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A modest sampling of images from the Expo. Better late than never, eh? For my invaluable insights regarding the show…
When iSensei said, in a recent post, that Apple had “a little more to show” us, he couldn’t have been more wrong. They had A TON of new stuff to show us. And, in a big turnaround from all the leaks that sprouted prior to the release of iPhone 5, many of these announcements today were pretty much complete surprises. And and, it was as much Mac news as iPad. Let’s run them down, shall we? We’ll also note how surprised we were to see them.
So, all in all, a very jam-packed presentation. Apple has revamped virtually its entire line of products in the last year. They are NOT slowing down. If anything, with the sooner-than-expected release of the iPad 4, it shows they intend to leave no breathing room for the competition. Macs sales have exceeded growth vs PCs for the last six years. The iPhone 5 is the fast-selling electronic consumer device ever. And, get this, 91% of ALL mobile web traffic is done on an Apple mobile device. As Apple’s delightful Head of Marketing Phil Schiller says: “They’re no longer even in our rear view mirror.” Apple stays strong, Steve. You’d be proud.
How many of you know that Apple sells some of its own product at a serious discount? “What?,” you say, “iSensei, everyone knows Apple does not discount!” Ah, but in response I say “But they do have a Refurbishment Program!”
And I keep talking: they take items that have been returned or display models, do a full refurbishment to restore them to like-new condition and then sell them with full warranty coverage at a lower price. Maybe not half-price but in the range of 15-30% off. Not bad, eh? They’re likely not the latest model but they’re quality Apple goods so you decide how important new is. A buck saved is… a buck saved. So there.
Here we are happy to present to you a link to that page. Stuff comes and goes quickly and a ‘it’s catch as catch can’ setup so it’s worth checking frequently if you don’t need something today but would like to save some coin. And I should note we’re talking iMacs, iPod Nanos, iPod touchs, Mac minis, iPads, MacBooks, Apple TVs, etc. Pretty much all the big ticket items they sell. Oh, and free shipping. Did I say free shipping before? No? OK.
So, what are you waiting for? Oh, you don’t need anything now?
Well, good for you! But when you do…
So, iSensei didn’t tell you that he recently had a brand new MacBook Pro 15″ with the Retina Display, did he? I’m sure you’re all dying to hear how much he loves it… EXCEPT, it was returned 2 days later. WHAT?! An outrage, you proclaim! All the reviews cite what a great and splendiferous machine it is!