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Apple Honors World Emoji Day

 

Emoji Faces
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2018/07/apple-celebrates-world-emoji-day/

Apple is celebrating world emoji day! They celebrating this day by launching 70 new emoji characters for the iPhone and iPad. There will also be emojis for the Mac and Apple Watch that will launch later on.

Apple will start by creating emojis with all different hair types and complexions. These new emojis will include ones with red hair, gray hair and curly hair, and a bald head. This is Apple’s way of acknowledging the diversity amongst their users.  Other new  faces will also add more facial expressions. These include smiley emojis including a face with hearts around it, a party face, a pouty face, and a cold face.

New Emoji Smiley Faces

Smiley emojis
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2018/07/apple-celebrates-world-emoji-day/

 

Apple also increased their number of animal emojis . Apple is adding a peacock, kangaroo, lobster and parrot emoji to their keyboard.  After creating more animal emojis for their users, Apple will also add more food emojis. The new food emojis will include a mango, lettuce, moon cake, cupcake, and other food images. Adding more food emojis will is creative, fun and exciting for people who work with food. This way, people who work with food and promote food on social media have a fun method of communicating with their customers.

Other characters include symbols, sports emojis, and more!  Moreover, the emojis that will launch later this year will include a softball, a new superhero emoji, an infinity symbol, and a nazar amulet.

The New Animal Emojis

Animal Emojis
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2018/07/apple-celebrates-world-emoji-day/

The new emojis are now available on iOS, watchOS and macOS. These include gender-neutral characters, smiley faces, clothing, unique food, exotic animals, mythical creatures and more! Therefore, what better way to celebrate world emoji day then with releasing several new emojis for people to enjoy? Apple is creating these new emojis to make instant messaging fun for everyone! For more information, click here.

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Three New Apple Audio Products Launching Soon

 

IPhone Accessories
https://www.apple.com/shop/iphone/iphone-accessories

 

Apple is always coming out with products that are new and exciting. That is why it is important to know when they are releasing new products. This time, they are simply creating better versions of Apple products that already exist.  They are launching new Apple audio products that include Apple’s AirPower, new AirPods, and a new Apple Watch. Now instead of only updating your Apple iPhone, you can update your Apple audio products as well!

Just In: New Apple Audio Accessories And Devices

Apple is said to be developing many new audio accessories and devices. These include a wireless charging case for Apple’s AirPod earbuds along with a wireless charging pad called AirPower that has the power to charge an iPhone. These are said to launch alongside the new style of AirPods and Apple Watch. They will all launch in 2019 as a way of giving consumers a wide range of options. If an  Apple user is not interested in the new Apple Watch, they will still have the opportunity to purchase a new product such as the AirPower or the new version of AirPods. Apple is uncertain when the products will be ready for release, but they are sure that three new Apple audio products are on the horizon.

A new report from Bloomberg suggests that Apple will release a new version of their popular AirPods that are noise canceling and water resistant. This, however, will make them cost more than Apple’s current AirPods. Their second product consists of Apple over-ear wireless headphones. They will be similar to the Beats Solo3. According to Bloomberg, Apple is said to release a new style of their HomePod speaker. The report does not offer further details, but these three audio products are said to be high-end versions of existing products.

These high-end versions could potentially be very popular. They can be popular because consumers are always looking for the next best thing! Apple wants to create better versions of their already existing products because that is what Apple users tend to prefer. The 2019 launch will mark a new and fresh outlook on Apple audio products that will satisfy consumers. For more information, click here

 

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What To Do When You Lose Your AirPods

Most  people lose their earphones every now and then. So if Apple’s AirPods are smaller than regular earphones, why are they easier to find?  They are easier to look for because you can use the Find My IPhone app. Once you turn the app on, you will find your AirPods in no time! 

What If My AirPods Are Out Of Range, Not Charged, Or In A Case?

If you lose your AirPods, you can simply sign into iCloud.com or use Find My IPhone to locate them. If they are not close to your other Apple devices, need to be charged, or are in a case, don’t fret! Apple has made it possible to still locate them under those conditions. Once you sign in to iCloud.com or Find My IPhone, you can see your AirPods on a map even if they are not connected at the time. You can see where they are located if they are connected and also where you had them the last time they were connected. Either way, don’t lose hope. Apple has thought of all of the ways to help you track down your AirPods.

Putting AirPods in Case
https://www.apple.com/airpods

 

Besides looking at them on iCloud or Find My IPhone, you can also play a sound. If your AirPods are connected to Bluetooth, then you can play a sound to help you locate them. The sound volume increases for two minutes or until you say “Stop.” You can play the sound on any other Apple device and it will help you find them.

What Happens If My AirPods Are Offline?

Are your AirPods offline? Did you forget to turn on Find My IPhone before you lost them? If so, then you must  wait to see if they come back online. Once they are online, the other Apple devices you use them with will give you a notification. However, there is nothing you can do until they get back online.

If your AirPods seem to not be coming back online, then you can contact Apple Support for a replacement. Apple Support will tell you more about the options you have for replacing them with new ones.

Although AirPods are smaller than regular earphones, they can be difficult to lose permanently . If you lost your AirPods, follow this advice and find them as soon as possible. If you didn’t lose them but are scared you will someday, take action. Turn on Find My IPhone for your AirPods and avoid future stress! For more information, click here

 

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New Designs For Apple’s IPhone X Plus

 

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According to Forbes magazine, Apple is launching designs for two new creative and cost-effective IPhones. These IPhones will be two types of IPhone X’s . These new IPhone X designs consist of the IPhone X Plus and the ‘Budget’ IPhone, which will satisfy many Apple users.

The IPhone X Plus

The IPhone X Plus will have a triple rear camera that Apple users are going to be exceptionally pleased with. Although it is uncertain what the triple rear camera will look like, one can assume that Apple will copy Huawei’s use of a monochromatic camera. The monochromatic camera will assist modules that are known for being primary and telephoto. This will create the kind of low light photography that Apple has been struggling to make popular for the past few years.

The IPhone X Plus will have a 6.5 inch display but will still be smaller than the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus: 157.2 x 77.1 mm (6.18 x 3.03-inches) compared to 158.4 x 78.1 mm (6.24 x 3.07-inches). However, due to its steel framework,  it will potentially weigh more than the aluminum-based 202g  iPhone 8 Plus,

The New ‘Budget’ IPhone X

The ‘Budget’ IPhone X will measure 147.12 x 71.52 mm (5.79 x 2.81-inches). This new IPhone style is longer and wider than the current 5.8-inch iPhone: 143.6 x 70.9 mm (5.65 x 2.79-inch). The IPhone is more affordable because of its single rear camera. Its budget pricing is also seen in its loss of a 3D touch. However, the economical IPhone X will most likely have a Face ID technology. This gives the new phone a bonus feature at a low cost.

These two designs are two of the most innovative and affordable IPhones that Apple has created in years. There is a possibility that Apple might make changes to its designs. However, these models of the IPhone X and the ‘Budget’ IPhone X have high chances of being successful on the market.

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How to Add a Passcode to Your Apple Watch

There are several benefits from having a passcode on your Apple Watch, some being the ability to use Apple Pay to make transactions or to use the watch to automatically unlock your Mac. Having a passcode also does not require you to enter it every time you use your watch; you are only prompted for it when the Apple Watch is removed from your wrist or if the watch is restarted. Here’s how to set up your Apple Watch Passcode:

  1. Launch the Settings App
  2. Scroll down and tap Passcode
  3. Tap Turn Passcode On
  4. Enter the four digit passcode you want to use

You can also add a passcode through the Watch app on your iPhone. If you forget your Apple Watch passcode, you need to erase the device and then restore from a backup. This can be done by launching the Watch app on your iPhone. Good luck!

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Apple Sponsors New iPad And Software At Chicago Education Event

Apple recently sponsored its new iPad at their “field trip” education event in Chicago, Illinois. Apple unveiled a new iPad with Apple Pencil support along with other latest software features.  At the event, they promoted the new 9.7 inch iPad. Although it is selling at the typical price of $329 for consumers and $299 for schools, the iPad includes the new Apple pencil support. The iPad is considered to be the first non-Pro model to include the Apple Pencil. Along with the Apple pencil, Logitech released a new Crayon stylus feature for the iPad. They also released a new keyboard case worth $99.

https://www.apple.com/ipad/

 

Other features for the new iPad include an A10 Fusion chip. Apple claims that this chip will make for a 40 percent faster CPU and a 50 percent faster graphics performance including stereo speakers. Apple also announced that they will incorporate $10 off the new Apple pencil for educators. This benefits the schools that are looking to purchase these Apple Pencils in large quantities. Educators will also receive another discount when purchasing Apple Care+ for their new iPads. The prices for their new iPads will start at $59 which includes two years of coverage.

 Apple’s New Software: Schoolwork

Along with the new iPad, Apple took the initiative of announcing the release of a new software at the Chicago education event as well. They promoted their new Schoolwork application which allows to teachers to use the app to input assignments, grades, and more. Apple has ensured that this new app will protect the student’s data. The app will do so by giving only teachers the ability to access information on the Schoolwork app.

Furthermore, The Schoolwork app is a part of a Classkit framework, which includes other apps that with even more features for educators to share with their students. Other apps such as Garageband, Swift, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and others have all integrated the Apple pencil feature as a way adding more efficiency to today’s education system.

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Rumors Of New Apple ARM-Based Mac

According to DigiTimes , Apple is releasing a new ARM-based Mac product. This new ARM-based Mac product will likely be manufactured by Apple’s long time supplier, Pegatron. This rumor came  from a report on project “Kalamata.” “Kalamata” proposes that Apple is expecting to release ARM-based Macs in the future. The new Mac will include the use of a touchscreen, SIM card, GPS, compass, and water resistant feature that differ from the previous Macbook and Macbook Air.

http:/https://www.apple.com/mac/

 

The rumor, however, fails to comment on the use of the screen size, processor design, format, or keyboard, which implies that the new ARM-based Mac is similar to an IPad. The new Apple product, recently code-named as “Star,” will possibly be the project name under which Apple will release it’s ARM-based product. This ARM-based Mac will likely be similar to an IOS notebook. 

Pegatron’s Mac Prototypes 

Furthermore, prototypes for the new ARM-based product are underway. They will reveal the use of an Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI), similar to Apple’s Intel-based Macs. This suggests that an IOS ARM-powered Macbook will be Apple’s next move. Although DigiTimes did not release details  about Apple’s new project, it is likely that Pegatron will continue manufacturing these products. Pegatron will also ship these products to Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. 

http://digitimes.com/pegatron

Rumors about Apple’s ARM-based products, however, started speculating in 2010. Apple made efforts to expand their CPU design group in 2010. Expanding the CPU design group involves poaching and new acquisitions for Apple. Nonetheless, Apple’s efforts to launch new products like the ARM-based product continued until 2017. In 2017, Apple released a report that they were planning to cut back on Intel. Therefore, other reports show a similarity in performance between the MacBook Pro of single-core performance and the multicore performance. However, the multicore performance includes the original 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. 

With new rumors speculating about the release of an ARM-powered Mac manufactured by Pegatron, it should be exciting to see if Apple will be introducing this new product soon.

 

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Everyone Can Code: Bringing Coding To Everyone

In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 17, Apple is hosting events nationwide to promote inclusive design and to show how beneficial technology can be for people with disabilities. One of these programs include working with blind and deaf communities across the US in order to bring accessible coding to schools. Starting in the fall, schools supporting disabilities will start teaching the Everyone Can Code curricula for Swift, Apple’s powerful new programming language.

Apple created the Everyone Can Code curriculum so students of all ages could learn and write code using Swift. Teachers could guide young students using iPads with Swift Playground installed, allowing them to use simple code to solve puzzles and control animated characters, whereas older developers could use the same program for app development within iOS.

The Everyone Can Code curriculum is also compatible with VoiceOver, the most advanced screen-reading technology available for people who are blind or low vision. This program describes nearly everything occurring on the screen, and is 

the most popular screen-reading technology of any mobile platform. Other accessibility features available to people who are deaf or hard of hearing include Type to Siri, closed captions, LED Flash for Alerts, Mono Audio, and Made for iPhone hearing aids. iPad and Everyone Can Code can also be used by students that have physical motor limitations by using Apple’s Switch Control, which allows devices such as joysticks and switches to control what is on the screen.

Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, states “Apple’s mission is to make products as accessible as possible. We created Everyone Can Code because we believe all students deserve an opportunity to learn the language of technology. We hope to bring Everyone Can Code to even more schools around the world serving students with disabilities.”


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Glass or Plastic: Which Screen Protector is Better?

Raise your hand if you’ve ever dropped your phone 🙋🏽 Don’t worry you’re not alone and chances are that you’ve done it at least once and went through the mini panic of revealing a shattered screen.



Luckily someone designed a solution to prevent cracks and scratches in the form of a screen protector. It won’t save your phone from every drop but it will add an extra layer of protection that is cheaper to replace than an actual screen. Currently, there are only 2 categories of screen protectors: glass and plastic but which one is better?


Our research shows that one of the main differences is durability. Glass screen protectors will crack a lot faster than plastic ones meaning their lifespans are shorter if you’re like me and drop your phone all the time. Glass screen protectors look better however since they are virtually invisible and are available in numerous finishes. Users of the glass protector claim that they sometimes forget that it is there since it has the same appearance of the iPhone screen.


This doesn’t mean that plastic screen protectors can’t hold up to the job. They will still protect your screen from scratches and are available in numerous finishes as well. The advantage to plastic screen protectors is that once damaged, the damage will not spread to the rest of the screen protector. The scratch will stay put on the screen protector and won’t need to be changed until it is unusable. These screen protectors may also be reusable but they will not work with all cases so it is important to check your case details before buying.


Plastic screen protectors are also magnets for oils and grease. By simply using your phone to make a phone call, the screen protector will pull natural oils from your skin and fingers reducing the clarity of the screen unless disinfected every time you use your phone. A quick search on google will lead you to “anti fingerprint hd quality” plastic screen protectors. Don’t be fooled, they will still need to be wiped consistently and they won’t be as clear as having a glass screen protector. These screen protectors will also not cover your entire screen as the newer curved models make adhering to the sides a challenge not solved by plastic screen protector companies as yet.


This article isn’t meant to turn you away from plastic screen protectors completely. Glass screen protectors are not the perfect solution either. If you’ve ever tried to remove a glass screen protector from a phone, you’ll see more cracks forming than the Grand Canyon. Similar to having a cracked screen, there’s the possibility that pieces may chip off after a few drops but luckily it’s cheaper to buy a new screen protector versus a new phone or repairing the screen.


Thankfully, they are durable and do not subtract from your phone clarity. You won’t see fingerprints or bubbles easily with a glass screen protector. There are different hardness levels so the higher the number, the more durable the screen protector will be, in theory. These are also available in full-screen coverage so even the sides of the screen will be covered. This may mean that your favorite case may not fit so make sure you check the compatibility of your screen protector and case.


If you’ve made it this far, I think it’s safe to assume that you know which screen protector will best suit your needs. To sum it all up, glass can give your phone an extra layer of protection without subtracting from the appearance but will shatter easier. Plastic lasts longer but will require constant cleaning to give it an invisible look.


Screen already cracked and beyond repair? 


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We make the process easy and convenient with our calculator program that gives you an accurate price and takes care of the shipping label as well. Sell My Mac offers top dollar for used or broken electronic equipment with a quick and simple transaction. Turn your old apparatus into cash towards your upgrade. It doesn’t get any simpler than this!


Interested? Simply visit our website, answer a few questions about your device and we will send you a free kit to ship us your product. You will also receive a quote from our site notifying you of your device’s value. Once we receive your item, we will be in contact to verify some details about your device and process your payment. It’s that easy!


Remember the quote is good for 10 days after the shipping label is printed out, so time is of the essence when selling your products to us in shipping them to our location as soon as possible.


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Our Top iPhone 7 Cases August 2017

You’ve got the phone but now you need a case that fits your personality and protects your investment without breaking the bank. We’ve created a list of our top picks of iPhone 7 cases sure to impress your friends or co workers. From charging cases to ultimate protection, these cases are worth checking out.

1. Ranvoo Aluminum Bumper Case

Made from high-quality aluminum, this bumper can protect the edges of your phone from scratches and chips. Available in a variety of colors, these bumpers leave the back of your phone exposed but are equipped with raised edges that are designed to protect the back of your phone should it fall on a flat surface.

2. OtterBox Defender Series

These cases are designed to take more than a few falls without a scratch on your device or the case itself. A bit bulky compared to the other cases on this list but you will definitely get your money’s worth if you find yourself dropping your phone more times than you can count.

3. Speck Candyshell

These cases are worth every penny as they are stylish, functional and well priced! Slim fitting and offered in a variety of styles and features, these cases are truly versatile.

4. Trianium Atomic Pro

The powerful 3200mAh Li-polymer rechargeable Atomic Pro battery can effectively provide 100%+ extra battery life to your iPhone 7, which is equivalent to add 14 + hours talk time or 10+ hours web browsing time and equipped with power level indicator LED lights. 360° comprehensive bumper design and hard-shell backplate, the Trianium Portable Charger will protect your iPhone from scratches and other daily wear and tear, yet small and convenient enough to fit easily in your hand or in your pocket. Unfortunately, this case is only compatible with Apple Air Pods or bluetooth headphones but we still think it’s a quality alternative to a separate portable charger.

5. Apple Silicon Case

On the outside, the silky, soft-touch finish of the silicone exterior feels great in your hand. Fits snugly over the volume buttons, sleep/wake button, and curves of your device without adding bulk.

6. Carryberry Wallet Case

Featuring a slim, refined design, vibrant colors and long lasting protection, these cases make traveling simpler eliminating the need for an additional bag just to hold a few credit cards. These cases also allow the user to prop up the phone in kickstand mode for easy viewing while still allowing complete access to the ports and buttons. Made from premium synthetic leather, these cases are sure to last a long time.

 

Thinking of trading your device to the Apple store? Avoid the long lines and sell your device to us instead! We buy devices from all major carriers including but not limited to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon as well as unlocked phones. If you have the original box and charger we will pay you more for your device!

We make the process easy and convenient with our calculator program that gives you an accurate price and takes care of the shipping label as well. Sell My Mac offers top dollar for used or broken electronic equipment with a quick and simple transaction. Turn your old apparatus into cash towards your upgrade. It doesn’t get any simpler than this!

Interested? Simply visit our website, answer a few questions about your device and we will send you a free kit to ship us your product. You will also receive a quote from our site notifying you of your device’s value. Once we receive your item, we will be in contact to verify some details about your device and process your payment. It’s that easy!

Remember the quote is good for 10 days after the shipping label is printed out, so time is of the essence when selling your products to us in shipping them to our location as soon as possible.

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