Apple Moving Billions Back to USA – MacBook Repair trends to follow

Could apple’s big announcements today have an impact on MacBook repair in the USA?  The giant campus in Cupertino just opened the incredible “Spaceship” in Cupertino – but already Apple seems to be talking about more space in a new campus.  This is just one one several announcements to day as Apple plans to pay a $38 Billion tax bill as it brings overseas money back to the USA.  MacBook users and iPhone users have much to look forward to with these big Apple announcements.

MacBook Repair 2018
MacBook Repair 2018 and Apple’s Big USA Investment.

Apple announced plans Wednesday January 17th to add to the U.S. economy and its own employee base with a set of bold initiatives that further the company’s commitment to the USA.  The MacBook maker, iPhone maker, and perhaps future Apple Car maker has a lot to say about this.  The three areas Apple is focused on, according to a press release today by Apple, include: direct employment by Apple; increased spending and investment with Apple’s USA suppliers and manufacturers; and fueling the fast-growing technology/software/application economy which Apple created with iPhone and the iTunes based App Store.

Apple, based in Cupertino California, already employs 84,000 people in all 50 states.  But with the new announcement today, they plan to create over 20,000 new jobs through hiring at existing campuses and a new one, with a location to be announced later in 2018.  Is it a new HQ?  No.  But it is a new apple Campus, and you can expect many cities to covet such an opportunity.  Apple provided details that the new campus will be in a new location, presumably away from Cupertino, Calif., where the giant “Apple Park” just opened, and that it will include facilities for technical support for customers (perhaps telephone and online support) for current and future products beyond the MacBook and iPhone.

By bringing back overseas money, and making new investments, together with the existing spending with domestic suppliers and manufacturers, the company’s direct contribution to the U.S. economy will be more than $350 billion over the next five years.  That’s a massive amount of money and not surprising, for the world’s most valuable company.  Apple leaves a big wake.

Also announced, Apple started work on a new 1.1 million square foot data center in downtown Reno, Nevada.  Apple noted that over the last decade, it has invested billions of dollars in data centers and co-located facilities in seven U.S. states, including North Carolina, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and Iowa.  It’s also hoped that more MacBook and iPhone manufacturing will start to happen in the USA.  Such efforts would have a very positive impact on the MacBook Repair industry as well, since support on many levels is needed over the life of devices used by Apple consumers.

I short, get ready for another blockbuster run for Apple.  They have the money, the facilities, the talent, and the ambition.  The USA is quite fortunate to have such a company.

iPhone Repair – Newest iPhone 8 and iPhone 10 repair questions, answered!

New iPhone 8 Repair and iPhone 10 repair

The new iPhones are here… and just in time for the 10th Anniversary of the Steve Jobs designed modern-era smartphone by Apple.  Steve Cook, speaking from the first time from the Steve Jobs Theatre at the new “Apple Park” campus in Cupertino California, announced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 10 products to much delight in a crowded Apple iPhone event on 12-September 2017.  While these new iPhones need a proper “teardown” to determine how repairable they are, we are beginning to understand the iPhone Screen Repair issues that can be expected with Apple’s latest iPhones designs.  And iPhone Repair shops will still have even better options than the Apple Store for iPhone Screen Repair and other types of iPhone Repairs.  This is great news for Apple consumers and others looking for the best value when repairing broken screens on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 10.

What’s the difference in iPhone 8 and iPhone X (10)?

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 10 are big releases for Apple.  The iPhone 10 in particular has many new features and removed some familiar old ones.  The big question on the minds of many Apple iPhone consumers is, what’s the main difference between the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 10 (X)… and which one should I buy?  Much has already been written about this, but it’s a LOT.  In particular, the iPhone 10 has no physical home button.  Instead, users will swipe up from the bottom using the new phone and will not need it any longer for login or using the phone or apps.  As for login, the iPhone X will be user-authenticated via facial recognition scans (your eyes and whole face) and this is a

iPhone repair and iPhone 8 Screen Repair
iPhone 8 Screen Repair

really big change.  You must LOOK at the phone to open it.  Apple says this gives more security and makes life easier.  We want to see it to understand that one as this is a big change…. and we just need to wait and “see” how well it actually works and if there are any drawbacks to this method of authenticating using facial recognition technology.

Of course, there are many chips inside the phone, but the home-made A11 Chip from Apple makes this possible… adding “Bionic Technology”, the new iPhone X is a big technology risk for Apple, the world’s most profitable company.  And it has been somewhat controversial that Apple removed the TouchID (fingerprint reader), something most consumers have grown to love in their older smartphones… from the iPhone 6s all the way through the iPhone 8.  It may be a smooth or rough transition for Apple iPhone users… we just will have to see the consumer reaction.  Will we have something akin to the revolt at losing the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 (something Phil Schiller once described as “courageous”)?  We are hoping for good on this one.

Breaking the new iPhone repair barriers

Now back to the iPhone repair shops issues.  When it comes to repairs, it seems the iPhone 8 will be the simpler of the 2 for iPhone Screen Repair.  It is most similar to the iPhone 7 in design (with the big exception of the all-glass back side) which was included for wireless charging.  And iPhone wireless charging will be available on both the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, as well as the iPhone X.  Apple made necessary design changes to enable wireless-charging on the iPhone 8, using the industry standard of this technology called Qi.  In fact, the Apple website is already selling a Belkin wireless charging pad for just $59.95.

When you want to fix a broken screen on an iPhone 8, the same front assembly of the screen and LCD will need to be carefully removed and replaced.  It is expected that Chinese vendors will supply the world’s repair shops with these screens as they have in the past.  Apple somewhat relies on these 3rd party repair companies to fix broken screens on their iPhones… as they simply cannot fix all the iPhone cracked screens worldwide.  Two screws at the bottom of the iP

hone 8 frame will need to be removed and replaced first, then the screen-assembly will be removed and carefully replaced.  Done right, this will fix the cracked screen properly and will even restore the water resistance that is part of the newest design.

For the iPhone 10, repairability is still a wait-and-see situation.  We need to know if the iPhone 10 design allows for 3rd parties to fix the screens.  And we hope you don’t need too many iPhone repair trips to RepairZoom or similar repair stores, with the supposedly stronger glass on these newest models.  If the past is any indication, it is likely they will be repairable, although expect them to be expensive (more than iPhone 8).

iPhone Screen Repair options for 2017

iPhone Screen Repair options for 2017

So your iPhone screen repair needs in 2017 just keep getting better and better.  Your beautiful iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus has a cracked screen and needs some quick and high quality repair.  Look no further than the Apple Store, or a local independent iPhone Screen Repair company to fix that up for you with excellent quality and dependability.

iPhone Screen Repair
iPhone Screen Repair – RepairZoom Irvine

So why do iPhones when they first come out cost so much to repair?  That’s because it takes a while for the supply of replacement parts on the open market to grow enough to meet the demand.  It’s a simple economics principle of supply and demand, that even applies to the Apple iPhone Screen repair community.  So, consumers are well advised to protect their iPhone screens very carefully for a very long time to avoid the need for any repairs.

Is Apple the only option for screen repair?

Actually, no.  The Apple Store is an excellent choice, but it’s not your only choice for screen repair.  In fact there is a growing “right to repair” movement that is fighting for consumer to have choices when it comes to repairing the devices they own.  Just like with most industries, a healthy amount of competition is good for everyone.  I mean, you are not FORCED to go back to the dealership to fix your car, so why do you have to go to Apple to fix your iPhone?  And, the truth it, you don’t.

Great iPhone Screen Repair companies are all over the world now.  Locally in Orange County California RepairZoom is the most popular and well established choice.  In London, iCorrect is popular as well.  And we are certain there are similar options in your town.  Or go to a local Apple Store.  Do your homework in iPhone repairs first, and you will likely find the best option that suits your particular repair needs.

Apple to Open Apple Park in April 2017

Apple Park campus in California to be home for Apple development for decades to come

Apple is nearing move-in date to their new home, now called Apple Park in Cupertino California.  This incredible building, designed by Norman Foster Associates, is a new home to 12,000 Apple employees.

This incredible new campus was conceived by Steve Jobs, and brought to completion by Tim Cook.  It is an investment of over $5 billion.  First conceived in 2011 by Steve Jobs, Apple Park has been under construction since 2013 and is rumored to have cost Apple upwards of $5 billion… hard earned money that came from the sales of millions of dollars in iPhones, iPods, iPads, and Mac computer products.

Apple Park - New Home to Apple
Apple Park to Open for Apple Employees in April 2017

Who ever anticipated that Apple’s resurgence, led by Steve Jobs himself, would lead to the incredible Apple Park in 2017?  It’s such an amazing building – truly futuristic for the 21st century.

The building will house over 12,000 Apple engineers and employees building the Apple products of the future.  Not just iPhones… but products we have yet to imagine from the world’s most valuable company.  California is so lucky to have such an amazing company located in it’s borders.

On deck for Apple to introduce from their new building is the iPhone 8 – the iPhone for the 10th Anniversary of the product.  How did 10 years go by so fast!  What new hot features are expected in the next iPhone?  The rumor mill is rampant these days about OLED screen technology, the screens that will flex and bend to give a rounded image illuminated as it curves.  This is supposedly supplanted by a new charging technology, called USB-C, which is a more universal charger that will move away from the Apple lighting charger that is the current standard today.

And what about the iPad Air, iPad Pro, and iPad mini?  Will we expect to see these revamped and relaunched from the Apple Park Campus in 2017?  It seems it’s likely, as many technology publications are predicting the new iPads are likely to be introduced from the Steve Jobs Theatre soon.  And how poetic a moment that will be… perhaps quite emotional… as the first products are announced from Apple Park we won’t be able to help but remember Steve Jobs.


iPad Repair for Schools and Organizations

iPad Repair for Schools and Organizations

There are many choices in the market today to maintain a large collection of iPads in schools.  Worse yet, how do you deal with iPad repair for schools?  Schools, School Districts, Corporations, Government Organizations, and NGO’s all need different types of iPad repair solutions.  Which type of solution is best depends a lot on your organization, and where you are located.  Here are a few of the best solutions for bulk iPad Repair based on our radar screen.

iPad Repair for Schools

Schools and schools districts are one of the most important user bases worldwide for Apple devices, especially the iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Pro.  And kids break their iPads and iPhones frequently and easily!  Finding a reputable, high value, and high service iPad repair solution of your school and school district is not an easy choice.

iPad In Schools
iPad use In schools has hit new heights.

In the first year of deployment, Apple via their AppleCare services offers some solutions.  They can be expensive.  And they can be time consuming too.  Many schools and school districts opt to go with AppleCare, but they could find less expensive solutions with just a little more effort.  One up and coming solutions for iPad Repair for Schools are independent repair companies like RepairZoom in the USA and iCorrect in the UK.  These solutions are best in class, much less expensive than going directly to Apple, and typically will fix issues that Apple chooses not to offer under AppleCare.

If you have other types of device for repairs, and you need independent Apple Repair solutions, you can look locally to see if quick and easy one-off repairs can be done in your city or town.  But, you will find that the bulk iPad Repair solutions offered by either Apple or an independent solutions company will be often times much better for you.  For example, in southern California, the Saddleback Unified School District has been using a company called RepairZoom for their iPad repairs for many years.  They have found the service, quality, and timeliness of their iPad repairs to be the best of many options, including doing the iPad Repairs in-house.

iOS 10 – iPhone Repair

The iOS 10 release is expected in September 2016, yet many users are already using the Beta version on their Apple iPhones and other devices.  Apple has issued 4 versions in Beta already, and 3 of these are public meaning anyone can download the newest iOS to their iPhones.  But how will the new iOS affect the iPhone Repair industry… will any changes be required?

The latest iOS 10 will enable a lot of exciting new features on your iPhones.  There will be cool and fast new folder animations, a new Control Center splash page, redesigned emoji characters and a lot more cool stuff.

iOS 10 iPhone Repair
iOS 10 iPhone Repair

But how cool will iOS 10 be?  Will it live up the Apple’s hype for your iPhone and iPad?  And “10” is big milestone number too putting even more pressure on the developers from Apple.

As typical, the first details of iOS 10 came at the WWDC 2016 event in San Francisco.  This is the same event where they introduced the details of  watchOS 3 and mac OS Sierra.  That’s a lot of new software… all designed to seamlessly work together to integrate your mobile iOS devices and your Apple and Mac Computers.  And in true apple style, the apps will me powerful yet easy to navigate.  Simple and clean.

As you’ll read in our iOS 10 first look, it’s filled with major changes for your daily phone and tablet routine, but don’t worry, all of the new features are for the best – and absolutely free to download.  And if you do need an iPhone repair in the future, the iOS 10 will not get in the way.  There are no special new lock-outs or other features that will hinder your ability to repair a broken iPhone screen at Apple or at a leading third party repair company like RepairZoom or others.

Many power users are already fully engaged with iOS 10 and have been using it for many months.  It is touted by Apple as Big, Bold, and Beautiful!  There will be lots of changes to Messages in particular.  You will be able to hand write directly on the screen.  This is similar to an iWatch feature and it’s very cool and personalized.  Also introduced in Messages will be a cool feature called “invisible ink” – which lets you have images be destroyed after you send them.  Hmmm… could this have been SnapChat inspired?

Maps will also be much more fully integrated into your iPhone.  You will see navigation and places inserted all over the place and seamlessly so.  iTunes on your iPhone will be upgraded.  And you will see the introduction of an entirely new App form Apple, called Home.  This is the start of integrating home automation with your iPhone.  Super cool?  Honey, can you start the dishwasher from my iPhone?

But rest assured.  iPhone repair needs will still be needed with your new iPhone 7 and iOS 10.  The iPhones will still break easily with so much glossy glass on the surface.  But you will be very happy to know that the prices of the repairs will still be relatively inexpensive and easy.

iPad Pro Repair Solutions 2016

iPad Pro Repair Solutions 2016

iPad Pro Repair solutions are required in the marketplace now that the stunning upgrades to the iPad family of products is here.

Way back in 2010, Apple introduced the iPad – a tablet computer that revolutionized the world if business, education, and consumer electronics.  The iPad was a hit from the start and accounts for billions in iPad repair and iPad profitability for Apple.

IPad Pro Repair
iPad Pro Family History

The iPad product line has been regularly updated since its introduction and the constant changes in the iPad features and technology has always been really fascinating.

  • With the iPad 1 we got a big iOS device for reading
  • The iPad 2 became a blockbuster for Apple and was all about a thinner and more beautiful design on the iPad
  • The iPad 3 had a faster processor and sharper images with higher retina LCD resolution
  • The iPad 4 was faster still with the new Apple lightning charge port introduced
  • Then came the first iPad Air.  This thinner-still and faster iPad came with a new brand name (iPad Air 1) and rejuvenated iPad sales yet again.
  • Then in 2015 Apple brought out the even lighter still iPad Air 2 with new colors and an even higher resolution screen
  • Along the way, the iPad Mini was brought into the mix and was a hit for consumers that liked smaller iPads (bigger than an iPhone but smaller than the iPad Air.)

But what all of these first six iPads had in common was essentially the same form size and features, although they were constantly improved over time.  The camera resolutions constantly got better and the “A” chip inside went from slow to lightning fast.  Gamers rejoiced with faster graphics acceleration and crisp screen resolutions.

Finally in 2015, Apple departed from their typical normal “upgrade the processor and increase the retina display” sequence of iPad feature introductions, and introduced us to the iPad Pro.  And wow, we got a keyboard, a stylus, and a new focus on audio-sound quality improvements.  It came out with a massive screen size of 12.9″ with an ultra high resolution.  Many iPad lovers rejoiced, and others said – are you kidding, it’s just TOO BIG!

But the proof was in the pudding and it turned out that Apple was right on the market again.  Sales were steady and the device was a niche hit.  In such cases, after the branding and market is proven, Apple pulled off their typical genius and pushed on the gas.

So in March 2016 Tim Cook and his team held one of their signature Apple Special Keynote Events in Cupertino.  Cook and company took to the stage and told the world that they have made some amazing good progress on the iPad Pro product line and that they are bring out yet another iPad Pro!  The newest iPad Pro will be a smaller “cousin” to the larger iPad Pro coming in at 9.7″ (same size as the current iPad Air, but more on that later.)

So what about the need to provide iPad Pro Repair services.  Well, that will be hitting the iPad repair industry very soon.  These ever increasing in complexity tablet computers are repairable, although the cost and expense is going continue to increase.  It will be similar to current iPad Air repair services.  And the engineers at Apple are stuffing this thing with so much new technologically advanced innovations, it is making it harder to repair.  But quality repair shops like RepairZoom in the USA or iCorrect in the UK are up to the job.

What about the iPad Pro Keyboard

The iPad Pro product line introduces the fabulous Smart Keyboard as a new feature and the Apple Smart Pencil.  Both of these accessories helped Apple introduc the iPad Pro 9.7 version in early 2016 with much extra interest and fanfare.  Because while the newest iPad Pro is essentially the same size as the iPad Air models, the new features are truly extraordinary and help push thru “upgrade” buyers of former iPad Models.

So what will happen to the iPad Air brand?   Our guess is it’s not long for the world and we won’t even see this as a long term product branding.  And with the ancillary products available for both iPad Pro models, Apple has a lot more to keep selling with these “Pro” devices with very high premium pricing.

The Smart Keyboard alone includes breakthrough technology.   These include the nested and detachable blutooth Smart Keyboard, superior 4 speaker stereo sound, superior wireless connectivity, and support for the Apple Pencil stylus device.  The Smart Keyboard is especially cool.  It features new technology for pairing the device to free you from swithces and even plugs!

In summary, The iPad Pro is an entirely new iPad.  It’s a much more feature rich device introduing truly innovative technogies again.  iPad Pro consumers in business, education, and consumer segments are likely to make big purchases here.

We also expect the iPad Pro repair industry to take off with screen repairs available beginning right away, as soon as stock becomes available from Chinese manufacturers.  We also hope to see Apple to make a big iPad and sustained marketing push for iPad Pro as they have so much to sell here with this new device.



iPad Air Repair Solutions

iPad Air Cracked Screen
iPad Air Cracked Screen

If you are lucky enough to have an iPad Air or iPad Air 2, you know the joy of this amazing device.  But you might also know that the iPad Air can break or crack, necessitating the requirement for a qualified iPad Air repair service.

Apple introduced the iPad Air in 2013, while the iPad Air 2 introduction came later in October 2014.  Both of these tablet devices are thin, much thinner and lighter than the iPad original, or iPad 2, 3, or 4.  They both sport a lightning style charge connector on the bottom of the device and a retina display LCD screen.  However, the iPad Air 2 also incorporates the Touch-ID fingerprint ID reader for even more convenience and product homogeny with the iPhone product line.

In mid 2014, there were many rumors in the marketplace that the iPad Air 2 would incorporate a less-breakable sapphire infused front screen.  However, this device still uses the large scratch and break resistant Gorilla glass just like it’s predecessor the original iPad Air.  Many experts now question whether Apple will ever introduce Sapphire screens on their devices.

So if it is not sapphire glass, why is the iPad Air 2 so much more expensive to repair than the original iPad Air?  That’s because the engineering inside the iPad Air 2 is significantly different.  It’s a slightly thinner device.  To accomplish this, the top glass screen and the LCD are now situated much closer together and actually rest upon each other; even connected together now by a thin gluelike film.  This makes repairing the iPad Air 2 more difficult – and more expensive – than original versions.  For any screen repair, you must now replace both the glass screen and LCD to get a proper repair.

As the iPad Air product family moves quickly to replace all previous version of the iPad, many suggest Apple will only produce the iPad Air 1 and iPad Air 2 by the end of 2015.  That will leave just the iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, and the two version of the iPad Air in the shelves for christmas time 2015.  So could an iPad Air 3 be in the works before we know it?  Stay tuned Apple fans.  The best is likely yet to come.

UPDATE:  As of Mid-2015, the only iPad models currently in production include the iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 2, and iPad Mini 3.

What could be in the iPad Air 3?  Perhaps better native sound speakers?  This is an area Apple has had little innovation over the past years.  But with the acquisition of Beats in 2014, the talent and energy to add better audio quality to Apple devices is now resident in the company.  Also expect new chips beyond the Apple A6 processor.  New radio technologies.  And always faster speeds.

UPDATE:  The Apple A8 chip is now in all new devices.



Apple iPad Gorilla Glass Screens – Tough But Still Far from Perfect

Apple has made it a rule to not disclose the names of their parts suppliers, mostly because they want to keep their trade secrets still secret, this applies to all iDevices, including the glass screen for the iPad 1 and 2. There are quite a lot of rumors and speculations that Gorilla Glass from Corning makes up the glossy touchscreen. Gorilla Glass is very resilient to scratches and cracking, making it the perfect choice for the iPad. But even though the iPad Gorilla Glass is resilient, it is by no means indestructible;  if you drop the iPad from a significant height you will get spiderwebs running across your screen.

However careful you are when handling your iPad, there will surely be a time where you will get a bit careless and damage the iPad Gorilla Glass, when such a time does come, what should you do then? Most people would just send the broken iPad back to Apple to get a replacement unit; that is, if the unit is still under warranty. If the warranty has already expired, most people would just consider getting a brand new one. But not all people have enough money lying around for a brand new iPad, which as you may know costs a pretty penny, so instead of buying a new iPad, why not get the iPad Gorilla Glass replaced?

It is actually quite easy to source out a replacement iPad Gorilla Glass replacement part over the internet, you can get them from auction websites like eBay, or you can look through Craigslist for sellers. The hard part is replacing the screen with the one you just got. If you are confident with your skills at repairing complicated electronic devices like the iPad then you can do it yourself, but if you cannot even use a soldering gun properly then you should leave the task of replacing the iPad Gorilla Glass to the professionals.

Fortunately there are a lot of independent repair companies where you can take your broken iPad to have the screen replaced. You just need to find the right company that will give you excellent service at a reasonable price. You should shop around and ask for repair quotations and compare them before choosing a repair company. Here are some things you might want to look for:

–        A short turnaround time, preferably same day repair.

–        Certified technicians, if they have former Apple technicians on their staff that would be even better.

–        At least a 30-day warranty, this shows that they have enough confidence in the quality of their work.

–        A reasonable price, the iPad Gorilla Glass does not come cheap, but since the work that needs to be done is not that much the final price for repairs should not be too high.

If the iPad Gorilla Glass screen gets cracked or chipped, that does not mean that the entire iPad is now useless. You only need to get a replacement touchscreen and your iPad will look and function just like it was new.

What to Do When You Need iPad Screen Repairs

Even if you try as hard as you can to prevent any damage on your beloved iPad, there will always be that one careless moment that will often lead to your iPad getting a couple of scratches and dings on the outside, if you’re really unlucky you can even get the screen cracked. So what should you do in the event that you need to get an iPad screen repair?

There are quite a number of things that can cause a significant amount of damage on your iPad, one of them is overexposure to heat. This type of damage occurs if you absent-mindedly left your iPad inside a closed car parked under the sun, the extreme heat inside the vehicle will cause the plastic inside the highly advanced capacitive touchscreen to bend and warp. If this happens then you have a couple of options to choose from as to what to do; either you sell your old iPad and get a new one, or get iPad screen repairs and save your old one.

Selling the iPad

If you choose to sell your iPad for parts, you need to accept the fact that the selling price of a broken iPad is significantly lower than that of a fully functioning one, but at least you will still get some money out of your broken iPad. You can place your broken iPad on online auctions as an entire unit, or you can break it down into parts and sell them separately. If you part the iPad out there is a chance that you will get a bit more money than selling it as a whole, depending on the extent of the damage. If you don’t have enough money for a new iPad, even after selling the old broken one, then you can choose to get an iPad screen repair.

Doing the iPad Screen Repairs Yourself

If you have considerable skills in repairing electronic devices like your iPad then you can endeavor to do the iPad screen repair yourself; it is actually quite easy to source out the tools and parts you need from the internet and online auctions. But if you’re not that confident with your skills, there are a lot of independent repair shops you can take your gadget to get iPad screen repairs.

iPad Repair Centers

If your iPad’s warranty has already expired, it is rather hard to get a replacement unit from Apple, in cases like this it is much more practical to just get iPad screen repairs. Fortunately there are lots of independent repair shops that can replace the screen of your iPad fast and easy, often taking a couple of hours at the most. There are even a few that provide a nice 30 day warranty on parts and services.

As you might have guessed by now, it is a lot more practical to just get a professional repair service to do the iPad screen repairs for you. So the next time that you get careless and crack the beautiful touchscreen of your iPad, you now know where to take it.