12 DAYS OF SAVINGS – DAY 4 (Friday, Dec. 16th): $50 Off All iMacs In Stock

BANNER - Connecting POINT'S 12 days of savings 2016Connecting Point's 12 DAYS OF SAVINGS DAY 4 - $50 Off All iMacs In Stock12 DAYS OF SAVINGS | DAY 4 – Friday, Dec. 16th:
$50 Off All Apple iMacs In Stock

iMac now offers a stunning Retina 4K display on the 21.5-inch model and an even more spectacular Retina 5K display on the 27-inch. And a wider color gamut means a palette of up to 25 percent more available colors. So photos and videos look crystal clear and vibrant, and text is razor sharp.


This offer will be available all day Friday, December 16th, 2016, or while supplies last. Sorry, no rain checks

Back to school, back to work: It’s the HEAD BACK SALE, Aug. 24-31!

BANNER Head Back Sale 2016 640x390Ahhh, summertime

…is nearly goneTime to head back to school. Head back to work. Time to Get. Things. DoneSo get lots more done — with a new computer or iPad from Connecting Point!

Upgrading? Thinking about switching from a laptop to an iPad? Now’s the best time to get your new iPad, Mac or PC, during Connecting Point’s Head Back Sale, running from Wednesday,  August 24th through the end of the month.

Epson Expression XP-430 All-in-OneDuring this sale, buy any new Mac and get an Epson Expression Home XP-430 all-in-one Wi-Fi printer/scanner/copier for FREE — that’s a $99 value!

You get super-crisp, laser-quality text and stunningly realistic photo prints. It scans, copies, and lets you print wirelessly from Macs, PCs, tablets and smartphones. Its integrated 2.7-inch color LCD touch panel lets you preview, edit, and print photos, computer-free.

Microsoft Office 365 UniversityOr if you’re a college student, faculty member, or staff, you can substitute Microsoft Office 365 University Edition — a $79 value!

It comes with full versions of the core Office apps every collegian needs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook.

Buy a new iPad and get Connecting Point’s exclusive iPad Success Pack for $49. You get a one year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 for iPad, a sweet Invellop case (in a number of colors), and a Moshi Visor screen protectortotal value $150!

Connecting Point's iPad Success PackBring in your old Mac, PC, iPad or iPhone for trade-in credit (or cash) and save even more.

And be sure to ask about our up to 12 month no-interest financing (OAC).


The Head Back Sale runs from Wednesday, August 24th through Wednesday, August 31st, 2016. Call or visit for complete details and a full demonstration.

Apple updates iMac family; debuts new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2

New and HOTiMac family revamped, including new 21.5-inch Retina 4K model
The iMac® family now includes the Retina® 5K display on every 27-inch model, and a stunning new Retina 4K display on the 21.5-inch model.

Both Retina displays now feature a wider color gamut that delivers more available colors so photos and videos appear even more true-to-life. More powerful processors and graphics, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and new storage options that make the high-performance Fusion Drive even more affordable are also included.

Along with the Retina models, the 21.5-inch iMac models feature faster processors and graphics, and a 1TB hard drive. All iMac models come with the all-new Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2®. And customers can choose to configure their iMac with a Magic Trackpad 2® instead of Magic Mouse 2.


New Magic Keyboard,  Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2 input devices announced
The new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2 feature all-new designs for increased comfort and capabilities, and rechargeable batteries that are more convenient and environmentally friendly. And the new Magic Trackpad 2 brings Force Touch to the desktop for the first time, adding a new dimension to the iMac experience.

The new Magic input devices pair automatically with your Mac as soon as they are plugged in via the Lightning® to USB charging cable, and can last about a month or more on a full charge.


Apple, the Apple logo, iMac, Retina, Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2, and Lightning are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

Apple announces iMac (27-inch) 3TB Hard Drive Replacement Program; how to check yours

Apple iMac 27-inch 2012Today, this announcement came from Apple’s support site:

Apple has determined that a very small number of 3TB hard drives used in 27-inch iMac systems, may fail under certain conditions. These systems were sold between December 2012 and September 2013.

Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) will replace affected hard drives free of charge.

Apple is contacting affected iMac owners who provided a valid email address during the product registration process to let them know about this program. If you have not been contacted, but think you have a 3TB hard drive, you can enter your serial number below to see if it’s part of this program.

How to check to see if your iMac qualifies for this replacement program: Head to this page on the Apple support site. You’ll need to have the serial number of your iMac handy. It may be found on your purchase receipt. If that’s not readily available, here’s a page on Apple’s site that describes several methods of finding it.

Replacement Process: Does your iMac qualify? Apple recommends replacing affected hard drives as soon as possible. As an Apple Premium Service Provider, Connecting Point is fully capable of taking care of this replacement, regardless of where you purchased your iMac. Contact Connecting Point SERVICE as soon as possible to facilitate your repair:

Back up everything on your iMac before you bring it in to us. This part is important. You’ll need to re-install your operating system, other applications, and any documents or data after your hard drive is replaced. If you would like Connecting Point SERVICE to take care of this for you, we’re more than happy to do so – but we’ll have to charge for that part of the repair.

Other details: If you believe you have paid for a repair or replacement due to this issue, contact Apple regarding a refund. This worldwide Apple program does not extend the standard warranty coverage of the iMac. The program covers affected iMac models until December 19, 2015 or three years from its original date of sale, whichever provides longer coverage for you.

’12 Days of Savings 2014′ | DAY 11: Save on AppleCare Protection Plan

Connecting Point presents "12 Days of Savings 2014" - Special deals every day!Save on AppleCare Protection Plan all day today at Connecting PointGot an Apple computer or device without AppleCare Protection Plan? Today’s the day to rectify that oversight. As part of our ’12 Days of Savings 2014′ celebration, we’re offering substantial discounts on AppleCare for Apple computers, iPads, and iPhones.

In case you’re unclear about what exactly AppleCare is and what it can do for you, we suggest you take a look at this.

TODAY’S APPLECARE PRICES: Mac mini $119.99 (reg. $169.99); iMac $129.99 (reg. $189.99); MacBook Pro 13 / Air $179.99 (reg. $269.99); MacBook Pro 15 $299.99 (reg. $369.99); iPhone and iPad $79.99 (reg. $99.99)

This offer will be available all day Monday, December 23rd, 2014.

Cello virtuoso Tina Guo performs ‘Deck the Halls’ – and records it on her iMac-based home studio

Here’s a really fun, unusual version of the holiday classic, as performed by the lovely Tina Guo. Guo is a versatile musician, equally at home playing classical or heavy metal. She’s contributed to motion picture, television, and video game scores, and recently completed a tour as a featured soloist in Cirque Du Soleil’s Michael Jackson “The Immortal” World Tour.

She’s just finished A Cello Christmas, an album of holiday songs (including this one), which will be available December 11th. It was recorded on her iMac-based home studio using Apple’s Logic Pro X software.

We hope you enjoy this fresh breath of holiday ‘aire.’

Download Connecting Point’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Connecting Point Holiday Gift Guide 2014 (cover)The perfect gifts for you and yours. Browse the entire Apple product line (except iPhone), complete with color photos, descriptions, and prices. You’ll find just what you’re looking for, all in one place: Connecting Point, your local, independent Apple Specialist.

Stop by our store to pick up a copy, or download it to your computer. (Requires Adobe Reader or Preview to open. File size 12.8MB.)

A roundup of this week’s new Apple product announcements

During yesterday morning’s special press event, Apple introduced a host of new products, along with some restructuring and repricing in their product lines (you can now get a new iPad for a little as $250, and a new Mac mini starts at just $500). Here are the highlights, along with availability information (as best we can determine—we will update this post as details emerge):

  • Apple iPad Air 2 familyiPad Air 2: The big splash was made by the debut of the iPad Air 2, a crazy-thin (just 6mm) iteration of its flagship full-sized tablet. It’s not only thinner, but faster, too. And you can now add a third color choice to the current Space Gray and Silver: Gold. The new color choice, along with the addition of TouchID, brings the iPad Air 2 in line with Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Prices start at $499.99. Available for pre-order immediately; we expect to begin filling orders in roughly two weeks. Find out more.
  • iPad Air: Yep, it’s sticking around—but it’ll cost you substantially less. Prices now start at $399.99. Available almost immediately. Find out more.
  • iPad mini 3: Similar specs to the original iPad mini 2, but now adds TouchID and the new Gold color choice. Available for pre-order immediately; we expect to begin filling orders in roughly two weeks. Find out more.
  • iPad mini 2 and iPad mini: Now cost much less than before. The Wi-Fi 16GB iPad mini, for example, now sells for $249.99—the lowest price ever offered for a new iPad. Available almost immediately. Find out more.

If you’re interested in a specific model iPad, contact us and we’ll get you the very latest availability and pricing.

Other announcements…

  • Apple iMac 27-inch running YosemiteiMac 27-inch with Retina 5K Display: The “5K” stands for “5000”—as in 5000+ pixels. The new flagship iMac boasts more than four times the pixels of its 27-inch brethren. That’s impressive enough, but the fact that it will sell for $2499.99—that’s just nuts. Most 4K standalone monitors sell for more than that. Basically, Apple’s throwing in a quad-core Mac with all the bells and whistles for free. Available for pre-order immediately; we expect to begin filling orders in roughly one week. Find out more.
  • Mac mini: The littlest Mac got a well-deserved, long-delayed makeover. The entry price point dropped a hundred bucks to $499.99—the lowest price ever for a new Mac. It now comes with two Thunderbolt 2 ports and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Available for pre-order immediately; we expect to begin filling orders in roughly one week. Find out more.
  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite: The long-awaited major update to the Mac’s operating system looks to be an impressive one, with hundreds of new features and enhancements—and is available for free download immediately.