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#170: Best in Showroom | October 2013


Greetings from Manchester!

With Fall in full swing, the leaves are not the only thing changing — our store is, too! As you already know, Apple’s latest addition to the iPhone family is bursting with new colors and offers budget-friendly answers to those stuck in 2-year contracts. iOS 7 has received mixed reviews from consumers, but those of us in the know understand the upgraded speed and functionality that it brings, and can help you with any questions.

iPad in Business was a solid success, with many Manchester business leaders and professionals in attendance. The 100-year-old Palace Theatre served as a whimsical backdrop for Peter Kerns from Apple to present some of the newest innovations available.

Appleā€™s refresh of the iMac line-up makes them more powerful than ever. All five of our retail stores now have the new iPhone 5s and 5c available to take a test drive, so head on in. Can’t decide on what color you want? Buy all of ‘em and give them as holiday gifts to your friends and family!

Sean Bourque, Manchester Retail Store Manager

Adobe Suite CS6 Master Collection
By Zach Shields

The Adobe Suite CS6 Master Collection includes the major Adobe products: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, Dreamweaver, Flash, Premiere, and Fireworks, along with a host of other additional programs that compliment these, such as Flash Builder, Bridge, and Prelude. The CS6 suite doesn’t feel like as much of an upgrade as CS5 did, but there are some solid improvements.

Every program has now adopted the darker color theme After Effects has used for prior versions, allowing you to focus more on your work than on the interface. They’ve also consolidated the many individual windows and panels into one frame, as opposed to several like before. Each program includes one window, which makes the interface more organized.

I’ve also noticed they’ve made integration with other programs a lot easier. There are plugins and individual components that help integrate Cinema 4D (a 3D-rendering program) with After Effects, and vice versa, and there’s more support for SVG files in Illustrator and Photoshop.

Though the improvements are nice, in a way, CS6 feels more like a software update as opposed to an entirely new release of the programs. If they had included the early versions of their upcoming line of products — the Adobe Edge programs — then it would have felt worth the price tag.

Web design and development seem to be a fast-evolving arena right now, with new little tools and add-ons popping up every week online, so I’m surprised a company like Adobe didn’t try to have more of a stake here. Maybe those will be included in their now member-based suite, Creative Cloud.

There's No Place Like iHome
By Mike Burglund

When one mentions “iHome,” you may immediately think Apple. As it turns out, the iHome product line is just the tip of the iceberg for its parent company, SDI Technologies.

Founded in 1956, they were the first to introduce many products that you might have thought other major brands scooped up first, like Sony or RCA. SDI Technologies became known for their transistor radios, and, believe it or not, pocket lighters. They were also the first to combine the cassette deck with a clock radio, as well as the telephone/clock radio combination.

That makes sense since iHome is all about innovation and combining everyday features and needs into one, compact device. In 2005, they introduced the world to the first iPod clock radio, and the rest is history. The iHome name has become synonymous with quality and iPhone/iPod/iPad docking capabilities.

SDI Technologies currently makes products for Timex and Zenith, and they are always willing to give new business ventures a shot. In 2007, SDI tried their hand at marketing audio electronics for SanDisk and Microsoft for their Sansa and Zune lines, respectively. While the iHome name generally refers to accessories for Apple products, the company also markets to Android and Kindle users as well, making docking stations, charging stations, and keyboard attachments.

I have always enjoyed using iHome products and feel that the brand is sound (no pun intended) and a good alternative when looking for an off-brand accessory.

Two New iPhones!
By Nick Regan

On Tuesday September 10th, Apple did something it has never done before: announce two phones in one presentation. These two new phones are the iPhone 5c and the 5s.

The iPhone 5c is a variant of the original iPhone 5 with a colored polycarbonate back and the iPhone 5s has huge improvements over the original iPhone 5.

The iPhone 5c keeps the same spec list as the original iPhone 5 with the 4-inch Retina Display and the A6 chip, blazing LTE and the same 8MP camera. The difference is in the build; the front is the same Multi-Touch display and the back is one single piece of polycarbonate strengthened by a frame made of reinforced steel. The phone is available in 5 colors (white, blue, green, yellow, and pink), and all are available in 16 or 32GB models. The iPhone 5c has a $99 price tag with a 2-year contract.

The iPhone 5s is quite an improvement over the original iPhone 5, though it looks very similar at first glance. One of the best new features is the Touch ID, making the iPhone 5s the most secure iPhone yet. The Touch ID knows your fingerprint and when you hit the home button, it gives you access to your phone from the lock screen.* Also, Touch ID will give you the ability to use your fingerprint to authorize purchases with your Apple ID.

iOS 7 is available as a free update for iPhone 4, iPad 2 and newer, iPad mini and iPod touch fifth-generation. Control Center, retooled notifications, redesigned calendar and improved Siri functionality alongside numerous other tweaks and thinner typography will soon be a mere download away.

*Note: Be sure to update to iOS 7.0.2 (just released) to fix the security bug that allows access to your phone without a passcode via the Control Center.


October Specials | 10.2013

iPhone cases $5 off.

Speck Cases for MacBook Pro $10 off

Urbanears $15 off.
Save up to $20 of iHome.

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