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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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  • Is Apple Returning to Classic 3GS Design with new iPhone 5?

     New iPhone 5 echoes 3GS?

    Here at www.Fix-iPhones.com The release of exclusive images of the iPhone 5 from our sister site, RepairLabs.com, this morning, has sparked a lot of debate and speculation.  It looks to us as though Apple is returning to the nostalgia of simpler times, by incorporating many of the design features of the 3GS.

    Could Apple like the old design better? Our humble theory is that they do. We suspect that under-warranty returns proved too cumbersome and clunky with the design of the iPhone 4’s.   As experts who have repaired hundreds of both the iPhone 3’s and 4’s, the design of the 3’s is much more elegant and easy to repair. It’s also far less prone to breakage, as the back housing is not made of glass. We speculate that Apple grew weary of the redesign as well.

    Of course this is not to discount all of the other changes that might have forced the return to the older design. Changing the ratio of the screen or the positioning of the camera may have contributed to the necessity of the return to the Ole Faithful design of the 3GS. To run down all of the major differences we can see, we’ve compiled this list.

    iPhone 5 exclusive images, echo 3GS

    With these photos we can confirm:

     Some Striking Similarities to the 3GS

    • Apple has reworked the whole LCD Assembly and front Digitizer of the device. There are 3 flex cables. The first seems to be the proximity ear speaker, and the front camera. The last two probably LCD and Digitizer.
    • The ratio of the device itself hints  that it is indeed the long-rumored bigger screen.
    • The camera is in the front middle of the ear speaker, no longer on the side of the ear speaker.
    • It looks like it has a black ear speaker mesh instead of the typical metallic mesh.
    • The home button is going to have more support as it backed by a metal bracket. Rather than being supported by prongs or push cables, it may actually be a combination of both.
    • It appears to have a plastic 3GS-type midframe running around the digitizer and glass LCD assembly.
    • The metal brackets suggest that it will be sitting in a housing that’s similar to that of the 3GS, but more modern and updated.
    • From the width of the bracket, we can tell the charger port is going to be smaller (as rumored) because it has to fit between the two bottom screw brackets, exactly like in the 3GS.
    • These pictures show that the LCD may pull apart from the Digitizer, given the side-situated rivets. (This is similar again to the 3GS, but a departure from the 4 and 4S.)
    • We notice a striking similarity to a 3GS, with the bottom screws and brackets. We think it will pull open from the front.

     

    So, could this be the iPhone 5 real thing? We think so, and these photos seem prove a lot of what the tech world has been suspecting all along regarding the new iPhone 5. Could Apple be going back to the old faithful model of the iPhone 3Gs? It looks probable.  We applaud the return to the previous design for ease of repair and an elegance of design.

     

    From the leader in  iPhone repair services, exclusive images of Apple hardware components,and the iPhone 5, remember you heard it here first.

     

    Stay tuned for more analysis and details!

    What do you think? Please leave your opinion in the comments.

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

  • 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.

  • iPhone Beer Fest

    A few fun tips, tricks, hacks, and ideas to integrate your iPhone, beer and lifestyle.

    There is very little that the iPhone cannot do, or improve upon. I bet you didn’t know it could improve your beer experience. That’s right. Since we’re in the middle of a heat wave, and everybody fantasizes about cracking open a cold one, I thought I’d put a Fix-iPhones.com spin on the idea, and show everybody how the iPhone can help you get your drink on.

    iPhone Beer Opener

    Check out this Opena iPhone case that acts as a lever bottle opener to protect your phone. I’m invisioning a future Swiss Army iPhone case that has a zillion survival capabilities, including Taser toothpick and nail clipper.  But this is an excellent start.

    opena case iPhone beer opener

    The power block HACK for iPhone Beer Opening.

    Have you seen this one? You simply use your power block from your iPhone, iPad or MacBook to break into a cold one. WAAAY better than using your teeth.  Image repined via John Ludwig on Pinterest. Original source unavailable.

    iPhone beer opens with power block!

    iPhone Beer Apps

    Always looking for that next beautiful craft beer. Mosey on over and have a little look at this well-reviewed app.  Craft Beer App by Affect Global has an extensive library of beers, each described in meaty detail. You can also rate and share your various beer experiences. Also has videos!

    iPhone beer app for craft beers

    Need an alarm to remind you to drink your beer once you clock out? Neither do we, but this is a fun Instagram style app that allows you to share your good taste and Beer Preferences with your social networks, and to celebrate getting off work with a little good natured fun. Check out the New Belgium Beer App here.

    iphone beer app shift time new belgium

    And monitor your consumption of beer in this app, BeerStat. You can count your calories and set daily and weekly limits for moderation.

     iPhone beer app Beer Stat

    And finally, RepairGenius would like to remind you to please drink responsibly. Never drink and drive.  All of these iPhone Beer ideas are fun, but none are worth someone getting hurt.

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

  • Apple Certified Techs: Breaking down AK-47s in Under 4 Minutes.

    What does Apple Certification really mean?

    I recently sat down for an interview with Jason Draper, our in-house Fix-iPhones RepairLabs ACMT (Apple Certified Mac Technician) to learn a little bit more about his training and what being ‘Apple Certified’ really means.

    Jason Draper, Apple Certified Macintosh Technician

    We got him off of caffeine long enough to snap a 'polariod'

    So, is being Mac certified really that big of a deal?

    Well, before the interview, Jason slipped me his password for his AppleCare Service Training Course, so I nosed through some of the requirements and course prep myself.  I found out that each AppleCare certified tech mush have a thorough, tested knowledge in: Diagnostic, Hardware Tools, Troubleshooting  Theory (with an Apple-defined problem solving strategy that the technicians are expected to use), and Recognizing Accidental Damage.

    The test also requires extensive knowledge in: Embedded Battery Handling (proper handling in all manner of MacBooks), Electric Static Discharge Precautions, Power Management, LCD Service Issues and Repairs, and Hardware Service Issues.  Hardware repairs include best practices for  Electric Static Discharge procedures  (ESD) – to strap and ground yourself to remove static electricity, as even tiny shocks “from rubbing your feet on the carpet can destroy a logic board, or put a hole in resistor or chips with one little poke,” says Jason.

    The Wireless Networking capabilities the Mac Cert Techs are required to have include: setup, troubleshooting and repairs for AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and Time Capsule as well as Bluetooth products. He also has to be able to efficiently troubleshoot and service the iMac, MacBook, ‘Air, and ‘Pro.Jason explained that he must have a full working knowledge of repairing devices under warranty, and of what accidental damage may or may not be covered AppleCare. The course also makes certain that each tech has a clear knowledge of Reference sources, so he will know where to find the answers if he doesn’t know them off the top of his head.

    If that’s not enough, the Course Objectives commonly include: Terminology, Underlying Technology, and phrases like “Trained to isolate the issue in 3 minutes or less.” My favorite among these objectives, verbatim, is:

    “Given a set of instructions and an external drive, configure a known-good diagnostic drive with install and startup volumes in 25 minutes.”

    Next: Break down an AK-47 in under 4 minutes. Really, these guys have to be the Marine Corps of geek.  Each of the 30-some sections contains around 10 course objectives just like the (serious) ones above, and the tech in testing must be able to demonstrate any of these skills when called upon.

    Jason explains that Apple certified techs can repair any iOS devices: iPad, iPhone, and portable and desktop Macs. They are trained to deal with dropped devices, cracked screens, glass, and housings.  He had to learn Hardware and Software--especially the New iOS system, Lion. “It’s going to be very user friendly, I like it,” he commented.

    One fascinating element of the training shows just how tough the Macs are and how good the new iOS is, insofar as the hardware so rarely breaks. The course explicitly states the reason it requires certification in not only the hardware, but especially the software:

    Technicians might believe that understanding the Mac operating system is secondary when it comes to repairing hardware. This isn’t true. Over 75% of system malfunctions can be traced directly to misused, incorrectly set, or corrupted software.

    “There’s so much more on a Mac that’s software related,” says Jason, “Their hardware rarely fails. It’s a different world with a PC.”

    He explained that the test covers customer based support issues, such as simple problems with software, and how techs had to be able to talk the customers through how to fix them. Common problems include iTunes issues, update issues, and the iPhone not syncing correctly with a computer.

    Not only that, he has to be able to help customers EMOTIONALLY cope with a damaged machine.” (C’mon, we’ve all felt the soul-crushing anguish of a broken device.) Apple doesn’t neglect training its techs to work with customer complaints and objections, reminding the techs that “Denial is very human.”

    So not only does he have to be the repair guy, as well as the tech-support guy, he has to be the grief counselor and shrink to overwrought customers.

    “I also like long walks on the beach with my Mac. And my wife. Who is beautiful.  Sorry, Honey.” Jason adds, as he enumerates his talents. Apple also emphasizes ongoing education, and techs are required to recertify every year. Since becoming Apple Certified, the next step Jason would like to take is to become an Apple consultant. 

     

     

    Additional Sources

    http://www.technibble.com/how-to-become-an-apple-certified-technician/


    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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