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Apple is now buying back old Macs, iPhone and iPad

Green Apple

Apple is one of the greenest tech companies in the world, they are always pushing their product to be as green as possible. Not just making green products, Apple tries to minmum the CO by reduce weight of shipping weight and reducing carbon footprint. They tries to encourage recycling by recycling all Apple products for free.

Reuse and Recycle

But today Apple pushed recycling to the new limit and launches Reuse and Recycle program. Yes, Apple will buy back workable old Apple or non-Apple product back. They will provide free shipping and free packaging for your old Notebook, Desktop, iPad and iPhone! This is a pretty nice service, although you might be able to get better resale price on ebay or other auction sites, but it can not be easier to sell your products back to Apple.

One important note is that all value of your product will be translated to an Apple Gift Card of the same value. Since it is Apple Gift Card, you will be only able to use in Apple Store or buy Apps/music in Apple’s App Store or iTunes.

So if you have any old Apple products or PC, check out Apple’s Reuse and Recycle Program.


Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is finally out!

King has arrived!

Finally Mac OS X 10.7 Lion has arrived yesterday! It has been 2 years since Apple launched Snow Leopard. This update to Mac OS X might be one of the largest looking at the number of functions changed.

Price is King.

Although Mac OS Lion have tons of updates and changes, but Apple priced this massive OS update at only USD$29.99! Price is king, incredible price for such a nice update to your Mac! I’m still in progress of updating to Lion, thus I will only post my review of Mac OS Lion after a few days of usage! Stay tuned!

Update your Mac OS to Lion now via Apple App Store

 


Multiple users account on your iPad with this hack [Video]

iPad is not a laptop/desktop replacement, but alot of iPad users are really using their main machine lesser and lesser. Of course it is due to the snappy iPad, fun Apps and it is just so simple.

Family iPad? How to manage?

I recently bought my mom an iPad 2, and she is loving it. Not only loving it, but she is already a gamer! So one of the issues in iPad is that although it is kind of a family iPad, thus everyone is sharing it. But it doesn’t not have any account to differentiate the users.

iUsers – Ability to add users to iPad!

For example, I like to read on flipboard, iBooks, tweet and check my emails. But my mom do light gaming, Facebook and watch video. So one of the problem is I can’t customize the home screen according to my liking.  Not anymore. Pedro just release a new cydia hack for jailbroken iPad users – iUsers. You can now have users account on your iPad just like any Mac or PC.

Pretty cool yeah? Do check out the demo video below and let me know what you think about it?


Google Love Apple! At least their engineers at Google IO


Google Love Apple

Google’s Engineer and Apple’s Macs

Apple just recently took over Google is the top brand in the world. Why? Just look at the engineers at the recent Google I/O, most of the Google’s engineers are using Apple’s Macbook Pro and iMacs! This is just how much Google Love Apple!

Google Engineers love Mac

Look at the above photo, this is the evidence of why we say Google Love Apple! One of the engineer’s sticker said “My other computer is a data center” is pointing to Google’s Cloud, Apps and Chrome?

Want to know how much Google actually love Apple? Check out the next photo, even their display booth are all using Apple’s Products like Macbook Pro, iMac and their LCD Monitor.

Conclusion:

Who don’t love a nicely designed, fast and easy to use computer produce by Apple? I’m sure we all love, so do Google.

[via cultofmac]


G-Form Extreme Sleeve for Laptop protects Macbook Pro from 20ft drop!

Remember G-Form? They are the guys who built the G-Form iPad sleeve that protects your iPad from a 3ft bowling ball drop on it. Now they also came out with this Laptop Sleeve which protected Macbook Pro 13 inch from a 20feet drop from the balcony!

Pretty impressive har? It not only protect the Macbook Pro from scratch, it also have shock-protection, thus dropping it from a second level balcony cause no harm to it.

Check out the demo video below:


Mac OS Lion handles External Monitor better [video]

Mac OS Lion handle External Monitor on Macbook Pro better!

I’m not sure about how you guys think about how Mac OS Snow Leopard handles external monitor, but I feel they can really improve it. Mac OS Lion handles external monitor way cooler.

On Mac OS Lion, external monitor won’t go to sleep, if you close your Macbook’s lid, it will automatically switch the primary monitor to your external monitor, which is much cooler.

Check out the demo video below:


What we might get in Macbook Pro 2011

What can we see in the up and coming Macbook Pro 2011 refresh?

  • Processor Upgrades – Sandy Bridge is on the way to Macbook Pro 2011, definitely will be seeing it when it refreshes.
  • Liquid Metal Body – Apple has been using Macbook Pro’s Aluminum Full Body for about 3 years, and they have been trying to test out Liquid Metal technology, and have used it to produce the Metal Piece Pin comes with your iPhone which is use to push out your SIM Card out from iPhone.
  • Better Battery Life – What else is more important than having good battery life? Everyone wants their laptop’s battery life to be as good as iPad. It is rumored that Macbook Pro 2011’s Battery life will increase by 2 hours, which will be 12 hours!
  • Better WiFi Coverage – As Aluminum is actually blocking some percentage of the Wifi signal, having a liquid metal body will strengthen Wifi Signal
  • Better FaceTime Camera – Apple hasn’t been updating their iSight camera, and because of FaceTime on iPhone, iPod Touch and soon to be iPad, Macbook Pro 2011 might be the first to get their first FaceTime Camera upgrade with larger megapixel, who knows we might get HD quality FaceTime Camera
  • SSD Option – Apple might slowly phase out Optical Drive, and might replace them with SSD drive as an additional HDD. It is not new that people actually remove their optical drive on their MBP and replace with a SSD, so Apple might take that idea up just like Mac Mini Server which they removed Optical Drive for a extra Harddisk
  • Better heat control – This is actually my wishlist, Apple’s Macbook Pro are really too HOT to be on your lap, although Apple’s reply is MBP is not a laptop but a notebook. But at times, you really need to put them on your lap. So I hope Apple can have better heat controls
  • Cheaper Macbook Pro – It is rumored heavily that Macbook Pro 2011’s price point will drop by 100-200 dollars. Who don’t wish to pay less for more?

That rounds up my prediction for Macbook Pro refresh for 2011 which it rumored to be on March! What do you think? Leave us a comment or tweet to us @usingapple


Apple’s Plans for Year 2011 – iPhone, iPad, iMac and Macbooks

Do you wanna know what’s Apple’s Plan for Year 2011? Computerworld‘s Jonny Evans have made a very good guess/predictions on what’s Apple’s plan on 2011. It looks like a very good guess… I’m sure most of the period are quite straightforward, but looking at the guess, Apple will be having a very very busy year.

I hope we can see Lion OS earlier, best if it can be launch before the iMac/Macbook refresh so we can have Lion on the new iMac and Macbooks, and not after it.

January

* Mac App Store opens for business
* Apple introduces the iPad 2.0 — faster, thinner, new cameras, shipping “by April”.
* Apple reports Q1 results — confirm huge Mac sales growth, stellar iPad sales and extremely strong iPhone statistics.
* iWork 11 makes App Store debut.
* News Corp. ships ‘The Daily’ magazine

February

* Aperture upgraded
* First million apps downloaded from Mac App Store, iWork and a variety of free gaming apps see huge success.
* iAds spring partners unveiled, though Apple skips discussion of revenue.
* iTunes update brings TV show streaming and subscription services. Cable company shares take a dive.

March

* iPhone hits Verizon
* White iPhone ships, but supplies deeply constrained
* iBookstore update brings the Web to books
* iBookstore/iTunes Extra title creation tool revealed, will this be part of future iLife suite?

April

* Apple upgrades MacBook Pro range, some models lose optical drives and gain SSD as standard. “We said this is where mobile computing is going, we still believe this,” says Jobs.
* Apple reports Q2 results
* iPad 2.0 hits retail for the first time, over a million sold on day one.
* Final Cut Studio upgrade is 64-bit and integrates powerful iAd and virtual environment creation features.
* iMac update now ships with Magic Trackpad as standard.

May

* iPad 2.0 achieves six million sales in first two months.
* Logic Studio upgrade ships, now offers additional features for live performance mixing, including automated level controls for live desk recording.

June

* Steve Jobs keynotes WWDC
* iPhone 5 debuts at WWDC
* WWDC sees beta release of OS X Lion to developers.
* Safari 6 offers improved Flash support — Flash now an optional extra.
* OpenJDK Project announces first fully-tested public beta of Java for OS X Lion and Snow Leopard systems.
* iOS 5 offers plethora of features, including new mapping and location-sensing tools. Apple focuses its pitch on easy-to-use and understand privacy controls for location and usage information.

July

* iPhone 5, iPad 2.0 reaches new countries
* Apple reports Q3 results
* Apple desktop products upgraded, now ship with Magic Trackpad as standard. Mac Pro now boasts LightPeak connectivity.

August

* Apple hosts special music event, introduces new products which ship in September (see below).
* Apple introduces Android emulator for iPhone, “There’s some good apps on Android, now iPhone users can run them on their iPhone, unless they use Flash,” says Jobs.
* Hell freezes over, iTunes app lets Android users purchase music from their favorite music store.

September

* iTunes 11 ships, offers cloud-based music locker service. “We’ve been working on this for a while,” admits Steve Jobs as he introduces the service.
* New iPod touch ships, chassis is more like the iPhone 4, capacity increased.
* iPad nano replaced by iPhone nano, worn like a watch and equipped with an A4 processor and the capacity for voice calls, this smaller cheaper iPhone is feature-limited but lets you Tweet, Facebook and email on the move.
* iPod classic gets speed bump.
* Apple TV gains latest (A5?) processor.

October

* Mac OS X ‘Lion’ ships
* iOS 5.1 debuts, extends iOS/OS X integration.
* iLife 12 appears, equipped with additional ‘cloud’-based features this is the first version of iLife to be made available exclusively via the App Store.
* Apple reports Q4 results.

November

* iOS 5.2 upgrade ships

December

* App Store downloads now reach 5 billion
* Mac App Store downloads reach 100 million
* Apple confirms 5 million iPhone nano sales, cuts price for Christmas market.


Apple’s Successful 2010 Summarized in 3.5minutes [Video]

Year 2010 has been a very busy but successful year for Apple as a company. Not only they have launch their newest innovation iPad, iPad also sold like hot cakes. Of course, iPad is not the only achievement, iPhone 4 although was leaked, then anntenagate, but it did not stop iPhone 4 to be the best selling iPhone ever. Macbook, Macbook Pro, iMac has gotten refresh, and sold very well. Another impressive refresh from Apple is Macbook Air, it now have Solid-State Drive as its hard drive, it also got cheaper, and honesty it is the most interesting Macbook in the Macbook line.

Check out the summary of Apple’s 2010 in the below video!


Apple laptop is the best

PC World have published results for its annual reliability survey, gathering reports from over 79,000 users to access how happy and reliable for their beloved laptops brands. Once again, Apple is top in ranks in most of the categories. Quote from PC World: “Apple once again smoked the competition”.

Apple once again smoked the competition in the desktop, notebook, and smartphone categories, winning high praise from customers in all reliability and service categories. The Macintosh and iPhone maker did so well that virtually all its scores were above average. Apple’s only average scores were related to the company’s deftness at replacing failed notebook components, and in two areas pertaining to serious problems with the iPhone, the latter perhaps stemming from the iPhone 4’s well-publicized antenna issue that resulted in dropped calls for some users

Apple did very well in “Problem on Arrival”, “Any significant problem”, “Any core component problem”, “Overall satisfaction”, “Phone on Hold”, “Problem was never resolved” and “Service Experience”! It is 7 out of 8 of them! The only one that Apple did not as well is “Any failed component replaced” category.

I’m sure I am one of the happy customer of Apple as I have been loving my 13″ Macbook Pro for almost 2 years. The built was great and solid, fast and no problem at all, and many thanks to Snow Leopard for the speedy OS. I’m sure Apple’s customer service is still going to be the best around for many years to come. Cheers to Apple!


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