Apple to Update Walk-in Genius Appointments

According to a recent article on 9 to 5, Apple will be modifying the way walk-in Genius appointments work at the Apple Store. Currently a user can walk in to an Apple store, describe the problem they may be having and get a return time appointment when someone is available to address their problem. Starting March 9, that user will be met by a Concierge who will input the problem to an application on their iPad, and based on the complexity of the issue, an appointment will be scheduled. The difference being that a problem that can be readily addressed by most of the geniuses present will be seen sooner than a complex one that may take more time. Appointments can still be scheduled online as usual.

End to an Era …

Movie Clipping 2About a week ago (yes, I’m slow sometimes …) Chris Breen, Senior Editor at Macworld, announced that he was leaving Macworld and taking a job at a “fruit-flavored tech company sandwiched between Santa Clara and Sunnyvale” which we can only assume is Apple.

As many readers will know, Chris was a prolific writer of illuminating articles of how to use Macs and troubleshooting problems when they arose. In the past, we were able to reprint his Mac911 posts that he specifically made available to Mac User groups, but later we learned that they were restricted to print only and could not be included in electronic distributions. His Mac911 and regular review articles that used to appear in Macworld will be missed.

See this link for further information and his last Mac911 post.

Apple to Repair Displays on MacBook Pros

Apple has determined that a small percentage of MacBook Pro systems may exhibit distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts. These MacBook Pro systems were sold between February 2011 and December 2013.

Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will repair affected MacBook Pro systems, free of charge. See linked article for more details.

New ApplePickers Blog

NewsletterWelcome one and all! This is the new ApplePickers blog which will replace our monthly newsletter.

A long standing problem has been that Randy and I were always hunting for articles of interest to the Membership that were either freely available, non-copyrighted or written by our own members. We have been indebted to TidBITS for making their content available through Creative Commons, InfoManager which specializes in pointing MUG enthusiasts to items of interest, and of course Irv Haas who we could count on almost every month to contribute one or two reviews of the latest hardware he may have purchased.

However, by moving to a blog we can point our readers to many other valuable and interesting articles on the web without having to copy, format into our newsletter, and thus violate, copyright rules.

We still hope to post articles from Irv and other club members, but now we won’t be restricted to once a month newsletter distributions, so thing will be more timely.