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.

 

iPhone Cracked Screen Repair – Fix your own iPhone?

iPhone Cracked Screen Repair - iPhone 6 cracked screen:  Credit RepairZoom
iPhone 6 Cracked Screen Repair: Credit RepairZoom

Updated:  iPhone Cracked Screen Repair for newer iPhone models:  iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

These days, there are MANY options in the market to solve a cracked screen problem on an iPhone.  This article is intended to give you some ideas of how to fix your cracked iPhone Screen quickly, inexpensively, and properly.

The first thing you are likely asking yourself is… Should I fix it myself or not?  There are many companies on the Internet selling parts and supplies for do-it-yourself repairs.  These videos and parts-sellers certainly make it look easy too.  The truth is… some repairs ARE easy, while others are NOT.  On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being most difficult), we would rate fixing your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus a “6” on a scale of difficulty.  The iPhone 5 would rate a 7 on scale of difficulty.  And an iPad, in ANY version is a 9 or 10 on scale of difficulty.

If you are not a Broadcom engineer or an electronics hobbyist, fixing electronics is just not easy.  The parts are tiny, numerous, and not easy to work with.  And if you mix up the parts and screws during your iPhone cracked screen repair, you can really get into trouble.  At a cracked iPhone repair Irvine store, we get people all the time who have botched their home repairs and come in (sometimes in tears) asking for us to try and fix their issues.  Sometimes, they can’t be fixed.  And even when they can, the customers end up paying more (sometimes much more) than if they had just come to see us first.

The overall challenge with do-it-yourself is… what do you do if the repair is not successful?  Usually, you must take it to a reliable repair shop, where you will need to pay again to complete the repair properly.  The other risk is, what do you do if you make a mistake doing your own iPhone cracked screen repair and render the iPhone useless?  Unfortunately, this happens more that you think, and when it does it it very unfortunate.

Other thoughts and comments are welcomed.

iPhones Do Not Like Water

Oh no! Did your iPhone take a swim with you in a pool? Did you wash it with your laundry? Here are some helpful tips to fix a water damaged iPhone.

Do not attempt to turn on a water damaged iPhone. This is hard to resist, but your iPhone logic board will immediately short-out and die after doing this.

Do NOT use a hair dryer, microwave, or stove to dry the iPhone! If you use a blowdryer, the water will spread around and evaporate, which will cause the corrosion to grow faster. You can also “fry” your logic board with the excessive heat.

Remove your SIM card and shake out any excess water inside your iPhone. Next, put the iPhone in a bag of dry rice for the next 2-7 days to soak up the excess water. After the waiting process, plug the phone into a charger. If the charging symbol comes on, then there’s a good chance that the phone will likely boot itself back on when enough of a charge has been reached. Congrats – you did it!

If the screen remained blank after 3 minutes of plugging-in the iPhone, return it to the bag of rice and wait 2 more days.  Then repeat the plug-in process again.  If it will not turn on, you most likely have a permanent water damaged iPhone.  Your best hope is to try a professional repair shop at this point.

Good luck!

Green Electronic Recycling for iPhone and iPad Devices

iPhone and iPad Recycling
iPhone and iPad Recycling

Electronic Recycling is here.  And thank goodness.  That is a relief of many environmentalists and organizations today.

Many companies today are taking care of the planet by working to ensure a minimal environmental impact. By using 100% recycled cardboard for domestic and international shipping, companies can contribute to waste and deforestation.  But avoiding styrofoam, fewer sea animals will die from ingestion of this slow to biodegrade waste.  And for electronics firms, disposing of broken-beyond-repair parts and devices in an environmentally responsible way means taking pride in being an eco-friendly business.

The US Small Business Association even promotes green friendly business practices.  Let us face it, technology moves at a fast pace.  It is frequently out with the “old and in with the new”. This is why providing iPhone recycling services for all iPhone, iPod, or iPad users – even if you are not one of our repair customers is a great idea.  If you already know that your device is broken-beyond-repair, outdated, or if you choose not to repair it, then we strongly encourage you to learn more about iPhone recycling services.  You can either sell your used iPhone for a low fee, or some companies can even email you a prepaid shipping label for free. Apple offers great recycling for iPhones and other devices.  All you have to do is box it (recycled boxes please) and ship it.  You even get an Apple credit for your device!

Slo do your research with your manufacturer and be assured that harmful materials from your old iPhone, iPod, iPad, Samsung device, or other electronics will be properly disposed. This includes checking to be sure they have a guarantee that your electronic waste will not be sent overseas to developing nations where they will be disposed of carelessly.

So think GREEN.  Don’t throw your old cell phone away.  Recycle it!

Advice to Protect your iPhone

We hear stories.  Today we had a customer who dropped his iPhone from the second story of a construction site.  It survived!  It seemed as good as new after he blew the sand out of the phone and called his wife.  Two minutes later, while jumping into his truck, the iPhone slipped out of his pocket, hitting the pavement below the truck.  The screen cracked.  It was toast.

Every day at customers come in with their iPhones bashed, scratched, run over, and just plain thrashed.  We are often amazed (and amused) with their stories of how their iPhones became so damaged.  How exactly does a car run over an iPhone?

Not all damage can be avoided.  But many minor accidents CAN be avoided by simply protecting your iPhone.  The need to replace iPhone glass is a case in point.  The best way to prevent accidental screen damage is to keep a high quality cover on your iPhone.  An extra rugged case makes sense if you are especially clumsy.  A screen protector is also a good idea, they really do help protect against the need to replace iPhone glass or fix ugly scratches.

Some other advice from RepairZoom — Keep your iPhone away from water and direct sun.  Avoid giving your iPhone to babies too — they seem to be the most damaging of all!

We hope this advice is helpful. The best time to heed these warnings is before, not after you visit us at to replace iPhone glass or seek any other damage related repair.

Do not let your iPhone be the next victim.   Protect it!