January 2013 MSS Newsletter
MacAtoZ at Macworld SF
In order to keep abreast of the latest in Apple-related technology, MacAtoZ will be heading to San Francisco, California for Macworld SF 2013. From January 29 through February 3, our ability to respond to client issues will be slightly delayed, but remote support members should feel free to call with any requests. We have allocated time during the trip to respond to MSS clients. (Calls from non-MSS members will be returned after we get back.) This level of support is one of the benefits of being an MSS member, so please don't hesitate to call (503-507-0410) should you require assistance.
Our next MSS Newsletter will cover some of the products and services we found during the Macworld show.
Facebook, Twitter help available
Social Networking gives one the ability to stay connected across the miles, share your life with friends and family, and browse according to your interests and activities. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and so on, allow you you to connect with long-lost friends, family members who are separated by miles, or people in your area. You can interact with people on your friends list by sending messages, posting comments, and video chatting.
Additionally, you can easily share photos, videos, and stories with your friends and followers. You can also promote your business, musical group, and book club. Or maybe you just want to browse through products offered online, local cultural events, and information that relates to your interests. Through Facebook pages you are able to view dates and showtimes of your favorite musical artist, or see when a film you’re interested in is coming to theaters.
For a limited time, MacAtoZ is offering Social Networking Consulting with our social media expert, Brittany Palmer, at the discounted price of $60 an hour. Contact Brittany at
to schedule a consultation or for more information.
Apple sales and financial results
In the last quarter, Apple sold 47.8 million iPhones and 22.9 million iPads as well as 4.1 million Macs and 12.7 million iPods. The former two numbers are records; the latter two represent year-over-year declines. In the case of the iPod, Apple has explained that it believes sales are being slowly cannibalized by iPhone sales, meaning that people are choosing to buy iPhones rather iPods. The issue with Mac sales in the quarter was simply one of supply: Apple couldn't deliver the new iMacs fast enough. If they had, they believe they would have sold as many as they did in the same quarter last year.
In terms of iPhones and iPads, both continue to set records and to do so under some supply constraints. The newly introduced iPad mini, for example, was widely unavailable in many markets.
Apple's quarterly revenue was $54.5 billion with $13.1 billion in profit.
Tip o' the Day
If you're upgrading to a new iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, getting the data from your old device to your new one can be a little tricky. Using a Mac, however, can make the process a lot easier. First, backup your device to your Mac (through iTunes), and when you do so make sure the Encrypt Backup box is checked. With an encrypted backup, all passwords are stored. That means when you restore this backup to your new device, you won't have to reenter all the passwords to your applications, wi-fi networks, and so forth—a big time saver!