In this issue: iOS 8 launches Sept. 17; SMUG presentation Oct. 14; Upgrading from AppleWorks; Mailing payments - new address.
September 2014 MSS Newsletter

iOS 8 launches on Sept. 17

And don't you dare update yet. ;-)  Yes, iOS 8 is a free update with some spectacular new features. Yes, reports from the beta testers have been good. Yes, we will all want to upgrade eventually.

But the first release of any software always contains bugs. Unless you want to risk encountering unfixable problems, I always recommend waiting at least a week or two to see what shakes out. Trust me, iOS 8.01 is already in the works. 

Minimum requirements for iOS 8 are iPhone 4S and iPad 2. Generally, if your iOS device is not capable of running the latest version of iOS, it's worth considering a hardware upgrade.

In particular, iPhone 4 (and earlier model) owners will find an order of magnitude difference with a new iPhone. The recently announced  iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models are very likely to be the best iPhones yet.

SMUG presentation Oct. 14

Ty Davison of MacAtoZ will be presenting at the October 14 general meeting of the Salem Macintosh Users Group (SMUG) at Comfort Suites on Hawthorne in Salem, Oregon. The meeting begins at 7:15 PM, but many gather at 6:45 PM for an informal Q&A. 

The evening's talk will center around upgrading hardware, making purchase decisions among the various Apple offerings, and knowing when to buy new versus upgrade old. 

SMUG dues, should you decide to join, are just $25 per year per family. If you just want to check out the group, drop by. Visitors are welcome!

Upgrading from AppleWorks

Apple hasn't supported their productivity suite AppleWorks in more than a decade, but that hasn't stopped long time users from continuing to use it as a word processor. In fact, we've had numerous clients remain on Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" just because that's the last system that AppleWorks can run on. 

Moving forward: One typical way forward is to open AppleWorks word processing documents in Pages '09 or earlier. The document will automatically convert to Pages and can be saved in the Pages file format for future use. Unfortunately, the latest version of Pages no longer support AppleWorks at all. 

However, the free LibreOffice does support AppleWorks conversion to Word (.doc) format. Since Word can be read by virtually any word processor, those who prefer not to use Pages also have a path into the future. 

Mailing payments - new address

We have changed our mailing address to help ensure that your mailed payments are received in a timely and secure fashion.

Our new mailing address is a PO Box, and we'll be checking it every business day:

℅ Cascade Balanced Books
PO Box 765
Salem, OR 97308

If you have any questions about payments, please contact Kim Overfield, our accounting specialist at 503-507-0410 or
Apple Consultants Network
MacAtoZ LLC provides technical support, upgrade, installation, networking, training and tutoring, web design and hosting, and remote support services for Apple products like Macintosh computers, iPhones, iPods, and iPads. Ty Davison, our senior technician, is the only Apple-certified, Apple Consultants Network 
member serving both residential and small business clients in Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley.

MacAtoZ also provides Social Networking consulting services, providing help to individuals and small businesses with FaceBook, Twitter, Tumblr, and more. 

MacAtoZ has been providing computer services for clients in the Salem area since 2006 (and since 1999 as Our technicians are certified by Apple and carry $1 million in business liability insurance. We frequently present and are well-known at the Salem Macintosh Users Group (SMUG). You can count on us.

At $120 an hour, MacAtoZ offers one of the lowest Apple certified on-site rates in Oregon. Our innovative remote support program, the MacAtoZ Service Suite (MSS), also provides a wide-range of remote support features at incredibly low-prices.

If you're looking to save money on Apple and Apple-related products, check out our MacAtoZ Online Store. (If you're looking for computer memory, we sell that directly.)


Quick Links

MacAtoZ LLC: The main company web site. You can find information about products and services as well as advice here. 

Amazon via MacAtoZ: Shop at Amazon via our referral link. Help us to help you. 

MacAtoZ Support: Download the latest version of TeamViewer (MacAtoZ QuickSupport) here.

Offsite Backup: You should have one, and we recommend Backblaze. Only $5 a month for unlimited data. Get your 15-day free trial here. 

Salem Mac Users Group: Salem, Oregon-area Macintosh and Apple gear enthusiasts. Meets monthly. Visitors welcome!

Apple Consultants Network: If you need help, entrust your computer and your data to professionals. 
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