Thursday, February 1st, 2018
‘Right to Repair’ is gaining popularity, and we wanted to share with you what has been going on right now. Many states are attempting to have legislation vote in favor of ‘Right to Repair.’ This would give repair shops access to parts and service manuals for Apple products, so they are able to repair them just as Apple does right now.
The people for this legislation want it to happen because they believe that repair shops should be able to repair their devices with OEM parts instead of generic ones.
Apple doesn’t want this to happen because they monopolize on the cost of repairs for MacBooks, iPhones, iPads, and iPods because they know owners can’t get the OEM parts from anywhere else. If ‘Right to Repair’ passes, repair shops can offer it and they can do it for a better price.
Right now, these states are the states are currently looking to pass ‘Right to Repair’ legislation.
As you can see, Kansas is on this list, so we of course want this legislation to pass. This would enable us to provide even more than we already do for our customers.
We do want to say that while this would be great for us, what we offer now isn’t low quality. We always use the VERY best in parts when we do repairs. We never buy the lowest quality parts just so we can make more money off our repairs. We know this could end up limiting the longevity of our repairs, and we’re not willing to do that to our customers.
Do we think OEM parts are better than non-OEM? Not really. Some people prefer OEM parts just because they feel better that the parts are the same as the ones that came in their devices originally. As we all know, OEM parts’ longevity isn’t fail proof, or well, they wouldn’t need repairs, especially when it’s case where it’s not damage but simple malfunctioning.
So, even though this may pass and it may be something we do when it does, that doesn’t downgrade what we do now. We still stand fully behind the parts we use in all of our repairs and will always stand behind it.
Have questions about our repair services? Contact us today.
Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
This story that we just had come in makes us hold our nose and run.
“My cat urinated in a bag that my MacBook Pro was in. The urine has completely saturated through the keyboard and is coming out of the side vents.”
So, this isn’t exactly water damage. It’s urine damage. Yikes.
Our techs really work hard on every repair that comes into us, and they did the same with this one – even though cat pee isn’t exactly the best smell.
The biggest problem with the urine was that it’s a liquid, which is basically the same as water damage. Luckily, the urine didn’t do much damage. We replaced the power connection and it was as good as new.
We would like to point out that we were not able to get rid of the urine smell. The MacBook works, but the urine smell must be dealt with by the customer.
It may subside over time or the customer could try cleaning it with some urine be gone sprays they have in pet stores. Of course, the customer has to be careful using that as it can also lead to water damage if used excessively.
If you have a good story on how your device was damaged, please send it to us. We would love to share your story with our followers on social media and here on our blog.
As much as we hate when our devices become damaged, sometimes, it’s good to laugh at how they got that way. Life happens and sometimes, our devices take the fall of it.
Thursday, January 11th, 2018
If the screen of your MacBook seems loose, wobbly, and weird, you’re going to want to fix that. The screen itself could potentially pop out, but it will also generally mess with the performance of your laptop. Many people feel they should be able to fix this issue themselves, especially since online fix-it guides make it look so easy. The truth is it’s always better to go to a professional.
Many online guides will tell you fixing a loose MacBook screen is a cinch. Just get the right tools, set aside an hour of your time, and BAM. But there are a lot of truths they don’t include in these guides. For one, having the right tools is extremely necessary. Without them, you could harm your laptop or yourself. The tools themselves can be very expensive, which these guides also won’t tell you. Sometimes, buying the tools you need costs more than having your device fixed.
In addition, fixing a device as complicated as a laptop isn’t very easy. There are a lot of pitfalls you need to look out for and a lot of ways in which you could slip and cause more problems, void your warranty, etc. Even the online guides will tell you not to try this if you aren’t already adept at handling technology fixes.
If you bring your MacBook to us, we will do a full diagnostic for free. That means we will take a look at your loose screen and figure out exactly what it will take to fix it. We will also check to see if you have any other problems that could be making your MacBook slower. Then we will let you know the full amount of the repairs and allow you to decide if you are ready to commit. Once you decide, we will have your laptop repaired and back to you within 24 hours, good as new.
You can’t find promises like this if you try to fix your screen yourself. All the online guides will tell you to fix the device at your own risk, but we offer a guarantee to have your laptop back to you within a day, cleared of its problems. We strongly recommend you at least speak with a professional about the possibility of repairs before ever trying to do it yourself.
Thursday, December 21st, 2017
Dealing with a slow MacBook can be frustrating (to say the least). While your computer may just be getting slower with age, there are also some ways to jumpstart your machine and help it speed up its functions again.
It might sound silly, but if you haven’t done this in a while, it may be time. Your MacBook does need to be restarted every once in a while, and if you’ve had it on for a month or longer, give it a little rest.
In order to put an end to a cluttered hard drive and to really get a down and dirty clean, download Clean My Mac, which is a fast and safe cleaning program that will get rid of all the unnecessary crud. A lot of stuff you don’t need will tend to linger on your computer, slowing down your processes, and this can help. Clean Your Mac isn’t free, but it is worth the cost.
You may have been putting off all those updates for a long time, continuing to hit “Remind Me Later” or something else equally noncommittal. When you do this, though, you’re just making your Mac work harder, which will make all the performances slower. Take some time out to update your device (making sure all your essentials are backed up first), and you’ll really see an improvement.
When you turn on your computer, there are probably a lot of applications that come up automatically. This can slow down everything your Mac does while it’s on so why not get rid of some of those unnecessary startups? Just go to System Preferences > Users & Groups and click your username. Click Login Items and find the programs you don’t need to open automatically when you start your Mac. Highlight them and click the minus button.
Have you tried absolutely everything under the sun to get your Mac running faster again and nothing’s worked? Bring it to us! We’ll do a full diagnostic test for free and tell you how much it will cost to fix the problem. If you decide to have your device repaired with us, we will make sure to get it back to you within 24 hours.
Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
Three Mac computers were deemed obsolete or vintage by Apple as of this past Tuesday, October 31. What this means is that even if the computers are still in use, Apple will no longer repair them or provide replacement parts for them.
According to a recent report, the extended warranty offer for 2012 MacBook Pros with retina displays has ended as well. Some models of this laptop had anti-reflective coating that rubbed off. Many Apple gurus dubbed this problem “Staingate.”
So which Macs are so recently included in the “obsolete” and “vintage” categories? iMacs from late 2009—both the 21.5-inch and the 27-inch models—are now considered obsolete. This is simply a step Apple takes five years after a model is last manufactured.
The latest computer to move into the “vintage” category is the Mac Mini, which was last manufactured in mid-2011. This classification indicates that support is still provided for these devices for an additional two years. This is due to legal reasons in both Turkey and California.
What does this now mean for owners of these Apple computers? Some consumers are already upset—especially with regard to the Mac Mini. One comment following the Apple announcement reads as follows.
“As an owner of a 2012 Mac Mini, it feels odd to see the obsolescence date nearing. Technically being only one model older than the current shipping one it is still the most powerful and most upgradable Mac Mini. I hope the 2012 is still supported for a few more years, considering they were still sold as current models until late in 2012.”
Another commenter offered a bit of consolation.
“Typically Apple goes by the date they were last sold, not when they were introduced. Since the 2012 model was sold until late 2014, it should probably be fully supported until 2019, and obsolete around 2021,” the commenter wrote.
Clearly Mac users have grave concerns about what to do if and when their computers deemed obsolete or vintage require repairs. Is there anyone else they can contact to assist them when something goes awry with their computers?
Mac users can, in fact, take heed. Even though Apple has stopped repairing these computers, we still repair them. A simple phone call to us at 1-800-555-5555 will put you in touch with highly skilled technicians who will use their training and high quality parts to get your Mac computer back into tip-top shape. Call today and get your Mac back up and running.
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