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  • Apple Headphone Jack EXCLUSIVE Parts Photo: could it be an iPad Mini Part Leak?

    The sources at Fix-iPhones.com have once again provided the techs at RepairLabs with exclusive photos.  We believe that these photos are genuine headphone jack components from the much-anticipated iPad Mini, rumored to be released this September.

    In contrast to previously released parts photos from Nowhereelse.fr and iResq.com, we think these photos are more likely to be the real deal.

     

    Supporting Evidence for Genuine iPad Mini Part:

    iPad Mini Headphone Jack Photo Leak

    Picture 1, Leaked Headphone Jack Images

    Picture 1 (Leaked Headphone Jack Images)

    • Very similar to iPad 3 headphone jack
    • It’s short and stumpy: would take up less real estate in iPad mini
    • Black, not gold—black is the standard Apple color of parts
    • This is a complete part ready for assembly into device
    • Standard Apple barcode visible on back
    • Exact yellow adhesive as used in previous iPad parts
    • Many similarities to iPad 3 (see below.)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Leaked Photo’s Similarities to iPad 3 Headphone Jack

    iPad 3 headphone Jack

    iPad 3 Headphone Jack, front and back views

    • Both have slide flex cables that connect the logic board
    • The headphone jack makeup is very similar
    • The connection from the Leaked Photos strongly resemble the logic board of the iPad 3
    • Same cable type: Black color and “lined.”
    • Opposite side: you can see a real example of the barcode typical to Apple Products

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Problems with the Other Images as Genuine iPad Mini Photos

     

    iPad Mini Headphone Jack from Nowhereelse.fr

    Nowhereelse.fr believes this is the iPad Mini headphone jack

     

     

    iPad Mini headphone jack from iResq

    iResq 's version of the iPad Mini headphone jack

     

    Nowherelese.fr

    • Not a complete part, in that it has no port on it
    • No barcode
    • We think this looks like a mark-up part, used for testing before the final design
    • This photo they indicates that the headphone jack is going to be in close proximity to the charger port.
    • The home button flex positioning puts it at risk for tearing when disassembled.

     

    Iresq

    • Doesn’t detail Apple Barcode very well
    • A copper colored coating, rather than the typical flat black. Apple hasn’t used this color since iPhone 2G. Apple is known for its crisp black cables
    • Also show the headphone jack close to charger port
    • The home button flex appears to be positioned underneath the charger port such that it would be at high risk for tearing when disassembling the device

     

     

    One major difference between our photos and the others are that ours show the traditional setup: the headphone jack with a bit of distance before the charger port. The images from iResq and Nowhereelese.fr suggest that the jack and port will be closer together, making the iPad Mini more like a smartphone in design. Who’s right? That remains to be decided.

    As we speculated earlier, in our post about the similarities between the upcoming iPhone and the 3GS, Apple may be reviving some oldies but goodies. This seems to be the case with the iPad Mini too, in mimicking the some of the successful design elements  of the iPad 3, just in a cute little mini package.

     

     

     

    Curtis Taylor

    Curtis is a tech expert and go to guy for Fix-iPhones.com.

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  • 3 Must Know iPhone Tips

    In the effort to save time, energy and frustration, Fix-iPhones at RepairLabs wanted to bring  you a few friendly tips and reminders of all the nifty things your iPad and and iPhone could do. We wanted to show you just a few tips and hacks that make using these great little devices even more fun.  Everybody wants to get the most out of their iPhones, and these little tips and tricks can help.

    iPhone Tip #1

    Take a screenshot.

    iPhone Screenshot Tip from www.fix-iphones.com

    Ever have an excellent text conversation that you want to remember? Or perhaps post to Damn You Autocorrect? Get a high score?  Siri say something hysterical? Take a screen shot. It’s simple. For this tip, all you have to do is press and hold the power button and the Home button at the same time.  Make sure you’re holding both buttons at the same time. The screen flashes when it takes the picture.  Then it magically appears on your Cameral Roll in your Photos app.

     

    iPhone Tip #2

    Return to the top of the Page.

    iPhone tips 'Return to the top of Page' from www.fix-iphones.com

    Do you ever scroll way down to the bottom of a page and just not want to mess with scrolling back up? Simple tip to fix: Tap the top bar where the time and battery live appear. This little tip automatically takes you back to the top of the page.  Now you are a power user.

     

     

    iPad Tip #3

    Split Screen Typing for iPad

    iPad 2 Split Keyboard Tip from www.fix-iPhones.com

    Just HATE typing on your iPad. Really, it is impossible. But it *would* be easier to it with only thumbs, on the iPhone.  But my thumbs are damnably short!  They’ll never reach to the ‘G’ and ‘H.’  Enter split screen typing. Really these  Apple guys do think of everything.  To work this tip, just open up your keyboard, and press and hold the keyboard button. From the Arrow Down, select split screen, and utilize your already well-developed texting skills on your iPad.

     

    Hopefully these tips, tricks and hack can make your time with your iPhone just a little more fun, and help you to win friends and impress people.

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

  • EXCLUSIVE Images of iPad 3 Digitizer

    Front Glass of the iPad 3

    RepairLabshas already brought you exclusive images of the iPad 3 back housing. Now, just days before the official launch, this iPhone repair service can show you more pictures of Apple's latest release.

    The picture above is the iPad 3 digitizer. This part controls the iPad's touch function, as well as includes your front glass. As you can see from our images, not much has changed in the look of your iPad. With the back housing in hand, and now with this piece, we can confirm your iPad will look a lot like the iPad 2, just that 1mm thicker. The picture above also proves that we will have the home button on the iPad 3, contrary to some reportsthat came out yesterday. We also can see that Apple is planning to have both black and white models of the iPad 3, which is not surprising.

    Another change we have noticed is the digitizer connection. That difference between the iPad 3 and the digitizer part for the iPad 2 does confirm that the logic board will be different, just as we surmised by looking at the back housing.

    Although there are quite a few internal changes coming for the iPad 3, including that much-anticipated LCD screen, the digitizer proves that Apple has not made any radical form changes to your favorite device.

    Inside of the iPad 3 Digitizer

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

  • iPad 3 Update

    Almost three weeks ago, your favorite iPhone repair company brought you the first images of the iPad 3 back housing. To say we got everyone talking might be somewhat of an understatement. Right after our pictures went viral, a slew of other leaks brought us a lot of information on the iPad 3 and what we can expect. With Apple's announcement only a week away, we still have some time to speculate on what we will hear about the tablet's update.

    Before we were able to show you an unfortunately low-res picture of the iPad 3 back case. Now we have our own iPad 3 back housing, and our techs have spent some time examining it. Below are some of the changes we can confirm with our previous intel and other sources.

    1. The LCD mount is different, and that coincides with the rumors and evidence we have had pointing to a higher resolution display that will be different from what we had on the iPad 2.
    2. Now that we have had it in our hands, we can confirm the battery area of the iPad 3 is 5/8 inch larger than the iPad 2. More battery to allow for that high-resolution screen and to keep your iPad from the charger for the same amount of time we have grown accustomed to.
    3. The charger port dock is different. After comparing the two iPads, our techs believe that the iPad 3 charging port has been beefed up to provide more stable support. We have had several customers with bent USB ports on iPad 1 and 2, and this added support should keep that from happening as often for iPad 3 users.
    4. The housing on the iPad 3 is a measly 1mm thicker roughly, but it's such a minor change you probably wouldn't notice the difference.

    Not a great deal of information, but enough to see where rumors are going right, and a lot to support them. Now we just have to wait that week until we are able to find out if all of the rumors were true.

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

  • EXCLUSIVE - iPad 3 Back Housing

    Side by side view of iPad 2 and iPad 3 back housings.

    RepairLabs is exclusively able to confirm some changes in the iPad 3, thanks to industry insiders in China. Pictured above is the new iPad 3 back housing, juxtaposed with the current back of the iPad 2. You can see that there are several subtle differences, and together with our techs, we are able to tell you just what to expect when Apple announces the iPad 3. We looked at the pieces closely, and below you can find our conclusions on what the obvious differences might mean, and how close some of the speculation has been.

    A. You can see here that the mounts for the logic board are very different, which means the logic board shape will be different allowing for . . . .

    B. More battery. The width of where the logic board sits on the iPad 2 appears much larger than that of the iPad 3. We have long heard that the iPad 3 was going to provide longer battery life, and this back housing seems to support that.

    C. The camera is different. It is hard to make a judgment just by looking at the casing, but what we can expect is a different camera on the iPad 3 than what we had on the 2.

    D. LCD will be different than what we have had before. Whether or not it will be the super screen we have seen reported will have to wait. But the different mounting does mean that the LCD has been redesigned at the very least.

    The LCD is probably what most of us are eagerly awaiting, especially with some of the reports of the upgraded part. However, our insiders tell us that so far the screen is not out there yet. That could mean that the finished product has not been signed off or that it is being kept top secret.

    Our source also told us that the housing itself did not seem thicker on the iPad 3 than it does on the 2. There have been a lot of reports that said the iPad 3 would be a millimeter or two thicker than the 2, and according to our source, that could be false. It is a little bit hard to conclude without measuring both with screens in place, however.

    Whatever the case may be, this back housing provides an interesting look into the changes we can expect when the iPad 3 is officially announced.

    UPDATE:

    Larger iPad 3 image is available.

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

  • App Recommendation - MealBoard

    From your favorite iPhone repair site comes another great app recommendation - and this one is a pretty awesome tool for only $1.99.  MealBoard, simply put, lets you plan a menu for your week, import recipes, and takes the meals you've planned and creates a grocery list.  Fully customizable and loaded with some great recipes already, MealBoard is easy to use and helps organize your meal times.  Great for planning out family dinners or for those who want to plan ahead, you can even import recipes from top sites like AllRecipes.com and Epicurious.  The web app gives you a lot more control and syncs back to your iPhone or iPad.

    It customizes your grocery list, letting you know just how much you need.  With MealBoard, you can even choose your portion sizes, which will in turn adjust your shopping list and recipe.  Get organized and stop cooking spaghetti for every other meal!

    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.

  • Grateful for Thanksgiving Apps

    We have rounded up a few fun apps for Thanksgiving weekend.

    To start, if your aunt has finally shared that fabulous roll recipe with you, check out The Cookbook to save it. Put all your favorite recipes in one easy-to-edit program, and you can easily share them with friends and family via email and social networks.

    Thanksgiving Photo Cards let you send fun Ecards to friends and family. Add your picture, write on the card, and email. It's easy!

     

    Want to plan for Black Friday tomorrow? Ditch the newspaper ads or trying to go from site to site. Instead, download TGI Black Friday. It will help you sort all the deals, locations, and can even send Push Notifications to your phone.

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

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