Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
Hello again everybodies. It’s that time of year again. Summer is fast approaching. Summer with a capital S, as in 5S, as in iPhone updates! Actually, that’s not likely to happen in June, but I had no where else to go with that motif. So, if iPhone updates are coming in September, what will we see in June? iPad news? Again, the iPad is practically driving Apple right now along with the iPhone, so it will probably warrant its own media event when there is big news to be had. So we’re probably looking at OSX, iOS and possibly Mac notebook updates this time around. Rumors include Retina displays on the MacBook Air, a new sleeker iOS with a touch of Jony Ives, and more ever-decreasing margins of difference between the mobile iOS juggernaut and it’s dying OSX counter part. Coverage starts in about a week and a half, so stay tuned for analysis. In the meantime, your broken gear is still worth getting fixed, so we’re here for you if you need MacBook screen repair, iPad digitizer replacement, or your iPhone took a bath. Have a great week folks.
Thursday, April 4th, 2013
Well, friends. It’s been an eventful few weeks here in Olathe, Kansas. Business is booming as usual, everyone is going crazy for the NCAA tournament and our annual office pool, and we’re bringing on several new techs to keep up with the workload from our loyal customer base. Stay tuned to meet the newbies. We’re following all the Apple product development rumors for you, and it’s looking more and more likely that a new iPhone or two will be at least announced if not available on shelves by summer 2013. We may, as the rumors have been suggesting, see a cheaper model made from alternative materials, or it may just be the yearly processor and feature upgrade in the form of a 5S. In the mean time, if you drop your iPhone 5, or for that matter your MacBook Pro, iPod or iPad, we’re here to help.
And for you particularly fanatical Apple nuts, you’ll be pleased to know a second Steve Jobs biopic has been green lighted, and in fact will beat the Kutcher film to the small screen. The interweb screen, that is. Before Jobs is released later this year, check out the self-proclaimed FiRST movie about Steve Jobs at Funny or Die, “iSteve”. Here’s a teaser:
Have a great week, everyone.
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
Happy Independence Day, everyone! I know, it’s been a little while since I’ve been on the old blog horn, but it has been INSANELY BUSY (yeah, I yelled that) at iResQ for the last three weeks. I’m just now coming up for air, so it’s time for a quick coupon! For the week of the Fourth (that is, July 4-July 11) enter the coupon INDEPENDENCE when placing any flat-rate repair on your MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPod, iPhone or iPad for 10% off your order. Simple as that. Alright, we’ll be back soon. Have a great and safe holiday, friends.
Friday, March 16th, 2012
This is only a rant. I repeat, this is only a rant. The opinions of this particular blog do not necessarily reflect the opinions of iResQ. Just Keith.
I keep on seeing ads for phones that come with a stylus. The question I ask is, what for? Who wants to have a phone with a stylus nowadays? iPhones, iPod Touchs, and iPads have pretty much proven that touch based gestures are the new norm. The only real benefit that I can derive from having a stylus for my iPhone would be to use it with the awesome app, Draw Something. Other than Draw Something, there is simply no need for a stylus. Even at that, Draw Something is easy enough to use with just your finger. The Samsung Galaxy Note? C’mon man! I bet most people who own that phone are going to lose their stylus within a month or two.
I’ll admit, before I owned an iPhone, I had an LG VU. This touch based phone had one major perk, TV anywhere. Other than that, the touch screen was pretty much crap. Typing a text message was cumbersome, clunky, and downright annoying. Using a stylus with it would have been beneficial. It’s understandable if touch screen devices want to mask their flaws by asking their users to use a stylus, but that is just what it sounds like; an excuse. Make a better touch screen!
Here are my two cents, if your going to use a stylus with a mobile device of any kind, it better be with a Nintendo 3DS. Anything other than that is downright silly.
I’m done with my rant. Carry on.
Monday, March 12th, 2012
It’s that time of year again, friends. That glorious few days in the spring when everyone is waiting in anticipation for the start of something big… the new iPad release! What, did you think I was going somewhere else with that? Don’t worry, we’ll get to basketball. But first we’re adding another device to our extensive line of MacBook, iPod and iPhone repairs. As we mentioned previously, we’re sitting on iPad 3 parts just in case you are unfortunate enough to need repair the day you get your new iPad. With the iPad 2 we had a pair of digitizer repair orders come through the day of its release. Sad but true.
Now, on to the competition… between the iPad 3 and other tablets! Seriously, I’ll get there soon. I went to dinner with my wife’s extended family last week and as I walked in the door, one of her cousins who is an IT professional immediately asked, “want to see something that’s better than an iPad 3?” Now, while I’m clearly a big supporter of Apple’s devices in general, I’m not blindly going to swear that the iPad is unbeatable by something else in the consumer electronics marketplace. So I took a look.
He handed me a Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T, and this is what I observed: First, I asked in earnest (not to be clever or sardonic) why it was so heavy. Ok, ok, other manufacturers don’t have Jony Ive and the world’s best designers to make things streamline. I could probably look past a much heavier tablet that has a few extra inches of LCD. Then, I noticed how awkward and irritating the touch screen was. Sure, Apple has hundreds of patents on their digitizers, so the competition probably won’t live up to it. Surely, based on his assessment of the processing power, this thing must be lightning fast. Except that it’s not. It’s running Windows 7 in full, which is nice if you’re not willing to learn a mobile OS, but incredibly frustrating if you want to run a tablet at all without waiting for processor lag. Finally I assumed that the draw must be the price. Since Windows PC laptops can be assembled and sold for hundreds less than Macs, this 2 pound (37.5% heavier than the iPad) behemoth must cost a fraction of iPad’s sticker price, right? Well, nope. In fact it costs twice as much. So, to answer the original question that started this whole rant, yes. Yes, I would like to see something that’s better than an iPad 3. Show me.
Ah, now I’m out of time for basketball. Well, in short: several of our local teams are in the Big Dance. Mizzou at the 2 seed in what appears to be the weakest region, so a first Final Four appearance could be in their future. Kansas, if they can actually play to their ability, might have a chance of taking on UNC and former coach Roy Williams. Then there’s Kansas State and Wichita State who should be able to squeeze out a second round win. The brackets are out, and we’re ready with highlighters. Go Basketball.
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