Apple Watch and OS2 Overview

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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.

Experimac South Charlotte Opening August 5th

On Aug. 5, a husband-wife duo will open Charlotte’s first Experimac, Experimac South Charlotte, a retail concept centered on providing repairs, upgrades, trade-ins and sales of previously owned Apple products.

Jeff and Monika Prainito will open Experimac South Charlotte at 16131 Lancaster Highway, Suite 3. The two have backgrounds in industrial engineering, supply chain, health care and entrepreneurship, according to a recent statement from the company.

Experimac is a franchise concept from United Franchise Group, which, according to the statement, plans to open another three Experimac locations in Charlotte and a total of 15 stores across North Carolina and 10 in South Carolina within the next few years.

Experimac provides repair services for Apple laptops, phones and tablets, trade-ins of existing devices and sales of accessories and software upgrades.

“Apple devices are only growing in popularity and the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a business that hadn’t yet made it to North Carolina to help more people to gain access to them was perfect for me,” Jeff Prainito said in the statement.

Read more: The Charlotte Observer

Experimac South Charlotte Opening August 5th


Experimac Sandy Springs Interviewed by Entrepreneur

Experimac Sandy Springs Interviewed by Entrepreneur

Neil Kent of Experimac Sandy Springs was recently interviewed by

Neil Kent says that nearly every great thing that has happened in his life is somehow related to Apple. So, for him, becoming an Experimac franchisee was a natural fit. Experimac is one of United Franchise Group’s brands, dedicated to repairing, selling and upgrading Apple products. Here’s what Kent has learned as a franchisee.

Name: Neil Kent

Franchise owned:  Experimac in Sandy Springs, Ga.

How long have you owned a franchise? Since April 2015.

Why franchising?  

The support and knowledge base that comes from working with an established franchise group gives me peace of mind that I am not in this alone and I have the resources I need to build a successful business.

What were you doing before you became a franchise owner?

I was an event manager for nearly 30 years. I worked with corporations, non-profits and small businesses either producing events (internally), or consulting to help companies get the most out of participating in events, conferences and trade shows.

Why did you choose this particular franchise?

It was Apple! Nearly everything good that ever happened in my life was somehow related to Apple. There is no better business suited to my love and passion than owning my own Apple store! Had it not been a store that focused on Apple products, I probably would not have purchased a franchise.

How much would you estimate you spent before you were officially open for business?

Around $175,000.

Franchise Fee: $49,500

Schedule A: 78,000

Inventory: $35,000

Legal Fees and Licenses: $2,500

SBA and financing: $7,500.

Miscellaneous office supplies (locks, phone system, security, etc.) $3,000

Where did you get most of your advice/do most of your research?

My regional vice president, Michael White, was extremely helpful. Researching United Franchise Group was primarily done through the web and talking to a few franchisees under the UFG umbrella.

Read the entire article at:

Entrepreneur - Kent

Experimac Opening Soon in Cumming, GA

Experimac Opening Soon in Cumming, GA



(CUMMING, Georgia)— Travis and Becky Howe will be opening their pre-owned Apple® device reseller Experimac at 1586 Market Place Blvd in June. Opening the third franchise in this new but blossoming chain, the couple will provide high-demand Apple® devices like its iPhone®, iPad® and MacBook® lines at costs significantly less than their new retail price equivalents, as well as repair and upgrade services, product resale and more.

With over 25 years of senior management experience, Travis Howe’s titles have included president, divisional vice president, sales and marketing vice president and more. When the last company he worked for declared bankruptcy, however, he decided he had had enough of the corporate grind and opted for a business that was truly his.

“I was immediately grabbed by Experimac’s unique approach and felt there was a big hole in the market in offering pre-owned Apple® products at the retail level,” said Howe. “Experimac fills that hole by giving customers eager for Apple® devices a level of access to them that they might not otherwise have.”

A recent addition to United Franchise Group, the family of brands with over 30 years of franchising experience, Experimac is a rapidly expanding concept. United Franchise Group plans to open 25 Experimac stores by the end of 2015, and plans to have 100 by the end of 2016.

While many other 62-year-olds might immediately dismiss the thought of starting their own business, Travis Howe is optimistic as he plots his company’s future. His decision to own his own business, he says, is coming at exactly the right time in his life.

“When I really think about it, the time is perfect,” said Travis Howe. “Our kids are out of college and I still have a lot of drive to do something new. Becky and I have been fully engaged and excited about the opportunity, especially as it’s something that we can do together. To be able to not only start my own business, but do so with an exciting new concept like the one Experimac provides, is a far more appealing option than retirement.”


Experimac is the latest addition to the United Franchise Group family of brands, joining a team with over 30 years of franchise experience. As part of the $400-billion-plus Apple® market, Experimac provides pre-owned Apple® computers and devices, repair of laptops, phones and tablets, trade-ins of existing devices, sales of accessories and software and upgrades. For more information visit

Experimac Sandy Springs Featured in Northside Neighbor

Neil Kent, of Experimac Sandy Springs was recently interviewed by Atlanta’s Northside Neighbor. In the article Neil talks about his career at Apple, as well as the transition to an Experimac franchisee.

Located at 5290 Roswell Road in the heart of Sandy Springs, the store has the tools to be successful, Kent said. It receives any kind of Mac products that are not under Apple care.

“I want to talk to people about their Mac usage, find out what their needs are and build a computer in accordance in a price residents can pay,” Kent said.

The store is unique because of its employees’ vast Apple background.

“We are Apple experts; they all worked at Apple stores before,” Kent said.

Source: Northside Neighbor

Experimac Sandy Springs Grand Opening

Expiermac in Sandy Springs, GA will be celebrating it’s Grand Opening on April 22, 2015 between 4:00pm and 700pm EST.

5920 Roswell Rd. Suite B-115
Atlanta, GA 30328 (map)

This event is family friendly and there will be activities for children under the age of 14. Additionally, there will be a video game contest where children will have an opportunity to be showcased on Experimac’s Facebook page to win a prize. There will also be a raffle for a chance to win a prize as well.

CBS Atlanta

Neil Kent of Experimac Sandy Springs Podcast Interview

Nearly every aspect of my career has had a significant presence of Apple® devices in some way,” explains Kent. “I loved my career, but it became apparent that it was time for a career change. My experience working with Apple® was just one of many reasons why Experimac stood out as the perfect opportunity for me. I love being at the cutting edge of technology and Apple® platforms have always represented the peak of advanced computing. I’ve quit a job because they wouldn’t let me use Apple® products, which says it all about my dedication to the brand.”

Recently, the Conversation Corner interviewed Neil Kent from Experimac Sandy Springs. In the podcast, Neil talks about his focus and expertise in the Apple space.

Listen to the Podcast:

Discussion Points:

  • Apple Madness
  • Retail location
  • How the trade in process works
  • Selling Apple products that are affordable
  • Making the most of technology
  • The iPad
  • Apple Stores- the good and bad
  • Apple Watch

Experimac Sandy Springs Featured in

Experimac Sandy Springs Featured in

Neil Kent, of Experimac Sandy Springs, GA was recently featured in an article by the In the article, Neil talks about his experiences at Apple, and his new career as an Experimac franchisee.

Kent is the perfect person to open this “first ever” franchise.

With five years as a senior manager for Apple, Kent worked to promote some of the same products he will now be offering at Experimac. The store is located at 5920 Roswell Rd. Suite B-115, technically in Sandy Springs, but easily access from anywhere in the metro area.

“Nearly every aspect of my career has had a significant presence of Apple® devices in some way,” explains Kent. “I loved my career, but it became apparent that it was time for a career change. My experience working with Apple® was just one of many reasons why Experimac stood out as the perfect opportunity for me. I love being at the cutting edge of technology and Apple® platforms have always represented the peak of advanced computing. I’ve quit a job because they wouldn’t let me use Apple® products, which says it all about my dedication to the brand.”

Experimac will now be a part of Kent’s United Franchise Group.

“There’s such an incredible demand for Apple® products, but the reality is they’re often expensive when purchased new,” said Kent. “There’s a large audience that wants those products but cannot afford the latest versions. People don’t fully realize that you can go back a few generations of Apple® products and still have an effective product. This is what makes Experimac such an intriguing brand. I’m proud to be the first of what stands to be many Experimac locations around the country.”

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