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Easy As Pie

Easy As Pie
by Gary Woods

The nice folks at Apple have gotten extraordinarily good at separating me from my money. Okay, they aren't holding a gun to my head and I definitely want what they're selling if no other reason than we've got their stock and I keep telling myself the more I buy the higher the stock will go. Alright, you all are helping me out here by keeping up your own personal buying habits, but I digress.

To give you an example of how easy it is to get Apple products, I finished watching the latest keynote address concerning the new iPad roll out on my 27" iMac then I clicked the buy button on the Apple Website, entered what I wanted engraved and began tracking my shipment across the globe. Then, the next day, I thought, I've gotta' get honey bunny one of these things too but this time I was sitting in a waiting room to see my doc. Whipping out my trusty 1st Generation iPad the next order was made and all was once again right with the world.

All that's pretty cool but every now and then I take a walk down State St and find myself face to face with the Apple Store. Customers are everywhere and seemingly every helpful Apple Employee is engaged in conversation with at least one or more of them. At that point I whip out my trusty iPhone 4S on which I have the Apple Store App. With this cool jewel I can scan the barcode on a piece of gear, find ratings and reviews or product specs, then pay for my latest piece of Apple Mania right there on the spot and get an email with my receipt before I hit the door.

With the Apple Store App you can also buy products when you're away from the store and have them shipped to your door. Also you can custom configure a new Mac with options you want, including larger drives and more memory. Or, personalize an iPad or an iPod with free engraving, plus get signature gift wrapping for selected product. Then, if you just can't figure out what the heck you bought you can make Genius Bar and One to One reservations and sign up for workshops and events.

The Apple Store App and an iPhone 4 or 4S are definitely an awesome combination, check 'em out!

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc