Do you have an Apple® device that is damaged or running slower than usual? Are you in need of screen repair for your iPhone® device or a new, larger hard drive for your iMac® computer? At Experimac Winchester, their experienced techs are prepared to tackle a variety of repair jobs for any of your Apple products in Frederick County. Their team is committed to getting your technology back in working condition in a timely manner; no appointments are necessary and same day repairs are performed whenever possible.
Whether you dropped your iPhone device or are experiencing problems with your iMac computer or MacBook® laptop, the locally owned and operated computer repair store has the tools and expertise you can rely on for repairs and upgrades. The team at Experimac Winchester is up to date with the latest technology and training; they will thoroughly inspect your device and assess the situation before making recommendations and fixing your Apple product. Has your computer or laptop slowed down to the point that working on it is stressful? It might be time to increase the speed with a RAM upgrade. Are you desperately in need of software updates? No problem is too small or large for the knowledgeable techs at Experimac Winchester, VA. They are prepared to tackle an array of issues such as:
- Screen repairs
- Screen replacements
- Battery replacements
- Home button repairs
- Charger port repairs
- Hard drive upgrades
- RAM upgrades
- Operating system updates
- Software updates
- And much more!
In addition to cell phone and computer repair services, Experimac Winchester has a large selection of certified, pre-owned Apple products including iPhone devices, iPad® tablets, iMac computers, and MacBook laptops. If you are in the market for any accessories, they carry high-quality keyboards, monitors and other essential accessories.
Do you have an old iMac computer, MacBook laptop or other Apple product sitting in your closet collecting dust? Is there an iPad that nobody uses anymore sitting on a shelf in your office? Bring those used Apple products to Experimac Winchester and trade them in; get money on the spot!
Experimac Winchester takes pride in delivering a superior customer experience by building relationships with every customer and offering the best customer service in the industry. They will take the time to listen to the issues you are having with your Apple products and customize their services for you. They work hard to make sure they exceed your expectations; Experimac offers a 90-day warranty on their services and products.
The next time your Apple products are in need of repairs or upgrades, or you are looking to purchase a quality, certified pre-owned Apple device, give the pros at Experimac Winchester a call at (540) 486-4472.
Have you ever wanted to share images with your family and friends after a big party or awesome trip? What about sharing music with your workout buddy or that great book with your best friend? Need help?
Sharing is caring. Here’s how to configure your iCloud service to make it easier for you to share your favorite, movies, music and photos with your family and friends.
First of all, what is the iCloud service?
iCloud is the Apple® service designed to keep all of your Apple devices, files and apps in sync, meaning your iPhone® device, iPad® tablet, iPod® device and even Apple computers can all be kept in sync. Synchronizing your Apple devices with the iCloud service means preventing data-loss. Family Sharing with the iCloud service means you can share important photos, songs, books, and files with up to six family members.
What exactly can the iCloud service do?
Now that we have covered what the iCloud service is, let’s talk about everything it is capable of doing for you.
- Synchronize your calendar, emails and contacts
Keeping updated tabs on everyone’s busy schedules is nearly impossible without the iCloud service. Make life easier by having your entire family’s calendar updated on your phone so you can keep track of appointments, meetings, parties, and even schedule changes. If you make a change to your calendar on your phone, that will be reflected on the calendar when you view it from your laptop later. You can also see your emails and replies to those emails as well as your contacts across all of your own devices.
- iTunes® Service
Family Sharing has made sharing music with family easier than ever! Any downloaded music you save on your iCloud service is accessible to those on your Family Sharing plan. You can also share an Apple Music® account, making accessing thousands of songs less expensive than ever before. Time to get those playlists updated!
- iBooks® Service
Are you an avid reader? The iBooks service is a dream come true! Are you a parent? Promoting reading with your children has never been easier! Have access to their iBooks account and subscriptions with Family Sharing. Similar to the iTunes service, the iBooks service becomes much more valuable as you can share downloads and some subscriptions with those on your plan.
- Photo Stream® Service
How would you like to be able to access any of your photos from your iPhone device, on your iPad tablet or any of your other Apple devices? The Photo Stream service lets you do this and just as easily, you can share them with those on your Family Sharing plan.
- Find your iPhone Device
Losing your phone can be extremely stressful, but the iCloud service has a feature to help should this happen to you. With Family Sharing, you can activate the “Find your iPhone” feature and set an alarm to find it using a family member’s phone.
How do I configure this with my iCloud account?
An adult from your family, known as the “organizer”, chooses what apps or features your family will share. Then, the organizer can invite up to five family members to share. Once you’ve invited family members to join, Family Sharing is set up on everyone’s devices automatically.
Are the iCloud service and Family Sharing still too much for you to figure out on your own? Or is it just not working right? Experimac can help! Contact your local Experimac store and our experienced techs can help you make the most of your family’s Apple devices today.
The holidays are right around the corner. Do you know what to get your loved ones this year? Apple laptops and computers will definitely put a smile on your loved ones’ faces this holiday, and you don’t have to break the bank to do so!
Experimac is offering special pricing on certified pre-owned MacBook® laptops and iMac® computers. Our Holiday Bundles take certified pre-owned Apple products to a new level. We offer devices starting at less than half of their new competitors. Take a look at our Holiday Bundles and the savings that come along with them!
MacBook Laptop Holiday Bundles
With the purchase of either of these MacBook laptops, we are offering a hard-shell case in a variety of colors for the MacBook laptop: black, pink, orange, purple, red, royal blue, tiffany blue (teal), clear and more.
- 13” MacBook
This powerful laptop comes with 8GB of memory and a 1TB SSHD Hybrid hard drive. We include a one-year warranty, a hard-shell cover in your choice of bright colors and a keyboard protector.
- Apple New Price: Starting at $1,299
- Apple Refurbished Price: $1,099
- Our price: $499
- 13” MacBook Pro i5
The MacBook Pro i5 with 8GB memory is one of Apple’s best sellers. This laptop includes a one-year warranty, hard-shell cover in your choice of bright colors and a keyboard protector.
- Apple’s New Price: Starting at $1,299
- Apple Refurbished Price: $1,099
- Our price: $699
iMac Computer Holiday Bundles
These iMac computers are sure to please! These computers will meet your needs and look great while you work. We are even including some accessories to make your bundle complete and easy to set up as soon as it’s unwrapped.
- 5” iMac
This computer comes with 8GB memory and also includes a one-year warranty. Additionally, the bundle will come equipped with a keyboard and mouse.
- Apple’s New Price: Starting at $1,099
- Apple’s Refurbished Price: $979
- Our Price: $499
- 5” iMac Quad Core i5
This computer comes with 8GB memory and also includes a one-year warranty. A wireless keyboard and mouse are also included as part of the bundle.
- Apple’s New Price: Starting at $1,099
- Apple’s Refurbished Price: $979
- Our Price: $749
Here at Experimac, we are proud of our products and stand behind them. Let us help you save time and money while shopping for the perfect gifts for loved ones on your holiday list. Find a participating location near you and call today to get more information about our Holiday Bundles!
The Siri feature is an artificial personal assistant that, thanks to Apple’s® iOS® operating systems, is available on various Apple devices. She can make day-to-day tasks easier to organize and complete as well as provide translations and random fun facts. Below, we’ve listed our top tricks, tips and hidden features for the Siri feature that you may not be aware of.
- The Basics
If you are new to the Siri feature, start by learning basic commands. You can access a list of basic commands by asking her “What can I say?”.
- Teach the Siri feature pronunciation
If she happens to mispronounce your name, easily fix it by telling her “that’s not how you pronounce it,” followed by a correct pronunciation.
- Update social media
Easily update your Twitter or Facebook status by telling the Siri feature to update it for you. Simply either say “Tweet” or “Facebook” followed by the message you wish to post.
Did you know that you can make the Siri feature male? Or even change his/her accent? Well, if you want to, go to Settings, Siri and choose.
- Assign nicknames or relationships
You can set up the Siri feature to recognize specific relationships such as husband or wife, brother or sister, father or mother, and so forth. Make texting or calling specific people even easier.
- Set up alarms, reminders or appointments on your calendar
Don’t miss another event or forget another important task. Simply ask the Siri feature to create an alarm, reminder or appointment by asking her to.
- Google search
Google searching has never been easier. Just tell her “Google” followed by what you want to know, and she’ll find out for you.
- Search for notes or emails
Don’t waste time hunting for a note or email ever again. If you ever find yourself in need of finding a specific note or email, easily ask the Siri feature to locate it for you.
- Search for photos
Thanks to the iCloud® service, take and keep hundreds of pictures in our photo album. This can make finding one photo difficult. Instead of browsing, you can ask the Siri feature for a particular photo depending on the time or location the photo was taken.
- Sport, stock or movie updates
Keep track of your favorite sports teams, stock changes or even currently released movies.
- Converting Measurements or Currencies
You can ask the Siri feature to convert a variety of currencies or measurements by simply asking. She can easily convert temperature, cooking measurements, distance, area, speeds, time, weights, decimals, fractions and fluids.
- Flip a Coin, Roll the Dice or Pick a Number
If you and your family or friends are having difficulty making decisions, give the Siri feature the task by asking her to flip a coin, pick a number or even roll dice. The “Pick a Number” feature defaults to 1-100, but you can easily edit this to any specific range.
- Playing or even identifying songs
At this point, you’re probably not shocked that the Siri feature can play songs you request her to. However, if you’ve ever heard a new song and don’t know the title, she can figure it out.
- Punctuate messages
Just because the Siri feature is typing the message for you, doesn’t mean you can’t punctuate properly.
Having trouble with the Siri feature or need an in-person demonstration? Experience the Experimac difference and stop by your local Experimac, we’ll be happy to help you figure out the Siri feature or anything else related to your Apple devices that you may need assistance with.
There’s no doubt that iPhone® devices are incredible devices. However, did you know that your iPhone device and some of your applications could be tracking your location?
Smartphones and their apps like Maps or Google Maps utilize your mobile location tracking information to provide GPS services. However, did you know that other apps such as gaming, restaurant or social media apps also use location services information from your phone? You can also be targeted to receive certain ads based on your location. For example, you may receive ads for a store when you are near that store.
While most users are not bothered by this at all, some are and would like to know which apps have access to this information. We’ve taken a look at some of the reasons why location tracking is helpful and how you can regulate which apps you allow to have access to this information.
Pros to Location Services:
- Lost or Stolen Devices
iPhone devices can utilize mobile location tracking when trying to track lost or stolen iPhone devices by enabling location services.
- Parental Controls
Location services enable parents to keep tabs on their underage children and their location.
- Locate Lost Friends or Family
If you have ever gotten separated from your group during a concert or other crowded event, you know how stressful it can be. By enabling mobile location tracking, you can find lost friends or family members in busy places such as concerts, parties or athletic events.
- Law Enforcement
In the past, law enforcement has made good use of location services by utilizing it in missing person cases as well as for documenting criminal activity.
- Emergency Calls
Whether or not you enable Location Services, your iPhone device’s location information can be used when placing emergency calls in order to give first responders the ability to find and help you.
How to Regulate Location Services:
You can see which of your apps use location services by going to Settings>Privacy>Location Services. You can also individually control which apps can use your location services and when. Just know that some apps require it in order to function.
- GPS Accuracy
In order to ensure your GPS app is as accurate as possible, be sure to set the correct time, date and time zone under Settings>General>Date & Time.
- Location Based Ads
In order to turn off mobile location tracking based advertisements, you can go to Settings>Privacy>Location Services and tap on the System Services button. Flip the Location-Based iAds to OFF.
If you are having trouble with mobile location tracking and regulating who you share this information with, Experimac’s techs are well-versed in the settings and features you’ll want to take a look at. Stop by your local Experimac store today and we will gladly help you out.
The holidays are right around the corner! Are you getting ready to send out holiday greeting cards to your family and friends? Is your family putting the pressure on because you have not sent a holiday card yet? If you haven’t made holiday photo arrangements yet, don’t fret! Having a great holiday greeting card doesn’t require an expensive photo shoot, photo prints or even having to label and mail out cards.
Make the most of your phone this holiday season and use these iPhone device photo tips on holiday photo taking as well as some of the top apps for turning ordinary photos into holiday photos and greeting cards. These tips and apps are sure to help.
First and foremost, if your family does not have a selfie stick, invest in one now. They are an inexpensive solution to fitting your entire family in one picture for a great holiday photo and you’ll wonder why you didn’t buy one sooner. Selfie sticks are common and finding a good but cheap option is relatively easy.
Making sure your photo is well balanced is key to making a family selfie look like a professional holiday photo. iPhone devices offer a grid option which is designed to help users maintain balance and make sure that the image is taken from a flattering angle. Go to the camera section of your iPhone device’s settings in order to enable the grid.
- HDR Auto
The “High Dynamic Range” setting, also known as HDR Auto, is a feature that enables users to improve lighting for your pictures in dark settings without distorting the image. You can have this set on automatic, or turn it off and select times you want to turn it on. This makes taking a family holiday photo next to a Christmas tree, a menorah or holiday lights easy and aesthetic.
- Burst Mode
Snapping a good family holiday photo means getting a picture where you, the kids and maybe even the pets are all standing still. Give yourself an opportunity to catch a photo with everyone in a good pose by using burst mode. This setting enables your phone to take many photos within a few seconds, catching any slight movement or stillness. You’re also likely to get a good laugh from some of the resulting images.
Beautify and optimize your photos with this free app designed to make the most of your selfie. You can make edits or use filters to show off your family.
Holiday Greeting Card Apps
You’ll surely want to take a look at these apps for turning your holiday photo into a holiday greeting card.
- Ink Card: Holiday Greetings
This app received high ratings on Apple®’s app store and is a great way of turning your iPhone device or iPad® tablet pictures into festive holiday cards for only $1.99 and they offer free shipping. They have a variety of illustrations, styles and layouts, and you can also add text to your card.
- Shutterfly: Photo Gifts and More
Another highly rated app, Shutterfly, enables you to make holiday cards as well. This app provides unlimited 4×4 or 6×4 prints, making printing holiday cards an easy option no matter how tight of a budget you are on this holiday season. They also offer a large variety of inexpensive photo gifts such as calendars, mason jars, mugs and more so you can get some of your shopping done here as well.
- Red Stamp
Another holiday card app that can be helpful this holiday season is Red Stamp. This app allows you to not only design cards in minutes, but allows you to have them directly shipped to loved ones for $3 including postage! You can also have them emailed, texted, Tweeted or even posted to Facebook and Instagram for loved ones to check out virtually.
If you are having trouble with the camera on your iPhone device or with any of the features, Experimac can help. Bring your phone to your local Experimac store and our highly trained techs will take a look at your camera and all of the settings to make sure you can get that great holiday photo taken.
Please join every second Monday of the month at 3pm for our technology workshop. We will be teaching individuals how to operate their iPhone, iPads, Computers and other Apple Devices.
Are you in the market for an iPhone® device, iPad® tablet, MacBook® laptop or iMac® computer but having a hard time finding the device you need at the price you want? Have you considered buying a certified pre-owned Apple device? If you haven’t, consider the following facts:
- Buying certified pre-owned Apple devices is as reliable as buying new devices, just 60% cheaper! When considering the purchase of an Apple device, laptop or computer, consider that certified pre-owned devices may slightly differ from brand new devices, but due to consistently updated operating systems, those differences don’t make much of a difference. This allows you to take advantage of the incredible savings that come with purchasing a slightly older or slightly used model from a reliable seller such as Experimac Pueblo, CO.
- Certified pre-owned devices undergo an in-depth diagnostic evaluation to ensure they are in excellent condition. Here at Experimac Pueblo, our experts not only inspect, grade, clean and refurbish every single one of our pre-owned products, they also install all the latest operating systems available at the time of purchase. All components of the device, from their appearance to their physical operation, are all thoroughly examined, tested and retested by our highly trained technicians to ensure reliability and quality.
- 90-day warranty. Though certified retailers only sell devices that make the cut in terms of quality, some extend coverage should devices have any issues. Experimac covers products for 90 days from purchase so you can feel confident when making a purchase from Experimac Pueblo.
- Buy certified. Sometimes, buyers consider buying cheap, pre-owned devices from less reputable sources such as Craigslist or directly from a private individual. Devices could be worn, have weakened batteries, or even more serious, unknown problems. When it comes to buying a pre-owned device from an individual or from an online listing, there is no assurance or diagnostic testing. Certified pre-owned products from Experimac Pueblo are safe, risk-free investments, meaning you don’t have to inspect the camera, keyboard, speakers, etc. on your own. We don’t cut corners. Here at Experimac, we share the history of the devices you are purchasing with you and explain the services we have rendered as part of our certification process.
In “The Home of Heroes,” at Experimac Pueblo, you not only save money on the device you want, we also work with you to make it yours. We now offer financing to make purchasing the certified pre-owned Apple device you want easier and more affordable than you ever dreamed. Call us at (719) 225-8656 to find out how we can help you today!
Experimac will be one of the vendors participating in this years Harbision Trick or Treat Trail. Be sure to come out and say hi. Lots of Treats for everyone.
Perhaps the best feature of Apple® devices is how often the operating system is updated. However, the new iOS 11 operating system update has created an issue for some people – faster battery drain. Research conducted by Wandera found that after applying early updates of the iOS 11 operating system, it took an average of 1 hour and 36 minutes to drain iPhone® device batteries completely. In contrast, after the iOS 10® operating system update, it took an average of 4 hours to drain an iPhone device battery.
Are you frustrated by your iPhone device’s fast-draining battery? Extend your battery life with these easy to follow tips:
A great way of reducing battery drain on your phone is by lowering the brightness of your screen. Dim your background and reduce the amount of power wasted while not using your phone by changing the auto-lock settings to 30 seconds here:
- Settings > Display & Brightness
Look at your apps and check to see which ones consume the most battery power. Some apps are programmed to run continuously, draining your battery life. Reconsider which apps you need and don’t need, and see if the app gives you battery-saving options. One such option includes location services; apps may request to track your location, save battery power by turning location services off, or at the very least, monitoring which apps are using it:
- Settings > Privacy > Location Services
- Email updates
Your email account may be draining your battery life, as the update automatically has your email consistently retrieving new data. Fortunately, you can change this in Settings:
- Go into Settings > Accounts & Passwords> Fetch New Data
- Change it to 15-30 minutes
- Siri® Feature
While the Siri® feature is fantastic and very popular amongst iPhone device users, you don’t need to have her listening at all times. Turn off listening for “Hey Siri” here:
By simply changing some default settings on your newly updated iPhone device, you can prevent your post iOS 11 operating system phone from losing battery quickly. If you have any other questions about the update or your phone, our highly-trained techs at Experimac are able to help. Stop by your local Experimac store today to see what we can do for your device!