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 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.

 

 

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.

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!