Accessories

Must-Have Accessories

Must-Have Accessories
Must-Have Accessories

Did you get a new device this holiday season?  Perhaps it was something that you purchased for yourself - a tablet, a phone, a TV, laptop, etc.  But your question is: now what do I do with this?  How can I accessorize my new favorite device and utilize it for all its worth? Let’s take a look at some of our favorite accessories for your holiday devices.

Cables

Most of your devices came with a cable, but let’s face it, you can never have enough of them. If it’s for your phone, you need one in your bedroom, the car, your purse, next to the computer, and an extra one because you know one of them might grow legs and simply walk away.

Getting extra lightning cables for your iPhone/iPad is a no brainer, but consider trying out the Moshi lightning cable for a little style and have the same one-year-warranty as the Apple brand.

You got the new Apple TV but it didn’t come with a HDMI cable and you need one to make it work. Did you know that when you AirPlay to the AppleTV it doubles your local traffic? Get yourself an ethernet cable to connect your AppleTV directly to your router for the fastest speed.

Battery Pack

Your new iOS device has a nice battery life, but it won’t always be like that. If you plan on going camping, traveling on a plane, or going beyond the range of an outlet, then you’re going to want to get some power on the go. The Moshi Ionbank 5K comes with an integrated Lightning cable to charge your iPhone, and a USB cable to charge itself. The extra USB port on IonBank 5K allows for a second device to charge, whether it be another iPhone or even an Android device.

Protection

Your new device looks pretty sweet and you should keep it that way.  With the i10 Pixel glass you can keep the glass scratch-free as it reaches to the top corners of your phone from the bottom corners. For full phone protection, look at the cases from Moshi.  They range in design from sleek to rugged, and even offer a wallet folio case. These cases keep your devices safe and in style.

Your computer should be protected from scratches as well. The Speck see-thru lets your Apple logo light glow through the case and gives it the protection needed from daily wear and tear, like sliding it into your full backpack.

What about a folio for the businessman/woman to look professional and have protection? The Tucano Palmo and Leggero are a great protective solution with a style that says, "Look out, I look good, I look important, I am successful." If you are looking for a folio that has a keyboard, look no further than the Moshi Versa Cover with keyboard; this bad boy turns heads.

Headphones

You’re probably going to lose these in a pocket, in the wash, in the car, leave them at a friend's house... you get the idea, you're going to lose them. And the headphones that came with you iPhone are average at best. The Moshi Mythro headphones are your answer to the average headphones; they're only $29.95 and according to CNet, they are the best headphones under $50.

Cleaning

No one likes fingerprints on screens, and the germs on your computer aren’t very attractive either. Apple Juice screen and device cleaner provides you with cleanliness, and it smells like apples.

Learning curve

You have the devices but don’t know all the ins and outs of how to utilize them most effectively. Understanding the benefits of iCloud seems beyond your grasp, and how to make a document look like you hired someone to make it is something weighing on your mind.  ME.Training can give you the advantages you’ve been looking for. Sign up for a private class with a trainer and get the undivided attention you deserve.

AirPort Time Capsule

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Automatic backup

  • AirPort Time Capsule is designed to work with Time Machine in OS X for automatic, continuous backup protection
  • Backups happen wirelessly, eliminating the need to find and connect a cable
  • Back up and store files for multiple Macs running Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard or later on your wireless network
  • Built-in 2TB or 3TB hard drive gives you all the capacity and safety you need

Share a hard drive and printer

  • The USB port lets you share a printer or hard drive and access it wirelessly

High performance

  • AirPort Time Capsule is a full-featured router with an integrated access point – so not only is it your backup storage, it also provides Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity to all your devices
  • Ultra-fast 802.11ac with beam-forming technology enables data rates up to 1.3 Gbps - triple the previous 802.11n standard, which means up to three times faster Wi-Fi
  • With simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi, your Wi-Fi devices get the fastest possible wireless performance and best possible range

Easy setup

  • With the setup assistant built into iOS and OS X, you're just a few taps or clicks away from setting up or extending a wireless network
  • Once your network is set up, AirPort Utility for iOS and OS C lets you manage and monitory your AirPort Time Capsule from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac

Ports

  • One Gigabit Ethernet WAN port for connecting a DSL or cable modem
  • Three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports for connecting computer or network devices
  • One USB 2.0 port for connecting a USB printer or USB hard drive

Compatibility

  • Works with Wi-Fi Certified 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, or 802.11ac enabled Mac computers, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, Windows-based PCs, and other Wi-Fi enabled devices

Models and price

 

  • Apple AirPort TimeCapsule 2 TB
  • $299
  • Apple AirPort TimeCapsule 3 TB
  • $399

Protecting Your Investment with a Case

Did you know when you protect your device with a case, it maintains its value better than if left unprotected?  When our technicians value a computer or any device for trade in, we run a lot of tests on it, but we also look at the condition of the device. The better it looks, the more it's worth.  Let's be honest, no one wants to buy anything used that looks like it's been through the ringer. If you're going to spend your hard-earned dollars on a MacBook or an iPad 2 or keep track of your whole life on your iPhone, you really should protect it.

That's why we offer cases for your devices, from see thru Speck cases to the Moshi Overture wallet cases.

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Rumor: iPhone 7 ditching the headphone jack?

The standard 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, it's everywhere, your computer has one, your smartphone has one, even car stereos have them. There's a rumor going around that the new iPhone 7 might NOT have one. According to Mac Otakara, a Japanese tech site, Apple just might cut the 3.5 headphone jack from its new phones.  But that doesn't mean that you wouldn't or couldn't use headphones.  You're familiar with a lightning cable right? The one Apple switched to with the iPhone 5.  Well, Apple introduced the MFi specification for Lighting-based headphones last year. It looks like Apple may have been planning a transition away from the headphone jack for a while.

Mac Otakara says the new iPhone will come with Lightning-based EarPods, and will support third-party Bluetooth and Lightning-based headphones.  If you want to continue using those $400 headphones with the new iPhone, you will need an adapter of some sort.

If this is true, it would be in typical Apple style to "pull the plug" on the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack. After all it was Apple that killed the floppy, the CD drive and the USB on the recent MacBook (which only has the USB-C and a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack).

It will be interesting to see what you will be able to do with a lightning based headphone jack. Will you be able to charge and use headphones at the same time? Will this make the phone even thinner?  Remember, this is just a rumor, it just happens to come from a pretty good source.

Super Spectacular Saturday Savings Sale of the Season

Let's get something straight, we love Thanksgiving but we're not big fans of Black Friday. Therefore we're closed on Black Friday at both locations.  Don't worry though, we're still having a sale.  It's just going to be a day late and you're going to be OK if you're a dollar short, because we're having a Super spectacular Saturday Savings Sale of the Season. On Saturday November 28th we're going to help you save money when you shop at our Castleton or Bloomington location. Save 10% on a computer with purchase of ME.Complete or 20% on all accessories*.

We look forward to seeing you Saturday.

*While supplies last. In store only. Excludes Apple brand accessories.

Bump Your Apple TV

Did you know that you can setup an Apple TV by simply bumping your iPhone to your Apple TV? It's true. If your iPhone is already connected to your home wifi network and logged in to your Apple ID, you can simply bump your iPhone to your Apple TV during the setup process on the language select screen and the Apple TV will automatically import your wifi and Apple ID settings from your iPhone.

What is required?

A WiFi network Apple TV 3rd Gen using Apple TV software 6.0 or later One of the following iOS devices running iOS 7 or later:

  •    iPhone 4s or later
  •    iPad 3rd gen or later
  •    iPad mini
  •    iPod touch 5th gen

The steps:

  1. Connect your Apple TV to your television and power and wait until you Apple TV displays the setup screen.
  2. Unlock your iOS 7 device and ensure that Bluetooth is enabled. Also ensure that you are connected to the Wi-Fi network you want to use with Apple TV.
  3. Touch your iOS device to your Apple TV and wait for the prompts to appear on your iOS device and Apple TV.
  4. Enter your Apple ID and password on your iOS device.
  5. Choose if you want Apple TV to remember your Apple ID password, and if you want Apple TV to send data to Apple.
Note: This does not change your iOS device preferences.
  6. Your Apple TV will start the configuration process, including connecting to your Wi-Fi network, activating Apple TV, and setting up your iTunes Store account.
  7. When complete, your Apple TV is ready to use.

Note: While configuring your Apple TV, keep your iOS device within 10 to 15 feet of your Apple TV until the configuration process completes.

Apple Unveils The iPhone 5 (And Other Cool Stuff)

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Good news for Apple fans! Today, the company officially announced its newest gadget, the 4-inch retina display iPhone 5. The new phone, made of glass and aluminum, is the thinnest, lightest phone ever made by the company, according to Mashable.

The taller phone features an additional row of icons, and boasts brand-new software updates, writes Gizmodo.

The phone is faster, too, with “ultrafast wireless” and speedier CPU and graphics, along with the new Lightning connector -- which will have an adapter you can use to plug into old accessories, according to TechCrunch.

In addition, Apple announced a new iPod Nano, a new iPod Touch Mini and a new full-sized iPod Touch, along with new “ear pods,” which are upgraded ear buds that are less harmful to a user’s hearing. Plus, iTunes has gotten a facelift, as well.

And for those who are curious, here is some of the other cool info covered in the unveiling:

  • 84 million iPads have been sold since the product debuted
  • Mountain Lion is the fastest-selling OS X of all time
  • More than 700,000 apps are now available in the App Store

If you’re one of the lucky ones to nab the iPhone 5 from the Apple Store -- pre-order date Sept. 14, shipping date Sept. 21 -- consider The MacExperience as your go-to place for excellent customer service, repairs and a wide variety of accessories just for your brand-spanking-new gadget!

Tell us: Will you be getting the iPhone 5, picking up the iPhone 4S or iPhone 4 at rock-bottom prices, or perhaps buying one of the new iPods? Let us know!