Deal of the Week | Sept. 26th, 2014: Kensington PowerBolt Fast Charge iPhone Car Adapter for $9.99

Kensington PowerBolt 1.0 Fast Charge & Sync Car Adapter for $9.99No longer must you worry about your iPhone going dead in the car. Because this week’s DOTW brings a brand-name charger and Lightning cable to you for less than 10 bucks.

Kensington has been making high-quality Apple accessories for over 30 years. This is not your run-of-the-mill cheap Asian knockoff, but a quality-built, reliable product.

So forget about your iPhone’s battery charge indicator, at least while you’re driving. Because we’ve got a fast 1.0-amp charger and USB-to-Lightning for half off the normal price of $19.99. That’s right: This week only, while supplies last, we’re slashing the price to $9.99. Find out more about our latest Deal of the Week here.

SUPPORT BULLETIN: iPhone 6, 6 Plus users may lose cellular service, Touch ID after iOS 8.0.1 update

Apple iOS 8 logoA number of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users are reporting issues with their devices after updating to iOS 8.0.1. Specifically, they have been experiencing loss of cellular service and/or the ability to use Touch ID. Until Apple releases iOS 8.0.2 “in the next few days,” which fixes the issue, they have posted a workaround on the Apple support site:

“We have a workaround for you if you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and you lost cellular service and Touch ID functionality today after updating to iOS 8.0.1. You can reinstall iOS 8 through iTunes by following the instructions below. We are also preparing iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue, and will release it as soon as it’s ready in the next few days.

“Follow these steps to reinstall iOS 8.0.

  1. Make sure that you’re using the latest version of iTunes.
  2. Connect your iPhone to iTunes.
  3. Back up your iPhone in iTunes on your Mac or PC. iCloud backups won’t restore to earlier versions, including iOS 8.0.
  4. Download the file below that corresponds to your device:
  5. Select the file you just downloaded by doing one of these in iTunes:
    • Mac: Press the Option key and click Check for Update.
    • Windows: Press the Shift key and click Check for Update.
  6. Press Update to install iOS 8 on your iPhone.

“The Health app won’t work in iOS 8 after these steps. It will be fixed in our upcoming iOS 8.0.2 software update.”

Service Manager Jason Kellogg  talks to KTVL News 10's Molly Trotter about the iOS 8.0.1 update
Jason Kellogg, Service Manager, Medford location

Jason Kellogg, Service Manager for our Medford location, spoke with KTVL News 10’s Molly Trotter about the issue on Thursday afternoon.

UPDATE 1 – FRIDAY, SEPT. 26: Apple told CNBC that “less than 40,000 iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices were impacted by yesterday’s iOS 8.0.1 bugs.

UPDATE 2 – FRIDAY, SEPT. 26: Apple has released the promised iOS 8.0.2 update. It incorporates “improvements and bug fixes,” including:

  • Fixes an issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • Fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store
  • Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library
  • Improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • Fixes an issue that could cause unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages
  • Better support of Ask To Buy for Family Sharing for In-App Purchases
  • Fixes an issue where ringtones were sometimes not restored from iCloud backups
  • Fixes a bug that prevented uploading photos and videos from Safari

To install the update go to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone.

Deal of the Week | September 19th, 2014: 25% off all Bluetooth speakers in stock

25% off all Bluetooth speakers in stockEarbuds and headphones are wonderful for private listening, but sometimes you want an audio experience that’s a bit more…communal.

Maybe you want to share some music out on the deck with the family. Or listen to some tunes at the campground or your favorite fishing hole. You probably already own a darned good music source—your smartphone or tablet or iPod touch. All you need is a simple, affordable, space-saving way to unleash your playlist.

And that’s where our fine selection of Bluetooth speakers comes in.

No wires, no cords, no hassles, no sweat. Pair your device to one of these speakers in just seconds, and you’re in business. And this week, business is good: Pick your favorite Bluetooth speaker, and take 25% off its already very reasonable price.

But you’ll need to act quickly: This offer is limited to stock on hand, so the earlier you come in, the better the selection. Find out more about our latest Deal of the Week here.

COMING SOON: Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus; pre-order yours Friday, Sept. 12th

Pre-order your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus from Connecting Point 09.12.14

 

Get the latest Apple® iPhone® from the people who know Apple best: Connecting Point, your local Apple Specialist. Beginning from the moment we open on Friday, September 12th, we’ll accept pre-orders for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Both products will begin shipping the following week, on September 19th.

We’ll be offering special 20-month, interest free financing through the Verizon Edge program.* And if you have an iPhone you’d like to trade in, we can help with that, too.

Want more information? We’ve got a handy form for that.

Apple, the Apple logo, and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

*Conditions apply. See store for details.

LIVE EVENT [VIDEO]: Apple to stream this morning’s “Wish we could say more” event live

Apple live event to be held September 9, 2014 at Flint Center, Cupertino
Overhead shot of mysterious “white box” Apple built at the Flint Center, Cupertino. (Photo credit Fortune.com)

In a departure from recent events, Apple will be streaming this morning’s big news live from the Flint Center in Cupertino, beginning at 10am PT / 1pm ET. (NOTE: Live stream requires Apple’s Safari browser. Also available on the Apple Events channel on Apple TV.) Apple is rumored to be introducing a new iPhone (or two?), and possibly a companion wearable device many sites are referring to as the iWatch. But truth be told, outside of Apple’s inner circle, no one knows for sure what will happen. Even though Connecting Point is an Apple Specialist, and has a relationship with Apple stretching back over three decades, we’re as in the dark as everyone else about the true nature of this event.

A number of leading tech and news sites will be live blogging this event:

At the conclusion of the event, and after the smoke clears, we’ll be passing along all the details as soon as we have them.

Take it easy, take it slow…and be careful: Enjoy this Labor Day.

Happy Labor Day from Connecting Point!
Photo credit for “BBQGuy”: Christian Carroll

“Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” — From the U.S. Department of Labor website.

We hope you all have a fun and relaxing Labor Day. And if you have a few moments, duck inside out of the heat and sun to say hello: Connecting Point will be open its regular hours today.