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Posts Tagged ‘Apple’

All Things Apple

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

All things Apple.  That’s what you will find here at Abt Electronics.  From Macbooks to iPods, you will find just what you are looking for when outfitting your office, or your dorm.  Save even more money on your new purchase with our Trade in & Save program.  Just register to trade your product online, or bring it into the store.

Steve Jobs Retires from Apple

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Steve Jobs officially announced his retirement from his world renowned company Apple this week.  What does this mean for Apple?  Not much exactly.  It will still continue to be a Steve Jobs company.  Steve Jobs has been involved since its inception, but has taken numerous hiatuses the last several years due to illness.  In dealing with his absence, Apple worked on training a replacement who could eventually fill his place when Apple’s creator steps down.

This comes a little over a month before the big launch of the iPhone 5.  He will continue to be involved with the company but is relinquishing his CEO title to Tim Cook who was hired by Apple in 1998.  Jobs will continue to be involved in the company and will remain chairman of the board.  Watch Apple continue to evolve as an innovative company with the guidance of new individuals continuing Apple’s inexhaustible success.


What Will the iPhone 5 Look Like?

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

When the huge iPhone 5 announcement is made, you can be sure you will find out what it looks like and what all the features are moments after they are announced by Apple…but it doesn’t hurt to speculate.  Online website, goes over several different ideas on what the phone may look like by playing with Adobe Photoshop.  Some ideas are, edge-to-edge screen, no home button, thinner, slide-out keyboard.  Options are endless when the imagination gets a hold of the design, but only Apple knows for sure.  Look for the release around the first week or so in September.  Until then, what do you think it will look like?

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Apple Wants High-Res for iPad 3

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

For Apple, it’s never too soon to start working on the next generation of a product they JUST released.  According to sources, Apple is testing a new, high-resolution screen for their third generation iPad. According to an industry representative mentioned, “Apple’s upcoming iPad 3 will feature an improved display to support quad extended graphics (QXGA), a display resolution of 2048×1536 pixels with a 4:3 aspect ratio to provide full high definition (HD) viewing experience.”

Don’t go running  to pre-order iPad 3 just yet.  Absolutely no news on a release date has even been mentioned, but rather, Apple is already thinking on how to make their next hand held tablets top of the line.

Mix It Up At Abt!

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Come to Abt this weekend and perfect your DJ skills.  Hosted by DJ Mike Carbone from Chicago, hour long lessons from 12pm-3pm both Saturday and Sunday will be held for free for customers wanting to learn how to use their Apple Gear to host their own dance party.  Learn different techniques using software like Serato’s Scratch Live Mac Software linked with iPad Apps Tonetable, TouchOSC & Midi Deck.

Other techniques that will be reviewed:
• Song Variety
• Tempo/BPM
• Cue & Hot Points
• Sound FX
• Scratching, Video DJing & More

All music enthusiasts are welcome to join.  We will also holding a raffle to win a free pair of the Monster Beats Solo headphones.

DJ Mike Carbone has performed in clubs & bars throughout the Chicago Metro Area and has been featured on local radio stations such as B96, Kiss FM & Dance Factory.  Don’t miss out on this great opportunity.

10 Apps to Enhance Your iPad 2

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

If you are one of the lucky ones to have gotten the new and elusive iPad 2, released an article showing the top 10 apps to show off the iPad’s hardware.  In it are games, programs that put the new camera, enhanced gyroscope and processor to the test.

A few interesting apps mentioned was GarageBand and iMovie.

GarageBand simulates playing instruments on the iPad’s screen. For guitar, you tap on the display to play individual notes, strum chords, or bend notes; you can even touch the strings in two places at the same time to palm mute. There’s also an on-screen piano and drum kit, which offer similar features and controls.

iMovie, which was originally created on  Apple’s own desktop video-editing application, iMovie  works with the new iPad. The easy-to-use app makes good use of the tablet’s touch-screen interface, and lets you clip, add photos, music, themes, and more to the video you capture right on the iPad 2.

Visit our iPad section for more information.

The Most Innovative Companies

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

FastCompany released a list of the 10 most innovative companies of 2011.  Number one, which should not really be a surprise is Apple.  They have dominated the technological field for the last decade with innovative gadgets as well as excellent upgrades to their already impressive line of technology.

A few other honorable mentions was Samsung in second place for making themselves into a steady source for new technologies, especially 3D TVs and Microsoft coming in 3rd for their World Record Breaking Kinect.

Congratulations to all the companies that made the list.  the full article could be read at The 10 Most Innovative Companies in Consumer Electronics.

iPad 2 Launch Day!

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Chances are, you are one of the many eager consumers watching the clock until it hits 5pm: iPad 2 time.  Pre-orders can be made via phone after 5pm CST today, but our initial shipment will be allocated for in-store sales only.

Full information on the iPad 2 can be found on Abt’s iPad2 section.  Or, if you are nostalgic, we still have the original iPad at a discounted price.

Apple iPad 2 Arrives!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

The big announcement has been made and the iPad 2 is fully disclosed.  Steve Jobs made a special appearance to announced the good news to a rousing standing ovation. A quick rundown on some of the exciting new features:

  • The new iPad is 33% thinner and 15% lighter
  • Still a stunning 9.7 inch LED touch-screen
  • Front and rear-facing cameras
  • Will come in both black and white immediately
  • Comes with iOs 4.3
  • HDMI Video Mirroring
  • 3G connectivity through both AT&T and Verizon

Abt is happy to announce that we will be carrying the iPad 2. However, availability is currently unknown. We will begin to take pre-orders on March 11th. If you wish to be contacted when the product arrives, we can take your information when you call us at 888.228.5800 or visit our store.

Apple iPad 2 Arrives Shortly…

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

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Today at 10am PST Apple will reveal their Apple iPad 2.  Rumors have been floating around for months as to the special features and changes.  Will it have a camera?  Will it be lighter?  Will it have a bigger memory expansion slot?  All those questions will be answered and you can find them out today.

Be sure to check out Abt Electronic’s YouTube channel for updates on Apple as well as other news and reviews.