After the confetti has been cleared from the streets and the crystal ball stored away for another year, resolutions have been made, posted online and are in the process of fulfillment.

For many people, exercising, saving money and reducing stress are top priorities. Luckily there are a few apps that can aid in accomplishing those resolutions.

Here are a few of Experimac Midtown Atlanta’s favorites:

  1. Apps like 30Day Fitness Challenges are designed to ease you back in to an active life. This app focuses on one exercise that uses your own bodies weight and begins with low repetitions and gradually increases over the course of 30 days. You should have a noticeable improvement at the end of each month. The areas of focus can change and you can also change the level of intensity from beginner to intermediate and then to advanced, so you have plenty of room to develop.
  2. Digit is an app that helps you save money. Digit moves small amounts of money from your bank account to your digit savings account. This is done daily and the amounts are small enough where it won’t cause an overdraft in your account. The acorn app is the app that rounds up the cost of your purchases and uses the collective difference as a means to invest. So essentially whenever you purchase something the cost is rounded up to the nearest dollar and the amount that is over the actual cost of your purchase is saved and invested for you.
  3. The Headspace app uses conventions such as screen dimming and notification blocking as just a few of the means to help you de-stress by crafting a phone life balance. Meditation Studio is another app option to help with stress. This app provides both guided and unguided meditations that cover topics such as pep talks, slowing down, profound relaxation and more.

Happy New Year and please let us know your thoughts about these new Apps.


Why Buy Refurbished Apple Computers & Devices? Tips From Experimac Winchester

Pre-Owned Apple Computers & 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 Refurbished Apple devices is as reliable as buying new devices, just 60% cheaper! When thinking about the purchase of an Apple device, laptop or computer, always consider that certified pre-owned devices might slightly differ from brand new devices, but due to consistently updated operating systems, those differences don’t affect the performance. This allows you to benefit from the unbelievable savings that come with purchasing a slightly older or slightly used model from a dependable seller such as Experimac Winchester, VA.
  • Our certified pre-owned computers & devices undergo an in-depth diagnostic evaluation to guarantee they are in excellent condition. Here at Experimac Winchester, 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 Winchester.
  • 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 Winchester 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.

At Experimac Winchester, you not only save money on the device and computer you want, we also offer several different ways to make it yours. We now offer financing to make owning the Apple iPhone, iPad or MacBook you want easier and more affordable than you ever thought. Call us at (540) 486-4472 to find out how we can help you today!

Upgrade or Replace your Mac® Computer? How do you know which?

Upgrade or replace? Is it time for a new Mac computer or time to make your old Mac computer work like new? This can be a difficult distinction to make for Mac computer users given the outstanding lifespan of these machines.

Food for Thought – Upgrade or Replace?

Upgrading your Mac computer is often times the least expensive way to get that wonderful new computer feeling. If you are experiencing a shortage of disk space or if your computer is taking a long time to boot up and complete simple tasks, you may want to consider simply upgrading your hard drive to a Solid-State Drive (SSD). You can also consider purchasing an external hard drive to keep all your media files on – i.e., movies, photos, music, and games. Lastly, if you find your Mac computer’s performance has become sluggish, it may be a sign that it’s time to upgrade the random-access memory (RAM).

Although upgrades can take care of some problems, there are some issues that just cannot be remedied by hardware upgrades. Sometimes a replacement is the necessary upgrade to a time-ravaged Mac computer. Depending on how old your Mac computer is, you may find yourself unable to upgrade to the latest macOS® software. Should you find yourself in this situation, it may be time to consider a replacement. Software issues can be a huge detriment to your productivity. If you find that your computer is constantly freezing and experiencing performance issues, it may be a sign that the hardware on your current Mac computer just isn’t cutting it anymore and maybe it’s time to replace it.

If you still have questions about whether an upgrade or a full replacement are best for you and your needs (as well as your budget), we encourage you to bring your Mac computer to your local Experimac store. We can run a full diagnostic check and help you determine the best plan of action for your computer.

Experience the Experimac difference. Call or stop by today!

New Year, New You? Grab a Friend and Crush your Goals

With the start of every new year, most people find themselves reflecting on the past year and looking ahead to the new year – goals set, accomplishments, adventures, risks taken, failures, travel plans, relationships, personal health and fitness, etc.

Starting a fitness journey can seem like a daunting task at the onset. However, having a strong support system can sometimes make all the difference. Did you know that your Apple Watch® device has developed a feature that allows users to interact with friends and family while working out throughout the day? Reaching your new year’s goals has never been easier!

Take a look at how you can share your Apple® watch activity progress with friends and family.

  • The first step to sharing your activity progress is by adding friends to share your activity progress with. You can add up to 25 friends to join you on your fitness journey. This includes family members, friends, and even co-workers who are on a similar journey to good health.
  • Once they accept your invite, they can view your progress and more importantly, you can view their progress. This brings a little bit of friendly competition and can serve as a great motivational tool to keep you on point past the first few weeks into the new year. Activity data you can share includes calories burned, minutes exercised, hours stood, steps taken and even distance traveled.
  • Best part? You can also message your friends from the Apple Watch interface. See your friends struggling to close their rings or notice that your dad has skipped the gym for a few days? Send them a message to motivate them!

Want to know more about how to get the most out of your Apple Watch device in 2018? Call us or stop by your local Experimac location today to speak to one of our specialists.

In Case You Missed It: The Coolest Apple® Product Releases and the Weirdest Bugs of 2017

2017 was an exciting year for Apple product fans that featured some great software improvements along with some impressive hardware upgrades. There were, however, a few bumps along the road with some weird bugs here and there, but overall, we received some amazing new features and upgrades on some of our favorite products from Apple, Inc.

Take a look back on 2017 . . . the best of Apple Inc.’s releases for the year . . .

  • The iPhone X® device was definitely the upgrade Apple fans have been waiting for. From the addition of augmented reality through its powerful camera, to the implementation of facial recognition technology to unlock your phone, the iPhone X device delivers an impressive entry to the iPhone® device
  • Apple Watch Series 3® device introduced a GPS feature to the Apple Watch® device line allowing users to access navigation without having their iPhone device on them. They also released an LTE version which adds cellular connectivity to your Apple Watch
  • The iMac Pro® computer is a powerhouse, all-in-one computer that brings the power of virtual reality to the iMac® computer product

. . . As well as the weirdest bugs of the year . . .

  • The “A ?” bug was likely one of the more frustrating bugs of 2017.  While typing on their iPhone devices, users experienced an issue where “I” auto corrected into “A ?”. A patch was later released and this issue has thankfully been resolved but while it lasted, it managed to drive everyone nuts.
  • The macOS® High Sierra launched with a bug that allowed any user to create an administrative account on a Mac computer without a password. This issue posed a serious security threat; however, everyone was grateful that it was patched within 24 hours of its release.

With every new, exciting development, there sometimes comes a bug, something that’s just not working as it should. Thankfully, Apple product fans know that Apple is always looking to make things better. Should you still be struggling with one of these bugs or if you’re interested in certified pre-owned products, end the year on a high note and stop by you local Experimac store today.

Getting the Most out of Using the Microsoft Edge Browser on Your iPhone® Device

Microsoft Edge is an Internet browser alternative to Safari which can be downloaded from the App Store. It provides an exciting suite of features that make for an excellent browsing experience on a mobile device.

Below are some tips for using the Microsoft Edge browser on your iPhone device:

  1. Surf your way! Microsoft Edge offers users several bowser customization options. By going into the browser settings, you can choose whether you want to browse in standard light mode or dark mode. By turning on dark mode, it changes the user interface to black. You can also choose your default search engine. Bing is an amazing search engine, but it’s nice to know that users have the ability to choose Yahoo or Google as alternatives if they prefer one of those.
  2. When browsing the Internet, you may come across some information that you may want to view on a larger screen. While using Microsoft Edge, you can link multiple devices through your Microsoft account and seamlessly transfer webpages to other devices making
  3. For users that want to stay current with the latest news, Microsoft Edge offers a dedicated news feed on the home page. Stories update automatically so all you need to do is scroll through for the most recent headlines.
  4. The Microsoft Edge browser also offers voice search and a barcode scanner for times when a standard keyboard input is not optimal.
  5. Shopping for that perfect gift can sometimes be a difficult secret to keep from our loved ones. Not to worry, Microsoft Edge offers an InPrivate browsing option to help keep certain tidbits of information top secret.

If you haven’t given Microsoft Edge a try on your iPhone device, we think you’ll like what you find so give it a try today. Should you run into any issues with it on your iPhone device, don’t hesitate to stop by your local Experimac store. Our techs are ready to help!

How much Faster will Upgrading your Hard Drive to an SSD make your Mac® Computer?

Are you frustrated with your Mac computer because of a slow hard drive? Has it frozen on you multiple times? It always seems to happen when you’re in a rush or trying to meet a deadline.

Consider updating your Mac computer with a Solid State Drive (SSD). This easy upgrade offers users a much faster computing experience as SSDs are more energy efficient, more reliable and even quieter than other hard drives.

Upgrading your Mac computer’s hard drive to an SSD can make one of the most drastic differences to your Mac computer’s performance.

But how much difference, really?

Take a look at how much of a difference upgrading to an SSD can make in even the slowest Mac computer:

Upgrading your hard drive to an SSD can greatly improve the speed of your computer’s hard drive in many ways, particularly when completing everyday tasks. Perhaps the most drastic change users notice is the improved time it takes the computer to reach the login screen. Booting the system can be up to 61% faster when using an SSD as compared to using the older standard hard drives.

Reaching your favorites on Safari will also be faster by upgrading to an SSD. How much faster? Up to 51% faster! Even surfing the web can be up to 8% faster by upgrading your current hard drive to an SSD. Bring new life to your Mac computer by investing in an SSD upgrade!

Not sure if upgrading your hard drive to an SSD is right for you? Stop by your local Experimac store today to find out more. Our experienced techs are available to answer all of your hard drive and SSD related questions today.

Repair Jobs For Any of Your Apple Products

Repair Jobs For Any of Your Apple Products

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.


Sharing is Caring with iCloud® Service

Configure your iCloud account

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

Our Best Deals on Certified Pre-Owned – Refurbished Apple® Products Sale

Best Deals on Certified Pre-Owned – Refurbished Apple Products Sale

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!