Maximize Your Tax Return with ‘New to You’ Apple® Products from Experimac®

WEST PALM BEACH, FL –April 2, 2018 – Tax season is in full swing! If you’re one of the lucky ones who will be receiving a tax return this year and are a fan Apple® products, Experimac® can help you get the most bang for your (tax) bucks! Experimac specializes in the sale of certified pre-owned Apple® computers and devices. From phones to tablets to laptops and more, you can enjoy the same high-quality devices for up to 60% off of the retail cost.

“Before we sell any of our pre-owned Apple products, we put them through a rigorous certification process to ensure that we are offering the best quality and operating devices,” said Jim Muir, President of Experimac. “We understand that many people want to treat themselves to something nice when they get a tax return. They’ve worked hard for their money and deserve it. We’re here to offer them premium Apple products without the premium price.”

All Experimac products are thoroughly cleaned, inspected and brought up to the brand’s high standards before they are made available for sale. In addition to the certified pre-owned Apple products, Experimac also offers repair and upgrade services. Technicians are available to fix cracked phone screens, recover data, improve computer performance and more. All products and services are backed by Experimac’s warranty, which, in many cases, is a year from the date of purchase.

“We firmly believe in our products and take all the necessary steps to ensure that our customers are satisfied with their purchases,” added Muir.

The team at Experimac has been specializing in Apple products for more than 20 years. For more information about Experimac, visit online at www.experimac.com.

About Experimac

Experimac is a unique franchising concept that specializes in the sale of certified pre-owned Apple products. Your Local Experimac can also repair, upgrade or buy your current device, and no appointment is ever necessary. The brand offers a 90-day guarantee, which takes the risk out of buying pre-owned. Experimac was founded by Jim Muir in 2009, and began franchising as one of United Franchise Group’s affiliated companies and brands in 2014. Today, there are more than 100 locations across the globe; Experimac stores can be found in Australia, Mexico, Chile, South Africa, France, Canada, Uruguay and Ireland. The brand has seen tremendous growth with no sign of slowing down. For more information, visit www.ExperimacFranchise.com.

About United Franchise Group

“The Global Leader for Entrepreneurs.” United Franchise Group is a group of affiliated companies and brands. Led by CEO Ray Titus, United Franchise Group is home to a variety of internationally recognized brands including Signarama, Fully Promoted, Experimac, Jon Smith Subs, Venture X, SuperGreen Solutions, Transworld Business Advisors and The Great Greek. With over three decades in the franchising industry and more than 1400 franchisees throughout the world, United Franchise Group offers unprecedented leadership and solid business opportunities for entrepreneurs.

How to Guide: Get Your Apple® Devices in Sync

Do you own more than one Apple device? Are you looking for a way to simplify your life and make more efficient use of your multiple devices?
One of the most popular features of Apple devices is their ability to synchronize with one another, bringing a new level of convenience and productivity to multi-Apple device households. Files, pictures, and messages on one of your Apple devices can easily be accessed, shared and readily available on other devices with just a few simple steps. For example, you can access the photos on your iPhone® device from your iPad® tablet wherever you are.

Make the most of your Apple devices by ensuring that you are taking advantage of this very convenient feature. The following steps explain how to sync all your Apple devices:

  1. Make sure your device is updated and using the most recent update of iOS® software
  2. Select a device, preferably an iPhone device or iPad tablet
  3. Go to the “Settings” app
  4. Scroll down and select “iCloud®” feature
  5. Enter your Apple ID and password
  6. Select “Merge” for merging data when prompted
  7. Select your location preference once prompted
  8. Set up an iCloud feature email to synchronize notes
  9. You can select “Storage and Backup” to choose to back up your data
  10. Press “Ok” when prompted

Once those steps are complete, you will notice that all of your Apple devices, from iPhone devices and iPad tablets to Mac® computers, MacBook® laptops and even your iPod® device will be connected and share common files, pictures, messaging, etc.

Struggling to connect devices? Stop by your local Experimac to make sure your devices are synced properly. Our experts will happily assist you to set this up and can even run a diagnostic check on your Apple devices to ensure they are performing as well as they should be. We offer a variety of same-day services making it easy to keep your Apple devices healthy and ensure they are updated and fully functional.

Experience the Experimac difference today!

Your Mac® Computer Needs a Spring Cleaning Too

Is spring cleaning on your to-do list in the coming weeks? Whether it is on your list or not, we think this is something you’ll want to give some extra attention to.

Spring is the time of year many people decide to clean up and toss out unnecessary items from garages, basements, and closets. Just like your home, your Mac computer may be full of unnecessary clutter such as old files or downloads that may be harboring malware. Spring cleaning for your Mac computer is as simple as having an annual diagnostic and “tune up” performed on your computer.  Check to be sure your antivirus software is up to date and that any necessary updates have been performed. Get rid of things you saved and now have no idea why.   An annual clean-up of your computer is key to a responsive and speedy computer.

Sluggishness, memory loss or inability to perform tasks as well as before are all symptoms of a computer needing a tune up. Mac computers are built to last and stand the test of time but you need to take proper care of them.  There are several threats to your Mac computer’s health, such as overloading memory, exposure to malware or accidents (i.e., spilled coffee, etc.).  Proactively taking care of your Mac computer will ensure that your computer is able to perform well and quickly for years to come.

The expert technicians at Experimac are experienced and ready to perform a comprehensive diagnostic check on your Mac computer. We take pride in our ability to pinpoint exactly what is affecting your computer and determining the steps that are necessary to make it run smoother and faster.

Don’t have a lot of time? No worries! Our diagnostics are quicker than you may think, and we offer same-day turnaround on many of our services. Stop by anytime; you never need an appointment at Experimac. Make the most of your investment in your Mac computer. This spring is the perfect time to start spring cleaning your Mac computer; we’ll even remind you to add it to your calendar for next year.

Stop by your local Experimac store today for a FREE diagnostic*and we’ll take care of the rest!

*at participating locations

Top 5 Reasons to Invest in a Certified Pre-Owned Apple® Computer or Laptop Over a New PC

Top 5 reasons to invest in a certified pre-owned Apple computer or laptop over a new PC

Investing in a certified pre-owned Apple computer or laptop from Experimac is smart for many reasons. Here are the top 5 reasons we consider it to be a wise investment and would recommend it over a new PC.

  1. Reliability: Mac® computers come with software designed solely for a Mac computer. Many PC computers come with software developed for a generic PC computer. Seeing that there are hundreds of PC models available, that software was not made specifically for the computer you purchased. This usually means problems down the road as software cannot be updated nearly as frequently, and should you have a problem, customer care cannot be as specific or thorough as that of Apple Inc. Certified pre-owned Mac computers have been thoroughly examined and are assured to be in excellent working condition, meaning that though they are pre-owned, they will work just fine.
  2. Strength against malware: Buying a certified pre-owned Apple computer is, by far, safer than buying a new PC. Why? PC computers are more vulnerable to malware and viruses. PC computers can be made by a variety of companies, but only one company make Apple computers. With multiple manufacturers, PC computers don’t follow one operating system, and the discrepancies from the varied makes and models poses a threat to your computer’s safety. Apple® computers all use one operating system that is not only famous for its resistance to malware but is also frequently updated and improved.
  3. User-friendly: Apple computers are one of the most user-friendly devices available on the market. They are designed to be as direct and streamlined as possible. Another reason they are easy to use is their ability to connect to the ever-popular iPhone® device and iPad® tablet. Many tech-savvy individuals already own iPhone devices or iPad tablets; Apple computers can connect to those devices thanks to the new HandOff® feature from Apple Inc.
  4. Price: Though Apple computers can cost more at face-value than some PC computers, keep the following in mind. Apple computers usually come with more features than their PC “competition”. If you were to find a new PC with the same or equivalent features as a pre-owned Mac computer, you will find that the Mac computer is the same price, if not slightly cheaper. Another thing to consider when looking at price is the fact that Apple computers are considered a premium product; they come with a stable operating system that, as stated before, is frequently updated, and they are incredibly user-friendly. If you choose to purchase a certified pre-owned Mac computer, it will likely be worth more than many new PC computers.
  5. Re-Sale Value: Consider that you may not always want the computer you are purchasing now, you may want to upgrade in a few years. That being said, Mac computers retain their value much better and for much longer than PC computers. This means that the certified pre-owned Mac computer you purchase today will most likely be worth more down the road than a new PC.

If you are in the market for a certified pre-owned MacBook® laptop or Mac computer, stop by your local Experimac store and take a look at our inventory. You’ll be able to see and touch the device you are interested in purchasing. Our experienced staff will be able to answer any questions you may have about the device and help you make the right choice for you and your budget.

The Anatomy of the Trade: Determining the Value of Your Used Apple® Devices

The Anatomy of the Trade - Determining the Value of Your Used Apple Devices

Trading in a used Apple device at Experimac is a great idea! If you’re asking yourself how to go about this or how it might benefit you, look no further.

As an Apple device owner, you know these devices tend to hold onto their value, they are sturdy and usually last years. At Experimac, the money you get from trading it in can go straight to the purchase of a newer model.

The trouble is . . . how do you determine the value of your used Apple devices? We’ll walk you through the process.

Model

Determining the specific model of your iPhone® device, iPad® tablet, MacBook® laptop, or Mac® computer is the first step to determining your device’s worth. Varied models come with varied specs, and knowing the specific model of your device, tablet, laptop or computer determines most of the trade-in worth.

Condition

The condition of your iPhone device, iPad tablet, MacBook laptop or Mac computer is another contributing factor to the value of your trade-in. For example, take a look at the phone’s screen, buttons, and other external components. What condition are they in? The internal health of a device is often overlooked when owners attempt to determine the worth of their trade-in. Did you follow up with necessary updates and how is the battery life, in the case of a phone, tablet or laptop?

Demand

Another major contributing factor to your trade-in’s value is the demand for that device, tablet, laptop or computer. Your device could be in great condition and offer awesome specs but if there is not much of a market for your device, you may not get offered much. Fortunately, Apple devices tend to remain in demand for a while, meaning trading in a used Apple device is usually worth the time and trouble.

Not sure whether to trade-in your Apple device? Stop by your local Experimac to find out what your used Apple device is worth. You might be able to upgrade it today!

Black History Month: Let’s Celebrate and Educate with our Favorite Apps

Black History Month - Let's Celebrate and Educate with our Favorite Apps

February is Black History Month! This annual celebration of the role of Black Americans in US history is a time to reflect upon the achievements of Black Americans of the past, and a look at how tolerance and equality should improve for the future.

We have selected some apps centered around the theme of Black History Month that are designed to help celebrate and educate.

  • NMAAHC Mobile Stories
    This app, provided by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, offers information from 12 exhibitions depicting how American values such as spirituality, resiliency, and optimism are reflected in African American history and culture. Set up as a virtual museum, app users can watch videos, look through images or read articles and truly explore the stories and historical events essential to black history.
  • More Than a Mapp
    Inspired by the PBS documentary More Than a Month, this app was designed to help users discover and preserve Black History. The app allows users to see locations nearby that offer historical significance to black history. Find local landmarks, monuments or other significant locations. You can also select any point on a map and add your own black history point, which is then considered and assessed by the app’s experts.
  • 2016 Black History Month “BHM” Trivia Game
    Put your knowledge of Black Heroes and facts to the test with this trivia game! This app is simple and straightforward and is a great way of getting younger family members to participate in Black History Month awareness.
  • Black History Tribute
    This app was created in the hope of educating users about famous African Americans, who they are and what they did to improve science and the arts and other venues. Once in the app, you’ll see famous black artists, scientists, writers, politicians, and more, as well as their stories.

At Experimac, we hope you will take the time to review your knowledge of Black History in America and celebrate the many contributions made by countless Black Americans to our society. Have you learned something new today? These apps will give you the perfect opportunity to do so.

If you’re having difficulty viewing these apps on your Apple® devices, stop by your local Experimac store and we’d be happy to have a look at your device and help you get everything working again.

Top 10 Apps for Making Finding Love Fun

Do you have a Valentine this year? Are you making plans with friends for a night out instead of a romantic date night because you just had your heart broken?
Finding love in today’s fast-paced world can sometimes be difficult. Meeting new people should be a fun experience, not a stressful one. Here are the top 10 apps that make finding love fun for those who keep looking for love in all the wrong places.

  1. Tinder – This app offers users one of the simplest interfaces in the dating world. Simply swipe left if you are not interested in the match and swipe right if you are interested. If there is a mutual interest, you will be notified and can then begin communicating with your matches.
  2. OkCupid – Every one of us has unique interests that make us who we are. This app provides users with the ability to tell potential suitors who you are through things you are passionate about. Best of all, this service is free to browse matches!
  3. Plenty of Fish – Looking to start up a conversation with like-minded singles? Plenty of Fish may be just what you’re looking for.
  4. Zoosk – This is one of the original dating apps so if staying power is in your search criteria, this should be at the top of your list. Also, with Facebook integration, this is one of the easiest apps to get started with.
  5. Match – Know exactly what you’re looking for? In addition to providing daily matches based on a personality quiz, Match allows you to browse profiles based on search criteria such as shared interests.
  6. Happn – Ever wonder if you passed Mr. or Ms. Right during your daily grind? Happn has developed a proximity-based dating app meant to provide users with matches based on who they have crossed paths with on a given day.
  7. Bumble – Fellas, do you find it difficult to start up conversations with women? Ladies, are you tired of being bombarded with DMs all day? Bumble has developed a dating service where the ladies make the first move.
  8. Coffee Meets Bagel Dating App – Tired of swiping through hundreds of potential matches per day? This app offers users a more intimate experience by showing only 1 match per day.
  9. Tastebuds – This iOS® operating system only app measures compatibility through taste in music. If music is a big part of your life and you want to find someone with similar taste in music, Tastebuds is the app for you.
  10. eHarmony – This one’s not for casual dating. This app offers one of the most extensive personality tests available in online dating. The result is a dating app that focuses on long-term

Are you done with the dating app you’re currently using? Try out one of the others. Don’t give up. If your phone is acting up or your battery is just not lasting, you need to get that taken care of. Don’t let these technical difficulties get in the way of your dating life. If you find Mr. or Ms. Right, you want to be able to get those dating matches (DMs) and other notifications without interruption – find your local Experimac store here.

Top 10 Apps to Help You Tap into the Game

Alright football fans, Game Day (February 4, 2018) is fast approaching! By now, we hope you know who you’re rooting for.

But, are you prepared for Game Day otherwise? If not, no need to worry, here are the top 10 apps to help you tap into the game and all the pre-game hype:

  1. Super Bowl LII (52) Minneapolis Fan Mobile Pass – This is the ultimate companion app for those attending the big game. It provides users with information on all the events in the City of Minneapolis leading up to the game.
  2. Clippit – Sharing highlights from the game just became a snap! Clippit offers the user the ability to record up to 30 seconds of live game footage and share with family and friends in a matter of seconds.
  3. Ibotta – Snacks during a game party are a necessity. This app offers special promotions on groceries for the big game. It also offers a rewards system that allows you to earn points for even more discounts.
  4. TheScore – There is too much at stake to risk missing a crucial game-changing play while on a bathroom break. Keep up with all the key plays in real time with TheScore.
  5. Fox Sports Go – It is always good to have a backup in case the cable goes out during the game. Fox Sports Go will be streaming the game live this year and having the app handy may prove to be a lifesaver.
  6. NFL Emojis – Let’s face it, Emojis are becoming more popular than letters. Trash talk in style this year with some NFL Emojis!
  7. Super Bowl Quiz – Instant entertainment for a whole party! Pre-game fun or if there is a lull in the action, you’ll be glad you downloaded this app.
  8. Madden NFL Football – Did your team not make it to the big game? Not to worry, this app lets you play out your own season and get your team the championship they deserve!
  9. Bleacher Report – This is a great tool to have leading up to and on Game Day. It offers up to the minute news on all your favorite players and teams leading into Super Sunday!
  10. Pinterest – Making sure your Game Day spread is worthy of the action on the field is very important. Check out Pinterest for some great recipe ideas and party prep checklists for Super Sunday.

Few things are more American than football and Super Sunday! Get your inner circle up to speed and ready for Game Day with these apps. Having trouble installing or using these apps on your iPhone® device or iPad® tablet? Does your device have a cracked screen? Don’t wait, head over to your local Experimac shop today and get your tech gear ready for Game Day.

Get Your Team on Track in 2018: Business Collaboration Tools for iOS® Operating Systems

The new year always ushers in new business trends. One of the most up and coming trends right now is how to integrate new ways to improve team collaboration. From strategies to software, this trend continues to grow as does every business’s desire to boost productivity. Luckily, the iOS operating system makes integrating collaboration tools easy as there are several compatible apps and programs designed to run on the iOS operating system. Not only does this save your business time, energy and money, it will ultimately make everyone happier and more successful in 2018.

Below are some ideas for tools you and your team may find helpful in 2018 and beyond:

  • Communication
    1. GoToMeeting: Easily host webinars and conferences with this application, taking away the need for team members to leave the office for meetings. Schedule meetings in the application’s calendar or make and share presentation annotations.
    2. appear.in: While video communication is the main purpose of this tool, this tool also makes it easy to share presentations, images, or photos, or comment on documents and spreadsheets.
    3. BlueJeans: Instant messaging, dual streaming and meeting recording is easy to achieve with this application.
  • Project Organization
    1. Basecamp: This user-friendly application is a great way to organize tasks and share feedback. Easily share deadlines, delegate projects and share a variety of files with this project organization tool.
    2. HiveDesk: Easily monitor productivity of remote workers and manage projects. This tool is great for tracking the performance of contractors or freelancers.
  • Time Management
    1. TimeCamp: Track holidays, time off, monitor time-wasting websites and establish goals with this app. You can see first-hand how employees spend their time, helping you maintain efficiency as well as properly determine deadlines and how much to take on.
    2. FreshBooks: As a cloud-based small business accounting software, it facilitates the sending of invoices, tracking time, managing receipts, tracking and managing expenses, and more. Time tracking is probably one of the most unique features – see how much time it’s taking you or your employees to do something and send more accurate invoices. Be the most productive you can be by saving time and money!

Keeping your team on track has never been easier. Try these tools to improve collaboration amongst your team members; it may take some time to implement something new but in the end, we are confident you will feel it was worth the time spent.

Does your team need updated hardware to use these tools? Experimac can work with you to upgrade or replace your laptops or desktops with certified preowned Apple® products. We have experience partnering with businesses across the country. Experience the Experimac Difference, call Experimac 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!