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  • Iphone 5 Breakdown and Take-Apart Video

    Break it down! iPhone 5

    We here at 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


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

     New iPhone 5 echoes 3GS?

    Here at The release of exclusive images of the iPhone 5 from our sister site,, 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.

  • Top 12 iPhone Cases

    As iPhones continue to increase in popularity, the wide range of options for outfitting them with a protective case continues to expand and grow as well. But with so many options, styles and features available these days, how do you know if you're getting the right iPhone case to meet your individual needs. At Repair Labs we have compiled this list of 12 unique and useful case options with thoughtful insights for you to consider before you make a purchase.

    Incipio 1337 Silicone Gaming Case

    The Incisor 1337 iPhone case is the best option for the iPhone gamers out there. It is ergonomically designed for optimal gaming control and functionality. The grip pads on the sides help keep your thumbs free for action and your hands from cramping.

    In addition to it's enhanced gaming design, the camera opening on the case blocks glare from your iPhone's lens. This will help you take sharper photos and avoid washed out images.

    Naztech Energy Holster

    The Naztech Energy Holster iPhone case is perfect for those of us using battery-draining apps all day long. This case's rechargeable battery pack charges your iPhone on the go. Now you can play all the music, games, video and movies you want and never run out of battery life.

    It comes equipped with a spring clip in the back, a ratcheting belt clip and a USB charging input for the 2400mA polymer battery. There is an LED battery indicator, so you will know at all times how much juice you have left. The case is lightweight with a soft rubber grip. Say goodbye to constantly conserving your battery life forever.

    Belkin Cinema Case

    The Belkin Cinema iPhone Case is both stylish and practical. While protecting your phone with its impact-resistant shell, its best feature is the kickstand on the back that lets you set your iPhone on any flat surface and view your photos, videos and more.

    This flexible plastic case looks sleek and comes in multiple colors while protecting your phone completely. It includes a screen protection kit and the polycarbonate design covers the back and 4 corners of your phone without inhibiting functionality.

    DLO Vent Mount

    The DLO Vent Mount iPhone case is ideal for travel and for buys people who use their phone in a number of settings. Firstly, It allows you to attach your phone to your vehicle's air vent while you drive for easy accessibility. You can position your phone vertically or horizontally 360 degrees to view your GPS display, incoming calls or traffic information at a glance.

    Once you arrive at your destination, it then converts into a belt clip while you're walking and lastly it becomes a desktop stand once you sit down again. This case is ideal because it allows you to display you're iPhone wherever the day takes you.

    Marware Sidewinder Deluxe

    One look at the Marware Sidewinder Deluxe iPhone case and you know why it's one of the most popular cases around. It features a sleek, slim holster for carrying ease at your side, a removable belt clip, a retractable sidearm where you can wind your headphone cord and a flexi-shell case that provides exterior protection and smooth access to all your phone's functions.

    The shell snaps securely in and out of the holster, which allows you to combine the benefits of two cases in one. The sidearm slides back and forth from behind the case to allow you to keep your headphones attached and plugged into your phone while you carry it, making it the most complete carry-all solution.

    Otterbox Water Resistant Case

    tThe Otterbox Water-Resistant iPhone Case was designed to fit all kinds of PDAs and smartphones. While it is airtight crush-proof and water-resistant, the manufacturer notes that is not submersible and shouldn't be taken underwater. But if you live in an area where heavy rains can damage your phone, this case will have you covered.

    It also requires that you use a Bluetooth headset to access the iPhone's features. It comes with a velcro hand strap and an exterior stylus holder. This case won't be for everyone. But for those who need its unique protection, it's the best defense against the elements.

    Griffin Elan Passport Metal

    The Griffin Elan Passport Metal iPhone case gives your phone a more sophisticated style than other skins and cases. Made of genuine leather, it flips open for easy access to all of your phone's features.

    The lining is made of microsuede and protects your display from scratches, cracks and smudges. Its polished chrome accents complete its look while not over-complicating it. Simple and elegant, this case definitely has a more “grown-up” style.

    Scosche soundKASE

    If you like to walk, run or bike, the Scosche soundKASE for iPhone is for you. It features an adjustable armband that fits all sizes of arm and fits snugly while you move.

    Another great feature is that it has a slot on the side to put your keys while you exercise, so you can finally stop having them rattle inside your pockets or dangle from your shoelaces. By far the best sport case for iPhone, it also features reflective accents so you can be seen at night. It seems like they thought of everything.

    CaseMate Stealth

    The CaseMate Stealth is not so much case for your iPhone as it is a casing. If you take public transportation or have encountered other situations where people are staring over your shoulder at your screen, you know how frustrating it can be. This case will eliminate your screen spies' view once and for all.

    The backing is a matte black adhesive while the front is a darkened screen protector which provides only a 45-degree viewing angle. Now only you will be able to see your screen while it's in front of you. It only takes about a minute to apply, and you're ready to go. It also works great in combination with another, more-traditional protective case.

    iLuv Fusion Hybrid Case with Stand

    The iLuv Fusion Hybrid Case with Stand is only for the iPhone 4, but it provides some cool features and extra layers of protection that make it worth consideration. The first feature to notice is the kickstand on the back. If you like to play movies or video, this is a must-have feature. It let you lay your phone horizontally on any flat surface and view the screen at a perfect angle.

    The second reason this case is a cut above is because of it's sturdy construction and layering. The shell is a dual layer of silicone and polycarbonate while the screen is covered by a protective film to keep the screen from being damaged. It also comes in a variety of colors, so for iPhone 4 owners this case packs value for the money.

    Contour Design Flick

    The Contour Design Flick iPhone case is uncomplicated to use, has a sleek style and provides powerful protection. The shell consists of two lightweight polycarbonate pieces joined near the bottom by a rubberized hinge. Simply open the hinge, slide the phone into place and “flick” the hinge closed to lock it shut.

    When you need to charge your phone, clean it or upload songs, flick it open and slide the phone back out. See? Nothing to it. If you want a removable case that's easy to use, has a simple design and looks good, this is the one you want.

    Incipio Orion Sleeve

    The Incipio Orion Sleeve is another slender case for your iPhone that provides security, style and simplicity. Much like standard Blackberry cases, the Orion sleeve encases your phone completely while it's EasyReach system and rigid insert provide easy accessibility.

    This design has won a lot of fans because it protects your phone from virtually anything. It comes in a variety of colors and materials, so you have many options for getting the perfect sleeve for your style and budget.

    So there you have it. These 12 case options we've covered feature a wide range of choices and styles, so we hope you were able find one that meets your needs. Each case mentioned on the list is available for purchase on our Website and we at Repair Labs hope this list has served to help you in your search for the perfect iPhone case. Also remember that if you ever need repairs on your iPhone for any reason, our certified technicians will fix the damage and have your iPhone back to you immediately like new the same or next day. Thanks again for reading!


    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.

  • A Couple Apps to Share

    We don't just fix iPhones. We spend plenty of time on our own devices.

    Morfo LogoSenior Technician Taylor admits to spending most of his weekend playing with Morfo 3D Face Booth. I wish I was kidding. But check out the hilarious video below. It's pretty self-explanatory of what the app does. Taylor says it's the best $1.99 he's ever spent. What's more funny is watching him dance while watching the video he's made. I'll have to rig up a hidden camera to catch that gem.


    We also discovered Fake Conversation this week. It lets you arrange a fake phone call to your iPhone. Great to get yourself out of that boring family function or just to impress girls at the bar (there's a Doctor conversation that tells you what to say so you sound professional).

  • Fix-iPhones Featured by Local News

    Local news channel KWCH (a CBS affiliate) came out to ask a few questions of our Senior Technician, Taylor Huddleston. The feature aired on Tuesday evening, focusing on the new iPhone 4S and what to do with your old iPhone.

    Watch the feature below and get to know our senior technician a little bit more.

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

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