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, April 24th, 2012
Morning, friends. If any of you have been following Apple blogs over the last ten months or so, there has been a fair amount of hype/rumor/borderline panic about Apple’s push toward the dominance of mobile devices like the iPad and iPhone and therefore iOS, possibly at the expense of Mac OS and the desktop format as we know it. When columnist Dan Lyons first proposed the idea last June that the Mac brand was being euthanized, Steve Jobs wasn’t having it. Lyons published the following claim in Newsweek:
I hate to tell you this, but my guess is you’ve probably been sensing it already. I don’t know any good way to say it so let me just be blunt: You’ve been dropped. Dumped. It’s over. The future of Apple is no longer centered around the Macintosh. You Mac guys just got kicked to the curb, relegated to the steaming dung heap of the past. I’m sorry, dear old Mac, but your ex-boyfriend Steve has moved on.”
To which Jobs replied via email, “Completely wrong. Just wait.”
Fast forward to 2012 when dozens of columnists and tech bloggers have commented on the discontinuation of the MacBook (Apple’s best-selling computer of all time), the number of iPad sales vs computer sales (Mac and PC) and, perhaps most telling, the dropping of the Mac name from the OS line. As of 10.8 there doesn’t look to be a Mac OS and an iOS. Just OS. So with Jobs’ push to get the whole world running on the iPad (or whatever looms on the horizon?) it’s easy to see why so many Mac addicts are feeling unsettled.
Last week KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has been known to have seemingly-inside info on the development of Apple’s production process, reported that the 17″ MacBook Prowill be discontinued as Apple launches OS 10.8 Mountain Lion and prepares for back to school demand for new machines. Not that it doesn’t make some sense that they would put a cork in their largest and heaviest portable as the mobile market grows exponentially, but it does seem like if they keep killing off computers as we know them, Lyons’ claim isn’t “completely wrong.” 2012 will be a telling year in that regard. Let’s take a quick look at the introduction of the 17″ MacBook Pro’s predecessor, the 17″ PowerBook G4:
So is the consumer market ready for a monumental shift in how we use a desktop OS system? Thirty years ago a lot of users didn’t want to give up the command line for GUI, either. The future may not be certain, but it should be exciting. Stay tuned.
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.
Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
iResQ is blowing up this week with iPhone 4S repairs, MacBook screen repairs, and iPad repairs. But we have pause briefly to discuss some very important ballyhoo. Yep, I just said ballyhoo. March 7 is the date we’ve been hearing this week. Apple’s March 7 Media Event should mark the arrival of a new iPad with Retina display (LCDs with a 2048×1536 resolution according to tinkers at MacRumors). And multiple retailers such as Target and Best Buy are lowering the prices of their iPad 2s, presumably in anticipation. So what does that mean for the fate of the iPad 2? Well, not much really. At least not in the immediate future. There are still plenty of iPhone 3GS in use (we see a plethora of 3GS and 4 iPhones for repair despite the iPhone 4S release last fall), and early indications seem to suggest that, aside from a speed bump and twice the resolution there aren’t necessarily going to be major fundamental differences between the iPad 2 and the iPad 3. You 3D proponents out there are going to have to wait a little longer.
Just a quick note on the Academy Awards, since I can’t help but dispense my opinions on movie culture. It’s no surprise that Hugo and The Artist cleaned up- both were beautifully stylized without being heavy-handed and both were earnest homages to film history at large. It’s the least I have disagreed with the Oscars in quite a while. What was interesting to me is how the Academy seems to respond when there isn’t a clear frontrunner in a given category, like this year’s Animated Feature. Nothing against Rango (I’m a big fan of Gore Verbinski), but it seems like when there isn’t a heralded Pixar picture then the judges essentially put recognizable names on a dart board and fire away (*cough* Kung Fu Panda 2 *cough*). The lack of a great Pixar film in 2011, and the In Memoriam montage serves as a reminder of, like him or hate him, how influential Steve Jobs was on so many facets of popular culture. Apple is moving forward, and I can’t imagine Pixar won’t as well, but I hope it’s with the same gusto and attention to perfect detail that we’ve come to expect. Ah, now I think I hear the music playing me off. Goodnight, everybody.
Friday, January 27th, 2012
Greetings everyone. I just thought I’d touch base with you to talk about some common iPhone 4S problems and what we can do to fix them. We have seen a lot of iPhone 4Ss around these parts and for many different reasons. You name it, we have seen it: an iPhone 4S dropped in coffee, washed in the washing machine, drooled on (by a baby of course), ran over by a car….. These devices seem prone to accidents, or prone to be owned by clumsy people. Nonetheless, extraordinary things can befall your iPhone 4S, but today we are here to discuss the most common iPhone 4S repairs.
The most common thing we see when a 4S comes in is either a cracked screen or backplate due to a drop. As beautiful as the iPhone 4S is, it is literally made of glass. Glass shatters. We offer both iPhone 4S screen repair and backplate repair services at low prices.
Just below are the two iPhone 4S Screen Repairs that we offer. Remember, this covers the entire front screen assembly of the 4S, including the Retina Display, digitizer, and glass. It also does not matter what carrier you bought your iPhone from, just choose which color iPhone you have and we’ll repair it with the necessary, authentic part:
And here are the two backplate repair services we offer for any type of iPhone 4S:
If you’re adventurous enough and feel that you can perform these repairs yourself, we offer do-it-yourself repair kits for screens and backplates:
If you don’t know what is wrong with your iPhone 4S you can always send it in for our free diagnostics.
If you choose this route, once we receive your iPhone 4S, one of our professional iPhone technicians will evaluate your iPhone and contact you with an accurate price quote. If you elect to go through with the repair, we will fix and ship your iPhone back to you. If you don’t, no worries, there are absolutely NO obligations. We’ll either send you back your iPhone or recycle it if you ask us to. There is no pressure and no pushy salesperson will hound you.
If you have any questions, we are always here to answer them. I like to say that we are the most reachable repair company out there. Want to call and chat with us over the phone? No problem, call us at 888.447.3728. Do you just want to leave us a voicemail? No problem, just call our number and press 9 to access our voicemail system. Would you rather just email us? Well, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our contact form. But wait, there’s more!!! If you want to chat with us through your web browser we have an app for that. Just go to iResQ.com and click the chat widget on the bottom-right hand of the screen to chat with a sales associate. Want to contact us via Facebook? Here it is. Twitter? Yep. Want to leave a message on one of our Youtube videos? You got it. Last, but certainly not least, if you’re in town, pop in! We have a comfortable lobby where you can talk to one of our sales associates face to face. Whew, that’s a lot. I’m sure there are more ways to contact us that I can’t think of right now.
Well, the weekend is upon us and I have a lot that I want and need to do. As a matter of fact, tonight I am stopping by the local Vintage Stock to pick up an old SNES console to relive the 16 bit glory days of Super Metroid. A little of that and MW3 for me tonight. Just the ticket to cap off a crazy last couple weeks.
Until we meet again…
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