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Get Ready For Apple’s New Software Updates

This Monday, September 17, 2018, Apple will be releasing new versions of its iOS, TVOS, Watch OS, and HomePod Software. Each new update contains numerous new features, improved functionality, and other enhancements to make your devices even more awesome. At the end of this article, you will find a link to learn all about the features in Apple’s latest software, but for now, we’ve put together this post to help you get your devices ready for the updates.

Should I Update?
If you’ve worked with TTJ before, you know how we feel about this. The answer is, absolutely yes. Keeping your devices up-to-date always helps to ensure you receive not only the latest in features in functionality, but also the latest in important security fixes, performance enhancements, and more. While it is certainly possible in theory that a few bugs will be found here in there in the new software, and this usually does happen, Apple tests this software thoroughly and does its best to ensure everything runs smoothly. Plus, developers and public beta testers have put the software through its paces and have reported any issues long before they had a chance to reach the masses. So in short, upgrading is highly recommended.
TTJ Support Contracts and Software Updates

If you have any of our device support contracts or Premium Support Plans, we’ll help you get your devices up-to-date, either remotely or, in select areas, in-person. This service is included at no additional charge in your contract. Please note that TTJ wil continue to support iOS 11.4, TVOS 11.4, HomePod Software 11.4, and Watch OS 4 through the end of 2018. As of January 1, 2019, support for these operating systems will be discontinued, and all customers with TTJ device support or Premium Support Contracts will need to have their devices up-to-date with iOS 12.X, TVOS 12.X, HomePod Software 12.X, and Watch OS 5.X in order to continue receiving software support.

Prepare Your Devices:

To ensure that your update experience goes as smoothly as possible, please follow all recommendations in this section.

First, be sure Two Factor Authentication is enabled for your Apple ID. If you’re not sure, use your iOS device to visit Settings, Your Name, then Password and Security.

Next, be sure you are running the latest versions of Apple’s software prior to iOS 12. Use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to check iOS and HomePod version. For iOS, go to Settings, General, and About and check the software version. For HomePod, open the Home app, tap on the Add and Edit Homes option, scroll down to the Speakers section, then tap Software Update.

For TVOS, on your Apple TV, head on over to Settings, then System, then go down to Maintenance and choose Software Updates.

On Apple Watch, press the Digital Crown to access the Home Screen, then choose Settings, General, and About.

Latest versions are iOS 11.4.1, HomePod Software 11.4.1, TVOS 11.4.1, and Watch OS 4.2, and if you’re not running the latest versions, you should run Software Update prior to this Monday.

Finally, be sure your devices are backed up. If your devices were configured by The Tech Juggernaut, everything is set up properly so that back-ups take place automatically. This means you have nothing to worry about. If you wish to be extra certain, or if TTJ did not set up your devices, feel free to get in touch with us, and we’ll walk you through how to check back-up status and perform a back-up. Note that TVOS does not use true Back-ups. Instead, the One Home Screen (iCloud Home Screen syncing) option ensures that all your apps will be downloaded in the unlikely event of any issues. Again, TTJ wil have configured this for you, but if you want to triple check, or if TTJ had nothing to do with your Apple TV set-up, please contact us for additional information.

On Monday, when all the new software is live, we will post a quick announcement to this Blog, so you’ll know it is time to update your devices. If you wish to receive help from us, or if you have any questions at all, please call us at 814-287-9178, or contact us Here. What’s New in iOS 12

TVOS 12 and Apple TV Info

HomePod Update Info

All About Watch OS 5

This Is Awesome! Get Support For All the Tech You Own

Whenever you choose to have The Tech Juggernaut help you purchase and set up your products, you automatically receive a three year support contract on those products. So what happens after your warranties and support contracts expire? What if you’re just not ready to buy new devices yet? And what about all the other tech you own – devices you purchased from elsewhere? At TTJ, we have the answer. Introducing TTJ Premium Support Plans!

With an annual TTJ Premium Support membership, you can have all your tech needs serviced by one company, and you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing we’ve got your back, by phone, by email, and in-person (select areas only).

TTJ Premium Support Gold ($199.99 per year)

With the Premium Support Gold Plan, you’ll be entitled to operational assistance and trouble-shooting support on any product you own, no matter where you purchased it, so long as it’s a product we normally recommend and support. Premium Support Gold members receive support on any Apple product manufactured within the past four years of the initial purchase date of the plan. For example, a customer purchasing the Gold Support Plan in 2018 can receive support for Apple products made as far back as 2014. Call us as many times as you want with all your tech questions. In addition to Apple products, this plan extends to Apple and third-party accessories being used with Apple products. Get help with cases, keyboards, printers, Wi-Fi systems, cameras, scanners, smart home devices, security systems, TVs, speakers, select connected car products, game consoles, and lots more. We even offer basic operational help on a selection of small appliances such as microwave ovens, coffee makers, and slow cookers, just to name a few.

As if this were not enough, we’ll even answer questions about your favorite apps and services. Get help with Facebook, Twitter, Apple apps like Pages, Keynote, and Clips, as well as hundreds of other apps and services. We round out this awesome package with two hours of training per month and with automatic notification of software and firmware updates, security risks, and more. Basically, we’ll be your personal tech concierge. Plus, as a Premium Support member, receive 20% off TTJ Advanced Training Packages, free System Set-Up, and other special discounts, deals, and promotions.

TTJ Premium Support Platinum ($329 per year)
The Platinum Plan includes everything in our Gold Plan, as well as 40% off any TTJ Advanced Training Package (instead of 20% in the Gold Package). Additionally, we purchase something extra for you to complete the offering. As part of our services, we’ll help you purchase the Best Buy Total Tech Support Plan. While we don’t have any official partnership with Best Buy, and while the two plans (TTJ Premium Support and Best Buy Total Tech Support) are entirely separate and in no way affiliated, we believe Best Buy offers incredible value with this plan, so we’ll help you purchase it.

The Best Buy Total Tech Support Annual Membership enhances what we are able to offer you by providing support on numerous additional electronics and appliances – even ones not supported by TTJ. Own an HP computer with Windows 10? How about an Android smart phone or tablet? Got a problem with that refrigerator or washing machine? When you have Best Buy Total Tech Support, all of this is covered. Best Buy Total Tech Support includes unlimited support for all your tech and appliances, no matter where or when you purchased them. You can receive support from Best Buy in-store, over the phone, and 24/7 online. Best Buy also states that their plan includes many popular services at no additional charge, such as PC virus removal, data transfer and back-up, vehicle remote start installation, back-up camera installation, in-dash audio installation, and lots more. Best Buy also states that their Total Tech Support plan includes $49.99 in-home visits for various installation services, and 20% off repairs and advanced services. Total Tech Support also includes 20% off Geek Squad Protection and AppleCare services, as well as internet security software for up to three devices.

Purchase a Plan Now

Before continuing, please read the Important Notes below. Do not purchase unless you agree to all terms.


Choose your plan

TTJ Premium Support Gold (One Year)

Please see the description above for details, and contact us with any questions. By purchasing this plan, you are agreeing to our Premium Support Plan terms and conditions.

$199.99

TTJ Premium Support Platinum (One Year)

Includes TTJ Premium Support and Best Buy Total Tech Support. Please see details above, and contact us with any questions. You must agree to all TTJ and Best Buy terms and conditions. Purchasing this plan indicates your acceptance of both.

$329.99

Important Notes
Neither the TTJ Premium Support Plan nor the Best Buy Total Tech Support plan includes any coverage for hardware parts. These must be purchased separately if needed at the then prevailing rates for said parts. Plans above include only support, trouble-shooting, and in some cases, labor.

Furthermore, The Tech Juggernaut does not perform hardware repairs. In cases where hardware service is deemed necessary, TTJ wil refer you to Apple, an Apple-Authorized Repair Center, or the manufacturer of whatever product requires repair.

Customers should expect to pay regular prices for all hardware repairs, unless the products in question are still under a manufacturer warranty, such as the Apple Standard Warranty, AppleCare Plus, or others.

The Tech Juggernaut recommends Best Buy Total Tech Support, and we will directly give $199.99 of your Platinum Plan purchase price to Best Buy for this service. However, TTJ assumes no responsibility or liability for any issues, problems, damages, or otherwise incurred, relating to Best Buy Total Tech Support. TTJ does not represent or officially indorse Best Buy or the Total Tech Support Plan, and all requests for service or other issues related to Best Buy Total Tech Support must be handled directly through Best Buy.

Best Buy Total Tech Support services may incur additional fees for certain services, including but not limited to, installation fees, trip charges, material costs, and others. For questions about TTJ Premium Support, please Contact Us.

For more information on the Best Buy Total Tech Support plan, including complete terms of service, please click This Link.

Keep All Your Messages Synced Across All Your Devices

Apple’s iCloud is one of the most awesome features. It means having all your data and media available on all your devices all the time, no matter where you go, wirelessly, automatically, with minimal configuration. Yet for some reason, this did not include our text messages – until now. This past May, Apple released iOS 11.4 to the public. One of its major features was Messages in iCloud. Turning on this feature gives users two major benefits. First, all your messages are now stored in iCloud, downloaded to your device only when you want to access them. Secondly, while it has long been possible to send and receive messages on all your Apple devices thanks to iMessage, Text Message Forwarding, etc, it is now finally possible to also delete a message from one device and have it automatically deleted from all your other Apple devices (Apple Watch not included at present). This means no longer having a build up of unwanted messages on a particular device, simply because you forgot to delete messages from every single device.

To enable this awesome new feature, be sure you are using Two-Factor Authentication. Then, head over to Settings, your name, and iCloud (System Preferences and iCloud for Mac users). In the list of apps that use iCloud, toggle Messages to on. It may take some time for your messages to upload to iCloud, and you’ll want to make this setting change for every Apple device signed into your Apple ID, but once it’s done, you’ll be able to enjoy all the benefits of iCloud, even in your messages.

For more information about iCloud Messages, Two-Factor Authentication, or any other Apple tech features, please get in touch. Check out the rest of our Blog for more posts, and stay tuned for even more helpful articles coming soon.

New Trusted Company – SweetWater and Mynet Music

The Tech Juggernaut is pleased to announce the addition of SweetWater Sound and Mynet Music to our list of trusted companies. SweetWater offers awesome music products such as keyboards, synthesizers, sound equipment, mixers, microphones, smart phone mics and video equipment, and much more. Mynet Music offers a selection of band instruments and other music products. The friendly, knowledgeable staff actually spends time with all the products they sell, so when you have questions, you get well-researched and thorough answers. All products purchased from SweetWater include a two year warranty and free phone support. Look for extra special touches, such as candy with every SweetWater order, to brighten your day even more.

If you ever get to the state of Indiana, stop by the SweetWater retail store. You’ll find much more than a typical music store, including a full recording studio, performance auditorium, restaurant, salon, and more. Local residents can also enjoy music lessons from the talented SweetWater staff.

For more information, visit the SweetWater Website by clicking This Link. To view our complete list of trusted companies and learn more, click Here.

Save Space On Your iOS Devices

In iOS 11 and beyond, you can allow your iPhone or iPad to manage storage for you by automatically removing apps you haven’t used in a long time. Apps that are removed in this way still display their icons on the Home Screen, and all personal data from the apps, such as documents, projects, progress, etc are unaffected, meaning that data stays on your device, or in iCloud depending on the app, and does not get deleted. Only the app itself gets deleted in order to save space, but it’s just a tap away. Should you want to use the app again, tap it’s icon (it will have a Cloud beside it), and it will immediately begin to redownload.

To enable this setting, go to Settings, General, and iPhone (or iPad) Storage. It is quite possible that the option will be in the list of “Recommendations”. If so, it will be called “Offload Unused Apps”. If it is there, you can toggle it on. If not, go back out of General and back to the main Settings screen, then tap on iTunes and App Store. Toggle the “Offload Unused Apps” switch to turn it on.

Your device will show you how much space can be gained by enabling this feature. As mentioned above, no personal data is removed. Only the apps you have not used in a while are removed. When you want to open such an app again, just tap on its icon on the Home Screen. Be sure you are connected to a reliable and fast internet connection when you tap on an offloaded app, because it will need to be downloaded again from the App Store.

If you ever want to turn this feature off and allow all your apps to live on your device, return to Settings, iTunes and App Store, and turn off the “Offload Unused Apps” setting. Stay tuned for more how-to posts and other useful tips, tricks, tutorials, and more from The Tech Juggernaut.

TTJ Quiz of the Week- September7 2018

Test Your Knowledge of Today’s Tech Trivia!

Which of the following major features were introduced in Apple’s iOS 11.4 update?
Messages in iCloud and AirPlay 2 Support
Correct! You are awesome!!
Apple Pay Cash and HomePod Support
Sorry, these were added in iOS 11.2 and 11.3 respectively
Files app and new Siri voices
Nope, these were both introduced in the initial release of iOS 11.0

Don’t Miss Apple’s September Media Event!

Apple will hold its annual September media event on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 1:00PM Eastern, Noon Central, 11AM Mountain, or 10 Pecific. It has been Apple’s custom, for the past seven years or so, to use this event to introduce new iPhones and often other hardware. A[pple is expected to introduce at least two new iPhone models this year (possibly three). Among other rumored products which may see refreshes at the event are the Apple Watch, iPad Pro, and maybe even the Macbook in some form.

Of course none of this has been confirmed by Apple, so it’s pure speculation at this point. It is also thought likely that Apple may provide more details on its upcoming AirPower wireless charger. Finally, Apple is very likely to announce release dates for the official public versions of iOS 12, TVOS 12, HomePod Software 12.0, and maybe even Mac OS Mojave, though this has sometimes been a bit later to come than its sibling software platforms.

Apple has stated that it will live stream this event. Apple TV owners should head to the TVOS App Store to download the Apple Events app so they can watch the event unfolding live on TV. Users of iOS and Mac can also Live stream the app by visiting the Apple website.

Our Complete List of Trusted Companies

The Tech Juggernaut has no partnerships with other companies. We do not receive any commission or other incentives for recommending products to our customers. We suggest only the products we like to use ourselves on a daily basis. However, when it comes time to purchase those products, we utilize a number of respectable companies. Each is chosen, not simply because it’s a place that happens to sell what you’re looking to buy, but because we feel that it offers the perfect combination of great customer service, knowledgeable staff, customer-centric policies, and more – not to mention great deals.

Our number one trusted partner is, as you might have guessed, Apple Incorporated. As an Apple Teacher and a Certified-Apple Associate, we value Apple for far more than just their amazing hardware, software, and services. We also greatly appreciate how they always put the customer first. Whenever possible, we help our customers to order directly from Apple. This can be done from the free Apple Store app, by visiting Apple.Com, by calling Apple, or by visiting an Apple Retail Store. Of course if you work with us, we’ll help you every step of the way, even calling Apple for you if you wish.

We also have two preferred phone carriers – AT&T and Sprint. If you wish to purchase an iPhone or cellular-capable iPad or Apple Watch, it may be that purchasing or leasing directly through one of these carriers is beneficial or necessary. If so, we will help you do so.

Finally, we have many additional Trusted Companies for various other products, accessories, and services. The following is not a complete list, but it does represent many of the companies and product brands we support:

  • Amazon
  • Apple Inc
  • AT&T
  • Automattic (Creators of WordPress)
  • Best Buy
  • Book Baby
  • Canary
  • DLink
  • Eve Systems
  • First Alert
  • Friday Labs
  • Google
  • Honeywell
  • HP
  • Hulu
  • IDevices
  • IHome
  • ISmart Alarm
  • JVC
  • Korg
  • Logitech
  • Lulu
  • Mynet Music
  • Phillips
  • Philo
  • Ring.Com
  • Roland
  • Sceptre
  • SimpliSafe
  • Sonos
  • Sprint

Not Just a Search Engine – Learn Why We’re Different

So you’ve heard about The Tech Juggernaut; it’s just another tech company, right? Not so much. Of course every company claims to be different than the competition. So why do we claim to be so different? It all starts with our TTJ guarantee.

The TTJ guarantee is our promise to you, and it’s why we think you’ll never want to buy your tech from anywhere else. In a nutshell, we’re not just a search engine. Many companies offer tech from all sorts of manufacturors. You can buy computers made by Apple, Dell, Lenovo, HP, and many others. You can buy the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, LG G5, on and on. We’re glad such tech companies exist, because people do have the right to make their own choices, and healthy competition is…well…healthy. However, at The Tech Juggernaut, we wanted to be completely different.

It’s quite simple. We only recommend products we use ourselves. That’s right, if we love a product or service, we’ll recommend it to you, help you purchase it, set it up for you, and offer you training and operational support on that product or service. If in two or three years we feel there is a better product or service in the same category, we’ll make that our official recommendation going forward, and we’ll encourage you to make the move the next time you’re ready to update your tech. We regularly research and study, read reviews and user guides, watch unboxing and review videos, and personally test products and services, in addition to the products and services we own ourselves, so we can always provide you with the best solutions to meet your needs. We’re always staying up-to-date on the latest products, services, features, and trends, and as an Apple Teacher and Apple Certified Associate, we have the skill to train you on any product or service you purchase through The Tech Juggernaut.

If by some chance, your circumstances require you to purchase a particular product category in which we have less hands-on experience, we have numerous “Trusted Companies” who can help us make the final decisions. Trusted Companies are not partners. They’re simply companies we’ve worked with many times – companies we like and would personally work with again. You can see our list of Trusted Companies by clicking here.

Along those lines, we should mention that we have no partner companies at all. This means we receive absolutely no kickbacks, incentives, commission, compensation, free lunches, or anything else from the companies we recommend. When we order your products, we do it in exactly the same way you would do it. The difference is, we handle all the grunt work for you, and we’ll continue to be your liaison and trainer going forward. So, you’ll always know who to contact for set-up and operational help, trouble-shooting, purchasing of future products, and more. Think of us as your personal technology concierge.

So what are you waiting for? Whether you need an iPad, a game system, a security system, an Apple TV and HomePod, smart home devices, or just about any other tech or consumer electronic product you can think of for your home, school, or business, we can help you purchase, set-up, and learn to use everything you need, and you’ll have the complete confidence of knowing you’ve purchased your gadgets from a company who not only has first-hand knowledge of the products, but also personally loves using them. Why would you ever shop anywhere else?