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.
Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
Ok, no one knows exactly what the third generation iPad is going be called, look like, or offer, but here’s what everyone is relatively certain about at this point. The new iPad will have an HD front facing camera for crisp high definition Facetime. The LCD will certainly borrow the iPhone 4 and 4S-quality Retina Display which is going to be nine inches of awesome resolution. And the design will be… pretty much the same. We’ve had iPad 3 components come through already in preparation of repairs, and we can confirm the changes are subtle. Nothing major to report in that arena. There is a suggestion that Siri may be coming to the iPad 3, which makes sense the way Apple has marketed the feature on the iPhone 4S. We’ll see if it’s ready shortly, or if we have to wait until iOS 6.
As Keith mentioned yesterday, the Apple TV continues to sell in record numbers, but rumors seem to point to a nice improvement with the next generation. All indications are that the next Apple TV will support 1080p and remain at the current price point of $99, so that’s great for those of you who haven’t explored the world of the Apple TV yet. There’s still some waiting to do for that Cinema Display-esque actual TV, but be patient. Steve Jobs apparently had much more Apple TV on the horizon. Just listen to what Walter Issacson has to say about his omission in his Steve Jobs biography. Skip to 57:20:
That’s all for now. The event is coming.
Thursday, March 1st, 2012
As mentioned before, just because you plan on getting a new iPad 3 doesn’t mean you should throw away your broken iPad 2 or iPad 1. Repair prices for the iPad 1 and 2 have been dropping so take some time and get them fixed.
There are many things that you can do to repurpose your old iPad or iPad 2 as seen in this great article I saw on Macworld.com. The article touches base on what you can do with your old iPad including using it as a dedicated e-reader, using it as a point of sale credit card reader, using it as a digital picture frame, or simply just hand it down to a friend or family member. The choice is yours, young Padawan. For example, keeping an old iPad lying around the living room simply for referencing things during conversation can prove invaluable. Heck, during a discussion I had last weekend I learned what exactly makes tonic water “tonic” water using an old gen 1 iPad to look it up! Be prepared to dust off your old black-lights from college if you decide to read this article about tonic water.
Each day that passes gets us closer to Apple’s next big announcement. It will be a good one. Just remember to tune into your live blog of choice as this event will most likely not be streamed live. Personally I’m a fan of Gizmodo’s live blog so you might want to check them out when the time comes. I know I know, it can’t come soon enough but we all must wait.
Friday, December 16th, 2011
There is a lot to talk going on in the tech world these days. Let’s jump right in in list form shall we?
1. iPads. Rumors of the next iteration of the iPad have been making their rounds. This post on MacRumors brings the iPad Mini rumor back to life. We’ve all heard the late Steve Jobs’ opinion on what the ideal size of a tablet should be (hint: it’s the size of current iPads). Any more than 9.7″ and it’s too big and clunky. Any less and it’s just a cumbersome, overgrown smartphone. Well, Apple may be reassessing their thoughts on the subject in response to the massive success of Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Rumors have it that a 7″ iPad “Mini” may be introduced sometime before the end of 2012. What do you think? Would you welcome a smaller iPad? My opinion is yes. I’d love to be able to comfortably hold an iPad with one hand while sipping a beverage in the other. In any case, whatever Apple releases, iResQ will proudly service all of your iPad needs. We might even start seeing the iPad 3 before the end of Q1 2012.
2. AppleCare. How many of you out there have purchased Applecare? Myself, I have purchased AppleCare once in my history of owning Apple products. When I bought my first Mac, a 14″ iBook G4 in 2005, I purchased AppleCare with it. Did I use it? Nope. Did I need it? No. Am I right? Well, the reason for bringing up the subject in the first place is because of this interesting article by Senior Macworld contributor Ted Landau. It’s a long article but certainly worth reading. Basically, the point is that you would probably save money in the long run by not purchasing AppleCare. The chance of you having to use it compared to not using it is slim. And the fact that AppleCare simply doesn’t cover accidental damage really limits the purpose of purchasing it in the first place.
Regarding Applecare+, Ted makes a great point: “According to what I’ve been told, Apple will replace any damaged out-of-warranty iPhone with a refurbished model for a flat fee of $200. To get a replacement under AppleCare+, it will cost you $148 ($99 for the warranty + $49 service fee). In other words, AppleCare+ will save you only $52 — compared to getting an non-covered replacement phone. In addition, in order to have a chance at this $52 saving, you need to outlay $100 on an extended warranty that you will most likely never need. In the end, you are more likely to lose $100 than save $52. To me, this makes AppleCare+ a sucker’s bet. I’d rather take my chances and pay the $52 if I lose.”
I couldn’t have said it any better. Bottom line, do whatever feels comfortable. Just know that we are here to help you no matter what you decide to do.
3. Hard Drives. In an earlier blog I penned at the beginning of the year, I talked about how natural disasters affect our lives every day. Although we have had a fair share of unfortunate events occur in the US this year, we aren’t the only ones tragically affected. Thailand is still dealing with massive floods. For all you tech consumers out there, this is starting to hit home. The floods in Thailand have claimed many factories involved in producing hard drives among other things. Western Digital, for example, was hit hard. Expect to see price hikes on hard drives and other tech in the coming months. Hurry and buy a hard drive upgrade at discount prices while you can. More importantly, keep all those affected by these disasters in your hearts.
4. Retina Displays. I’m going to keep this one short. It looks like we are going to be seeing Retina Displays on MacBook Pros. What does this mean? Pure beauty, my friend.
Well, Christmas is coming up. I can’t wait. I will be celebrating this lovely holiday on Carnival’s Conquest. Lucky Me.
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