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New Incredibles 2 Toys Announced From Funko Toys


On June 15th, we’ll be blessed with another instalment from the much loved Pixar Animation Studios of the Incredibles. The Incredibles 2 will feature all of the original cast, including the quirky but lovable Edna Mode, and to celebrate the much awaited sequel, Funko Toys is releasing a new lineup of toys.

The toys from Funko will include pens, plush toys, keychains, minis and bobbleheads.

Click here to learn more about the new offerings from Funko Toys.


Secret Tips on How to Make the Most of Your Costco Shopping Trip


Having just come back from Costco Canada yesterday to get my bi-weekly haul of bulk goodies, I can assure you that these shopping tips are ones that I defer to frequently before I pack the car up to go to my local Costco.

Everyone knows that buying in bulk can (most of the time) save you money rather than shopping at your more conveniently located grocery store, but there are some hacks for shopping at Costco that will ensure that you are saving the maximum amount of money.

Here, we’ve rounded up the tips that will guarantee that you are maximizing your saving at every corner:

Choosing your membership

Costco offers different types of memberships for different types of shoppers, and for some people, it may not even make fiscal sense to invest in a membership if you only find yourself frequenting every couple of months. If you are this kind of shopper, then I’d advise getting one of your friends to grab you a Costco cash card.

If you’re a more frequent Costco shopper, then you’ll have the option to buy an executive, a business or gold star membership. If you’re shopping for a big family, or you and your roommates have gone split on a Costco membership and use it to stock the house, then it might make sense to invest the $120/year for the executive membership.

This will give you 2% back up to a maximum of $1,000/year, which means if you spend at least $6,000/year that you’d be making the cost of your membership back. Otherwise, you should stick with the gold star membership, which is just $60/year. Also, all of these cards will include a FREE spouse card.

Knowing the pricing

This tip will just alert you to why items are being marked down the way they are, which will ultimately help you gage how much of that item you should grab (i.e. it will let you know if that particular item is going to stop being stocked):

  • if the price ends in….99…then it is just the regular price
  • if the price ends in….97…then it is marked down from regular price
  • if the price ends in….79, .49, .89…then they are specially priced items with the manufacturers discount
  • if the price ends in…*…then it means the item is going to be discontinued and won’t be restocked, so it’s your last chance to grab it
  • if the price ends in….88, .00…then it is a manager markdown, meaning it’s priced to sell fast

Join the vehicle program

If you join the vehicle program at Costco, then you can save hundreds of dollars off on brand name products for some of the best-selling vehicles in Canada.

What to buy at Costco

Now this hack will vary depending on what your particular preferences/needs are, but there are some things that are exclusively sold at Costco, or are simply sold at the best price at Costco. But unless you’re buying a product exclusive to Costco, or a size of a specific product that’s only sold at Costco, I’d recommend always having your shopping apps available so that you can do an instantaneous price compare while you’re shopping (e.g. Amazon, Walmart, Loblaws, Metro, etc.)

Some of the items that I find that I exclusively buy at Costco, as they are almost always cheaper than anywhere else are or they are only sold at Costco, are:

  • bulk packages of frozen fruit and veggies (they come in sizes that you can’t find at any grocery store, and at prices that are unbeatable)
  • baking necessities (Kirkland brand pure maple syrup, vanilla extract, yeast, spices, butter)
  • snacks (Bark Thins, trail mix, Kirkland 2.5lb nuts, dried mango)
  • spinach (the bulk organic packages only really make sense if you eat a lot of spinach, otherwise it’ll spoil before you’ve eaten through half the package!)
  • Scoop Away cat litter (obviously only practical for those of you with feline friends hanging around)
  • Nutella and peanut butter (Nutella is usually 25% the price of grocery store prices, and their natural nut butters are also usually cheaper)
  • movie and restaurant gift cards (these are 20% cheaper than the face value)
  • Rotisserie chicken breast meat (these are decently priced, but the best part is that they’ve already been stripped from the bone!)
  • Costco sheet cakes (these are double the size of your supermarket variety, but somehow will end up costing you less)
  • coffee (no matter what brand you’re buying, Costco will almost always have the most inexpensive and largest offering of your coffee, ground or unground)

Do you have any tips for saving extra money during your shopping trips at Costco Canada?

Click here to view Costco Canada’s latest flyers.


Canadian Tire Canada Announces Expansion of Rewards Program at Sport Chek, Gas Stations & More


Canadian Tire Canada announced that later this spring they will be expanding the Canadian Tire loyalty program to include all of their retail brands. This will mean that Canadian Tire rewards will be able to be collected and redeemed at all of the following stores:

The new rewards program, which comes amidst a climate of various Canadian retailers updating and expanding their rewards programs (e.g. Loblaws’ and Shoppers rewards program, Air Canada’s evolving rewards program), will come into effect this spring and will be renamed the Triangle Rewards program.

In addition to the new retailers that the rewards program will include, Canadian Tire is also offering two new MasterCards as part of the updated program.

With the premium, no annual fee Triangle World Elite Mastercard,  cardholders will receive all of the following benefits, in addition to Road Side assistance:

  • 4% back on qualifying purchases made online and in-store at Canadian Tire, Mark’s, Sport Chek and Atmosphere
  • 3% back in Canadian Tire Money on grocery store purchases
  • 5 cents back per litre on regular fuel and 7 cents per litre on premium fuel at any Canadian Tire gas bar
  • 1% back everywhere else you shop with your Triangle World Elite Mastercard

The Canadian Tire program was last updated in 1958, and the company’s chief marketing officer Susan O’Brien was quoted in an article written in the Globe and Mail that the change was a welcome one.

“We’ve got wonderful competition out there that’s making us think through new ways to connect our customers better and give them back the value that they want,” said O’Brien.


Jollibee, Philippines’ Largest Fast-Food Chain, Just Opened Its First Toronto Restaurant


Torontonians were reported to have been lining up for 10 hours on Easter Sunday just to get a taste of the chicken from Jollibee, a fast-food chain that has long been touted as the ‘McDonald’s of the Philippines’.

On both sides of the Pacific, Jollibee has long been a staple of Filipinos living inside and outside of their home country, serving up traditional American dishes, such as burgers, fries, chicken and spaghetti, with a uniquely Asian spin.

The chicken and gravy, which you can order at the location at a two-piece Chickenjoy, is arguably the most popular dish on the menu. A pro tip for maximum enjoyment from a seasoned Jollibee customer: ask for extra gravy sauce. You’ll need it for both dipping the chicken in, and then to pour over your rice.

The iconic Jollibee red and white mascot was first seen on the front step of the chain’s premiere restaurant in the Philippines in 1975. Since then, it has grown to become the small Southeast Asian country’s largest fast-food chain and this Scarborough location will become Canada’s third location, as there are already two operating in Winnipeg.

The chain is hoping to expand their Canadian fleet to include a location in downtown Edmonton and another two stores in Ontario, one in Mississauga and one in downtown Toronto.

If you do reside in the GTA, then you can make a trip to Scarborough Plaza to check out the Filipino fast-food offerings from Jollibee.

Click here to learn more about Jollibee Canada.


Peppa Pig Live! Tour Will Be Touring Through Canada Starting This April


Do you have a self-professed Peppa Pig fan at home? If so, then you’ll be keen to hear that the adorable pig will be heading out on tour in Canada starting this April 2018. The show is going to feature life size puppets, and will include all of the favourite characters that your child has come to love watching on the television, but this time they’ll be played out as anthropomorphized puppets!

You can get tickets at either Ticketmaster, where you will be able to grab seats for as little as $32 USD, or at the main Peppa Pig site where they are selling VIP passes for $179.50. This is a bit pricier than the general admission seats, but the VIP Surprise Party Pass will include all of the following extra perks:

  • 1 premium seat in the first 15 rows of the venue
  • Exclusive access to the Peppa Pig Party after the show
  • Healthy snacks and water
  • Meet and greet photo opportunity with the Peppa Pig cast on the pink carpet
  • 1 exclusive Peppa Pig lunch box
  • On-site party concierge

Another possible option, should it be available in your city, is to pick up tickets on Groupon, where tickets have already been discounted (for the Hamilton show on May 1st) to be just $35 (reg. $53.40).

Click here to learn more about the specific dates that Peppa Pig will be making a stop in your town.


Budget Airline Norwegian Air Gives Hope of More Cheap Flights Between Canada and Europe


Things are looking up for the Canadian traveler as flight prices between Europe and Canada are expected to get much lower with the introduction of Norwegian Air, a budget European airline, into the Canadian market.

The Canadian Transportation Agency has given an initial permit to the Norwegian airline service, who are anticipated to start selling tickets ahead of their official summertime launch. Before things can become official, however, the airline service must first receive approval from Transport Canada. The fact that they’ve already been given permission to start selling tickets ahead of their launch though indicates that things will be going forward without a hitch.

“The agency is satisfied that there is a high probability that the licence will issue prior to the intended startup date on July 23, 2018,” the CTA said in a statement, according to CBC.

Norwegian Air has yet to confirm what routes they’ll be flying to in Canada, nor given an indication of what their prices will be, but one can guess that they will be competitive with the other budget airlines who have been contending for the attention of the Canadian traveler. For instance, in 2015, Wow Air (an Icelandic carrier) set up a route between Canada and Europe that cost less than $100. Later, they added a flight between Canada and continental Europe that cost just $149!

In a similar move, the Latvian carrier Primera Air announced last year that they would begin flying between Toronto and continental Europe for as little as $199. These flights are going to be taking off from Pearson starting next month and will be running three times a week between England and Toronto and four times between France and Toronto.

Click here to learn more about Norwegian Air.


How to Save at the Movies This March Break


Now I may date myself when I say this, but I remember when you could go to the movies with just a crisp $5 bill in your pocket. Nowadays, that will barely put a dent in covering your jumbo-sized Coke or equally large bag of popcorn. That being said, there are a couple of hacks that can keep you and your family on the straight and narrow when it comes to saving at the movies. We’ve collected these tips into one list so that you can not only save money this March Break, but continue to save even after the kiddies are back at school.

The first and probably best deal that you should cash-in on is the one from Cineplex Canada, where they are offering March Break movies from Monday through to Friday (dates will vary depending on your region) for just $2.99. This is the same awesome price that they offer their Family Favourites movies for each Saturday morning, which you can continue to take advantage of even after March Break!

This one isn’t necessarily a ‘hack’ but more of a throwing your name in the hat for a chance to win free movies for an entire year. Virgin Mobile is offering this contest for members through till January 27, 2019 and they will be drawing a new name to announce a new winner each week. Your chances are pretty slim, but hey, it’s free movies so it’s worth a shot at least?

If you’re a CAA member and you live in Manitoba, then this offer can snag your two FREE movie vouchers when you refer a friend to CAA. This offer is only valid in some provinces throughout Canada, but if you’re in Manitoba then you can refer a friend either by presenting the coupon in-person, online or over the phone. Not a bad deal for gaining two free movies, arguably valued at $20 or more!

The SCENE Rewards program is one of the more consistent hacks to save on going to the movies, as it will save you 10% off on already-discounted cheap Tuesday movies plus 10% off on movie snacks. And with each movie purchase you make with your SCENE card, you’ll be that much closer to receiving a FREE movie, as you only need to collect 1,000 SCENE points.

Members who are also Scotiabank members can even stand to save and earn a little more, as the Scotiabank SCENE Debit Card allows cardholders to actually earn SCENE points on debit purchases. The same applies for the SCENE Visa Card and with both cards you’ll receive a registering bonus of 5,000 points for the debit card and 4,000 points for the Visa card.

Click here to see what movies are playing at Cineplex Canada.


Canada Unveils New $10 Bill Featuring Civil Rights Activist and First African-Canadian Woman


Viola Desmond may not have been given her fair claim to fame when she was living, but she will now be forever cemented as not only being the first non-royal woman to be featured prominently on a piece of regularly circulating Canadian currency, but also the first African-Canadian woman to be featured on a Canadian bill. The new $10 bill was unveiled with Desmond’s portrait in Halifax, Nova Scotia on March 8, which was, fittingly, also International Women’s Day.

Bill Morneau, the finance minister, presented the then unseen $10 note to Desmond’s sister, Wanda Robson, who went on to thank the artist behind her sister’s currency recreation for capturing a “beautiful” and “unique” bank note.

Desmond’s contribution to Canada’s civil rights movement deserves more recognition than she has historically been treated with, and this bill marks a step in correcting that wrong. She began her activism in the 1940s, most notably when she refused to leave the whites-only section of a movie theatre in Nova Scotia. This landmark event would occur nearly ten years before Rosa Parks would refuse to leave the whites-only section of a bus in Alabama, though Desmond has received much less recognition for her act of bravery than her southern counterpart.

You can expect to see the bill in regular circulation in late 2018.


Make Sure You Don’t Own The Model of Instant Pot That is Reportedly Overheating and Melting


Cherished for its ability to speed up cooking by 2-10 times, while also using 70% less energy than traditional pressure cookers, the Instant Pot is coming under some unwanted external heat after reports surfaced that some of their customers were experiencing overheating and, in some cases, melting of their products.

The Canadian cooking appliance company has since asked that the affected model, the Gem 65 8-in-1 multi cookers, stop being used by their customers after learning that some of these cookers were actually melting on the underside of the product due to extreme overheating.

In a statement issued on their Facebook page, the company went on to say that: “We believe the problem only affects batchcodes 1728, 1730, 1731, 1734, and 1746.”

You can find the batchcode for your Instant Pot by first finding the four-digit product code that is underneath the label of the product.

It should also be heavily emphasized that this is not a product recall, but rather an advisory from the company to stop using the product any further.

“We want you to know that we take any problem with our products extremely seriously as safety and quality are our primary concern, and we are working cooperatively with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission,” the company said.

More information on the status of the Instant Pot’s that are affected by this advisory is expected to come out in the next few weeks, the statement on their website continued. This will also include updates about whether or not customers will receive a replacement or will be required to recall the item.

Click here to read more of the Instant Pot statement.


What You Can Expect From Disney World in 2018


No, we are not reverse ageing here at Smart Canucks, though I am feeling a bit of my childlike whim and whimsy in writing about one of the places I held in the highest regard from ages 4 to 16. But in case you need some more adult-like justification for reading about one of the most magical places on earth, that is, Walt Disney World, then you should know that the New York Times recently named Disney World as number 41 of their 52 Places to Visit in 2018.

Part of the Times reasoning behind recommending Disney World, specifically for the more seasoned traveller, is because of a redesign that the Disney World neighbourhood known as Downtown Disney has undergone in 2018. The neighbourhood has been rebranded as Disney Springs and features hot culinary venues from top chefs in the industry, such as Wolfgang Puck and Masaharu Morimoto. Disney Springs also has a grown-up wine bar opening in the spring in addition to some evening activities that only people who are above the drinking age will truly appreciate.

But aside from the adult playground that Disney is updating, there are also a number of new attractions, rides and renovations that Disney World will be launching in 2018. We’ve collected just a couple of the reasons why you’ll want to make 2018 the year you make everyone in your family’s dreams come true!

New lands to explore

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to explore Andy’s backyard through the vantage point of one of his toy soldiers from the Disney Pixar movie franchise Toy Story? Well starting in summer 2018, you will be able to do so at the 11-acre Toy Story Land, which will include rides like Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers.

Also coming in 2018, at Walt Disney World at least (Disneyland will have to wait until 2019), is the addition of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Magic Kingdom

In case you’ve been anxiously wondering when US President Donald Trump will be added to the Hall of Presidents inside Magic Kingdom, you needn’t fret as an animatronic version of the headline grabbing president made its way into the ride this past December 2017.

New Rides

There are a number of new rides coming in 2018, and even more were announced to the lineup to be added over the next few years!

  • TRON COASTER (opening on 50th anniversary in 2021): Tron Coaster will be replaced and setup closeby to Space Mountain
  • MICKEY’S RUNAWAY RAILWAY (not announced yet, but last day to ride original is Aug. 13, 2018): The classic The Great Movie Ride is going to be replaced with a new and immersive ride, called Mickey’s Runaway Railway
  • RATATOUILLE ATTRACTION (unspecified date): a Ratatouille themed attraction will be arriving at Epcot
  • SEAMLESS CIRCLE-VISION IN CHINA PAVILION (opening date not announced): an updated digital video production at the China Pavilion

Canadians receive 20% discount offer!

 

As always, saving the best for last with this offer that is exclusively available to Canadian residents. In case you missed our much more detailed post about this saving opportunity back in November, you can check it out here as all the same rules and restrictions apply.

Essentially, if you buy a pass for at least four days, then you will qualify to receive a discount of 20% off. You will only have until February 10, 2018 to buy tickets at this reduced price and you will have until December 31, 2018 to activate your tickets.

There is always a good time to visit Walt Disney World, but 2018 is really shaping up to be the best for both new offerings and money saving.

Click here to buy tickets to Walt Disney World.


Sobeys Canada Partners With UK’s Ocado To Develop Online Grocery Delivery Business


Loblaws Canada and Amazon had best watch out, as Sobeys Canada has recently announced their bold decision to amp up their online grocery delivery service by partnering with the UK supermarket brand Ocado Group.

Since Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market last year, the multi-national e-commerce site has been putting pressure on Canadian grocers, such as Sobeys, to make significant improvements to their online grocery delivery systems.

“We want to be the other player,” Sobeys spokesperson Cynthia Thomspon said in an interview with Bloomberg. “The grocer that is competing with them head on.”

And this deal between British Ocado and Sobeys intends to launch the Canadian grocer into competing head on with the tech giant, specifically when it comes to their online grocery business.

Ocado will provide Sobeys with engineering and tech support to help build their online brand, an expertise that can be seen in Ocado’s own successful launch of Ocado.com and several other specialist banners.

The two firms are going to be setting up their main warehouse in the Greater Toronto Area over the course of the next two years, where they will build a customer base by providing services to 1,500 stores across the region falling under brands like IGA, Safeway and Thrifty Foods.

Sobeys has made this announcement just on the heels of their competitor Loblaw Companies Ltd., who also said they would be outsourcing their home delivery services to an international company. Loblaws announced they would be partnering with the California-based Instacart to provide home delivery services starting in Toronto and would later be adding Vancouver to the cities with home delivery.

Click here to learn more about the Sobeys and Ocado partnership.


Ontario is one step closer to implementing the distracted driving law


Distracted driving can take on many forms, but the most common example that you’ll probably see cruising down the freeway on your morning commute to work are people who have one hand resting on the steering wheel and the other furiously thumbing through their Facebook newsfeed.

This is just one example among countless others, but these offences – as they will soon be known – are going to have some serious repercussions if you’re caught doing them in the Ontario, as the province’s new rules are set to take effect after receiving Royal Assent.

“The law has been passed — it’s now just a matter of time,” the Toronto police Const. Clint Stibbe said to 680 NEWS on Monday.

“You the driver has to decide, is answering that text message or making that phone call going to be worth it when you can’t buy your way out of this anymore. You will receive a licence suspension and you will receive a substantial fine.”

These new rules that are to come into effect will mean that offenders who are caught breaking the law and are convicted will automatically have their driver’s license suspended and will receive fines reaching as high as $3,000 for individuals who are convicted three or more times.

For your first offence, you will be fined a maximum of $1,000 whereas for your second conviction you would receive a maximum fine of $2,000.

The suspension of your license will follow a similar scheme to the fines, with your first offence leading to a three day suspension, you second conviction would be a seven day suspension and people who are convicted three or more times will have their license taken away for 30 days.

The license suspension, however, will be at the discretion of the judge who will have to order the license to be taken away, meaning officers won’t be able to confiscate licenses on the side of the road.

Click here to learn more about the distracted driving law in Ontario.


Tim Hortons Canada Is “Slightly” Raising the Prices on Some Breakfast Sandwiches


It started with their hot beverages getting a price hike this past August, and it now appears that your favourite Tim Hortons Canada breakfast sandwiches may also be witnessing a “slight” price increase in the next few weeks, as CBC reports.

According to the reports gathered by the CBC, Tim Hortons will raising the prices on some breakfast sandwiches by 20 cents.

When Tim Hortons was asked by the news outlet about which exact products would be seeing this unpleasant price hike and what locations would be receiving this update, they could not confirm. The only information that they could offer up was that the raised prices was not related to the minimum wage increase.

This price surge has come after some franchise owners in Ontario decided to cut the benefits of their employees in order to balance the hit they’ll take from Ontario increasing their minimum wage from $11.60 an hour to $14.

“Regular adjustments to menu prices are a normal part of the restaurant business,” said a Tim Hortons spokesperson in an email to CBC News. “Many factors are considered when determining the final price of each menu offering and prices may vary by region.”

Most of the locations that the CBC found reports of the price increase taking place were in Ontario, and after asking an employee of a Tim Hortons in Ontario about the company’s policy on raising prices he confirmed that they usually take place across a large region, such as the entire province.

One customer interviewed for the CBC report found that their go-to breakfast, a bagel sandwich breakfast meal, has increased in price from $6.77 to $7.

Have you noticed an increase in the prices of any of your favourite menu items from Tim Hortons?

Click here to find the nearest Tim Hortons location to you.


What to Expect From Apple in 2018: HomePod, New Large iPhone Xs, iPad Pro, Apple Watch 4 & More


Apple Canada made 2017 quite a landmark year. With the release of three new iPhones, an all new Apple Watch plus a number of other smaller releases – that probably didn’t garner as much attention in light of the products just mentioned – it would be difficult for 2018 to top the previous year. However, we’re already hearing rumours of some product releases that could very well dethrone 2017 for being one of Apple’s biggest years.

Here, we break down what some experts suspect might be some of Apple’s biggest releases for 2018:

HomePod – Early 2018 ($349 USD)

The HomePod is the first wi-fi connected smart speaker from Apple – think along the lines of competitor brands like the Amazon Echo or the Google Home. You can expect to have this fine piece of smart technology in your homes by early 2018, or so that’s what Apple says. Originally it was supposed to come out on the market for Christmas, but has since been delayed to an unspecified date in 2017.

The device is apparently going to retail for $349 USD, which in Canada should translate to be about $433 by today’s exchange rate.

Three New iPhones – September 2018 ($805-$929)

There are apparently going to be three new updates to the Apple iPhones that were introduced in 2017; including the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus.

The followup to the iPhone X will have the same OLED display, but some rumours suggest that there will be both a 5.8-inch option and a 6.5-inch option.

In addition to these to OLED phones, there are suggestions that Apple is going to release a 6.1-inch iPhone with LCD display. This smartphone is said to be more affordable than the already mentioned models.

iPad Pro – September 2018 (unknown price)

The iPad Pro, set to be released in September 2018 (allegedly), is said to feature some of the add-ons that made the iPhone X so popular, more specifically the face ID technology.

It apparently will also not include a home button and will include slimmer details like the iPhone X.

There has been no confirmation about the size of this higher-end iPad, but the company is likely to stick with their standard iPad dimensions of 10.5-inch options.

Apple Watch Series 4 – September 2018 (unknown price)

There is a very high probability that we will see the fourth-generation of the Apple Watch in 2018, considering the company has been updating the model annually since its original release.

Some of the changes anticipated to come with the fourth-generation is a redesign of the watch, particularly considering that it hasn’t changed since its initial release.

Other rumours indicate that Apple might be harnessing the use of micro-LED displays for the new Watch. And on the robes of tech companies wanting to expand into using their apps to gather technology for medical research, it would not be surprising either to see the new Apple Watch featured new sensors for testing a person’s EKG.

The new sensors might also include testing blood glucose levels – through non-invasive measures – but it has yet to be confirmed if this will be part of the 2018 release.

iMac and iMac Pro – Mid-to-Late 2018

Without fail, we’re likely to see updates to both the iMac and the iMac Pro, as there is typically an annual update for the former of these models. The 21.5 and the 27-inch machines are likely to receive the update to 8th-generation Coffee Lake chips, which – as Intel has said – should make the machines up to 32% faster than before.

Whether or not these machines will receive design makeovers is still to be determined, but stay tuned to this site and we’ll be sure to have updates once they are released to the general public.

New Software – June Preview, September Release

At this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, which takes place each June, we should anticipate a preview of the new software for iOS devices, Macs, Apple TV and the Apple Watch, as this is typically when the software is sampled.

After the conference, the general public can expect to receive beta versions and public beta testers before the big release in September.

Bloomberg is saying that Apple is working on creating a universal app solution that would sync apps across iPhone, iPad, and Macs. This would be really big news for developers, as currently they have to create an app for iPads, iPhones, Mac, the Apple Watch and the Apple TV if they want it to be used on all devices.

More information about the update is likely to begin surfacing in the week’s leading up to the conference.

Other releases and rumours:

Some of the other products that are rumoured to receive an update/get released in 2018 include:

  • Apple TV shows
  • Mac mini
  • Mac Pro and display
  • new iPhone SE
  • possible new Macbook update
  • Macbook Pro update (June)
  • next-generation AirPods
  • AirPower Charging Mat

To learn more about the possible updates and rumours around Apple’s year ahead, you can read the full article at MacRumors.

Click here to begin shopping at Apple Canada.


Apple Apologizes Over Slowing Down Products & Offers Reduced Battery Prices


Apple Canada has issued an official apology to their customers after officially admitting to have intentionally slowed down some of their older models of iPhones and in exchange for their apology they are also offering customers a reduced fee of out-of-warranty battery replacements for all affected models.

The statement that Apple issued offered more details about an ongoing issue which has seen the company admit to having implemented measures that made the update from iOS 10.2.1 hinder the performance of iPhone models like SE, 6, 6Plus, 6s and 6s Plus.

Apple continued in their statement that they would never “intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.”

Currently, the company is contesting a power management feature that was originally introduced in the iOS 10.2.1, which came out with the iPhone 6 and 6s. The power management feature was part of an initiative to reduce the number of unexpected shutdowns that were the result of high power draws.

However, despite these claims, Apple has been on the receiving end of a number of lawsuits that claim that the company intentionally messed around with customers products to purposefully slow down older iPhone models.

In their supporting document, Apple claims that:

A chemically aged battery also becomes less capable of delivering peak energy loads, especially in a low state of charge, which may result in a device unexpectedly shutting itself down in some situations.

The power management features that Apple is discussing are ones that will be added to newer models of iPhones, regardless of their model.

Issues of slower speeds began to surface this past fall when Apple claims they began receiving reports from customers that they were witnessing slower speeds in their Apple products. The company says that initially they believed this was in part to blame for the software updates involved with the products, plus there were some minor unaddressed bugs in iOS 11, however they now believe it may be the result of chemical aging of the batteries.

To relieve the possible woes of customers, Apple has said they will make several changes, including a price for out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacements, which is being dropped from $79 to $29. This change will last from late January through to December 2018.

Apple also plans to provide additional feedback on the price drop in the future, but they say it will apply to anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery requires replacing.

In addition to the reduced battery price, Apple has made the additional move to become more transparent by providing an iOS update that will include new features that give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone’s battery. This way, they say, customers will be able to clearly see whether the state of the battery is affecting performance.

We will continue to provide coverage of this topic as thing develop in the future.

Click here to learn more about the battery issue with Apple Canada.


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