A roundup of this week’s new Apple product announcements

During yesterday morning’s special press event, Apple introduced a host of new products, along with some restructuring and repricing in their product lines (you can now get a new iPad for a little as $250, and a new Mac mini starts at just $500). Here are the highlights, along with availability information (as best we can determine—we will update this post as details emerge):

  • Apple iPad Air 2 familyiPad Air 2: The big splash was made by the debut of the iPad Air 2, a crazy-thin (just 6mm) iteration of its flagship full-sized tablet. It’s not only thinner, but faster, too. And you can now add a third color choice to the current Space Gray and Silver: Gold. The new color choice, along with the addition of TouchID, brings the iPad Air 2 in line with Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Prices start at $499.99. Available for pre-order immediately; we expect to begin filling orders in roughly two weeks. Find out more.
  • iPad Air: Yep, it’s sticking around—but it’ll cost you substantially less. Prices now start at $399.99. Available almost immediately. Find out more.
  • iPad mini 3: Similar specs to the original iPad mini 2, but now adds TouchID and the new Gold color choice. Available for pre-order immediately; we expect to begin filling orders in roughly two weeks. Find out more.
  • iPad mini 2 and iPad mini: Now cost much less than before. The Wi-Fi 16GB iPad mini, for example, now sells for $249.99—the lowest price ever offered for a new iPad. Available almost immediately. Find out more.
  • Apple iMac 27-inch running YosemiteiMac 27-inch with Retina 5K Display: The “5K” stands for “5000”—as in 5000+ pixels. The new flagship iMac boasts more than four times the pixels of its 27-inch brethren. That’s impressive enough, but the fact that it will sell for $2499.99—that’s just nuts. Most 4K standalone monitors sell for more than that. Basically, Apple’s throwing in a quad-core Mac with all the bells and whistles for free. Available for pre-order immediately; we expect to begin filling orders in roughly one week. Find out more.
  • Mac mini: The littlest Mac got a well-deserved, long-delayed makeover. The entry price point dropped a hundred bucks to $499.99—the lowest price ever for a new Mac. It now comes with two Thunderbolt 2 ports and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Available for pre-order immediately; we expect to begin filling orders in roughly one week. Find out more.
  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite: The long-awaited major update to the Mac’s operating system looks to be an impressive one, with hundreds of new features and enhancements—and is available for free download immediately.

Deal of the Week | Oct. 17th, 2014: Multi-Tip Portable USB Charger for $5.99

Concept Green Multi-Tip Portable USB Charger for $5.99 at Connecting PointThis charger puts you in charge—of when and where you recharge your devices. Fill it up with juice at the nearest convenient USB port, and you’re ready to replenish on the fly.

Tips are included for the three major types of USB connectors: 30-pin dock connector, Mini-USB, and Micro-USB.* The integrated charging gauge lets you know when it is ready to go. And it even has a handy little LED flashlight built in, with its own flashing mode, for all those desert island emergency-type situations.

Learn all about this week’s cool Deal right here.

*Sorry, does not work with the Lightning connector found on the most recent iPhones.

Apple Special Event | October 16, 2014, 10 am PDT: “It’s been way too long.”

Apple Live Event October 16, 2014 - Watch it live

Apple’s highly anticipated special event, taking place later this morning, will be streamed live. Live streaming video requires Safari 5.1.10 or later on OS X v10.6.8 or later; Safari on iOS 6.0 or later. Live streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 6.2 or later.

UPDATE – SUMMARY OF EVENT: New iPads (including the impossibly slim iPad Air 2), new iMacs (including the impossibly pixeled iMac with Retina 5K Display), and new and cheaper Mac minis. Oh yeah—and the official release of OS X 10.10 Yosemite. It’s a free upgrade, and you can download it here.

Deal of the Week | Oct. 10th, 2014: ZipKord Multi-Tip Car Charger for $2.99

ZipKord 500CMIX4 Retractable Multi-Tip Car Charger for $2.99Here’s another handy little gadget to add to your ever-ready bag of travel tools: A multi-tip, multi-purpose car charger with a space-saving retractable cord.

Now if you need to juice up your Bluetooth earpiece, or GPS, or cell phone, you’ve got ;a single solution for many, many devices.

The ZipKord usually sells for 10 bucks, but while supplies last, we’re letting it go for a low $2.99. Find out all about our latest and greatest Deal of the Week.

Deal of the Week | Oct. 3rd, 2014: Two-Port USB Car Charger for $1.99

2-Port-USB-Car-Charger-3-colors-640x600Sleek. Fast. Beautiful glossy finish. And available in your choice of vibrant colors.

We talking sports cars? Nope. We’re talking this week’s Deal: a two-port USB car charger, in your choice of red, black, or white, at a laughably low price ($1.99).

So while these chargers would look right at home in the toniest of luxury vehicles, they’re priced somewhere south of Yugo territory. And not only does it come with two USB ports, but each of them serves a specific need. There’s a one-amp port, for smaller devices requiring more delicately administered juice. And there’s a port pumping out 2.1 amps, for larger devices and/or faster charge times.

These normally sell for five bucks, which is already pretty reasonable. But $1.99? That’s bound to drive the competition…crazy. Find out all about our latest and greatest Deal of the Week.

 

Deal of the Week | Sept. 26th, 2014: Kensington PowerBolt Fast Charge iPhone Car Adapter for $9.99

Kensington PowerBolt 1.0 Fast Charge & Sync Car Adapter for $9.99No longer must you worry about your iPhone going dead in the car. Because this week’s DOTW brings a brand-name charger and Lightning cable to you for less than 10 bucks.

Kensington has been making high-quality Apple accessories for over 30 years. This is not your run-of-the-mill cheap Asian knockoff, but a quality-built, reliable product.

So forget about your iPhone’s battery charge indicator, at least while you’re driving. Because we’ve got a fast 1.0-amp charger and USB-to-Lightning for half off the normal price of $19.99. That’s right: This week only, while supplies last, we’re slashing the price to $9.99. Find out more about our latest Deal of the Week here.

SUPPORT BULLETIN: iPhone 6, 6 Plus users may lose cellular service, Touch ID after iOS 8.0.1 update

Apple iOS 8 logoA number of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users are reporting issues with their devices after updating to iOS 8.0.1. Specifically, they have been experiencing loss of cellular service and/or the ability to use Touch ID. Until Apple releases iOS 8.0.2 “in the next few days,” which fixes the issue, they have posted a workaround on the Apple support site:

“We have a workaround for you if you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and you lost cellular service and Touch ID functionality today after updating to iOS 8.0.1. You can reinstall iOS 8 through iTunes by following the instructions below. We are also preparing iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue, and will release it as soon as it’s ready in the next few days.

“Follow these steps to reinstall iOS 8.0.

  1. Make sure that you’re using the latest version of iTunes.
  2. Connect your iPhone to iTunes.
  3. Back up your iPhone in iTunes on your Mac or PC. iCloud backups won’t restore to earlier versions, including iOS 8.0.
  4. Download the file below that corresponds to your device:
  5. Select the file you just downloaded by doing one of these in iTunes:
    • Mac: Press the Option key and click Check for Update.
    • Windows: Press the Shift key and click Check for Update.
  6. Press Update to install iOS 8 on your iPhone.

“The Health app won’t work in iOS 8 after these steps. It will be fixed in our upcoming iOS 8.0.2 software update.”

Service Manager Jason Kellogg  talks to KTVL News 10's Molly Trotter about the iOS 8.0.1 update

Jason Kellogg, Service Manager, Medford location

Jason Kellogg, Service Manager for our Medford location, spoke with KTVL News 10’s Molly Trotter about the issue on Thursday afternoon.

UPDATE 1 – FRIDAY, SEPT. 26: Apple told CNBC that “less than 40,000 iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices were impacted by yesterday’s iOS 8.0.1 bugs.

UPDATE 2 – FRIDAY, SEPT. 26: Apple has released the promised iOS 8.0.2 update. It incorporates “improvements and bug fixes,” including:

  • Fixes an issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • Fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store
  • Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library
  • Improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • Fixes an issue that could cause unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages
  • Better support of Ask To Buy for Family Sharing for In-App Purchases
  • Fixes an issue where ringtones were sometimes not restored from iCloud backups
  • Fixes a bug that prevented uploading photos and videos from Safari

To install the update go to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone.

Deal of the Week | September 19th, 2014: 25% off all Bluetooth speakers in stock

25% off all Bluetooth speakers in stockEarbuds and headphones are wonderful for private listening, but sometimes you want an audio experience that’s a bit more…communal.

Maybe you want to share some music out on the deck with the family. Or listen to some tunes at the campground or your favorite fishing hole. You probably already own a darned good music source—your smartphone or tablet or iPod touch. All you need is a simple, affordable, space-saving way to unleash your playlist.

And that’s where our fine selection of Bluetooth speakers comes in.

No wires, no cords, no hassles, no sweat. Pair your device to one of these speakers in just seconds, and you’re in business. And this week, business is good: Pick your favorite Bluetooth speaker, and take 25% off its already very reasonable price.

But you’ll need to act quickly: This offer is limited to stock on hand, so the earlier you come in, the better the selection. Find out more about our latest Deal of the Week here.