Go Green: Trade your iPhone® Device, Don’t Trash It

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Have you ever wondered what happens when your smartphone dies? Have you ever tossed one in the trash? This Earth Day, we explore where your iPhone® device goes to die.

On average, around 1.5 billion phones are sold worldwide every year. This means that a similar number of phones are being retired in a given year. Where do all these phones go?? A few possible scenarios include:

  • Some users trade their unwanted iPhone devices into companies that offer trade-in
  • Many choose to pass their old phone down to a child or other family member.
  • While yet others, throw their phones away in the trash with their food scraps and other household garbage.

What happens at the landfill?

When someone throws away a phone, the discarded phone ends up in a landfill where it will likely seep toxic waste into the soil. A recent study shows that 70% of all toxic waste currently in landfills comes from our discarded electronic devices.

Looking for an alternative?

So, what happens if you decide to trade-in your unwanted iPhone devices? If it is still considered to be a sellable unit, it will be formatted and sold as a “used” device. If it is considered to be a device that is past its selling prime in the US, some companies will then ship the units to other countries all over the world that have limited access to the newest iPhone devices. If the traded-in devices are unsalvageable, other companies opt to send them to recycling plants where the metal components are melted down and repurposed. The non-recyclable components are tossed into all-purpose shredders.

When looking to upgrade your iPhone device, it is important to take into consideration what to do with your previous phone. Throwing it away not only has negative effects on the environment, but costs you money. By trading in your unwanted iPhone device, you will not only be doing your part for the environment, but you will also receive some money for it.

Stop by or call your local Experimac store to find out what your unwanted iPhone device may be worth. You may also want to browse Experimac’s certified pre-owned inventory of iPhone devices to see if we have something that suits your budget.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Top 10 Tech Gifts for Mom

Mothers Day
Moms can seem superhuman at times especially the working mom. From managing the family schedule and planning birthday surprises for each member of the family to cleaning the house and making sure all the laundry and grocery shopping gets done, help mom do it all faster and maybe even have a little time to spare by giving her the gift of technology.

Not sure what to get for her this Mother’s Day? Don’t worry! We have made a list of the top 10 tech gift ideas that will knock mom’s socks off at any price point.

  1. Phone
    The smartphone has completely reimagined the way we work, communicate and live. Whether sending a text, snapping a selfie with friends and family, managing to do lists or answering emails on the go, smartphones such as the iPhone® device have become a perfect gift idea for moms.
  2. Tablet
    Maybe mom needs a bigger screen to work on-the-go. Getting her an iPad® tablet would be an excellent gift idea. Tablets are a great option for moms who want basic computing functions on the run without compromising on screen size. From her iPad tablet, mom can organize vacation photos, order groceries to be delivered, shop online, and so much more.
  3. Computer
    An iMac® computer is a fantastic gift idea for mom. iMac computers offer reliability with a user-friendly interface that will help her create and work effortlessly, no matter her age or tech knowledge. Whether she works from home or uses her iMac computer to organize the family finances and keep up with social media, there’s no doubt the iMac computer will prove to be a great investment for mom.
  4. Smart Watch
    From telling time and receiving/responding to texts to checking her heart rate, SmartWatch devices such as the Apple Watch® device can offer the mom on your shopping list the gift of convenience and style.
  5. Laptop
    There are times when phones and tablets are just not enough but when an on-the-go solution is still necessary. A MacBook® or MacBook Pro® laptop might just give mom the flexibility and reliability she needs to get her work done.
  6. Bluetooth Speaker
    Does your mom love to have friends over for dinner or game night? A Bluetooth speaker is a great way to play background music for guests.
  7. Phone Case
    Let’s face it, our phones are very important to us and need to be protected. Make sure mom’s phone is safe as well as looking its very best in a stylish case in her favorite color.
  8. External Battery Pack
    Running out of battery during a busy day can be beyond frustrating. With an external battery pack, mom will have plenty of charge on the go for all her devices whether she’s on the soccer field or running through the airport to a business meeting.
  9. Bluetooth Headphones
    The world can be loud sometimes, making it hard to focus on important tasks. Give mom the gift of wireless music wherever she goes – her office, on a train or bus as part of her daily commute or even at the gym.
  10. External hard drive
    Is mom the memory keeper in your family? Pictures and media files can take up a lot of hard drive space. Make sure mom never runs out of space on her computer with an external hard drive. She can also use the external drive to back up the years of photos and family videos stored on her computer. The whole family would surely be devastated if those were ever lost.

If you have any questions about gift ideas for mom this upcoming Mother’s Day, visit your local Experimac. Our experienced sales staff will be more than happy to assist you with gift ideas for her. Call us today or stop by the Experimac location closest to you and find the perfect gift for her.

Our Favorite Apps to Prevent Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving

We have a tough question for you this month. Have you ever texted while driving or been distracted in any other way while behind the wheel?

April is the National Safety Council’s sponsored Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In a recent poll, it was found that a staggering 69% of Americans admitted to distracted driving. The instances cited included texting, web surfing, phone calls and GPS navigation. In 2015, there were 3,477 people who died and another 391,000 were injured as a result of distracted driving.

Perhaps the most sobering fact of all in these cases is that the accidents could have been avoided.

As a parent, reading these statistics can be very alarming and raise many concerns about your teenagers and their driving habits. We’ve done some research and compiled a list of the best apps to help prevent distracted driving, take a look:

  • LifeSaver – The LifeSaver app offers an impressive lineup of features that not only encourages safer driving practices but rewards users for driving safely. For starters, it blocks incoming texts and phone calls to keep the driver focused on the road. It also sends parent notifications when the user arrives at their destination. Lastly, it tracks the number of safe miles driven and parents can set milestones and rewards for their children to help encourage them to use this app and drive safe.
  • AT&T DriveMode – This is another great option that helps promote safe driving. This app also blocks incoming texts and phone calls while driving but has a feature which automatically turns the app on when it senses the user driving over 15 mph so there’s no excuse for not using the app.
  • TruMotion Family – This app offers a unique feature that gives your drive a “trip score.” You can then view the statistics of your drive so that you can make adjustments to your driving accordingly. It also offers a fun way to compete with friends and family over who’s the safer driver!
  • Mojo – This free app runs automatically in the background every time you drive. The app awards you 1 point for each minute of safe driving exhibited on the road. Once you reach 300 points you get awarded a $5 gift card. Hard to turn that down.

Looking for ways to keep your family safe while they’re behind the wheel? Check out these great apps and keep the conversation going about the importance of focusing on the road while behind the wheel.

At Experimac, we value your safety and understand this needs to be a priority if we’re ever going to see a reduction in accidents caused by distracted driving. If you’re having trouble with your phone or installing these apps, bring it to your local Experimac today and we’ll take a look.

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.


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.


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?


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.