limited to the expanse of the iTunes catalog. This is really only a problem for users whose favorite bands don’t offer their music on iTunes. Still, with hundreds of thousands of songs available , you’re likely to find something you’ll love.
Photo Stream Enhancements
We’re big fans of the Photo Stream feature found on our iPhones and iPads. Photo Stream offers the ability to quickly and easily share pictures and videos privately with your friends and family. Photo Stream with Apple TV allows you to see all your shared photos on the big screen with just the push of a button. With 6.0 on the Apple TV, you can now “like” and comment on friends or your own Photo Stream feeds directly from your television just as you would on your iPhone or iPad.
Podcasts have always seemed an odd fit in iTunes and on our iPhones. For years, podcasts have simply been lumped in with the rest of our music. Apple made significant steps to improve that with last years release of a dedicated Podcasts app. That app has slowly been upgraded to allow podcast subscriptions and play synchronization. With 6.0, Apple TV is finally in the loop. Subscribed podcasts will now appear on your Apple TV menu and your progress in a podcast will be synchronized between all your devices. No more fast-forwarding through a podcast just to get back to where you left off on your phone!
This feature sure is packed with buzz words, but what does it do? This one gets a little complicated, but we’ll do our best to break it down. AirPlay is the technology that allows you to wirelessly transmit the picture and sound from your Mac, iPhone or iPad to an Apple TV. It’s one of the many great perks of having an Apple TV, and the people that use it, love it. iCloud is, of course, the service that synchronizes all of your Contacts and Calendar events between your various Mac and iOS devices.
Now that we understand that, lets imagine you’re visiting a friend’s house with an iPad loaded with new movies you purchased from iTunes. You’d like to watch them on your friend’s big, beautiful HD television. . Prior to the 6.0 update, watching your movies on a friends Apple TV involved signing out of their account and signing in under your own, then hunting down the movie you already purchased.
With AirPlay from iCloud, you can join your friends WiFi and select one of the movies directly from your iPad or iPhone to watch through the Apple TV. Behind the scenes, iTunes will confirm your right to watch the film from your iPad or iPhone, but it will actually stream the movie from iCloud. The result is that you get to save your battery and still use your iPhone for other things while watching the movie.
Curious about the 6.0 update or just thinking about picking up an Apple TV? Stop into your local PeachMac for a full demonstration.
September 19, 2013
The launch of any new iPhone is exciting. With the arrival of the iPhone 5c and 5s, we thought it was a good time to discuss some of the most important things you’ll want to do to get off on the right foot after you get a new iPhone. Here are the 8 most essential steps to take to truly love your new iPhone.
1. Activate iCloud and Find My iPhone
We’ve all heard the name, but do you know what iCloud can do for you? iCloud and its Find My iPhone feature protects your personal data and gives you the ability to track down your iPhone if it goes missing.
iCloud can also use your WiFi connection to back up your important pictures, videos and messages while the device is charging. That’s a lot of power in one little service. Best of all, it’s FREE and setup is simple. Take a look at our brief video on setting up iCloud to get started.
2. Add AppleCare +
The AppleCare+ plan is the ultimate accessory for any iPhone. For just $99, your iPhone is protected for 2 years. That’s 730 days of protection, not just from manufacturer’s defects but physical damage as well. Should your iPhone become damaged, AppleCare+ will cover the cost of a replacement phone with just a $79 deductible up to two times during the coverage period. The peace of mind AppleCare+ provides is simply unbeatable.
3. Protect it with a case
Buying a case is about more than just protecting your investment; it’s about making your iPhone uniquely yours. Whatever your need, PeachMac offers a case to fit your style. PeachMac carries cases for the 5s, 5c, 5, 4s and 4. Stop into your local PeachMac to find the ideal case for your iPhone.
4. Download the Essential iPhone Apps
It’s hard to believe there was a time when the iPhone didn’t support 3rd party apps. Of course, there are several tried and true apps every iPhone owner wants to have like Pandora, Linkedin, and Angry Birds. But, what else is out there? Luckily for us, Apple has collected some of their most popular apps into a handy list for browsing in iTunes.
5. Upgrade Your Headphones
The EarPods that come with your iPhone are a good start to pumping your favorite tunes, but may not be ideal for runners or anyone looking for better sound. PeachMac carries a broad range of headphones for every need. For the fitness folks, we offer the Yurbuds line starting at just $29.99. Their impressive locking feature was designed by runners to ensure the headphones won’t come flying out during your daily jog.
For anyone with a desire to take a break and melt away with their music, we offer the Coloud Boom which are comfortable, over the ear headphones at $39.99. The Boom’s modern styling and competitive price point make it a perfect fit. They come in an impressive array of colors from standard to vibrant tones that fit right in with the bold design of iOS 7.
6. Invest in a Speaker
What good is having new technology if you can’t impress your friends with it? Show off iOS 7‘s new iTunes Radio features by DJing your next gathering using your iPhone. iHome’s line of Bluetooth capable wireless speakers should do the trick. The iBT4 Boombox at $99.99 will keep the party rocking with SRS TruBass sound, FM radio capabilities, and a rechargeable battery good for up to 7 hours.
For around the house, iHome also offers the ultra portable iBT24 mini Bluetooth speaker at $69.99. While it doesn’t include FM radio features, it does offer the same SRS TruBass sound as its big brother.
7. Instagram it, yo!
You got a new iPhone, so why not brag about it? Download your favorite social media app (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.), snap a picture or record a video using the stunning new iPhone camera, and share away! While you’re at it, try out the new Live Filters feature which allows you to take pictures in wild new color schemes right on your device.
8. Visit our iOS 7 Workshops
Whether you’re a newbie or an iPhone veteran, there are a ton of new features to be found in the recently released iOS 7 software running your iPhone. Let our trainers walk you through the ins and outs of your new device during our convenient and free iOS 7 workshops. It’s as simple as reserving a spot at any one of twelve convenient PeachMac locations from our workshops page.
September 10, 2013
It’s official! September 18th is the day we can expect iOS 7 to be available to upgrade your existing iOS device. The upgrade will be available on the following models: iPad 2 and up, iPad Mini, 5th Generation iPod touch, and iPhone 4 and up.
Anyone planning on purchasing a new iOS device will be happy to know that they’ll receive a plethora of amazing apps at no cost. These include the entire iWork Suite (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) and the entire iLife Suite (iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand). Purchased individually, these 6 apps would normally cost $45!
iOS 7 offers a sharp new look and incredible updates to Mail, Calendars and a host of other apps. New features like Control Center and enhancements to Spotlight and Notification Center will have you working faster than you ever thought possible with an iOS device. Music fans will love iTunes Radio while budding photographers will be enthralled with completely new camera modes.
For more information on all the changes you’ll find in iOS 7, check out our overview of new features in iOS 7, or attend one of our free iOS 7 workshops.
September 10, 2013
Many of the rumors were correct about the iPhone 5s and 5c. Both iPhone 5s and 5c models will be released September 20, 2013 to purchase. The iPhone 5c may be preordered starting on September 13, 2013. The iPhone 5c is a slightly lower priced model and includes most of the features you find in the iPhone 5 but with a slightly different body style and multiple color options including White, Pink, Yellow, Blue and Green.
The iPhone 5s is a vast improvement on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5s features an entirely new 64-bit A7 processor offering up to 56x the graphic pushing capabilities of the original iPhone. If that isn’t impressive enough, the new M7 coprocessor has been designed to provide a remarkable amount of motion feedback to your exercise apps. Having a built in motion processor should significantly impact your battery performance for the better when using fitness apps.
The 5s includes a new 8mp iSight Camera with a 15% larger sensor capable of taking low light photos at an aperture of f/2.2. The result is stunningly crisp, low-light photos without the aid of a flash. If you wind up needing it, the new True Tone flash will help keep your subjects looking natural and well-lit no matter what the conditions. The camera also includes Burst Mode capabilities with the ability to snap pictures at an incredible 10 pictures per second! If video is your thing, you’ll be pleased to know the 5s offers both 3x digital zoom and 120 frames per second slow motion. Coupled with iOS 7, iPhone 5s is unbeatable.
Once you have your iPhone, you may want a fancy case or cool accessories to go along with it. Here’s where PeachMac can help! We have a huge selection of iPhone cases from the iPhone 4 and up. We expect to have iPhone 5s and 5c cases soon. Stay tuned for updates!
September 9, 2013
Apple will be holding a special Media Event this Tuesday, September 10th, at 1pm EST to discuss what many speculate will be the future of their mobile devices and platforms. Amongst the rumored products are the iPhone 5S and a budget friendly iPhone, dubbed the iPhone 5C. Apple is also expected to officially announce a launch date for both iOS 7 and potentially OS X Mavericks.
Could we also be seeing updated iPads and iPods? Or even a new MacBook Pro? Time will tell, but speculation on a large number of products seeing updates is rampant. As of this writing, Apple has not offered information for live streaming of the event, but various news outlets will be covering the proceedings. We recommend MacWorld’s live coverage of the event.
What new or updated products do you think are coming down the pipe? We’re anxious to find out! Stay tuned to the PeachMac Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates.
June 28, 2013
OS X Mavericks is making waves this fall with several new features designed to optimize your Mac.
Mavericks’ energy efficient design will make your battery last to its fullest potential. Its new Timer Coalescing feature makes it possible for your CPU to enter a low-power state more often by grouping low-level operations together, helping conserve battery life.
Avid iBook users will love Mavericks. Now the iBooks Store can be accessed straight from your Mac. All purchases can be accessed seamlessly from your Mac, iPad, iPod or iPhone via iCloud making it even easier to pick up where you left off.
Traveling is easy with the updated Maps app. You can zoom in and explore new destinations straight from your computer screen. Flyover view turns your exploration into a 3D experience. Now you can easily plan out your trip on your Mac and get the directions sent straight to your iPhone.
Safari has been enhanced with new technologies to improve you browsing experience. Now web pages feel more responsive with the new Nitro Tiered JIT and Fast Start technologies. Safari will no longer waste energy on pages in the background or content you do not want to see, helping improve your battery life.
Writing down passwords on a billion sticky notes will become a thing of the past thanks to the new iCloud Keychain. It is designed to remember all of your usernames and passwords on approved devices. Don’t worry; your personal information is safely protected with robust AES 256-bit encryption.
Multiple Displays allows you turn any display connected to your Mac into a fully functional computer screen. Now whatever screen you are working on will have its own menu bar and Dock; you can even have multiple app windows running on either display.
New Finder features allow you to stay better organized. Finder Tabs will allow you to consolidate and reorder your Finder windows. Now you can tag documents with keywords to make finding them even easier.
OS X Mavericks will help you get the most out of your Mac. Get all these features and more this fall!
June 20, 2013
iOS 7 is coming this fall with a sleek new look and tons of features designed to optimize your mobile device. Control Center, AirDrop, smarter Multitasking, new camera options, and iOS in the Car are just a small selection of the new features to get excited about.
This software update will give your iPad, iPod touch and iPhone a complete makeover. The new interface is beautifully crafted to provide users with a simplified experience. Its design is free of clutter and unnecessary buttons placing a greater emphasis on what is important: your device’s content.
The new Control Center provides instant access to controls and apps you need in a hurry. Quickly adjust your phone settings, play or pause music, access your built-in flashlight and much more by swiping up on any screen.
Notification Center has been enhanced with a new feature called Today. You’ll be able to receive a summary of the day’s schedule, reminders and weather forecast by simply sliding down on any screen.
Multitasking has never been easier; iOS 7 learns when you like to use your favorite apps and updates their content before you even open them. It also now shows you a preview of the app, and you can quit an app just by swiping it up and out of preview.
iOS 7 has several new camera and photo options. Now you can apply filters to photos as well as group them based on time and place. You can also share photos with friends by creating a shared photo stream via iCloud.
AirDrop isn’t limited to just your Mac! Now you can have AirDrop on your iPhone and iPad, too. Instantly share documents and photos with friends with just a tap of a button.
Safari has been optimized as well. There is a single unified smart search field so you can simply type your search terms or URL in one place. Tab view is much nicer also by providing a consolidated view of your open web pages that you can scroll through and close with just a swipe.
Tired of trying to remember all of those pesky passwords? iCloud Keychain can assist by keeping track of your account names, passwords and credit card numbers. iCloud Keychain will sync across all of your Apple devices running iOS 7 or OS X Mavericks.
iTunes Radio takes radio streaming to the next level by providing listeners with the best selection of music and playing songs based on what is stored in their iTunes collection. If you are an iTunes Match subscriber, say hello to ad free radio!
Siri even gets a new look, new sound and new capabilities. Siri is enhanced with a range of new commands and programmed to check more sources including Twitter, Wikipedia, and Bing. You can even choose between a male or female voice.
iOS 7 comes with the ultimate iPhone lockdown. If you lose your iPhone and all hope is lost of ever getting it back, Find My iPhone has new security features that will make it harder for someone to use or sell your stolen iPhone. Now you must use your Apple ID and password to turn off Find My iPhone or erase your device making it virtually impossible for a thief to use. Thanks, Apple!
iOS in the Car (coming 2014) is designed to integrate your iPhone into your car’s dash system. Answer calls, iMessages, listen to iTunes Radio or ask Siri for assistance without ever taking your eyes off the road. Nissan, Honda and Volvo are just a few of the car manufactures expected to produce iOS 7 enabled vehicles sometime next year!
iOS 7 will give you the above features and much more! iOS 7 will be compatible with the following devices: iPhone 4/4S/5, iPod touch 16GB/32GB/64GB, iPad 2, iPad with Retina display, and iPad mini.
Stay tuned for information about the official launch of iOS 7 and workshops at PeachMac to get up to speed on some of the cool new features.