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Apple Refreshes Their iPod And Apple TV Lineup

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

New Apple Family at Abt

Yesterday Apple announced their new line up of iPods and their revamped Apple TV.

The 4th generation Shuffle went old school and brought back the scroll wheel, clip and power switch from the 2nd generation design.  The $49 unit comes in five colors (silver, green, pink, orange and blue), one capacity (2GB), and all the features of the 3rd generation’s VoiceOver model.

The new 6th generation iPod nano had a total overhaul and now features a 1” touch screen.  It is Apple’s smallest nano at a 1.5” square and only 0.35” thick.  It comes in seven colors (silver, gray, blue, orange, pink, green and red), two capacities (8GB – $149 and 16GB – $179) and features a clip on the back (similar to the iPod Shuffle).  However, the video camera from last year’s Nano has been removed.

The 4th generation Touch comes in three sizes: 8GB for $229, 32GB for $299 and 64GB for $399.  The biggest update to this model is the addition of two video cameras (like the iPhone 4), which allows for video conferencing.  Other changes include a lighter and thinner case, split volume rocker and smaller design changes.  This is Apple’s closest iPod to the iPhone, without it being an actual phone.

The new $99 Apple TV is about 1/4th the size of the old Apple TV, with a built in power supply.  It has one HDMI connector and Ethernet, and Wi-Fi.  A big change is making everything rental only – that means no purchases on Apple TV.  This eliminates any issues people had with storage.  Another big surprise are 99 cent TV show rentals.  As of today, only ABC and Fox have signed on.

Apple also launched iTunes 10 and Ping, a music social network.  With Ping, you can follow friends and artists to see what they’re listing to and downloading.

Abt will be carrying the new iPod line up and Apple TV.  Check out our site this afternoon for more information or stop by the store next week to see them in action.

-Jennifer A.

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Abt Discusses Appliance Rebate Program on ABC7

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Monday morning, ABC 7 News visited Abt to discuss the stimulus program for appliances, beginning Friday. Illinois received $12 million for Energy Star qualifying hot water heaters, central air conditioners, furnaces, and appliances.

The rebate began for hot water heaters, central air conditioners, and furnaces on January 31st of this year. Half of the stimulus money has already been doled out.

Beginning this Friday, April 16, any in-store purchase of Energy Star qualified clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, and room air conditioners from participating retailers will be eligible for a rebate. The rebate program ends April 25th or when the funds run out.

The Illinois government has imposed a cap on the rebate program. A maximum rebate of $400 per appliance will be allowed. Prior to the new rebate cap, 15% of the cost of the appliance was going to be reimbursed. The change will enable more people to participate in the program and the funding will reach more participants. This will ensure that high-end appliance purchases will not deplete the funds too quickly.

There are a couple of ways to participate in the rebate program. You will automatically receive your rebate on Energy Star qualifying appliances at the point-of-purchase. There is an additional $75 mail-in-rebate exists for those who opt to recycle old refrigerators and freezers.

The recycling rebate must be filled out and mailed in. Those who elect to recycle their old refrigerators and freezers will pay the $29-$49 Abt fee and then they will receive the $75 after the rebate is processed.

-Kelly B.

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Dollars for Dishwashers???

Friday, August 28th, 2009

“Cash for Appliances” is the latest Federal stimulus program. Similar to the “Cash for Clunkers” program, the government is hoping to stimulate the economy and help consumers save money in the long run with Energy Star appliances. According to an article in today’s Wall Street Journal (where Abt’s showroom was featured), each state will individually determine how much of a $50 to $200 rebate will be offered for specific energy-saving appliances. Abt’s General Manager, Mark Cook, spoke with both ABC and NBC’s local news stations about the latest incentive program on August 26, 2009.

Abt is currently offering great deals on Energy Star Appliances, contact any Abt appliance specialist for details. Click Here!

-Kelly B.

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