Black Friday is almost here, which means it's time to kick off my Holiday Apple buyer's guide.  This year I'll be updating this post on a regular basis between now and December 21st so keep checking back.  Lots of Canadian stores haven't revealed their Black Friday deals so check daily for anything you might have missed.  If you find any deals, please share them in the comments section.


Mac


iPad

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iPhone

  • Currently No Deals. Keep checking Back.


iPod


Everything Else. 

  •  More Coming Soon


It's been awhile since I've posted the deals and Early release movies on iTunes so I'd kick it off with talking about Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'.  Staring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Baustista, Vin Diesel (voice of Groot) and Bradley Cooper (voice of Rocket).


Guardians of the Galaxy ties into the Marvel Cinematic Universe by introducing one of the infinity stones (think Tesseract from Captain America, and Aether from Thor: The Dark World) which will eventually all come together when Marvel releases the two Avengers: Infinity War movies.   It's now available on iTunes for $24.99.  Don't expect this movie to show up on Blu-ray until December 9th.

Some other Early releases titles available on iTunes right now include:









My original prediction of an Apple event on October 21st wasn't too far off, but Re/Code's prediction was bang on earlier this week.   It does appear that Apple will be holding their next event on Thursday October 16th starting at 11 am Mountain time (10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern).    



The invite for October's event uses the tag line "It's been way too long." might be referencing the Mac Mini and Apple TV, two products that haven't really gotten much attention over the last two years.   Here are just a few of the rumours that people believe Apple may announce:
  • 2nd Generation iPad Air with Touch ID and a thinner case
  • 3rd Generation iPad mini with Touch ID
  • Mac Mini Revision
  • 27-inch iMac with Retina HD Display
  • MacBook Pro & MacBook Air with Space Grey and Gold colour options
  • 4th Generation Apple TV 

WATCH THE EVENT ONLINE

Save your complaints about the September event.  We all know that the streaming was terrible and really impacted the presentation and announcement of the new iPhone, and for many, Apple Watch.  Because of the trouble experienced, I am sure extra attention is going to be placed upon the streaming.  The event is also taking place on a smaller venue at the Apple Campus so it's likely they'll have better control from a technology standpoint.  In order to view the event live on Apple's website (apple.com/live) you'll need to be sure that you have one of the following:
  • Safari 5.1.10 or later on OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • Safari on iOS 6 or later
  • 2nd or 3rd Generation Apple TV version 6.2 or later

When Apple announced Continuity in June during WWDC 2014 I got really excited.  The idea of having SMS and phone calls


It's been nearly a month since Apple publicly released iOS 8 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.  One of the biggest complaints I continue to hear about this release is the addition of the Favorite & Recent contacts added to the App switcher screen (The screen you get when you double-press your Home Button).
If you don't care to see your recent contacts, or you're hiding something from your significant other to avoid pissing them off, there's a solution for you.

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  3. Go to the Contact section and Tap on Show in App Switcher
  4. Turn off Phone Favorites, Recents, or Both 
  5. Double Press the Home Button and verify your favorites or recents are gone.


Millions of people across the entire planet lined up today to get their hands on Apple's newest iPhone.  Media outlets all over provided coverage of people waiting patiently, some over night, so they could be among the first people to get their hands on Apple's latest hardware - even media outlets send reporters out to cover these annual events.  But media isn't reporting on something so profoundly upsetting to me that I feel the need to personally write about it - even if it's just to vent and get things off my chest.   

Today my twitter timelines has been flooded with disrespectful, inconsiderate, and outright rude comments and criticism directed at people who are passionate and excited about the iPhone 6,and people who lined up for hours ahead of today's launch.

It sickens me, that we, as Human beings are horrible when it comes to learning lessons.  There has been so much attention towards Mental Illness and bullying in recent months I would think that people would be a little bit more tactful.   Insulting people because of their sexual preference, beliefs, looks and personal decisions should never be tolerated when they don't affect you - no matter how trivial it may seem.  People have killed themselves for less.  Does somebody standing in a lineup for 8 hours ruin your day?  No.  Can calling someone stupid for any reason when their decisions do not bother you, ruin their day?  It absolutely does.  Don't hate people because they're passionate about something, otherwise you better stop cheering for your favorite sports team.

Sure I prefer Apple to other products and I have freely voiced my dislike of those products but I have never insulted someone that likes a different product than I do.   Speaking of preferences, I invite those who are trolling Apple fans in the bowels of the internet to criticize some of my other personal preferences.  I've taken the liberty of listing just a few, so attack me.  Do your worst.  I really want you to feel good about yourself by insulting me in the comments below, or on Twitter @iBry83:

  1. Coca-Cola is better than Pepsi.
  2. Crystal Pepsi is better than Pepsi Cola.
  3. Original Recipe Chicken is better than Extra Crispy Chicken.
  4. McDonalds is better than Wendy's.
  5. PS3 & PS4 are better than XBox 360 & XBox One.
  6. Super Nintendo is better than Sega Genesis.
  7. Nikon is better than Canon.
  8. Dodge is better than Ford.
  9. OS X is better than Windows.
  10. iOS is better than Android.
  11. Kraft Salad dressing is better than any other brand.
  12. The Ninja Turtles toys are better than Transformers.
  13. The Ghostbusters toys are better than GI Joe.
  14. Family Guy is better than The Simpsons.
  15. Amazing Spider-Man Movies better than Toby McGuire Spider-Man Movies.
  16. Overall, Marvel characters are better than DC Comics Characters.
  17. WestJet is better than Air Canada
Stop and consider something for a moment.  Anytime people are given choice we tend to develop a preference based on many personal factors.  The preferences I have above are not necessarily  going to be the same preferences you have even though I state them as "X is better than Y".  For example, Coke and Pepsi are similar products.  Both are colas, they look similar, they serve the same purpose but they're priced differently and taste differently.  If given the choice of one or the other, you might like Pepsi more than Coke, but would you call me stupid for liking Coke more?  So, Why is it different for the type of computer or phone a person uses?

I've always been open to giving other options a chance

That's not to say people aren't allowed to express their preferences or suggest a product they prefer might be good for someone else.  I've had horrible experiences over and over again with Windows.  I'm the go-to guy for many people when it comes to technical support.  I've built computers, set up computers, and torn them down - I hate Windows. But I don't hate the people that use Windows whether they're passionate or indifferent. - so again, why is it that people Hate Apple users?    If you've purchased Apple products that have made you want to pull out your hair on a regular basis, then go ahead and complain about the product, don't call people names because they use the same product and don't experience the same thing.  


Now that I've got that off my chest I feel better.

Think Different.  

Enjoy Coke.


We're Ready to Believe You.


Cowabunga.