Category: Upgrades

Apple just made Garageband, iMovie and iWork apps completely free


iMovie, Numbers, Keynote, Pages, and GarageBand for both Mac and iOS devices are now listed as free in the App Store.


Since 2013 if you had purchased a new Mac or iOS device you could get these apps for free, but now they’re just free free. Which is the best kind of free.


The change also makes it much easier for schools and businesses to download these apps through the Volume Purchase program store.


Now, go make some sweet tunes, to accompany some sweet movies, and… work your butts off! #Wednesday Wisdom!



Thinking of upgrading? Here are the best ways to sell your current iPhone.

The iPhone 7 is coming!!


Said to be announced early-mid September, with pre-orders starting in the middle of the month,  NOW is the time to start thinking – are you going to upgrade?


Check out what’s coming with the new phone here. 


Do you currently have an iPhone that’s a bit cracked, water damaged, or just a bit old and stinky? Do you want to sell it in order to upgrade to a shiny new iPhone 7?


Here’s your best options:


1. eBay – Check out what iPhones are selling for in past transactions and sell it on eBay! Just make sure you’re aware of the seller fees – use this calculator to find out!


2. Craigslist – advertise on Craigslist and someone in your local area can make good use of your old iPhone. Best for used iPhones instead of broken/cracked iPhones, but worth a shot with those too. Just make sure you’re safe when organizing how to physically give the buyer the phone.


3. Donate your iPhone to a charity. This doesn’t help you upgrade, but it will help you feel all the good feels. We’d suggest Cellphones For Soldiers.


Cell Phones For Soldiers is a national nonprofit dedicated to serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding. Donations of newer or gently-used cell phones and tablets from all wireless carriers and brands are accepted. Each donated device valued at $5 will provide troops with an estimated 2.5 hours of FREE talk time.



4. iPhone Antidote!  Using coupon code ‘UPGRADE2016’, get an extra $5 on top of your quote when you sell your iPhone to us! Get a quote here and we’ll send you a free mailer box. We’ll send you your payment in your choice of Check, Paypal or Bitcoin and we’re fast, safe and easy. And we’ll give your phone hugs when it gets to us so it doesn’t feel bad.


5, Give it to someone you know that might like it and doesn’t have one of their own! Little sisters need iPhones too, you know.


6. You know how when you go for a run, you’re always scared of your iPhone falling out of it’s little protector sleeve and smashing? Well, once you get a fancy new iPhone, your old stinky one can be used as your iPod for when you exercise! Smash away, friend.


Send us an email if you’re thinking of upgrading or selling your current device and you have any questions! Email us at:


The iPhone 7 is coming SOON!

The iPhone 7 is coming!


How soon? Pretty soon, guys. Specifically, we’ve heard reports that the Apple Special Media Event will take place on Wednesday, September 7th, with pre-orders starting on September 9th and a public launch date on September 16th.


There are conflicting reports that it won’t happen until the 23rd, but we have a funny feeling in or bellies that it might be the earlier date.


Media invites for the event are expected to go out next week, so it’s not long now until we know!


Here’s what we can probably expect for the iPhone 7:


* No Headphone Jack


*Better water resistance


*New design for antenna bands


*Flush, sensitive home button.


*Duel lens Camera for iPhone 7 Plus


*Upgraded Processor.



Are you looking to upgrade to the iPhone 7?



Do you want super rad bonus money? Happy New Year Coupon inside!


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2016 is almost one week old!! WHAT! HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?


Well, it’s a cause for celebration here at iPhone Antidote, for no other reason than we really like to celebrate! AND GUESS WHAT? We’re giving all our loyal Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and blog followers a free $10 bonus coupon code!



Until the 20th on January, 2016 sell your used, broken or water damaged iPhone to us, use coupon code NEWYEARS10 and you’ll automatically receive an extra $10 on your quote!


Boom! Ten Dollar Boom!



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Get free cell phone service! Right now!


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How do you guys feel about free cell phone service? Do you feel good about it? Yeah? Read on fools!


Ringplus has an eggzellent deal on right now – pay $12 upfront, buy a special SIM card (unless you have a Sprint cell phone) and you get a no-contract cell phone service that allows you 1200 real cellular minutes, 1200 texts, and 1200 MB of LTE data per month, plus tethering.


For free. All of it. Free!


It’s called the Leonardo 3 Free plan and there’s a couple of very, very minor catches. Numero uno – when you call someone, instead of hearing the dial-tone, you’ll hear ads. Let some wheelers and dealers bend your ear for however long it takes you friend to pick up.


Before you sign up, you’ll also need to take a short survey and link your Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn account. If you don’t currently have one of those, you can add it within 3 weeks after sign up.


As we said, you’ll need a special SIM unless you already have a Sprint cell phone.


You can buy a SIM from RingPlus here for $15. According to reports, you can also go into an Apple store and ask for a Sprint SIM to fit into your phone and they’ll give you one for free.


If you’re an iPhone guy or gal, you’ll need an unlocked or Verizon iPhone 5C or above. Alternatively, you can check out some sweet $40 phones that will work with the service, like the Sprint Prepaid – Motorola Moto E 4G with 8GB Memory or the VM 1GB Nokia Lumia 635 4G, both currently on sale at Best Buy.


The initial $12 payment is for overage, and if your Top-Up balance reaches $0, another $12 auto Top Up will be automatically charged to your credit card on file.


The service uses the Sprint network, so if  you know that it’s sketchy in your area, you should take that into consideration.


The deal is available Tuesday December 8, 2015 from 12 Noon PST until Thursday December 10, 2015 at 12 Noon PST.


Go get it!







Black Friday Deals!

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Black Friday is SOON y’all. Like, tomorrow soon. While you’ve got your hands full with stuffing that turkey, cast your eyes over the tech & gadget deals you can get the day after Thanksgiving. Happy browsing!



*Kohls is offering Black Friday deals online right now through November 27th, and in store beginning November 26th at 6PM local time. They have some great deals, namely a HP Deskjet 2545 All-in-One Printer for $19.99: $79.99 is the normal retail price! WHAT! This deal is only available until 1 p.m. Friday, but Kohls is ALSO offering $15 for every $50 spent. You can get a 15% coupon here for purchases in store and online until November 27th.



* Dell is offering one of the best Xbox deals out there this Black Friday – Xbox One Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle Plus Fallout 4 & Extra Controller for $299


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Best Buy stores will open at 5:00 PM on Thursday, November 26, closing at 1:00 AM on Friday, November 27. Stores will reopen at 8:00 AM on Friday, November 27 and remain open until 10:00 PM on Friday, November 27.


All times are local and as per usual, may vary at select locations. Most deals are also available online between November 26-28.



*You can get a Vizio 55-inch 4K TV for $699, down from $880. Also check out the 65-inch for $1000, down from $1500.


*The GoPro Hero 4 Silver comes with an $80 Best Buy gift card


*Canon’s PowerShot Sx710 is $100 off, down from $350.


*With the purchase of select smartphones from AT&T that include the iPhone 5c, 5s, 6, and 6 Plus, Best Buy is offering a free $200 Best Buy gift card. To get the gift card, new customers must purchase the iPhone using AT&T Next with an AT&T Mobile Share Value plan.


* Best Buy are heavily discounting the 49-inch Toshiba 1080p LED HDTV. You’re looking at paying $149, down from $479.


*Replace your whole damn entertainment system! Get a 40-inch Samsung HDTV, Xbox One game console and “Lego Movie” game bundle for a measly $500, saving $230 at Best Buy.


*Get yourself an iPad mini 4, either 64GB and 128GB storage, for $399 and $499 respectively.


*Best Buy is offering the Apple Watch at a $100 discount.


*Best Buy will be selling the 16 and 64GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 at a $100 discount, dropping the price to $399 and $499, respectively. The 128GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 will be available at a $125 discount, dropping the price to $574. Best Buy’s iPad Air 2 deals are all doorbusters.


*Best Buy will be selling the 64GB and 128GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini 4 at a discount of $100 off, dropping the price to $399 and $499, respectively.


*The 2015 13-inch 2.7GHz Retina MacBook Pro with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage will be available at a $150 discount, dropping the price to $1,349.


*Best Buy is discounting the 2015 Retina MacBook with a 1.1GHz processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB storage by $150, dropping the price to $1,149.99.


*The 2015 entry-level 11-inch 1.6GHz MacBook Air with 4GB RAM and 128GB is going to be available at $774, down $125.


*The Late 2015 21.5-inch Retina iMac with a 1TB hard drive and 8GB RAM will be available at $1099, down $200


*iPods are on sale with up to $50 off


*Select Apple Watch accessories are up to 50 percent off


*Beats by Dre Powerbeats are $100 off, down to $99.99


*iTunes gift cards are Buy one, get one 40 percent off


*Get the Pebble for hella cheap! $69.99, $30 off.



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Walmart’s Black Friday deals will be online starting at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time on Thanksgiving morning. In-store Black Friday sales will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.


*Walmart will sell the 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 in Gold for $399, a discount of $100. Walmart has a 1-hour guarantee on this deal, which means anyone who shows up at a Walmart between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day is guaranteed an iPad Air 2 at this price.


*The 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini 2 will be available for $199, down $69.


*Grab yourself the Canon Rebel T5 DSLR bundle with a bag and 75-300mm lens at $200 off.


*Beats Studio headphones are $169


*Grab yourself a Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player for just $20.00


*Nintendo Wii U Super Smash Bros. and Splatoon Deluxe Console Bundle are on sale for $249.00


*Get a 70″ VIZIO E70-C3 1080p 240Hz LED Smart HDTV for just $898.00


*Get ready for being the best Christmas gift giver ever with a Nintendo 3DS XL Handheld Console Bundle with Super Mario 3D Land  – a steal at $129.00


* Or save $200 on the DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter, White for $599.99


*Walmart is offering the equivalent of $200 off of any iPhone purchase made through AT&T Next or Verizon Device Payment, coming in the form of a $100 carrier bill credit and a $100 Walmart gift card. Walmart will begin taking appointments at 6:00 p.m. local time on Thanksgiving Day for activations beginning at 9:00 p.m. that evening.


*Fitbit Flex – $59, down $40


*16GB iPod touch – $165, down $30.



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These guys have some good discounts on Macs, check it out below for the different models.

1.1GHz/8GB/256GB – $1,179, $120 off
1.2GHz/8GB/512GB – $1,429, $170 off
21.5-inch 2.8GHz/8GB/1TB – $1,179, $120 off
21.5-inch 3.1GHz/8GB/1TB – $1,349, $150 off
27-inch 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB – $1,629, $170 off
27-inch 3.2GHz/8GB 1TB Fusion – $1,799, $200 off
11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB – $799, $100 off
11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB – $979.99, $120 off
13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB – $1,079, $120 off
6-core 3.5GHz/16GB/256GB – $3,499, $500 off
13-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/128GB – $1,179, $120 off
13-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB – $1,349, $150 off
13-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/512GB – $1,629, $170 off
15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB – $1,799, $200 off
15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB – $2,249, $250 off



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Staples’ Black Friday sale will begin in stores at 6:00 a.m. local time on Friday, November 27. Online sales will start on Thursday, November 26.


*Staples will be selling the 64GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 for $449, a $150 discount off the regular price of $599. The 16GB Wi-Fi only model will be discounted by $125, dropping the price to $374. The discount will be available on Silver, Gold, and Space Gray models.


*Staples is selling the 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini 4 for $299, a $100 discount off the regular price of $399. The discount will apply to Space Gray and Gold models.


*Beats by Dre headphones – Up to $100 off


*Save $300 on a HP 14-inch laptop, for $299 at Staples.


*Bose headphones and speakers – Up to $100 off



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Target’s Black Friday deals will kick off at 6:00 p.m. local time on Thursday, November 26, which is Thanksgiving Day. Some deals will be available early on Wednesday, November 25.


*With the purchase of any Apple Watch model, Target will provide a free $100 Target gift card.


*Xbox One Bundle – get a $60 gift card with the regular Gears of War bundle at the same $299 price.


* Snatch up a Canon EOS Rebel T5 bundle with 18-55mm lens and 75-300mm lens for $400, down $100.


* Get the GoPro Hero+ LCD comes with a 64GB microSD card and a $60 gift card.


*Target is offering a free $150 Target gift card with the purchase of any iPad Air 2 model.


*Target is offering a $100 Target gift card with the purchase of any iPad mini 4 model.


*Target is offering an $80 Target gift card with the purchase of any iPad mini 2 model. iPad mini 2 pricing starts at $269. T


*Target is offering a $100 Target gift card with the purchase of any original iPad Air model. P


*With the purchase of an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus on a device installment payment plan from Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T, Target is offering a $250 Target gift card. This deal will be available beginning at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday.


*Target is offering all Apple TVs at a 25 percent discount.


*iPods are 20 percent off


*Beats wireless headphones are 25 percent off


*Pebble Time is $129.99, down $70


*You can get the Samsung 55-inch 4K display for $798.


*Get a Westinghouse 55″ 1080p LED HDTV  for only $250- saving you $350 clams.





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*eBay’s deals site will be offering new deals every hour starting Wednesday, 11/25 at 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time.


*16GB iPhone 6s Rose Gold – $629, 3% off on Thursday


*64GB iPad mini 4 – $459.99, 8% off on Thursday


*Fitbit Charge HR – $114.95, 23% off on Thursday


*11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB MacBook Air – $729, 19% on Friday


*16GB iPad Air 2 – $359.99, 28% off on Friday


*64GB iPhone 6s – $719, 4% off (Friday)





Go forth! Black Friday! Because it’s a verb now! But first, and most importantly,


Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at iPhone Antidote.





Switching to iOS 9?



Well… might want to wait, as there has been a number of complaints around the world describing the mess that iOS 9 can leave your phone in.


We’d suggest waiting for the next update of iOS 9 is released, however if you just can’t wait, PLEASE make sure to back up your phone so if the most terrible of terribleness happens, you still have all that precious data!


If you have a lot of media on your device, then we’d advise backing up over iTunes. However, understand that if you have photos taken with an iPhone or iPod on an iPad in your camera roll, they won’t be restored from a back up, and vice versa.


You can restore data to a device at anytime with a WiFi connection on iCloud Backup.



Back up with iTunes 
Connect your iPhone or iPad to a computer. Open iTunes. Go to ‘File,’ ‘Devices,’ and ‘Back Up’. You can also find the ‘back up now’ button under Summary in iTunes.


Want to make sure that it’s worked? In the iTunes menu option, go to Preferences’, then click on ‘devices’. If you see the name of your device and the time that you backed up, you’re all good like candy canes at christmas.


Back Up on iCloud

On your iPhone or iPad, open the Settings app, select ‘iCloud’, and tap Backup. Turn on iCloud Backup. The device will automatically update when it is connected to the Internet via WiFi, the screen is locked, and it’s hooked up to a power source. To do it manually, go to Settings, then iCloud, select Backup, and tap Back Up Now.



Save your data! Do it!


The Apple Special Media event is so close! What to expect?




The decorations are going up at The Bill Graham Auditorium in San Francisco, and with only 2 days left, it’s the calm before the Apple Special Media Event storm.



Come 10:00 AM PST on the 9th, Tim Cook will present us with what Apple’s been working on. Not all of it, of course, we shouldn’t expect any self driving cars or line of sight teleportation (yet), but what can we expect?



*The tagline on the press invitations and the posters for the event is ‘Siri Give me a hint’. Unsurprisingly, Siri has not been forthcoming.



*The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. Some are saying that the whole iPhone 6S Plus name is a little too mouthy, and suggest that Apple will either jump to the name iPhone 7 instead, or  -rather more drastically – switch the naming sequence to something new altogether.



* There are reports that we will also see a smaller 4 inch iPhone in the style of the iPhone 5C, however this is sounding less and less likely, at least at this point. If the iPhone 5C isn’t replaced, we’re looking at it’s mid-term extinction.



*The new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus models will be made of less bendy 7000 Series aluminum, which features on the Apple Watch Sport ( and competition bicycles, so there you have that). This has reportedly made both the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus 0.2mm thicker, but 2 grams lighter. Apparently the change in thickness will not be something you can notice, so current cases will still fit.



*Also seen on the Apple watch and presumed to be carried over to the new models of iPhone is the Force Touch feature, where you can access and use different features dependent on the pressure of your touch.



*Both iPhones will see significant upgrades to the camera, with 12 Megapixels instead of 8 on the rear camera, and the front camera getting a 5-megapixel sensor with an accompanying flash. Also rumored is the ability to shoot 4k video.



*Both iPhones will get a new A9 Processor and 2GB of ram.



*A new color of Rose Gold is expected, as is improved Touch ID.



*Pre-orders, if accepted, should start September 11th, with the official launch on September 18. Probably (It is Apple after all!)



*A significant update to Apple TV is set to be announced. After almost 3 years of no updates, now we’re looking at getting a slimmer more powerful device with a new more intuitive software design, Siri, an App store, and -long overdue – better search functionality, more than likely using Siri.



*Also using Siri and/or a touchpad feature will be a new Apple TV Remote.



*There are rumors of an iPad Pro – an iPad targeted at professionals with a bigger screen (12.9 inch display), an A9 processor and 2GB of RAM, and – maaaaybe possibly – a stylus.



*There are rumors of new Apple Watch wristbands, and an iPad Mini 4, but not much has been said about either.



* It all starts at 10:00 AM PST. Apple will be streaming it live here.  If you’re looking to upgrade to the new iPhone models, consider selling your old iPhone here for cashmoney! 


Get more money for your iPhone!!

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Did the Taxman take more money than you were expecting this April 15th? Got some bills to pay or clothes to buy or beers to drink?




Send us your old, broken, stinky, water damaged, used (or brand new- hey we like shiny things too!) iPhone and we’ll put money in your hot little hands in no time!


Here’s what you do:


Get a quote here. We will never change your quote based on condition!


Choose how you want to get your CASHMONEY (Check, Paypal or Bitcoin because we’re fancy like that)


Choose to either: receive a prepaid mailer box, slip your phone in and send it back to us, OR receive a prepaid label that you can stick on any ‘ol box and ship it off.

THEN YOU GET PAID! That’s the best part.


We pride ourselves on our safe, easy and super quick high payouts! We’d really like to make your day by recycling your stinky old iPhone for cash!





Apple earnings call & Apple Watch release update






Tim Cook has had a busy day. But – a pretty good one by all accounts. He had to make the earnings call which covered the first fiscal quarter of 2015. In it, he told financial analysts and investors that not only did Apple sell about 9 million more iPhones than what was expected and forecast, but that they also had reported earnings of $3.06 per share on revenue of $74.6 billion which is way more than anyone was expecting.


According to a consensus estimate from Thomson Reuters, analysts had actually expected Apple to report earnings of about $2.60 a share on $67.69 billion in revenue.




The iPad was the only soft note in the earnings call, with sales hitting a quieter 21.4 million units instead of the 22.2 million unit estimate. However, Apple’s cash rose to almost $178 billion, up 15 percent from the prior quarter.


Again – Yeesh.


So – to the best news! Straight from the Sauce, Mr Cook himself –


“Development for Apple Watch is right on schedule, and we expect to begin shipping in April… My expectations are very high on it. I’m using it every day and love it and can’t live without it.”


Bam. Bam. Bam. April. Early April, Apple Watch, tech we apparently can’t live without. Excellent! And with a battery that can be charged just by thinking good thoughts. Right Tim?