Special Apple in Education event planned

Apple has just announced an event focusing on the all important arena of technology in education. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 27 at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago, with the keynote, centered around “creative new ideas for teachers and students”, commencing at 10:00 a.m. Central Time.




The last time Apple held a similar event was in New York City in January 2012, where it announced iBooks 2 with interactive textbooks, iBooks Author, and a new version of iTunes U for iPad.


So what should we expect this time around? There’s a bunch of rumors swirling already about possible hardware and software announcements that could be made during the event, including :


iOS 11.3 availability with ClassKit
A cheaper 9.7 inch iPad for education for $259, currently it’s price point is $329.
A cheaper MacBook Air for $799 to $899, currently it’s price point starts at $999.
The AirPower charging mat


We can look forward to hearing the facts on March 27th!




Apple to release an even bigger iPhone?

Apparently, Apple will release three new smartphone models this year, to be announced in the Fall.


What could they possibly be?


Well, we’re essentially, probably, maybe, looking at a more affordable iPhone X, an updated iPhone X, and one high-end model that could be the largest iPhone ever, featuring a nearly 6.5-inch edge-to-edge display. The body of the device will be roughly the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus, but the display will be about an inch larger.


The updated iPhone X will reportedly  feature a next-generation processor, maybe a gold color option, and maybe a dual-SIM card capability. Here’s hoping?


The cheaper iPhone X model would have an LCD screen, a glass back, and aluminum edges.


All of this, obvs, is rumorific. But, it always is. We kind of like the ideas in this particular batch of rumors, though.




New Deals from T-Mobile and AT&T

This week, from T-Mobile, we have a limited time offer to ‘Share the Apple Watch experience.


If you buy one Series 3 Apple Watch, you get a second one for half off.


Small Print—>  Via 24 monthly bill credits with qualifying DIGITS™ plan. If you cancel wireless service, credits stop and remaining balance is due.


AND! Also from T-Mobile, and offer to Get 4 lines of unlimited for just $35 each. PLUS 2 screen Netflix.


Small print —> For new customers only activating 4 lines of service. Capable device required. Limited-time offer; after bill credits with AutoPay. Receive Netflix Standard 2-screen (up to $10.99/month value) while you maintain 2+ qualifying T-Mobile ONE lines in good standing. 


From AT&T, you can get a new 32GB iPad for $49.99 when you buy a new iPhone on AT&T Next.


Small Print —> Get a 32GB iPad for $49.99 on a 2-year agreement* when you buy any iPhone on AT&T Next(R) *Svc activation req’d on both devices. Fees, charges & restr’s apply.



Apple stock price hits all time high

Following several weeks of gains, Apple’s stock price has hit a new all-time high, trading for slightly above the previous record of $180.10 in intraday trading today.


The stock hit a low of $150.24 on February 9, but has since rebounded, and this new high comes after billionaire investor Warren Buffett said his company Berkshire Hathaway has purchased more shares of Apple than any other stock over the past year,  increasing its Apple holdings by 23.3 percent.


Apple shares have technically traded for higher prices, but today’s all-time high accounts for multiple stock splits that have occurred. Apple now has a market capitalization of well over $900 billion.



Skiiers and snowboard rejoice!

Apple has announced that starting TODAY, skiers and snowboarders can now use Apple Watch Series 3 to track their activities.


Apple Watch apps Snoww, Slopes, Snocru, and Ski Tracks have each been updated to take advantage of custom workout APIs released in watchOS 4.2 that enable tracking of the following specialized snowy metrics:
Total vertical descent and horizontal distance
Number of runs
Average and maximum speeds
Total time spent
Calories burned


The ski and snowboard tracking is limited to Apple Watch Series 3 models, which are the only ones with a built-in altimeter to track elevation.


God speed good skibum sirs!



Apple Launching Program Allowing Repairs of Mid 2011 iMac

Apple is launching a pilot program that will permit Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers to continue offering repair service for 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac models released in mid 2011, even though those models will be classified as vintage starting next month.


Apple usually only offers repairs and replacement parts for a Mac for five years after it is no longer manufactured. Mid 2011 iMac models are now approaching this cutoff, as the last education-only configuration was discontinued in March 2013, but these machines will now remain eligible for service for an additional six months.

The program will be available in the US between March 1, 2018 and August 31, 2018, subject to parts availability from Apple. After the pilot ends, repairs will only be available in California and Turkey, as required by law.





Possible WWDC Dates

Apple’s big annual developer conference, WWDC – where it also usually announces big software updates – is coming up! The company has yet to announce the exact dates, but the rumor mill has begun, and it suggests that it will happen between Monday, June 4 and Friday, June 8 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, the same as last year.


The McEnery Convention Center is apparently booked up with other events for every week in June except for the first, and Apple has held WWDC in June since the 2000’s.



Except for last year, the company usually releases the dates of the event in April, so we’ve got a while to wait until the dates are confirmed.


The software updates we can likely look forward to hearing about are iOS 12, MacOS 10.14, new tvOS and WatchOS.


There may be a hardware announcement, but the rumor mill has not begun on what that may or may not be.


Tickets to the World Wide Developers Conference will likely cost around $1,599 and be distributed randomly through a lottery. If you can’t afford that ticket, or don’t win the lottery, Apple will be streaming the opening keynote live, and will provide videos of developer sessions on their website.




New Whole Foods Perk coming with Amazon Prime

Amazon recently announced that it will offer free 2-hour delivery of Whole Foods groceries for Prime customers via Amazon Prime Now.




You read that right, beginning in four select markets – Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach, Prime Now Members will get free Whole Foods Delivery with only one caveat – their purchase must be over $35. At Whole Foods? Sounds easy peasy.


Oh, and the delivery window? A measly 2 hours. If you need your foods within the hour?  That’ll be an extra $7.99.


From the Sauce, Whole Foods Co-Founder and CEO, John Mackey:


“We’re happy to bring our customers the convenience of free two-hour delivery through Prime Now and access to thousands of natural and organic groceries and locally sourced favorites,” said Whole Foods co-founder and CEO John Mackey in a press release.


Amazon plans to expand the service across the country during 2018.



HomePod is (almost) here!

Apple’s $349 HomePod will launch in the US, UK and Australia on February 9! AND customers can preorder Apple’s home wireless speaker starting on Friday.


Even though the wait for the Siri speaker has been longer than expected after the launch was delayed from late 2017, we’re still pretty excited to see her in all her glory!


A direct competitor to Alexa and Google Home AI Assistant/speaker systems, HomePod promises to be everything you need from a home assistant. That’s some future words, right there. But will it stand up? With other companies already moving on to Video AI assistants ( Hi Alexa Show) some are wondering if Apple might be behind the ball a teeny tiny bit.


Either way, we’re excited to find out.




HomePod is configured through the Home app on an iOS device running iOS 11.2.5 (which is yet to be publicly released).


It will be available in two color choices, white or space gray. Order it from January 26 for $349.

Excellent Unlimited Sprint Plan Deal!

Sprint is currently offering 1-Year Unlimited Talk, Text & Data for Free when you bring an eligible unlocked smartphone.




Yup, all you have to do is purchase a Sprint SIM card to take advantage of this offer (SIM card is $2.99 ea. and $10 shipping & handling + tax), plus have eBill and Sprint AutoPay ($5/mo./line discount applied within two invoices).


This excellent deal means that with the plan you get :
Unlimited data, talk and text
HD streaming:
Video at speeds up to 1080p
Music at up to 1.5mbps
Gaming streams at up to 8mbps
Unlimited 4G LTE data for most everything else. Data deprioritization applies during congestion.
10GB of high-speed data per line to use toward mobile hotspot, VPN and Peer-2-Peer usage. Once your 10GB is used up:
Continue at up to 2G speeds (32 Kbps) on our network for no additional cost, or
Purchase more on-network high-speed data for $15/1GB to tide you over for the rest of your bill cycle


A standard $1.99 admin fee, $0.40 regulatory fee and other taxes and fees apply.


You must be a Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile customer bringing new lines to Sprint, and you must own the phone you’re bringing.


After the deal ends, pay:
Line 1: $60/mo.
Line 2: $40/mo.
Lines 3-5: $30/mo/line
Pricing shown with AutoPay. Add $5/mo./line without AutoPay


If this deal tickles your fancy, here is the list of eligible devices, but remember your phone has to be unlocked and compatible with Sprint SIM card and network:


Alcatel IDOL5
Apple iPhone 5c (Verizon only)
Apple iPhone 5s (Verizon only)
Apple iPhone 6
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Apple iPhone 6s
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Apple iPhone 7 (Verizon only)
Apple iPhone 7 Plus (Verizon only)
Apple iPhone 8 (Verizon only)
Apple iPhone 8 Plus (Verizon only)
Apple iPhone SE
Apple iPad
Apple iPad Air 2
Apple iPad Air
Apple iPad Mini 4
Apple iPad Mini 3
Apple iPad Mini 2
Apple iPad Pro
Essential Phone
Google Nexus 5 (16 & 32 GB – black/white/red) (Verizon only)
Google Nexus 5X (all versions)
Google Nexus 6 (32 & 64 GB – black/white)
Google Nexus 6P (all versions)
Google Pixel
Google Pixel XL
Google Pixel 2
Google Pixel XL 2
HTC One A9 (Sprint Version only)
moto e4
moto e4 plus
moto g4
moto g4 play
moto g4 plus
moto g5 plus
moto g5s plus
moto x pure edition
moto z2 play
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Special Edition
Samsung Galaxy S7 Special Edition
Samsung Galaxy S8 Special Edition
Samsung Galaxy S8+ Special Edition


Check eligibility and sign up here!