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


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 





Apple making a folding phone?

Apparently, Apple is developing a foldable iPhone with a LG Display, according to Korean site The Investor. They’re partnering with LG rather than the norm Samsung because of fears Samsung might access secret foldable iPhone tech.


Back in December of 2016, there were rumors suggesting LG’s display division were planning to mass-produce foldable displays for smartphones as early as 2018, and Apple was tossed around as a name involved with the project.


LG has a bunch of prototypes of folding phones, like one that folds over like a book and (believe it or not) a second that rolls up kind of like a newspaper.


Don’t get too excited yet though, kids, if it happens, we’re looking at a possible release in 2020. Which, to be fair,  is both really far in the future, and also will happen just like that.



Guess how many Americans own an Apple product

If you guessed a lot then bing bing bing! You’re a winner!


CNBC conducted a survey that found that SIXTY FOUR PERCENT of Americans own an Apple product! That’s a big increase on a survey done in 2012, when the number lay at 50%. Which is still a lot. 


Not only that, but according to the survey the average American household owns 2.6 Apple products.


All very impressive numbers, but keep in mind, and with a grain of salt, that this survey was a poll of just 800 people across America in September of last year.


Still, here’s the rest of the findings:


For Americans with incomes under $30,000, retirees and women over the age of 50, ownerships were below 50%.


The ‘wealthiest Americans own 4.7 Apple products per household, and the ‘poorest’ have one.


There was  3.7 devices per household in the West of the United States, while households in the South owned 2.2 devices on average.


64 percent claimed that the time they spend on an iPhone is “mostly productive and useful,” while 27 percent said that it’s “mostly unproductive.”


So many Apples.



New Emoji coming with iOS 11.1

iOS 11.1 was released to registered developers today via Apple’s Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.


The exciting part? Well, CRAZY FACE, the new version will include a range of new Unicode 10 emoji like crazy face, pie, pretzel, t-rex, vampire, exploding head (obvs), face vomiting, shushing face, love you gesture, brain, scarf, zebra, giraffe (yay!), fortune cookie, pie, hedgehog, and more.





There have also been some detailed but small design changes to some of the emoji.





Yay Emoji! The language of the future?




Jony Ive to speak! (At Tech Fest)

Recently seemingly only appearing in Apple Videos as a voiceover, Apple’s Jony Ive will be making an appearance at next month’s Tech Fest in NYC put on by The New Yorker.


He is one of the ‘the innovators, dealmakers, and geniuses who are changing the world’ and will be appearing in conversation with The New Yorker’s David Remmick talking about “the shape of things to come,” focusing heavily on design.


Also appearing at the event is a bunch of other really impressive sounding people, such as Thomas Rando, Director of the Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging at Stanford University School of Medicine, Daniela Rus, Director of M.I.T’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Gary Kasparov, Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, and Snap Chairman, Michael Lynton


Keep in mind, although there will be very many interesting things said at Tech Fest, tickets are $1500 clams. That being said, you can buy tickets here.