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.

 

What.

 

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.

 

WHAT.

 

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
BLU VIVO S
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! 

 

 

 

Apple’s battery replacements are taking a while…

Apple recently faced some backlash after it revealed that as its phones’ batteries age, their software’s performance slows intentionally to prevent unexpected shutdowns. In response to said backlash, Apple lowered the cost of replacement iPhone batteries from $79 to $29 for the iPhone 6 or newer.

 

However. Unfortunately now Apple is telling customers that those $29 batteries? For the iPhone 6 Plus, they’re backlogged until late March, possibly early April. Bummer.

 

The smaller iPhone 6 batteries are looking more like a slim 10 days wait.

 

 

You can read Apple’s response to the backlash here, and how they’re responding to it. Hopefully if you’re waiting for a new battery, you don’t have to wait too long!

 

 

 

 

2011 Mac Mini Models are now obsolete

All Mac mini models released in mid 2011 have been moved to Apple’s public-facing vintage and obsolete products list.

 

This means that Apple and Apple Authorized Service Providers will no longer repair or service the 2011 Mac mini except where required by law.

 

Apple repairs and services products for up to five years after they are no longer manufactured, and 2011 Mac mini models were discontinued in late 2012.

 

The exception is if you’re lucky enough to live in California and Turkey, where you can still get service for up to two additional years.

 

 

Cyber Monday Deals on Apple products

Happy Cyber Monday!! Here’s some deals for you!

 

 

B&H Photo Video is offering pretty great discounts on some 2016 MacBook Pro models. They also have free shipping. Discounts include $1,000 off a high-end 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray, and $900 off a mid-range 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Silver.

 

 

eBay is offering $270 off a mid-range 2017 model with a 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage, and Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650. The sale price is $1,529.99, down from $1,799 on Apple.com.

 

Amazon is offering $100 iTunes gift card for $85 using promo code ITUNES15 at checkout

 

Adorama is offering $250 off a higher-end 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray.

 

 

Best Buy is offering free shipping on nearly everything, and some pretty good discounts on Apple products. Specials include:

 

32GB iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: save $150 when purchased and activated with a monthly installment plan

12.9-inch iPad Pro for –
– 64GB Wi-Fi: $699.99, down from $799.99
– 256GB Wi-Fi: $824.99, down from $949.99
– 512GB Wi-Fi: $999.99, down from $1,149.99

 

There’s a bunch of discounted MacBook Pro models as well.

 

 

T-Mobile has an offer for new customers considering a move to its cellular plans. If you buy a 32GB 9.7-inch iPad with a T-Mobile ONE plan, then activate a T-Mobile ONE voice line on a new or existing cell phone (which you can carry over from a different carrier and keep your number), you’ll get a full rebate for the iPad. The rebate will come in the form of a $460 Prepaid MasterCard Card, which will arrive in the mail within six to eight weeks.

 

At Walmart you can save $200 on iPad mini 4, $30 on 9.7-inch iPad, and $50 on iPad Pro

 

 

And finally, get 25 percent off select accessories at OtterBox. 

 

Enjoy clicking and saving, friends!

 

 

New Apple Ads

Apple today uploaded several new iPhone X ads to its YouTube channel, mainly highlighting features such as Face ID and Animoji, adding to an Ad posted a couple of days ago that went right ahead with the first of their usual Holiday tearfest ads.

 

Chhhhheck ’em out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fancy New Apple Store to open in Brooklyn next weekend

Apple is opening it’s all-new retail store in Downtown Brooklyn next weekend –  Saturday, December 2 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

 

The store is located in the new 300 Ashland building in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, with an official address of 123 Flatbush Avenue.

 

And it faaaaaancy.

 

It’s Apple’s second store in Brooklyn it’s 11th store in New York City, with seven locations in Manhattan, one in Queens, and one on Staten Island.

 

Worldwide, the Downtown Brooklyn store it Apple’s 499th retail store location.

 

That’s a lot of Apples.

 

 

Apple pledging $1 Million towards California Fire Relief Efforts

Good Guy Apple pledged to donate $1 million to fire relief efforts in Northern California, as well as matching employee donations 2-1.

 

 

On Sunday night, a series of fires broke out throughout Napa, Lake, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Butte counties in Northern California during severe fire weather conditions.

 

These fires rapidly grew to destroy an estimated 3,500 plus structures and killed at least 21 people, while over 380 people remain missing. The fires have so far burned over 170,000 acres of land, and have forced over 20,000 people to evacuate.

 

Other tech companies have also pledged donations. Facebook will also donate $1 million, while Google will donate $500,000.

 

If you would like to help out by making a donation, please visit the below links.

 

The Red Cross

 

California Fire Relief GoFundMe

 

Napa & Sonoma County Fire Relief GoFundMe

 

Sonoma County Resilience Fund

 

Napa Valley Community Foundation