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!

Get the Most Out of Your Relationship with the Siri® Feature – Our Top Tricks, Tips and Hidden Features

Siri feature – Our top Tricks, Tips and Hidden Features

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.

  1. 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?”.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Voice

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Sport, stock or movie updates

    Keep track of your favorite sports teams, stock changes or even currently released movies.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

Mobile Location Tracking & Ads – How to Protect Your Privacy on Your Apple® Device

Mobile Location Tracking & Ads – How to Protect Your Privacy

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:

  • Apps

    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.

iPhone® Device Photo Tips for The Holidays – From Greeting Cards to Family Photos

iPhone Photo Tips

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.

  1. Selfie-Stick

    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.

  2. Grid

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. YouCam

    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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.