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This is What to Expect from Apple in 2015

This is What to Expect from Apple in 2015

There’s always a lot to look forward to from Apple, but the upcoming year looks particularly exciting. Coming up from Apple in 2015 is a brand new product called the Apple Watch; all the regular (but still exciting) yearly updates to technology like the MacBook, the iPhone, and the iPad; as well as possibly the much-anticipated revolutionary upgrade to the Apple TV. Read below to learn what to expect from Apple in 2015.

1. Apple Watch

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    Apple held its press event announcing the Apple Watch in September, but the gadget isn’t expected to debut for at least a couple more months until February. The first new category of product since the iPad launched in 2010, the Apple Watch is smart technology on your wrist similar to Android Wear. The Apple Watch will come in three forms: Watch, Watch Sport, and Watch Edition, each of which have multiple screen sizes to choose from. The price starts at $349.

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    Many think that the Apple Watch will legitimize wearable technology for the masses, so its launch is sure to be exciting. It’s arguably Apple’s most anticipated launch of 2015.

    2. MacBook Air Retina

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      A retina version of the crazy-thin MacBook Air is expected from Apple in early 2015. With the help of new Intel CPUs, Apple finally has a way to use a retina display for its MacBook Airs while holding on to a 10-hour battery life. This isn’t going to revolutionize the PC market by any stretch, but it’s sure to delight a lot of computer users looking for higher resolution screens. It will likely start at $899, the same price as the current MacBook Air.

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      3. iPhone 6s/7

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        The new iPhone, whatever it’s called, will get a lot of attention like all iPhones do, but the upgrades expected honestly aren’t anything all that special. They might upgrade from gorilla glass to scratch-resistant sapphire and move up to a more powerful A9 chip. There’s also a remote possibility of wireless charging and maybe a reversible USB charger, but those are only rumors right now. If history is any indication, the new iPhone will launch in September. A $199 price with a two-year cell phone contract can be expected.

        4. iPad Pro/iPad Plus

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          I don’t know how many people were clamoring for a bigger iPad from Apple in 2015, but for those who were, I’ve got good news. What may be known as the iPad Pro or the iPad Plus is expected to be 12.9 inches. Targeted primarily for professional use, the word is that Apple and IBM partnered to create around a hundred enterprise apps for iPads and iPhones. Since the tablet market is on unsteady ground, Apple hopes this new iPad will shake things up. The expected release date for the device is currently somewhere between April and June, but that could easily change. The iPad Pro/iPad Plus could either start at the current iPad’s price of $499 or jump to $599.

          5. Apple TV

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            The $99 streaming box competing with the likes of Roku, Chromecast and the Amazon Fire TV is hopefully getting a long-awaited upgrade from Apple in 2015. The biggest hurdle for Apple is acquiring content that will enable them to steal people away from their cable subscriptions. HBO offering a streaming service separate from cable was a good start, but Apple needs more than that. There are rumors that the new Apple TV will have a PVR-style hard drive, which could turn it into a full home entertainment device. That would mean that it would cost significantly more than its current $99 price tag, though. No release date is known, though fans are hoping it will show up sometime in the new year.

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            Hopefully we’ll see the Apple TV, along with all the other gadgets, at some point from Apple in 2015.

            Featured photo credit: Apple amnesty/Dan Taylor via flickr.com

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            11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

            11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

            Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

            Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

            Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

            In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

            1. ScheduleOnce

              ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

              ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

              ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

              Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

              Available on Web

              2. Calendly

                Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                3. Assistant.to

                  For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                  From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                  While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                  Available on Web

                  4. Acuityscheduling

                    Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                    It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                    Available on Web | iOS | Android

                    5. Pick

                      Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                      At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                      Available on Web

                      6. X.ai

                        For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                        This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                        Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                        Available on Web

                        7. YouCanBook.me

                          is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                          They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                          Available on Web

                          8. Doodle

                            Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                            It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                            You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                            While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                            Available on Web | iOS | Android

                            9. WhenAvailable

                              WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                              Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                              Available on Web

                              10. Rally

                                Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                Available on Web

                                11. NeedtoMeet

                                  Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                  NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                  While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                  Available on Web

                                  Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                  In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                  To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                  Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                  A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                  Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                  If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                  Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                  With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                  The Bottom Line

                                  Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                  Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                  Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

                                  Featured photo credit: rawpixel via unsplash.com

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