Mac® vs. PC: Which One Should You Buy?

Why You Should Consider a Mac

There are many aspects of purchasing a computer that can make the hunt quite challenging. There are many great options, however, it’s vital to consider the factors that make a computer safe, reliable and user-friendly. Your first decision as a computer shopper should be: Mac or PC?

We took a look at considerations such as safety, usability, reliability, affordability and re-sale value. Take a look at our suggestions:

Safety:
Macs have long been considered the safer option, but what is the reality? Both PC and Mac computers are vulnerable to malware. However, due to the number and variety of PCs available, PCs are attacked by hackers more frequently than Mac computers.

PCs are sold by many companies including Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and Lenovo amongst others. Though there are many options and varieties of PCs, this promotes a less-controlled operating system. Because Mac computers are created, sold and updated by Apple®, they are able to maintain more stability with the operating system and security of Mac computers. Apple also optimizes their OS® to function with Mac components and, as a result, Mac computers typically crash less than PCs.

Usability:
There are many factors that contribute to a computer’s usability. Part of the answer to the Mac vs. PC question is, what do you personally want in your computer?

Mac computers are known for their beautiful designs in addition to offering better physical components such as nicer screens due to their high resolution retina display. The average PC does not compare in its design or screen. Mac computers also offer iTunes®, which is one of the most convenient ways to enjoy music and movies on a computer. Though PCs do not offer iTunes, they do have a more thorough collection of gaming options and are sometimes considered the better gaming choice. Some PCs can also offer their user flexibility; however, the flexibility that comes with purchasing a PC also leaves it open to more vulnerabilities.

Macs are easier to incorporate into daily routines and anyone’s lifestyle thanks to the strengthened ties between Mac OS and iOS® devices such as your iPhone® and iPad®. iOS users now have the ability to start a note or email on their iPhone or iPad, and continue working on their Mac without taking additional steps to synchronize or save anything thanks to the new Hand-Off® feature from Apple.

Reliability:
When it comes down to the integrity of the software, Mac computers come with software that is specifically designed for Mac products. When purchasing a PC, understand that the software developed for the PC is generic and applied to any of the hundreds of PC models available.

Mac computers are considered reliable due to the incredible Mac OS operating system as well as the superb customer support offered on a Mac computer. Again, due to Apple providing everything for the Mac computer, you are provided with a thorough and all-inclusive computer experience.

Affordability and Re-Sale Value:
It is easy to find cheap PCs; however, these options do not offer the quality that comes with a Mac computer. There is no such thing as a cheaply-made Mac computer. A quality PC and Mac with similar specs will be comparable in price.

However, Apple computers hold their value much more – safety, usability and reliability. Additionally, people are attracted to the modern design associated with Macs. Because of these factors, Mac computers are considered a premium product. However, owning a premium Mac computer doesn’t have to come at a premium price. Mac computers are known for their longevity thanks to their stable operating systems and quality build, and buying a pre-owned Mac computer is a great option for the consumer who is not interested in getting a brand new Mac. Experimac’s prices on pre-owned Mac computers are often 60% lower than the retail price. On the other hand, purchasing a used PC is not recommended because they do not offer longevity and reliability of a Mac computer.

When you have considered all of your options, weighed the pros and cons, and ready to purchase, we are confident you’ll go with a Mac. If a pre-owned Mac is your chosen route, don’t hesitate to call or visit your local Experimac.

iPhone® in Water: Step-by-Step Guide

Whether it falls in the pool, a puddle or maybe even the toilet, dropping your iPhone® in water is something that’s happened to the best of us and is often fixable. Take a look at this step-by-step guide with the best steps to take should this happen to you:

    1. Don’t Panic
      Fight the temptation to panic should you drop your phone in water. Get the phone out of the water right away! Keep in mind that this happens all the time and this is reparable. By panicking, you may fail to take the best measures in preventing further damage to your iPhone®. Damage to your phone can increase the longer it takes you to dry off your phone. The longer it sits in the water, the more time you’re allowing water to get in through the phone’s seams.

 

    1. Turn Off and Wipe Off Your Phone
      Liquids can short-circuit electronic devices due to conductivity, so once you’ve picked up your phone, turn it off immediately. Don’t turn it back on, charge it or connect it to anything until you’ve allowed at least 48 hours for it to dry out. Be sure to wipe it off with an absorbent scratch-free cloth, paying special attention to the headphone jack and charge port. Remove and dry the SIM card and tray if your phone happens to be an AT&T/GSM model, and allow 48 hours before reinserting.

 

    1. Try Rice
      Placing your phone in a sealable plastic bag or other conainer filled with 4 cups of uncooked instant rice could possibly help your phone dry off. Uncooked instant rice, or silica gel, have been known to absorb liquids in phones, without harming the phone. The grains of rice or pieces of silica are too large to enter the phone and damage it; however, they have been known to assist in absorbing liquids.

 

    1. Check Warranty Options
      Be sure to check your warranty once your iPhone® has dried. Unfortunately, liquid damage is not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty nor is it covered by AppleCare® coverage. Some iPhone® buyers invest in third party warranty options such as Asurion or SquareTrade, which can offer coverage for submersion or spills depending on the policy you have. Try to file a claim to replace your damaged iPhone® regardless of the phone’s condition.

 

  1. Visit Experimac – Liquid Cleaning
    If, after exhausting these steps, you still find your iPhone® is damaged, consider liquid cleaning as your last attempt to save it. Come by and visit your local Experimac store today where we are able to offer you many iPhone® repair services including liquid cleaning. Our liquid cleaning service is safe, effective, and offered for many Apple® products. Our trained professionals will carefully dry excess liquids, gently scrub away any corrosion, and apply a safe 91% alcohol solution to clean and dry out the phone completely.

Remember, we are your local Apple® device experts. Call us to find out how we can save your iPhone® today.

Steve Jobs – Official Trailer (HD)

Steve Jobs – Official Trailer (HD)

In Theaters October 9
http://www.stevejobsthefilm.com/
Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.

Steve Jobs is directed by Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle and written by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin, working from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the Apple founder. The producers are Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady of Film 360, Scott Rudin and Academy Award® winner Christian Colson.

Michael Fassbender plays Steve Jobs, the pioneering founder of Apple, with Academy Award®-winning actress Kate Winslet starring as Joanna Hoffman, former marketing chief of Macintosh. Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple, is played by Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels stars as former Apple CEO John Sculley. The film also
stars Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs’ ex-girlfriend, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Apple Macintosh
development team.

Apple Watch and OS2 Overview

Looking for more details on the Apple Watch and OS2? We found an article that explains everything in easy to understand language. This article is a partial repost from imore.com.

Here’s what you can expect from your Apple Watch and watchOS.

watchOS 2 officially has a shipping date: We’ll see it September 16. And there will be some new Apple Watch models and bands this fall, too. Here’s everything we know about the new Apple Watch models and operating system, for your reading (and salivating) pleasure.

Hold up, what’s watchOS?

As OS X is to the Mac, and iOS is to the iPhone and iPad, watch OS is to the Apple Watch. It’s the operating system and underlying software responsible for showcasing your clock face, powering notifications, launching and running apps, and pretty much everything you do on the Watch.

iOS 9. OS X. Why is watchOS lower-case without a space?

Same reason iOS has a lowercase i without a space? Probably to make our brains explode.

So when are we getting it?

September 16! Get your downloading fingers ready.

We usually get new iPhones with a new version of iOS. Are we going to get new Apple Watches with watchOS 2?

Sort of. There’s no new internal Apple Watch hardware, but the Sport models are getting two new hues: rose gold (really more of a bright pink) and gold anodization, in both 38mm and 42mm. The steel Watch model is also getting one new entry: One paired with a a Product RED band.

Apple’s new models will ship starting September 9.

There’s also the fashion angle: Apple has partnered with Hermès to introduce three new Watch and leather band combinations. Price and ship date is currently unknown, but I’d expect something in the low-to-mid four figures.

What about new bands? I want more pretty things!

You’re in luck! Apple has expanded its Sport band lineup to include darker colors like midnight blue and more muted greys and pinks. These, too, will ship September 9.

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Quick Overview of Apple’s September 2015 Event

David Pouge, from Yahoo Tech released a quick overview video and article on Apple’s event yesterday. This will be helpful to anyone looking for info on the iPhone 6S or 6S+, iPad Pro, iWatch OS 2, and the updated Apple TV.

Apple’s September 2015 Event

At Apple’s annual fall unveiling session in San Francisco today, it took CEO Tim Cook and his team 2.5 hours to unveil all Apple’s new products: its watches, its tablets, its phones, and its TV boxes. (Apple didn’t say a word about its Macs or OS X.)

You can watch a video of the whole shebang here. But on the premise that maybe you have a life, here, for your entertainment, is a handy cheat sheet on everything you would have learned if you’d been there.

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Pre-Owned Mac® Products: Choosing Pre-Owned, What You Need to Know

Are you already a Mac user? If you’re thinking about it, ask any long-term user of Mac products what they love most about their computer and more than likely they will say – reliability. Mac products are not sold in the volume of other computers but those who buy them understand the long-term value they are getting. Former PC users come to the realization that in the end, Macs don’t need as many updates and last longer, making them a wise investment.

Given the reliability of Macs, you may want to consider purchasing a pre-owned model. For those looking for the best value, Experimac is the place to visit. With the purchase of a pre-owned Mac from Experimac, you can save up to 60% of the cost.

When making any major purchase, we recommend you do your research and when purchasing a pre-owned Mac, in particular, always make sure you are purchasing from a reputable company that offers a warranty, like Experimac. Additionally, when purchasing from Experimac, you can visit any of our locations throughout the country and test out the computer or laptop you’re interested in for yourself.

Here are some things to keep in mind when purchasing a pre-owned Mac product:

What is a pre-owned Mac product?
Pre-owned Mac products can include gently used Mac computers, MacBook® laptops, and iPad® tablets that were traded in for an upgrade or bought out-right for rebuild. At Experimac, unlike other companies, all pre-owned Mac products are inspected, repaired, and tested prior to being sold at a lower cost. At Experimac, we are proud to offer our customers a 90-day repair or replace guarantee on every product you purchase.

Why purchase a pre-owned Mac product?
Mac products are known for their sleek design, reliability, and cutting edge technology – not to mention how user-friendly they are. Unfortunately, brand new Mac computers can be expensive. Pre-owned machines also offer the incredible reliability and ease of use that a brand new Mac computer does but at a much lower price. Buyers can feel confident that their investment is in a high-quality product that runs like new.

How much savings can you expect?
Pricing for each pre-owned product is unique and based on the age and computing capability of that product. While there are no exact savings that we can guarantee for each of our pre-owned Mac products, we CAN guarantee that you will get a great deal and a great product. Typically, our customers save 60% compared to big box retail stores.

What about warranties?
Experimac is proud to offer a 90-day repair or replace warranty on every pre-owned Mac product that we sell. We also offer our customers a full 7 days to familiarize themselves with their new product ensuring that they can feel confident that they have purchased a product that meets or exceeds their expectations.

Owning a high quality device doesn’t have to break the bank. Experimac has a large inventory of pre-owned Mac products such as iMac® computers, MacBook Pro® laptops and more that can fit your needs and budget. If you or your family is in need of a computer, consider stopping by your local Experimac store to try out a pre-owned Mac product. Our trained staff can answer any questions you might have about taking the plunge.