Only a few days left until Mother’s Day. Here are some great gift ideas.

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Thrill Mom with a gift she’ll use and love all year — long after the flowers have dried and the candy has been eaten. Here at Connecting Point, we have a few recommendations we’d like to share. (Also, we’re open every day, including Sunday — Mother’s Day itself — so we’ve got you covered.)


Mother's Day Red Planet SubSonic Bluetooth pocket speaker gift mom Connecting Point Medford ORRed Planet SubSonic Bluetooth speaker $59.99 $49.99
Do you know what 60 Hertz feels like?

Mom’s mouth will drop when she listens to the big sound coming out of this diminutive speaker. Few pocket-size Bluetooth speakers can produce 60Hz bass, the kind of bass you feel as well as hear — but the SubSonic can. It even doubles as a hands-free speakerphone. And to make it sound even sweeter, we’re shaving 10 bucks off the regular price!


Mother's Day 2017 Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch gift mom Connecting Point Medford ORApple iPad Pro 9.7-inch
The super computer that’s a super gift.

More capable, simple, and portable than anything that’s come before. iPad Pro is an incredible gift with the power of a PC. And the power to go beyond it. 1

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Mother's Day 2017 PowerBeats3 wireless earphones workout gift beats Connecting Point Medford OregonPowerBeats3 Wireless earphones $199.99
Performance. Power. Freedom.

Take your workout to the next level with Powerbeats3 Wireless earphones, featuring up to 12 hours of battery life to last through multiple workouts and secure-fit earhooks to maximize comfort and stability. With Fast Fuel, a 5-minute charge gives you 1 hour of playback. Sweat and water resistance provides trusted durability and dual-driver acoustics deliver dynamic sound to power your workout. 2


Mother's Day 2017 Apple Watch gifts mom Connecting Point Medford ORApple Watch Series 1
Give Mom the power to stay active, motivated, and connected.

A dual-core processor lets her do it all in an instant. Track and share activity. Measure her workouts. Monitor her health. And access the people and information she cares about most. 3

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Mother's Day MacBook family Apple mom gifts Connecting Point Medford ORMacBook / MacBook Pro / MacBook Air
The gift she’ll love opening again and again.

Incredible performance. Innovative design. And great built-in software. With a Mac, the things she loves doing have never been better. 4

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Mother's Day 2017 iHip Power Bank gift mom Connecting Point Medford ORiHip Power Bank USB charger $29.99 $4.99
Ruggedly rubberized and built to go wherever mom’s busy day takes her, the sleek iHip Power Bank is ready to revive and resuscitate practically any kind of USB gadget (tablets, smartphones, MP3 players, etc.). And we’re offering a special Mother’s Day price on it: just $4.99 (regularly $29.99). Includes Micro USB cable; to charge iOS devices, you must use its cable.


Mother's Day 2017 AirPods gift mom Connecting Point Medford OregonApple AirPods $159.99
Wireless. Effortless. Magical.

Introducing wireless AirPods. Just take them out and they’re ready to use with all your Apple devices.5 Put them in your ears and they connect instantly. Speak into them and your voice sounds clear. Simplicity and technology, together like never before. The result is completely magical.


Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard are sold separately. TM and © 2017 Apple Inc. All rights reserved.

2 Beats, Beats by Dr. Dre, the circle b logo, and PowerBeats are trademarks of Beats Electronics, LLC.

Requires iPhone 5 or later. TM and © 2017 Apple Inc. All rights reserved.

4 TM and © 2017 Apple Inc. All rights reserved.

Requires an iCloud account and macOS Sierra, iOS 10, or watchOS 3.

Deal of the Week | iPhone / Apple Watch Charging Stand for $9.99 (reg. $39.99)

Bentoben Dual Stand Charging Station for iPhone and Apple Watch $9.99 (reg. $39.99)

BANNER-DOTW_yellow_reflect_640x160Bentoben Dual Stand Charging Station for iPhone and Apple Watch $9.99 (reg. $39.99)THIS WEEK: iPhone/Apple Watch Charging Station $9.99 (reg. $39.99)

This Italian-designed Bentoben Dual Stand Charging Station is compatible with all Apple Watch styles including closed-loop and two-piece bands, 38mm and 42mm. It keeps cables out of the way with its built-in cord management. It can also be used as a stand for iPad Air, iPad mini, or 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

  • Keep your iPhone and Apple Watch neatly displayed in one place on your desk or nightstand
  • Notched design keeps the long Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable out of the way
  • Foam cushion on the bottom helps keep the stand from sliding around
  • Detachable construction and lightweight material makes it easy to carry

This offer runs from Friday, September 16th through Thursday, September 22nd, 2016, or while supplies last. Sorry, no rain checks.

We’ve got some unconditionally great gifts for Mom

Mother's day 2016 - gifts she'll love, unconditionally

Mother's day 2016 - gifts she'll love, unconditionallySelecting that perfect gift for Mother’s Day can be… challenging. You’ve done the whole “flowers and a balloon” thing. Candy seems kind of… well, unimaginative. But what if you could give her something she’d truly treasure, something she could use and enjoy every day, all year ‘round? Something (besides you) she’ll love unconditionally?

Connecting Point has the solution. As an Apple Premier Partner, we sell, service, and support the iPod touch, the entire iPad family (including the amazing new iPad Pro models), and the revolutionary Apple Watch. Our experts can help you pick out the right model and color for her – and we’ll throw in a $50 gift card, so Mom can come in and pick out the perfect accessory for her new treasure.

She’ll have plenty of choices: We stock cases, sleeves, screen protectors, Smart Keyboards and Smart Covers, watch bands, and much, much more.

We’re also offering the pink iPod shuffle for just $35* – that’s $15 off our regular price.

So give a gift Mom will love unconditionally, the way moms do: iPod touch, iPad, Apple Watch, iPod shuffle, all on sale now through Sunday, May 8th only at Connecting Point.


*While supplies last, limit one per customer.

Apple introduces 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPhone SE, and four OS updates

iPad Pro 9.7-inch, available in four colors

iPad Pro 9.7-inch, available in four colorsAt a special event in Cupertino this week, Apple unveiled the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and the 4-inch iPhone SE, while also rolling out free updates to all four of its operating systems. The new iPad and iPhone offer most of the functionality of the current iPad and iPhone models without being so large. On the software side, the updates to iOS 9.3 and tvOS 9.2 add significant features, whereas OS X 10.11.4 and watchOS 2.2 mostly fix bugs.

Apple iPad Pro familyMany people have found last year’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro with its optional Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard useful as a productivity machine, but for others, it’s too ungainly to hold or too expensive. That was the impetus behind the just-announced 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which meets or exceeds many of the larger model’s specs.

For instance, the smaller model’s screen can display more colors and adjusts its white balance to match the ambient light in the room. Its cameras are notably better — the rear camera is 12 megapixels instead of 8 and has a True Tone flash, while the front camera is 5 megapixels instead of 1.2 and can use the screen as a flash. Plus, the new iPad Pro can record 4K video instead of just 1080p.

On the downside, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s A9X chip is somewhat slower, it has half the RAM, and its Lightning port transfers data at only USB 2 speeds. But if the size is right for you, prices start at $599 for 32 GB of storage and go up to $899 for 256 GB. It will be available in April in four colors: silver, gold, space gray, and rose gold. Cases and accessories designed to fit the iPad Air should work with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad ProSpeaking of accessories, Apple has a new Smart Keyboard sized for the new iPad Pro, and the Apple Pencil works perfectly with it. There’s also a new Lightning to USB Camera Adapter that’s useful not just for syncing cameras but also for using USB peripherals like Ethernet adapters, audio interfaces, card readers, and microphones.

With the iPhone SE, Apple is trying to meet the needs of customers for whom the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are too large. The iPhone SE returns to the iPhone 5 form factor, with a 4-inch screen and aluminum case. Otherwise, its specs are nearly identical to those of the iPhone 6s, with comparable performance. It fails to match up to the current iPhone lineup only in the lack of the 3D Touch technology, the Taptic Engine that provides feedback you can feel, and slower wireless networking. It’s either $399 or $499, with 16 GB or 64 GB of storage, and comes in the usual four colors. Cases and stands for the iPhone 5 should work with the iPhone SE.

Apple took the opportunity to release free updates to all its software platforms too. iOS 9.3 was the most significant, providing Wi-Fi calling for Verizon Wireless customers, improving sharing of Live Photos, adding two-factor authentication for all iCloud accounts, and more. The marquee addition is Night Shift, which adjusts the color temperature of your screen at night, reducing the amount of blue light emitted to make it easier to fall asleep.

iOS apps that received welcome updates include Notes, which can now password-protect notes and import from Evernote, and iBooks, which can now sync PDFs to other devices via iCloud. The Podcasts app can show full-screen video again, Wallet works better with reward cards, Maps has enhanced public transit info, and News boasts a better For You section along with a Top Stories category.

Apple TV 4th GenFor those with a fourth-generation Apple TV, tvOS 9.2 is a big deal, with better scrubbing through video with the Siri Remote, new Home screen folders, a redesigned app switcher to match iOS, Bluetooth keyboard support, text input via dictation, and initial support for both iCloud Photo Library and Live Photos.

OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan and watchOS 2.2 offer mostly bug and security fixes, although OS X’s Notes and iBooks apps received the same improvements as the iOS versions, and sharing of Live Photos works better as well.

All these operating system updates are free, but it’s worth waiting a few days to make sure early adopters don’t suffer any ill effects. As always, if you’re concerned about updating your hardware, come in and talk to us!


AVAILABILITY: iPad Pro 9.7-inch is available to ORDER NOW. (Shipments will begin next month.)

This year, Connecting Point is doing an “Un-Black Friday.”

Crater Lake, Oregon in winter

What happened, anyway?

It was never supposed to be all about scoring the best possible deals on merch. It used to be about something entirely different. Something about peace on earth. Something about goodwill toward men and women. And joy.

We like joy.

To that end, Connecting Point would like to offer shelter. Offer respite. Offer a small but welcome pause in the hustle and bustle that have overtaken this very special time of year.

First of all, we won’t be open Thanksgiving Day. And on Friday, we’ll be open our regular weekday hours, 8 am to 6:30 pm. Connecting Point SERVICE (the region’s only Apple Premium Service Provider, as well as an authorized service center for HP and Compaq) will be open for business as usual. The music will be soothing, the coffee hot, the cookies sweet. We’ll probably have the big game on. So we invite you to drop by and check out our fully remodeled sales floor. We think you’ll like it.

While you’re out shopping, you may want to pick up an new, unwrapped gift for the wonderful Toys for Tots program that the USMC Reserve puts on every year. We have a drop box right here in our store.

And yes, we will have some delightful special offers**:

  • Up to $250 off a new Mac™ with AppleCare
  • Get a $50 Connecting Point gift card* with any Beats™ headphone purchase
  • Get a $25 Connecting Point gift card* with any Apple Watch® or Apple TV® purchase
  • 50% off all speakers in stock
  • And $100 off select iPad™ models.

You can even, with your good credit, take up to 18 months to pay, interest-free.

We’ll also have lots of other, unadvertised, surprise bargains across our entire product line. It’ll be fun.

Best of all, we’ll be holding these offers all weekend long, including Small Business Saturday. So take a breath, take a break, and visit the folks that have been your local, independent tech experts for over four decades.


Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. AppleCare is a service mark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Beats is a trademark of Beats Electronics, LLC.

*Gift cards may not be applied to initial purchase. **May be limited to stock on hand.

Here’s the “TL;DR” version of today’s Apple event

Apple CEO Tim Cook presents iPad Pro for the first time

SCREENGRAB - Apple iPhone 6s promo spot 09.09.15Instead of wading through the vast seas of press and tech coverage for this morning’s Apple event in San Francisco, here’s the “Too Long; Didn’t Read” condensed version:

Apple Watch

  • Announced new version of OS for its watches, WatchOS 2, available September 16th
  • WatchOS 2 gives third party developers access to watch’s sensors, the Digital Crown, microphone, and Taptic engine, along with the ability to build more complex animations
  • Announced new Apple Watch models, including those as a result of a partnership with Hermes, and new gold-and-rose and gold-and-anodized-aluminum finishes
  • Now over 10,000 apps for Apple Watch

Apple iPad family

  • Announced iPad Pro, a much larger tablet with a 12.9-inch, 2732×2048 Retina display
  • First availability won’t be until sometime in November
  • iPad Pro comes with new A9X 64-bit processor, claimed to have twice the memory bandwidth and storage performance of previous A8 processor, and to run 22X faster than the original first-gen iPad
  • Graphics performance also drastically improved
  • iPad Pro comes with a four-speaker audio system that automatically adjusts to screen orientation from portrait to landscape
  • Announced new magnetic Smart Keyboard (doubles as a cover) for $169
  • Smart Keyboard doesn’t use Bluetooth, but connects via new magnetic triple port on iPad Pro
  • Announced new Apple Pencil pressure-sensitive stylus for $99
  • iPad Pro available in Silver, Gold, and Space Gray finishes
  • Wi-Fi-only 32GB iPad Pro is $799; 128GB is $949
  • Only the 128GB iPad Pro will be available with cellular, for $1079
  • Other iPad models shift price points around. Entry level is now the iPad mini 2 16GB for $279.

Apple TV

  • Totally new fourth-gen box and set of features, with a 32GB model for $149 and 64GB model for $199
  • Original third-gen Apple TV will remain available, and still sell for $69
  • Only availability information for new Apple TV is “coming soon”
  • Much faster A8 processor
  • New remote has a glass multi-touch surface, volume control, and microphone for access to Siri
  • Siri allows voice command of menus, pop-up overlays, video navigation, movie and TV program selection (including suggestions), and much more
  • Remote also has motion sensitivity and a gyroscope to allow Wii-like control over games and other functions
  • Apple TV now has Bluetooth 4.0 and 801.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO
  • Onscreen menu now offers access to the App Store
  • Debut of TV OS, an iOS-based operating system that is supposed to make things a lot easier for developers

Apple iPhone family

  • Apple announced two new phones: the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus. Physically, they look practically identical to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
  • But the new models’ screens come with a tougher “dual ion-exchange” glass
  • The new phones also feature pressure-sensitive touchscreens that work like the new Force Touch trackpad on the most recent MacBooks. Apple calls this “3D Touch.”
  • Both cameras have been improved, along with their flash technology
  • The back-facing iSight camera now captures 12 megapixels, and can record 4K video
  • The front-facing FaceTime HD camera now captures 5 megapixels
  • Rose Gold joins the previously available three finishes (Silver, Gold, and Space Gray)
  • A Live Photo feature has also been added, which automatically captures a few seconds of video and sound around still photos. Push firmly on a photo, and it plays the video.
  • Prices start at $199 for the 6S and $299 for the 6s Plus, with contract, for 16GB models
  • Jumping to a 64GB model adds $100, and to a 128GB model adds another $200
  • For teh first time, Apple offers off-contract pricing starting at $649 and $749, again for the 16GB models of the 6S and 6S Plus.
  • The new iPhones may be pre-ordered on September 12, and are slated to begin delivery September 25th

Miscellaneous

  • The next major upgrade to iOS, version 9, will be available next Wednesday (September 16th). Any device currently running iOS 8 will be able to upgrade to the new version.

Apple’s ‘Spring forward’ event to be streamed live; begins at 10am PDT this morning

Today is the day. Back on February 26th, Apple sent members of the press invitations to an event they termed ‘Spring forward.’ This Daylight Saving Time wordplay almost certainly hints the event will involve the Apple Watch. Later this morning (at 10am PDT), the lights will go down in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, and we’ll find out exactly what it’s all about. You can watch the event live online at this link.

To view the livestream, you’ll need to have version 5.1.10 or later of Apple’s Safari browser on your Mac, or Safari on iOS 6.0 or later on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. You can also stream it through your second or third generation Apple TV, provided it has software version 6.2 or later. If you don’t have any of these options available, here’s a workaround that’ll let you stream it on Windows PCs and Android devices.

Here are a few links to media outlets’ live event coverage: