The Convergence of iOS
Over the past few years, we’ve all been participating in the convergence of iOS, (the operating system that runs your iPad and iPhone), and MacOS, (the operating system that runs your Mac). You’ve seen this first in apps like iTunes, the Apple iWork suite (Pages, Numbers and Keynote), the iLife suite (GarageBand, iMovie), and most recently with Apple replacing iPhoto on your Mac with the Photos app- the same app you’ve been running on your iPhone and iPad since iOs 8 (Spet 2014) and your Mac since OS 10.10.3 released in April, 2015.
Similar Functionality on Both Platforms
These apps perform similar functionality on both platforms, and begin to blur the lines between MacOS and iOS, or in simplar terms, the Mac and the iPad/ iPhone. Combine with these apps the added functionality of iCloud Drive, a storage solution that allows you to easily share files, movies, photos, etc between your devices, and it gets harder to decide which Apple product becomes your “go-to” device for the majority of your computing needs. The playing field of Apple devices competing for your attention has just become more exciting with the release of the iPad Pro- the next generation iPad released to overwhelmingly positive reviews by the media across the board.
A Device That is Both a Tablet and a Laptop
The iPad Pro features an A9X processor that outperforms the latest MacBooks (1.1 or 1.2 M-Processor), 4GB RAM, 32 or 128GB Flash storage and a 12.9” Retina display. Prices begin at $799 and go up to $1079 for a model that includes cellular capabilities. Optionally, you can add in a keyboard cover (about another $100) and a stylus (also another $100) and for about $1000 you have a device that is both a tablet and a laptop that is certain to delight many users and sure to be a hit. Compared to a brand new MacBook ($1299)… It certainly is a consideration!
Replacement For a Notebook
Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple has recently been quoted as saying, “The iPad Pro is a replacement for a notebook or a desktop for many, many people. They will start using it and conclude they no longer need to use anything else, other than their phones.” Does this mean that Apple thinks the age of laptops and desktops are behind us? No, and that isn’t what Tim said or necessarily meant. However…. Consider what many people do with their Macs: Browse the web, email, word processing, light photo editing, light gaming, listen to music, watch YouTube videos. All common activities- all easily accomplished on a tablet, especially when tied to a physical keyboard.
The point of all this is that the time is coming when it won’t matter what device we pick up- the functionality and interface will be the same whether it’s your laptop, desktop or tablet.
If you’re considering a new iPad Pro, come and see us at Experimac Sandy Springs to sell us your current i-Device. We love ‘em and we’ll make sure to find them their next good home!
iPhone Repair in Sandy Springs
The time will come when you find yourself in need of iPhone repair in Sandy Springs. In fact, approximately 25 percent of iPhone users will drop their phone at some time and break the screen. For this reason, every iPhone owner needs to know where to turn when they need their phone fixed. Thankfully, consumers have options when it comes to obtaining needed repairs. They don’t have to head to the Apple store and pay the prices demanded there. What are these options, and what are the benefits and drawbacks of each?
Some individuals opt to purchase insurance through Apple and make use of their AppleCare policy to fix their screen. The cost of an Sandy Springs iPhone repair is much less when this is the case, yet the insurance tends to be costly at the time of purchase. There are two benefits of going this route. Individuals who have a tendency to be rough on their phones will find they save money over the long run, and taking the phone to an Apple store protects the warranty.
Others opt to find a local repair center that can assist them with the iPhone screen repair in Sandy Springs. This option does tend to be cheaper, but individuals need to be careful and ensure they choose a provider with the experience needed to replace the screen. Very little time is required to fix the phone, and the cost may be cheaper than the Apple store. This does depend on the type of device to be fixed, as screens on newer phones will cost more. Some companies also offer a mail-in service to have the screen replaced. However, using one of these services will void the warranty on the phone.
Do It Yourself
An individual may also attempt to replace the screen on the phone without assistance. Doing so is not an easy task, and a person may find they end up spending more to fix their mistake than they would have just to pay someone to fix the phone. It is an option to consider, however, for those who do know how to make repairs to mobile devices. Doing so voids the warranty on the phone, and this needs to be remembered.
People tend to upgrade their phone regularly, thus the warranty becomes less of an issue. iPhones seem to hold up well over time, and cracked screens are usually the most common issue. For this reason, if you crack an iPhone screen, you may wish to avoid the Apple store. If you break your phone every other week though, it’s best to head to the Apple store and preserve the warranty. Only you can decide which option is right for your needs.