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  • Iphone 5 Breakdown and Take-Apart Video

    Break it down! iPhone 5

    We here at http://www.fix-iphones.com know that everyone has been itching to get their hands on the iPhone 5.  And the thing we like to do most as soon as we get one is to take it apart! Our favorite part of the whole process is to break it down, and see what makes the little guy run.  We love to see all of those shiny guts and innards of this machine, and here is what we found.

    iPhone 5 Take Apart Video

     

    In this iPhone 5 Breakdown video, you will see that the LCD digitizer and glass are all actually one piece now. This makes for much faster and easier repairs. Is Apple trying to take it easy on itself for its one-year, under-warranty fixes? Or, alternatively, could this be an extremely elegant design solution for a new and totally redesigned phone? Can’t it be both?

    The other major feature of note? This iPhone 5 breakdown video shows that the vibrate motor has returned yet again to the old faithful model of the iPhone 3G and 4, abandoning the design and specs of the motor from the iPhone 4S.  Just as we predicted in previous posts, Apple is reviving a lot of the earlier design choices from the iPhone 3G models.  And we’re ok with that. We think that the design choices, given the limited space available with the larger battery requirements (to work on LTE) these were pretty smart solutions. Indeed, why did they change them in the first place? It’s almost as though the Apple iPhone was evolving in one direction (that of the 4S) and decided to backtrack and relive successes of previous iterations.

    So there’s your first look at an iPhone 5 breakdown. We hope you enjoyed seeing all of the fancy new bits and bobs just as much as we did.  What’s your favorite part of the redesign? Let us know in the comments.

    Curtis Taylor

    Curtis is a tech expert and go to guy for fix-iphones.com.

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  • The Heretic’s Guide to Fixing a Water Damaged iPhone.

    How to Save a Water Damaged iPhone from www.fix-iphones.com

    In our experience here at RepairLabs, there are a few things that you can do to save your water damaged iPhone. Yes, there are a  TON of people out there on the internets who claim they know the right way to save a water damaged iPhone.

    Plonk. That awful sound when you realize your phone is in the toilet.

    Facepalm. That awful moment when you know you’re going to have to fish it out. Fast.

    But now what? Now that you know your phone has water damage, what do you do? You get on the Internet and figure out how to save it. You read five or ten articles and they tell you the same things over and over. Put it in rice. Remove the SIM card. Take out the battery. Big help.  Only an expert with a specialized jewelry flathead screwdriver can get the battery out of an iPhone. And the rice trick is dubious at best. We know that everybody on the internet swears by it. This is the guide that will tell you what really works and what doesn’t. It’ll probably say some unpopular things, going against common Net wisdom, so we’ll get all the Heresy out of the way right at the beginning.

     

    The Myths of How to Save a Water Damaged iPhone.

    So, should you really put it in a bag of rice, or is that just a myth? It sure makes ya feel better. Almost like you have some control over the situation. Yes, rice is a desiccant, just like those silica gel packs you find in beef jerky bags. They keep things from getting…chewy.  If you want to leave it in rice while you wait your 48 hours, be our guest. It can’t really hurt anything. To try the rice trick, simply seal your phone in a Ziploc full of rice, making sure to get all the extra air out of it. Leave your water damaged iPhone off for at least 48 hours in the rice. But we’ve fixed hundreds of wet, water damaged iPhones here, and you wouldn’t believe how many of those actually arrive here in that bag of rice. It just doesn’t help.  It doesn’t do anything but waste rice.

    Other people recommend silica gel packs or desiccant, but we rarely have those on hand, and time is of the essence in taking out the moisture. Rust and corrosion can begin to develop in one day.

    • DON’T: Shake your iPhone to get out any extra water that was in it.  It seems like a really great idea, but it’s not. You want to prevent the water from moving across any circuitry. This is when you can actually do extra damage causing shorts and corrosion that you wouldn’t have otherwise.
    • DON’T: Worry about taking out the SIM card. You can’t remove the iPhone’s battery, and we don’t recommend trying, given all the delicate innards of the device.
    • DON’T: try sucking out the extra moisture with a vacuum cleaner hose and nozzle. This is just is another opportunity for water to move across more circuitry.
    • DON’T put it in the oven. This can melt tiny pieces of logic board. We’ve actually fixed a phone that someone put in the oven to dry out.  Never put a water damaged iPhone in the microwave. This will destroy both the phone and the microwave, and then burn your entire house down.

     

    So what SHOULD you do?

    Water Damaged iPhone Triage. What to do:

    Okay, so your phone has gone swimming.

    Your warranty is now void. Don’t worry about voiding it. iPhone warranties don’t cover water damage, and remember, you can’t trick the guys at Apple. They have liquid sensors all over those little phones. Check out what they look like here.  You’ll see white strips, some with red stripes, inside your phone (in the headphone jack, for instance) that will turn pink or bleed if the phone’s been exposed to water damage.  We’ve repaired hundreds of cell phones and these are the things that we know from experience  that work:

    • Get that phone out of the water ASAP.
    • THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART: Power it off immediately. If it hasn’t already powered off, turn it off.  If it won’t stop “Pinwheeling” or you can’t “slide to power off,” do a hard shutdown (press the home button and the screen button and hold for 10 seconds until the device powers off). This is critical; it’s your best chance to save your device.
    • Remove all peripherals and covers attached to the phone.
    • If it’s been totally submerged in salt water or chlorinated water, go ahead and rinse it in tap water. This will prevent the chlorinated and salt water from crystalizing in your device, again causing shorts. If your iPhone was just splashed or sprinkled, it doesn’t count. Only do this if your device was submerged and soaked.
    • Gently blow dry with a hairdryer on the lowest setting. Many articles say to never do this. They believe you are stupid and will melt your own logic boards. We think you’re smart enough to work a hair dryer.  Keep the dryer moving at all times and don’t let the phone get hot.  15 minutes should be plenty.  The idea is to evaporate the moisture without moving it across any more circuitry, exposing it to more possible short outs. The important part is to get a warm steady stream of dry air, so in theory you could even leave it in front of the heater vent overnight with the same effect.
    • Leave it alone for at least 48 hours before you even THINK of turning it back on.  If it’s going to come back to life, this is your chance. 48 hours at a miniumum, 72 is better. Utilize this time to unplug, and reconnect with your family. (Hear 1950s informational film voice.)  If the device was in the water for more than a minute, at least 6-7 days.
    • If you are stout of heart, and can stand submerging the device again you can try an alcohol bath, as FiscalGeek explains in this great article. Alcohol won’t harm your phone (any more than it’s already been harmed by the water damage), and will dry out any extra moisture in it.  You’ll need denatured alcohol. (Available at Walmart and hardware stores, usually around the paint sections.)A 95% alcohol solution is best (rubbing alcohol is around 75%), and not suitable for human consumption. Please do not submerge your phone in Cake Vodka. Or any vodka.

     

    1. Get a container slightly larger than the phone, and fill with alcohol.
    2. Remove any plugs or covers on the phone, so that the liquid can get it.
    3. Submerge your phone in the liquid. You may need to weight it down.
    4. Gently jiggle the container around to make certain the alcohol can flush out all of the water.
    5. Soak it for at least 5 minutes.  You can repeat this step if you aren’t successful the first time.
    6. Take your iphone out of the liquid and let it dry.  The alcohol evaporates very quickly but you want to be certain no water remains that can cause short-outs.

     

    The overarching theme of all the research I’ve done on this leads to one point. You don’t turn that phone back on. No matter how worried you are or how upset or how much you just really really neeeed to see if you got any text messages. This is the time that short circuits can occur.  You must give it time for all that water to dry out and prevent further damage.

    If after 72 hours or an alcohol bath it won’t power back on, it’s time to send it in to us. Sometimes, even if it does come back to life, it’s sustained some corrosion damage from the moisture. (What we’re aiming to prevent with the alcohol bath.)  It may power on but behave erratically with different functionalities of the phone working and not. Water damage does some weird stuff to an iPhone, like making it vibrate at the wrong times, or making the WiFi not work.

    The good news is that it’s fixable. Even if Apple won’t, we fix ‘em all the time, and it’s almost always cheaper to fix a water damaged iPhone than to replace it.  (We can do it for as little as forty bucks.) You can see some of our water damage fix options here.

     

    Sources:

    http://techpp.com/2009/12/13/how-to-save-and-repair-your-mobile-phone-after-water-damage/

    http://www.fiscalgeek.com/2009/06/ff_water_damaged_cellphone/

    http://www.wikihow.com/Save-a-Wet-Cell-Phone

    http://www.blogonerd.me/2011/09/what-to-do-if-your-iphone-gets-water.html

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3302

    Under: Water Damaged iPhone.

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

  • Who Knew Siri Could be So Sexy? iOS 6 Infographic

    The RepairLabs at fix-iphones.com are pretty stoked about all of the fancy new changes to Siri in the latest iteration of the Apple operating system, iOS 6.  We let our Social Media Girl come up with an infographic with a brief rundown of all of the nifty new additions. This is what she came up with. She thinks Siri is sexy too.

    Siri iOS 6 Infographic of new features

    She does it all, boys.

    Between the restaurant reviews and the movie reviews- and the nav!- just let her plan your date nights.

     

     

     

    Sources

    http://www.infowars.com/siri%E2%80%99s-dirty-little-secret/

    http://mashable.com/2012/06/11/ios-6-revaled/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable%2FS

    ocialMedia+%28Mashable+%C2%BB+Social+Media+Feed%29#68581Ivy-Bridge

    http://www.cultofmac.com/172994/hands-on-demo-of-siris-new-features-in-ios-6-video/

    http://mashable.com/2012/06/15/wozniak-on-siri/

    http://www.siri-isms.com/computer-world-431/

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

  • So-Called iPhone 5 Leak Videos are BUNK.

     

     Why the Leaked iPhone 5 Videos are Fake.

    RepairLabs cries FOUL and takes issue with all of these so called new iPhone schematics that are being eagerly gobbled up by the web community.  9 to 5 Mac has just shared a video from Macotarkara, and I hate to be the one to break it to them (as I wholeheartedly love and respect this news source) but this isn’t the real deal. I’m afraid all the hype around this so-called prototype is nothing more than bunk and blather.

    Leaked iphone 5 Glass image from Macotakara

    A still from the Macotakara video claiming to show iPhone 5 glass, in comparison to the current iPhone 4 in front of it.

    • First of all, we can’t really get in for a close look at the varmint. Yes, we ourselves have received less than perfect images from our sources, but couldn’t they get us a high resolution shot that we can really investigate?  However we’re willing to concede that better images just may not be available if an anonymous source from a Chinese manufacturing company is providing the images. We’ve been in that position with our leak of iPad 3 Back Housing, back in Februray.

     

    • But take a look at the cuts on the metal around the casing. They aren’t the usual beautiful clean cuts that are typical of Apple’s quality standards. I’ve worked with hundreds of iPhones and Apple Products, and none have ever looked this bad.  At best this is the work of a newbie CNC machinist.  Look close in the 9 to 5 Mac image, right where the Home Button should be on the white casing. See those tiny lines? See how they stop right before the edge of the metal? Apple doesn’t do that. Their housings aren’t machined, they’re pressed. This casing looks as though it has been CNC milled – you can see the bit cuts, that round off as the blade makes the turn.
    possible iPhone 5 components, casing and glass

    We think there's something fishy going on here...

     

    • Yes, it does have a barcode…because I couldn’t fake a barcode in five minutes with a stencil and some black Puffpaint.

     

    • I also take issue with the pill-shaped USB port. Apple has utilized the 30-Pin port since the release of the original iPod, back in November of 2001. That is eleven years, kids.  Why would they change it now? The thousands of accessories out there are all going to be rendered useless. With their founder and leader gone can Apple really have abandoned their core design (pardon the pun) so soon?

     

    • There are cheap knock-offs out there, usually produced in China. The 2nd (right) image below bears a striking resemblance to the supposed blueprints. Check out the port on this image, kinda…pill shaped? Definitely not real Apple there.  And the first (left) image is another fun example  of how teriffically BAD the knockoffs can be. Hilariously, pitifully bad.

     

     

    Two Chinese knock offs of the current iPhone

    Two very bad knock-offs of the current iPhone 4

     

    In this humble genius’ opinion, the ultra-secretive Apple company could possibly have leaked fakes in order to trace leaks.

    Yes all of these things do match perfectly with the leaked schematics of late, but could it be a little too perfect? Couldn’t some unscrupulous, opportunistic start-up have created a quick and dirty mock up in order to get a million and a half YouTube hits? Hardware expert Adrian Kingsly-Hughes makes a compelling case (see link above) against those blueprints. Heck, we here at RepairLabs could easily make up our own glass front panel and plunk it up on the Internet claiming it’s real.  In fact, this leaves me wondering, why didn’t we think of doing that?

    No, I won’t go so far as to say that this isn’t the new design, but I’m mighty skeptical.  One thing I’m certain of: these pictures are not real iPhone components.

     www.fix-iPhones.com

    Take me on in the comments, I dare you.

     

     

     

     

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

  • Justin Bieber, Colored iPhones and the Zombie Apocalypse

    Customized Color iPhone Housing, just like The Biebster

    Customized Color Housing Glass Options for iPhone

    You can choose from a wide range of colors to customize your iphone.

     

    Celebs Parade their Customized iPhones.

    Custom housing colors for the iPhones are all the rage these days, and they’re reportedly being adopted left and right by all the hottest celebrities. Here at Fix-iPhones.com, we  don’t just fix your iPhone, we can change your housing glass color too, and for only $249.  Options even include picking one color for your phone housing and choosing a different color Home Button for extra customization.

    As this Mashable article points out, it doesn’t usually come cheap, with other iPhone customization jobs starting at $1,050. This humble genius assumes that the stars had to pay a pretty penny for their custom phones.

     

     

    Alleged image of Justin Bieber with his Red Iphone

    Allegedly, Justin Bieber showing off his iPhone housing. Possibly a random Swedish Kid. Image from thejustinbiebershrine.com  

     

    Take for example Justin Bieber’s Internet-famed, jail-broken, red iPhone. And (even though there’s no proof whatsoever this is a photo of the Beibernator and not some Swedish kid living in his parent’s walk-out basement) it is rocking cool. True Beliebers swear up and down that scrawny arm and iPhone belong to him. And even if it’s not him per se, that color is hot enough that it ought tp belong to the Biebster.  As @BiebsHeaven  on Twitter hilariously intones:

     

    Bieber "will explode your ovaries" tweet from @BiebsHeaven

    @BiebsHeaven understands the awesome coolness and responsibility that comes with being Bieber.

     

     

     

    Miley Cyrus with blue iPhone

    Miley with her custom case; image from www.posh24.com

     

    Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus also get in on the iPhone act. Kim carries a silver-mirrored iPhone—though it’s unclear whether it’s a custom casing job, or just the shiny, reflective surface of a case that’s caught her attention and is now her BFF <3 forever. Miley sports a royal blue iPhone case. The great thing about customizing your housing color is if you just don’t like the extra bulk of a case, and you're easy on  your device, you can still shout out your allegiances and cool with with the color of your phone.

     

    Kim Kardashian with her Mirrored iPhone

    Kim loooves her pretty iPhone; image from kimkardashian.celebuzz.com

     

    And if you feel like I’ve just listed off 3 the ‘Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’ in this post, take comfort in the fact that the iPhone did beat out Kim Kardashian for  the #1 spot on Yahoo’s most searched terms of 2011, so we still probably do have a little while before the Zombie Apocalypse.  And look at it this way: a custom color scheme will make it easier to bug out, fast, when the Zombies finally do come. 

    What color iPhone casing would you like? Let me know in the comments. I think I want “Zebra” with a lime green home button…

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

  • iPhone 5, 4-inch Display: Pros and Cons

    www.fix-iphones.com

    iPhone 5Left: Possible Version of iPhone 5 with only the screen sized increased. Center: Current iPhone 4S. Right: Possible Version of iPhone 5 with entire size increased. The difference is about as much as a stack of 10 pennies.

    The rumors of the much anticipated 4-inch screen on the Apple iPhone 5 abound this week on the web. Since Reuters reaffirmed them yesterday, citing an anonymous source, it has become internet gospel and the source of countless artists’ mockups (some of the niftiest here on The Verge).

     So how different is the reported new screen size? Apple’s Old Faithful screen size, 3.5 inches, is growing to a whopping 4-inch (on the diagonal) screen. And how can we visualize the increase? Some analogs for the actual size of that half-inch include.

    •  A half-inch ear gaug
    • The hem on your pants (usually)
    • A stack of about 10 pennies
    • One half of an inch worm

    For the ladies, the ½ inch barrel of a curling iron, for when you want those sassy spirals.
    Really? Half of an inchworm is going to make a revolutionary difference in the way we interface with the world? Around the repair shop, we are not impressed. Really, how much difference can 10 pennies worth of screen size actually make? Apple doesn’t need to compete with Samsung’s Note, or the Android. Come on people, they’re Apple. They defined the smartphone. Heck, they invented it. Literally invented it.  So in that spirit, let’s think of reasons to abandon this cockamamie scheme that Apple has apparently entered into.

    Cons

    • You’ll have to move your thumb to navigate the whole screen. We’ll lose the ability to swipe in a single motion.
    • iPhones have always had a 3.5 inch screen. Always.
    • A bigger phone? Less Pocket space? Who wants to hold a brick up to their ear? (It all depends on whether Apple will increase the size of the entire phone, or just the screen, as illustrated in our mockups above.)
    • Crowding the other features: ear speaker, mic, camera, and Home button, especially if the rest of the phone stays the same size.
    • The rumored smaller pill-shaped doc connector (what about all of my accessories??? Am I gonna hafta buy more adapters??)
    • Rumored to be slimmer, or rounded, so you have to buy a new case. Again.
    • A bigger screen could also require longer loading time.  Not great when you’re trying to load a map.

    But not so fast. In the interests of ‘journalistic integrity’ and fair and balanced blogging, maybe I should adopt the position of Devil’s Advocate and consider some of the benefits this increase in screen size.  Consumers have begun to use their smartphones like we used to use laptops, for anything from watching videos to playing games, to reading the news to, DJing parties. Those little devices live in our pockets and backpacks and handbags. They go to the park and museum with us. We don’t like to be without them. Maybe it wouldn’t hurt if the screen was just a little bit bigger…

    Samsung has, after all, managed to sell some 20 million Galaxy II devices, which boast a 4.8-inch display. And the fact that not all of my Con points are precisely related to the ‘screen size’ gives me pause.  Maybe this isn’t the absolute worst idea I’ve ever heard…There are a few good points to a larger screen size, providing I won’t experience even the tiniest inconvenience  way from the change.

    Pros

    • More room for Angry Birds.
    • Good for guys, with large, clumsy fingers or “Sausage Hand Syndrome.”
    • Bigger view when running the apps.
    • Better gaming.
    • Reduced eye strain. Seriously, I’ve found myself holding my phone closer and closer to my face to read it.
    • Larger screens happen to be the hot trend right now.
    • Better widescreen videos.
    • More Message History at a glance.
    • Bigger Maps.
    • Fitting 4(!) more App Buttons on the Home Screen. Yesssssss. I can already feel my productivity skyrocketing.
    • Screenshots (See the link to the Verge above.) Look at how much Internet you can fit onto that baby! Check out the ‘Safari.app’ photo.
    • Now that I look at my 4S, it doesn’t reallllly seem to use all of that room around the screen, well, *ahem, efficiently.  There’s kind of a lot of space by the home button and ear speaker. In fact, next to the Galaxy II, it seems downright clunky and tiny.

    Size Matters

    Shame on you, Apple, for making me feel clunky and tiny at the same time! How dare you? It makes me wonder why we simply didn’t have 4-inch screens to begin with. I guess that I will admit that I’ve been converted. In fact, I demand a 4-inch screen immediately. With production expected to start in August, and the device anticipated to be released (in high Apple Release-Date Tradition) in the fall, looks like I’m going to have to wait a few more months.

    Looking at it this way, I’m willing to concede that maybe the change will do some good. As @HAL9000_ on Twitter points out:

    “The iPhone 5 will have a 4 inch screen; Apple is finally admitting 3.5inches isn't enough, even if you do know how to use it.”

    What do you think? Do the pros outweigh the cons? Does size really matter?

    Additional Sources

    http://techcrunch.com/2012/05/17/reuters-agrees-the-next-iphone-will-be-larger/

    http://techcrunch.com/2012/05/16/its-time-for-a-larger-iphone/

    http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/iphone-5-release-date-news-and-rumours-721534

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

  • Proper Water Damage Care

    We know you hate it when your phone slips out of your fingers and into that puddle of water.  Or when you forget it in your pocket and it goes through the washer.  There is nothing worse for your device than water.  Our water damage repair specialists have an excellent reputation of restoring soaked devices, but not every device can be saved.  A lot of it comes down to what you do right after the device gets wet.

    Should you accidentally drench your favorite device, there are a few steps that will help minimize the damage.

    1. Don't attempt to turn the device on.  If it's miraculously still on, turn it off.  Continuing to use your iPhone or iPad after it's had water damage will cause more problems than a few days' use is worth.
    2. If you can, remove the battery.  Don't pry open your iPhone or iPad unless you're experienced, but removing the battery will prevent a lot of corrosion.
    3. If you dropped your device in chlorinated or salt water, try putting it in an alcohol bath. (Rubbing alcohol, scotch won't help you here)  This will help draw out the worst of those particles that can cause a lot of problems.
    4. Send it to an iPhone repair specialist right away.  Waiting to send off your device will only give that water more time to seep into the vital parts of your iDevice, giving it time to corrode valuable connections.  One tip our top water damage specialist gives is putting your device in front of a fan before you package it up.  It won't dry it out or solve your problems, but it can help minimize the damage.

    Following these easy steps will help cut down on your device's damage and might end up saving your favorite toy.

  • App Recommendation - Fleetly

    The New Year is almost upon us. With that comes the laborious task of removing Christmas decorations, figuring out how to pay for all the gifts we gave, and of course, New Years' Resolutions. And for most of us, that resolution usually hovers around losing that "last 10 pounds."

    For this week's app recommendation, Fleetlyis a great way to keep track of your fitness goals for the year. Log your routines, join challenges with other users, and get support from your friends. You can even log in with your Facebook account so you can get help from those that don't use the app. Fleetly provides a bit of negative motivation, letting you know when you've lost training points and helping you build them back up.

    Works for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, so you can sync your account across all your devices.

     

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

  • App Recommendation - SkyDrive

    Today Microsoft released their SkyDrive app for iOS. With 25GB of free storage in cloud storage, you can sync documents across web browsers and your iOS devices. It also makes uploading a ton of pictures a whole lot easier, because you just have to add them to the SkyDrive, then download them onto any computer with a web browser.  You can share files with friends, and it lets you choose whether they can view or edit. The interface is easy to use and understand, and you cannot beat 25GB for free.  You just need a Windows Live ID, but you can use your own email address to make it easy.

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

  • Ditch Your Android - Sync Your Google Contacts

    With the $99 iPhone 4 and the new iPhone 4S, more and more people are upgrading to an iPhone. If you're still sporting that slow Android and are worried about losing your contacts if you switch to an iPhone, we can help. With a combination of Google and iTunes, transferring contacts to your shiny new iPhone is easier than ever.

    First, on your Android, select Settings -> Accounts & Sync -> Select your Gmail Account -> Click Sync Contacts. That's it! Now that your contacts are backed up, it's really easy to move them to your iPhone.

    Plug your iPhone in to your computer (if you don't have iOS 5 especially) and open iTunes. From there, select your phone and then Info. From there, choose Google Contacts from the Sync Contacts with drop down. (See image below)

    iTunes Screenshot Import Gmail Contacts

    It's easy and takes just a couple of steps. Now you can easily move all those important numbers to your brand new iPhone!

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