November 11-16
Buy Smart!

How to buy what you want, NOT what they want to give you!

I help people buy Apple devices all the time. Understanding a sales person speaking geek can be daunting and intimidating. The key is to know and understand what you want before you go to buy it. Apple's web site is the perfect place to go.

Shopping Nightmare! A couple of weeks ago, I met a Client at Best Buy to help him pick out a new iPad. He had an iPad 3 and the screen was cracked and had seen better days. We went into the store and it took quite a while to find someone who could help us get an iPad. We told the sales associate what we wanted based on what my Client currently does with his iPad and she slipped away to the back. She came out with an iPad, that was a different size, color, and they didn't have the case he wanted. She asked if that was OK and went to ring him up and I said, wait a minute. You are suppose to sell us what we want. It is not up to us just to accept what you have and be happy with it. No thanks! We ended up walking out of the store. Make sure you never settle! The best place for you to buy any Apple product is the Apple Store On-Line.

Shopping for a Mac: First find out what you have. On your Mac, go up to the Apple in the upper left hand corner of the Menu Bar and drag down to About this Mac. Now click on the Storage tab at the top of this window. This will tell you how big of a hard drive you have, how much of it you have used and how much you have left. If you want to store all your pictures on your Mac, make sure you get a 1TB drive. In the new Macs these are soldiered to the logic board and are non upgradeable so get the most you can afford. Once you know what size drive you need, go to www.apple.com and click on Mac. Now click on Compare in the upper right hand corner. Now you can see each Mac model and it's specifications. This will let you see exactly what is in each one side by side and exactly how much they cost. When you find the one you want, just click on it an it will come to your house usually in a couple of days. No need to accept what someone has to give. You can get everything you need sent directly to your house. Once your new Mac arrives, just follow this simple guide on how to transfer your data. You'll be up and running in no time: How to transfer your data.

Shopping Nightmare: I wanted to get a new iPhone 7 so I thought I'd run up to our local AT&T store and check them out. My first impression of the store was how small it was and crowded! There were only two sales people in the store trying to help a dozen people. I waited my turn which was at least a half an hour then I asked if they had the iPhone 7. The clerk said no and that it would be 2 weeks before they would get any in. I left the store, went home and ordered it from apple.com and had the phone in 2 days!

Shopping for an iPhone: First find out how big your current iPhone is. Go Settings > General > About and go halfway down to Capacity. That will tell you exactly the size of your phone. Now look below that and find Available. If you only have MB left instead of GB left, you are in trouble. Once you know the size of the storage in your iPhone and how much you want in a new phone, go to www.apple.com and click on iPhone, then click on compare in the upper right hand corner. Now you can see each iPhone model and it's specifications. This will let you see exactly what is in each one side by side and exactly what you are getting. This is a great option for buying your iPhone outright. If you want to make payments, go through your carrier. Just download their App and answer a few questions and you can have a new iPhone sent to you in no time. iCloud is what will do the transfer magic so make sure it is turned on in Settings on your old phone and that all the switches are green and that backup to iCloud is on. Once your new phone comes, call your carrier to activate it then chose restore from iCloud Backup. It's that easy!

Shopping for an iPad: This is going to be almost exactly the same as shopping for an iPhone. First, find out how big your current iPad is by going to Settings > General > About and go halfway down to Capacity. That will tell you exactly the size of your iPad. Now look below that and find Available. Once you know the size of the storage in your iPad and how much you want in a new one, go to www.apple.com and click on iPad, then click on compare in the upper right hand corner. Now you can see each iPad model and it's specifications. This will let you see exactly what is in each one side by side and exactly what you are getting. Make sure that if you are going to be traveling with your iPad that you choose the Wi-Fi and Cellular option. iCloud is what will do the transfer magic so make sure it is turned on in Settings on your old iPad and that all the switches are green and that backup to iCloud is on. Order your iPad on www.apple.com and it will be at your house in 2 days. Once your new iPad comes, chose restore from iCloud Backup and all will be well.

I hope this will help to take the fear out of buying something new. If you need help, I'm just a phone call away.

Great Christmas Gifts

Christmas is just around the corner and what do you get that Techie in your life? Have no fear, here are 10 ideas:

1. iTunes Gift Cards 

2. Stylus

3. iPhone Stand

4. Extra Charger

5. Touch screen gloves

6. Mini bluetooth speakers

7. USB laptop light

8. Thumb Drives

9. Backup hard drive

10. iPhone sock ( no really!)

Just google these things and you will find them. Most of these are available on Amazon.

SWMMUG Christmas Party

The meeting for the South West Michigan Mac Users Group is this Tuesday, December 6th at 6:00pm at the South Haven Library. Bring a snack to pass and wrap up something Tech you don't need anymore and we'll do a white elephant gift exchange. It was a lot of fun last year. I hope to see you there!
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Jodi Spangler | Lakeshore Mac | 269-214-2356 | jodi_spangler@lakeshoremac.coml | www.lakeshoremac.com