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ALAT By Wema Bank: How To Make Money N10,000+ with WEMA BANK ALAT (The First 100% Digital Banking in Nigeria)

In this post, I will be introducing you to WEMA BANK ALAT and How to Make Cool Money with WEMA Bank Alat, the first 100% Digital Bank in Nigeria.

In the history of Nigeria Banking, not a single Digital Bank has ever been created from the start. Banks only provide a Mobile Banking application, which tends to make transactions more faster. But the fact is Mobile Banking is different from Digital Banking. Mobile banking requires you going to your bank to get your ATM card and also get it activated, while your Virtual Card is being shipped to your door step and are activated by you and you alone which your pin can be set and controlled in Digital Banking.

How will you feel when I inform you now that we have the FIRST of its kind in Nigeria. I’ll like to Introduce to you, the first Digital Bank in Nigeria, which is ALAT by Wema Bank.

Alat is built to run without needing physical presence at a bank. This innovation will allow a lot of Nigerians to open a second or more bank account. The system as a lot of limitation but it will definitely be improved upon.

ALAT will save you time with a simple account opening process that takes less than five minutes, help you put money away easily by automating your saving, make sure your bills are paid on time with its scheduled payments feature and deliver a free debit card you can activate, lock and unlock from your phone to you anywhere in Nigeria.

Access to the WEMA ALAT services are through the app and website, which require access to the internet. Alat also requires that a Bank Verification Number (BVN) is provided before a bank account can be open.

Funding an Alat account requires either a direct deposit at any Wema Bank branch, or transfer with another bank’s debit card.

ALAT is a digital banking service powered by Wema Bank Nigeria, it is 100% digital which allows you to do all your banking transactions without being physically present at a bank. Alat digital bank allows you to open a free, fully functional savings account using just your BVN and phone number in exactly 5mins. No paperwork required!

At its core, ALAT by Wema bank is selling simplicity, reliability, and convenience. ALAT digital banking help you put money away easily by automating your saving, make sure your bills are paid on time with its scheduled payment feature and deliver a free debit card (ALAT ATM Card) to your doorstep, you can activate, lock and unlock from your phone to use anywhere in Nigeria. You can get paid when you refer a friend to open and fund an account too. All from the comfort of your smartphone.

This is the kind of innovation we’ve been expecting since. Enough of going to banks and staying on the queue to get your ATM Card or making transactions, ALAT Is here for us. And thanks to the Wema bank for being the pioneer of this innovative in Nigeria.

The question asked most by people is: Can we trust ALAT?

Sometimes I once asked myself the same question, but I never got an answer for myself, so I had to do the needful. ALAT is confirmed to be owned by WEMA Bank Plc, which is a financial institution in Nigeria, a bank to be precise. And after so many researches, WEMA Bank as claimed to be the owner of ALAT, not just ALAT claiming to be owned by WEMA, But WEMA Bank Nigeria Plc claimed its ownership.

This is becoming so interesting. After my tour of my research, I found ALAT to be legit and trustworthy and also, it has a very responsive and caring customer care service, they are ready to listen to your complaints and also ready to get them solved as soon as possible. So why not try ALAT today...?

How To Register In Wema Bank Nigeria First Digital Banking System ALAT and How to Earn as well?

1.     Firstly of all, you have to download ALAT app by Wema, for now the app is available only on Android and iOS devices.
For Android users, download it from Google Play Store Here
For iOS users, download it from App Store Here

2.     After getting the ALAT application, then you need to sign up and fill in your details.

3.     You need your Bank Verification Number (BVN) to open the ALAT bank account with your phone number.

4.     Then move on by clicking next, where your full name would be uploaded already and you’ll be told to fill in your Date of birth and also A REFERRAL CODE. Copy this BZ48F4 and paste in the referral section.


5.     You will have to upload your documents and that involves your ID card, written of your signature in white paper with a pen, taking a picture of yourself, and upload them.

6.     Fund your account with as low as 500 Naira (through a bank transfer or by clicking on "fund account") for your account to be activated and functioning and that’s it, You Now have a fully functioning bank account that can send money, receive money, save money, buy airtime, buy Data, you can withdraw your money via ATM Machine using your ALAT debit card.

7.     Refer anyone to open ALAT Wema bank account with your own referral code which you'll find when you click on "refer a friend" and you will earn up to 1000 Naira on each person. More also,  for the first 10 people you referred, you will earn 5k and then will be given a bonus of 5k making it 10k.

Remember to fill your detail with referral codeBZ48F4

In your first login, if you have issues, simply click on "Forgot your Password?" and reset your password to the initial one through the Password Reset Notification sent to email and after that, your account will work fine.

More so, go to the profile section and fill in your details, ensuring that all the ticks are green so that your account does not become restricted. Check this section regularly to ensure they're all perfect.

You can also sign up via this URL with any browser: https://online.alat.ng/#/signup
But, to get your referral code, you must use Alat app via Android or iOS device.

Open a bank account in less than 10 minutes and get your Virtual Card shipped to your doorstep in two business days.  I hope you find this very interesting and easy?

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Jelly 4G Smartphone, Running Android Nougat(7.0) The World's Smallest 4G LTE, See Price & Specifications

It is not everyone that love to 5inches smartphones, some like it small and portable that is why Unihertz, a China-based company present you with the smallest 4G smartphone called Jelly, measuring  92.3 x 43 x 13.3 mm. It is meant to be an alternative to your bigger smartphone.

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Jelly sports a 2.45-inch screen with 240 x 432 pixels, and, compared to most handsets currently on the market, it looks like a toy. And yet it's a fully fledged smartphone that runs Android 7.0 Nougat and has support for 4G LTE.

Jelly is powered by a quad-core 1.1 GHz processor, and comes in two variants: one with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory, and a Pro variant with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage space. Both models feature two cameras (8 MP on the back, 2 MP on the front), dual SIM support, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 950 mAh battery.

Highlight of the Spec
4G LTE
950mAh battery
2.45-inch display with 240 x 432 resolution
2-megapixel front-facing camera; 8-megapixel rear-facing camera
1.1 GHz quad core processor
Dual SIM card
Choice of 1GB or 2GB RAM (Pro version)
Choice of 8GB of storage or 16GB of storage (Pro version)

The best thing about Jelly isn’t its specs — it’s the price. The early-bird pricing for the device through the Kickstarter campaign is $59 for the base model and $75 for the Pro, which makes it one of the cheapest ways to get the latest and greatest version of Android.

HOW TO CHECK IF YOUR SMARTPHONE SUPPORTS 4G LTE


Recently 4G LTE of data technology for cellular networks  meaning (Forth Generation while LTE means Long Term Evolution) was introduced and some have been enjoying this super fast Network for a while, and the way things are going it seems to be that we are gradually dropping 3G down to embrace more high speed network data for mobile phones and other Internet gadgets and devices.




The network gives 10 times the speed you get when using 3G network mode.
You might be very worried about if really your device supports 4G LTE network or not that's why am here to direct and show you if your phone can accept the network or not.

Well for me I will say many smartphones users today here in Nigeria (most preferred) are still making use of 3G Internet source to surf the net which is now outdated in many developed countries in the world but as we still move on and 4G is here and new smartphones are been produced and comes with 4G support in Africa, it's just a matter of time before its take over. But before then,  you should know if your phone is with others  because no one want to be left out even you.

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Even if you are making use of iphone, Blackberry, Android phone, Windows phone, you can as well check if your phone supports 4G LTE network right here below.

HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR MOBILE PHONE SUPPORTS 4G LTE

For Android users

Go to settings > Network settings > mobile network. You should see a drop down menu of mobile standards such as 2G, 3G or LTE (4G). If you don't see 4G or LTE, then your smartphone doesn't support the standard.

For iPhone users

On your iPhone device, go to settings > General>cellular > Enable 4G LTE.

For Windows users

On your Windows phone, go to settings >cellular + Sim > highest connection speed and check if LTE is part of the options.


For Blackberry users

Go to settings > network and  connection > mobile network >network mode and you will see 4G and 3G and 2G. If you are using Q5 and below you will not get 4G network services.

NOTE: If your phone does not support 4G, you can get a new one to enjoy this latest and fastest cellular network. 


HOW TO ACTIVATE THE 4G LTE

Once you have seen the 4G network, just select LTE and if the network is available in your area or location, the LTE will indicate and appear on the phone status  bar replacing either '3G' "H" or  "2G" symbols,  before I forget those that are still using 3G network you guys are boss I hail you people. 

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How To Change Your Old and Slow Computer To a New One With Xtra-PC

Technology; Technology is advancing every now and then and its getting better and better. Do you know that a clever new device is saving people hundreds even thousands of money.


When your  computer is very slow,  Have you considered buying a new 'faster' computer but the price of even a basic one makes you cringe? Do you wish there was a cheaper, more affordable way to get a new computer? ( Like to know  – keep reading.)

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It's incredibly frustrating when computers slow down or stop working for seemingly no reason at all. And even after all the diagnostics, upgrades, and money spent, the amount of time waiting for that spinning wheel or hourglass to disappear never seems to get any shorter. Your once new, lightning-fast, computer just keeps getting slower as each day passes.

Well, fortunately, there's a new device that has recently hit the market and it's literally giving old, slow computers lightning fast speed again. And to say it's extremely affordable is grossly understated!

What is It?

It's called Xtra-PC and if you have an old, slow computer, it is exactly what you've been waiting for.



Xtra-PC is a small thumb drive you simply plug into your computer's USB port and it instantly transforms your old computer to like new. It works with any computer (Mac or Windows) laptop, desktop, and netbooks made in 2004 or later.

It is hands down the fastest, easiest solution to getting yourself a new computer without spending $400, $500, $800 or more – guaranteed. No more staring at spinning wheels or hourglasses ever again!

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How Does it Work?
Super easy! In fact, it's so easy that it's like snapping your fingers and watching your old computer magically turn into the new, super-fast computer you want it to be. All you have to do is...

Plug it in – Simply plug Xtra-PC into a USB port while your computer is turned off.
Turn Your Computer On – Select 'Boot from USB' and bingo, you're good to go.
Enjoy New PC – In less than 15 minutes you'll be shocked at the difference in the performance of your computer.
You only have to setup Xtra-PC once and you can even use it on multiple computers!

No Hard Drive? No Problem!

Amazingly, Xtra-PC even works on computers with no hard drives. That's right! Broken, damaged, or just plain missing – Xtra-PC will have your computer running like new again even without a hard drive!



What Can I Do With My New Computer?

Everything! With Xtra-PC, there's simply no need to spend hundreds of dollars on a new computer – only to have it peter out on you in another year or two. It makes no sense. But getting Xtra-PC does (which is why the big computer companies are so against this incredibly powerful little device). With Xtra-PC you'll be able to do the things you normally do...


  • Surf the web
  • Share on social media
  • Write emails
  • Watch videos
  • Play games
  • Safely shop online
  • And more!

Amazingly  you can even add other programs to your computer if you want to. And if  you Want to download Skype? No problem, with Xtra-PC, you can.

How Much Is This Going To Cost Me?

This is not a joke. Xtra-PC is only $24.99! That's right – ONLY 25 bucks! And they offer a 30-Day money back guarantee. There honestly is no good reason not to try Xtra-PC.

You can get Xtra-PC direct from the company's website here. Make sure to buy it from the official site as there are many knockoffs on the market today.

CLICK TO GET YOUR XTRA-PC

Why Are Parents Loving Xtra-PC?

One of our readers, Stephanie S. Said

"My 9 year old daughter wanted to get a computer for herself. But I certainly wasn't going to spend $500 on a new computer. I had an old Toshiba computer from my college days packed away collecting dust so when I heard about Xtra-PC I decided to give it a try and WOW – AMAZING!!! My old, slow Toshiba from a decade ago is like new again. A little $25 investment saved me hundreds!"

Now that you know about Xtra-PC and what it can do for your old computer, the question isn't, “Do you have an old, slow, useless computer sitting around?” The question is, Do you have a new, blazing fast, ready-to-use-for-anything computer that you need to go find and resurrect?

Start enjoying that lightning fast computer as quickly as possible by following these steps:

Step 1: Simply Order Xtra-PC and get it delivered in about 1 week.
Step 2: Plug it in and reboot your computer.
Step 3: Sit back and enjoy your new fast PC.

TIP: Xtra-PC makes a great gift for anyone who has an old slow computer, but doesn't have or want to spend a ton of their hard-earned money on a new one!

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MTN TV Broadcasting | MTN Launches Its First Ever Digital TV Broadcasting Services in Nigeria

MTN Nigeria on Wednesday took a major step into broadcasting and media on Wednesday with the launch of its digital television broadcasting service in Jos, Plateau State.

According to the telecommunication giant, the Over-The-Top (OTT) service will bring together telecommunications, broadcasting and media on the same platform.
This new development is sequel to the N34 billion digital broadcast licence issued to the telecom company by the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation in 2015.

According to the statement released by the company, about N25bn extra was spent for the launch, asserting that Nigerians could now watch TV programmes on their smartphones and other devices via social media platforms like WhatsApp, BlackBerry Messenger, Facebook and Twitter, among others.

This will be the first fully converged broadcast and OTT-VOD service to launch in MTN,” Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Ferdi Moolman said.

MTN is committed to providing Nigerians with innovative digital platforms which will enhance the way we live, work and play.

“Once we commence full commercial activities, the TV service will deliver an exciting bouquet of rich local and international content to Nigerians.
“In addition, subscribers will have the freedom to watch their favourite programs when they choose to via MTN VOD service, rather than having to watch at a specific broadcast time.

Indeed, the launch of MTN TV is another bold demonstration of MTN’s abiding faith in the future of Nigeria, driving growth and development by enabling Nigerians to keep pace with the latest global trends and converged solutions.

SIMPLE STEPS IN CREATING A WEBSITE | SPONSORED


Here is the simplest steps on how to build or create your own simple website to upload your contents. 


Nearly half of the websites on the Internet are running on WordPress website platform. 

Why? That lead us to the first step

Step 1:

Blogger/WordPress which one is the best website building platform?

You’ve got to choose between Blogger or WordPress which one is the best platform you’re going to build your website on? 

What do I mean by “platform”?
What is blogger? 
What is WordPress?

Which is the best between blogger and WordPress in terms of portability, security, support, appearances, ranges, future, owner... 


Step 2:

How to Choose a Domain Name for My Website

 You have to choose a domain name while creating your own website. A domain name is a web address like (yoursitename.com) (ak-updates.com). 


The WordPress platform itself is free, but a domain name and hosting will cost you around $3 – $5 a month. 


However it costs less than a coffee, so it won’t break the bank. Owning your own domain name looks far more professional than having your site on someone else’s domain (like yourbusiness.my-free-website.com), and it’s super affordable, too.

Plus, having your own hosting will also make sure your website loads quickly and won’t go down for hours at a time (pretty important for everyone who visits your pages.)

Where do I get a domain name and hosting?



Step 3:

HOW TO CHOOSE A WEB HOSTING SERVER FOR MY WEBSITE

There are lots of great web hosting servers you can choose to build your own website but I will list few of the best ones out there for you to choose from. 

However, before we proceed to the list, let's discussed a little about the meaning to web hosting. 

what are the importance of reason to choose a web hosting server

To build or create your own website, you must register your domain with a web hosting server and this server determines how fast, your website uptime is that's if you choose the best and not going for the free ones out there. 

LISTS OF BEST WEB HOSTING SERVERS


Step 4:

How To Set Up Your WordPress Website Up And Running

I believed you've bought your domain name and hosting? 
If so, you’re well on your way!

The first thing you’ll need to do is install WordPress to your domain.

There are two possible ways to install WordPress but one is MUCH easier than the other.


Step 5

How to Choose a Theme/Template for your site

You don't want to be like everyone else, therefore you ought to choose a theme, a design template that tells WordPress how your website should look. 

Here’s where it gets fun: There are thousands of awesome, professionally designed themes you can choose from and customize for a site that’s all your own.


Once you have successfully installed WordPress to your domain, you’ll see a very basic yet clean site. 
Here’s how to find a theme you like:


Step 6:

Useful WordPress plugins that you must have for your website.

Here are the most useful WordPress plugin that webmasters find necessarily that you must have for your website. 

Google Introduce New Two-Step Prompt Log-in Verification From New Phones

Google wants to make your Google account as safe as paradise. Hackers have been finding ways to break into accounts as such Google is getting more dedicate to welding more barb wires to fence your account against any such hacker-burglary.

Now having made success with the two-step verification enabled on your Google account which is one very reliable approach to maintaining safety for your Google account, Google is taking one proactive step further in introducing another means to verification of your log-in attempts tagged a “Google prompt.” Now in company of the Google Authenticator app, text messages as well as security keys happen to be the active alternatives to simply verifying log-in attempts by means of unlocking a registered phone — the feature is up available for Google Apps accounts, also been generously extended to personal Google accounts as well.

Once enabled via the channel of Google security settings online, you have the choice of opting for your phone prompting you with a full-screen notifications at every interval a Google account log-in attempt was made. So when you simply click “yes” on your phone, Google interprets this as an authorized log-in attempt and proceeds to complete the log-in process. Now when you tap “no”, what Google perceives is an unauthorized attempt and terminates the log-in process. What is needed here is just a data connection on the phone as well as the most recent version of Google Play Services. It can equally be enjoyed on an iPhone making use of the Google Search app.

The new two-step option is not very dissimilar from Google’s Smart Lock feature which we have on the Chrome OS (the later being well functional as to unlocking your Chromebook in the condition that your registered phone is within Bluetooth range as well as being unlocked).

This fresh Google prompt two-step verification option erases the almost inconveniencing step of exercising patience for a text message or even opening an app in the form of Google Authenticator so as to input a code — everything you need do is get your phone close and have it enable security via a lock screen. It also equally work with the Google Authenticator (or possibly a third-party authenticator) app. The implication is that could enjoy multiple devices which have the capacity to manage log-ins. That is, this has absolved any make-up excuse you would have rushed to not having two-step verification enabled on your account.

Tecno Camon C9 | Review, Spec and Price in Nigeria

A lot of gossips and leaks images of the Tecno Camon C9 have been spreading all over the internet and lots of people are nervously waiting for the arrival of this wonderful device. If you are a fervent reader of this blog, you will remember when I penned about the so called Infinix Big 6.  The Tecno C9 specifications has great features like the new iris scanner, aluminium uni-body, 13MP rear camera with LED flash at both ends and it comes with the unique HiOS running over the latest Android Marshmallow 6.0 and all these powered by a Octa (8) core processor.

Other interesting features include a bright and crisp display of 1920 x 1080 pixels, RAM of 2 GB and internal storage of 16 GB with a 4G LTE network connectivity. The battery should have been higher but a 3000mAh is fair considering its size.

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The good news is that it is now available on Konga and it can be delivered to your home anywhere in Nigeria.

Where to buy Tecno Camon C9?

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General

Device Type: Smartphone
Model: Tecno Camon C9
Announced: June 2016
Status: Available. Released June 2016

Design

Type: Bar
Dimensions: 153 x 76.4 x 10.35 mm
Protection: Build - Aluminum Unibody
Colors: Champagne gold, sandstone black and pearl white

Network 

2G Network: GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network: 3G: 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network: FDD-LTE 3(1800) / 7(2600) / 20(800)

SIM

Dual Micro SIM

Display 

Display Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
Size: 5.5-inch
Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
Display Colors: 16M
Touch Screen: MultiTouch

Media 

Audio Playback: AAC, AMR, MP2, MP3, M4A, MKA 
Video Playback: MP4/MPEG4/H.263/H.264 player 
FM Radio: Yes 
Alert Types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones 
Loudspeaker: Mono 
Handsfree: 3.5mm 

Camera 

Primary: 13MP 
Video: 1080p@30fps 
Flash: LED Flash 
Secondary: 13 MP Camera, LED Flash 

Software 
OS: Android v6.0, Marshmallow 
User Interface: HiOS UI

Hardware 

Chipset: Mediatek MT6753
CPU: 64-bit Octa-Core 1.3 GHz
GPU: Mali T720
RAM: 2 GB
Internal Storage: 16 GB
Card Slot: MicroSD, up to 128 GB
Sensors: Iris Scanner. Accelerometer, Proximity

Connectivity

Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
Infrared: No
Wi-fi: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct Wi-fi
Hotspot: Available
USB: microUSB v2.0, USB Host
GPS: Yes

Messaging 

SMS: Yes (threaded view)
MMS: Email

Extras

Browser: HTML5
Iris Scanner
TECNO T-Band compatibility

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Battery 

Battery Type: Li-Ion (Lithium Ion)
Capacity:     3,000 mAh
Placement: Non-Removable

Price: ₦50,000 - ₦55,000

Google's Nexus 5X is currently available in the US for just $269.99

Google's Nexus 5X is currently available in the US for just $269.99
Google unveiled the Nexus 5X last September as one of its 'showcase' devices for Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Built by LG, the device was priced at $379 with 16GB of storage, and $429 for the 32GB variant, but Google cut $30 off the Nexus 5X earlier this year, reducing its price to as little as $349.

Now, though, you can pick up an unlocked 32GB Nexus 5X for a whole lot less. For the next three days, DailySteals.com is offering the 'carbon' black model for $269.99.

If you've got your heart set on the white version, Android Police notes that you can get it from B n H Photo Video for the same price, when you use the promo code DADSDAY16, knocking $100 off the $369.99 list price. B n H will also sweeten the deal further by throwing in a free screen protector kit, although the retailer says it's currently awaiting more stock of the white model in "2-3 business days" (with a longer wait for the black version).
Key specs of the Nexus 5X include:

- 5.2-inch LCD with Full HD (1920x1080px) resolution
- 64-bit hexa-core 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and Adreno 418 GPU
- 2GB LPDDR3 RAM
- 16GB / 32GB storage
- 12.3MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, infrared-assisted autofocus and 4K video recording
- 5MP front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture
- Fingerprint sensor
- USB Type-C connector
- Dual-front speakers
- 2700mAh battery
- 147 x 72.6 x 7.9mm; 136g

If you're thinking of buying the Nexus 5X, be sure to check out our review first.

Is There a Right Time to Buy a New Mac, iPhone, or iPad?

Like many tech companies, Apple is known for sticking to some fairly rigid release schedules. We get new versions of iOS once a year, with OS X following shortly after — and most hardware sees yearly refreshes too.

With this in mind, many people who sip from the brushed aluminium cup believe there are good and bad times to spend their money. In some ways, they’re right.

There’s Always a Right Time
Release schedules and “bang for your buck” logic aside, the right time to buy any tech product is when you genuinely need one. If the Mac you rely on suddenly dies, are you really going to worry about release schedules and soldier on, computer-less, for six months before the next hardware refresh arrives?

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If your productivity or ability to get stuff done is suffering on account of your unwillingness to upgrade because a company that’s notoriously secretive about upcoming products has yet to announce the next generation, you might be doing it wrong. The next big thing doesn’t render the current big thing utterly useless.
Of course, things get a little more flexible when it comes to iPhones, iPads, and Apple’s other gadgets like iPods. Most of us have an old phone in a drawer which can serve us perfectly well in a pinch — I have an iPhone 5 which requires a bit of a jiggle in order to charge properly, but it still works like a champ and even runs the latest version of iOS.
If you drop your iPad in the bath (really, what were you thinking?) then you may have to come to the realization that most of us don’t need a tablet in our lives. In all but a few cases, the iPad represents “want” over “need” as a non-essential entertainment device for browsing Facebook on the sofa. Unless you use your iPad as a work or study tool instead of a laptop, you can probably survive without one for a few months if you already have a decent smartphone.

But Why Wait?
When Apple releases a new iPhone, it usually enters the market at the same price as the last iPhone. You may have to wait a short while, but your money will ultimately buy you a faster device, with new features that weren’t available a few months earlier.
This means that $650 spent on an iPhone in August would yield an inferior product to $650 spent on an iPhone in late September or early October. You could apply the same logic to many Apple (and rival) products, which maintain rigid premium price-points, while their predecessors see a price reduction once the new models arrive.
This might not matter a whole lot to you if you don’t care about the fastest hardware and latest features. It’s important to recognise that a new product doesn’t somehow make an existing one worse or less functional.

The Buyer’s Guide Method
One of the best resources when deciding to buy your next piece of Apple hardware is the MacRumors Buyer’s Guide. This provides you with a traffic light system that uses the average time between refreshes, and the time since the last refresh to deliver a verdict on whether or not now is a good time to buy.
The buyer’s guide is at its most reliable when it comes to iOS devices, for which consumers expect a yearly refresh. But for other Apple products, it can be a little more hit and miss. As an example, at the time of writing MacRumors recommends users avoid buying a Mac Pro, as the time between refreshes is on average 449 days.

The guide warns users against buying when the average refresh period is up, and by that logic users have been warned against buying a Mac Pro for well over a year now (it’s been over 800 days since a refresh).

While it’s true the Mac Pro may indeed be due for a refresh, you could be waiting a very long time to take the plunge if you treat this guide like the gospel. This is just a side-effect of making your buying decisions by the numbers, rather than analysing whether you really need to make the purchase and coming to a decision based on personal circumstance.
You’ll also find rumors listed for each product, which should probably factor into your decision. Ultimately though, nobody can know exactly what Apple is planning.

Hardware goes through cycles, products shift in terms of popularity, Apple has a tendency to let some things stagnate — particularly if it’s not the latest in consumer gadgetry. The guide is arguably at its most useful when it tells you to go ahead and buy something, which would indicate a fairly recent update has taken place.

Buying a New Mac
Apple’s computers generally see mid-year updates to the most popular lines. If you’re thinking of buying a MacBook or iMac, April to October is your window. Whether or not you should wait largely depends on what you’re buying it for. The most often-updated lines are the most popular ones — and those are mostly bought by casual users.

The MacBook and MacBook Air range generally see iterative, gradual updates. As an example, the new MacBook line was updated in April 2016, but the changes are nothing to write home about: improved CPU and GPU, with around 20% increases in speed on last year’s model; a faster SSD; the same amount but speedier RAM; and marginally improved battery life.
In this instance, one good reason to wait for a refresh would be to save some money. While the price of the new MacBook has held strong at $1,299, you can get last year’s model (which was selling for the same price) for $929 on Apple’s refurbished store. While Apple’s refurbished program already offers a way to save some money on a new Mac, hardware refreshes further push the prices down. If you’d like to minimize the “Apple Tax”, then you’d be wise to pay attention to the new releases for this reason.

Form factors aside, the Mac doesn’t regularly see major changes or new technologies. Over the last few years, the introduction of the Retina display and Force Touch trackpads (3D Touch for the Mac) have been the only major changes to grace the MacBook range. The MacBook Air has been going since 2008 and, guts aside, remains largely unchanged.
When you’re buying a new Mac, hardware should be at the forefront of your decision, and this is mostly driven by what the hardware manufacturers are doing. If you really want to know whether or not waiting is worth it for you, check out what Intel and AMD are working on, as well as roll-out schedules to see if you can wait that long.

Buying a New iPhone
Predicting a new iPhone is far easier than any other Apple product. Not only is it Apple’s best-seller, consumers have become accustomed to yearly release cycles for flagship devices from all smartphone manufacturers. New iPhones are usually announced at the end of September, before being in the hands of impatient consumers by early October.

For those in the US who must have the latest and greatest device, Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program guarantees the latest flagship device every year for around $33 per month (based on a 16GB iPhone 6s). You’ll get AppleCare+ with that deal, which means you’re covered for two instances of accidental damage.
At current prices, that works out to around $390 per year for the base model; whereas, buying the phone yourself would cost $649 (minus AppleCare+). Of course, if you buy an iPhone outright you can sell it and upgrade to the next model — and the “Apple Tax” doesn’t just apply to Macs in terms of secondhand value.

Buying a New iPad
When it comes to Apple’s tablet, things are a little harder to predict. The iPad Air 2 was released in October 2014, and though many expected a new entry-level tablet in late 2015 or early 2016, Apple instead released two models of iPad Pro.
This has lead to much speculation over whether or not the iPad Air 2 is the last tablet to carry the “Air” moniker, particularly over at MacRumors where the 9.7″ iPad Pro is already being hailed as its successor. Personally I’m not so sure — I think there’s still room in Apple’s lineup for an entry-level tablet.
Really, Apple’s tablet game is all over the place, but that’s not a huge issue. The RAM boost seen with the last iPad Air update and the already-speedy A8X means it’s already as capable as the latest iPad Pro models in terms of a fluid OS experience and multi-tasking performance.

You might not need the improvements Apple has introduced with the iPad Pro, and you can save $200 and still get one of the best iPads ever by opting for an Air.

A Good Argument for AppleCare
If you can’t live without your iPhone or iPad, then both of these devices can be enrolled in Apple’s AppleCare+ after-market extended warranty program. Most of the time we’d tell you to avoid extended warranties like the plague, but AppleCare is a bit different. It affords you two instances of accidental damage, with a premium of around $50 for each repair. Whether you drop your phone in the toilet or smash the screen by falling over, Apple will repair or replace it like-for-like.

The same accidental damage cover doesn’t apply to Mac computers covered by AppleCare, so you’ll need to be a little more careful and consider adding accidental damage cover for your regular contents insurance if you’re particularly accident-prone.

So the best answer to whether or not there’s a “right time” to buy new Apple gear is: can you afford to wait?

Do you play the Apple release schedule game? Maybe you prefer to wait for refurbished models and pick up last year’s big thing? Add your comments below.





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