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.
Monday, June 11th, 2012
In case you missed the WWDC announcements today, here’s a brief review of what Cook and Co. revealed today about the new notebooks, OS and iOS:
Item 1. Siri has a sense of humor. The Conference apparently opened with a round of jokes from the automated robot lady iPhone voice.
Item 2. MacBook Airs got a nice speed bump that now ranges from 1.7GHz to 2.0GHz. Prices still start at $999.
Item 3. The MacBook Pro now has a RETINA DISPLAY! 220ppi, and a thinner display that translates to .71 in for the whole notebook. Huzzah!. It also has a faster Quad-core i5 or i7 processor, USB 2 and 3 ports on each side, and two thunderbolt ports! The only downside appears to be that the Retina Display model starts at $2199. All things considered, that’s actually a good value for all it does, but your average consumer isn’t going to put up that kind of scratch on a whim.
Item 4. Mountain Lion. Not being a fan of Lion so far, I can’t say I’m particularly excited about the slow and inevitable demise of the desktop format as we know it. Then again, Snow Leopard was a whole lot more streamlined than Leopard, so maybe OS 10.8 will be a big improvement over the awkward 10.7. For those of you who love Siri on your iPhone 4S (now 40% more hilarious!) may appreciate Dication, the new voice-recognition feature in Mountain Lion. Get ready to verbally Tweet everything you see!
Item 4b. Mountain Lion will be available in July and is only $19.99!
Item 5. iOS. Siri has been upgraded (did I mention she TELLS JOKES?) and now can give you more information than ever, including and expanded knowledge base of sports stats and restaurant and movie reviews. Maybe she can explain to me why so many people still like Donnie Darko. But I digress. Apple has also made the move into automotive technology by integrating Siri straight into the dashboard of your BMW, Mercedes, GM, Jaguar, Land Rover, Audi, Toyota, Honda or Chrysler. Oh, and also your iPad.
Item 6. Saving the
best reasonably anticipated for last, Facebook is built into iOS 6. For those of us who have maintained our wall of introverted resistance against Facebook, this is not news. But I’m excited for the rest of you.
Item 7. All sorts of updates on the phone App. Do Not Disturb mode, text auto-replies, and FaceTime over data. Win for personal communication, loss for car accident statistics
Item 8. Speaking of car accidents, iOS Maps now has turn by turn navigation and has been more or less completely rewritten to stick it to Google. It looks like they’ve somehow managed to take a step ahead of the incumbent Google in terms of 3D mapping. I haven’t seen any Apple streetview cars driving around though. Perhaps there’s more to come.
That looks like it’s about it from the West coast today, everybody. Check out the whole conference later today at apple.com. And have a great week.
Monday, June 13th, 2011
Happy Monday, everybody. Now that another WWDC is come and gone and the bloggers and technophiles are lighting up the internets with their opinions, let’s review some of the high and low points of the upcoming OS 10.7 release.
Pro: The latest and presumably best iteration is going to be $29.99, which is a heckuva lot cheaper than expected.
Con: As indicated so far, there will be no hard copy or physical media version available. So you can’t burn the .dmg onto a disk or transfer it to your USB drive.
Pro: Because Lion is only available through the App Store, you can download it once with your iTunes account/Apple ID and then install on all your authorized machines without paying any additional charges.
Con: This means you have to register for an Apple ID and therefore be subject to future assaults on your consumer nature by Apple trying to sell you the new single featured on this weeks episode of Glee.
Pro: Improved multi-touch gestures which, despite Steve Jobs’ insistence that they’re not developing touch-screen personal computers aside from portable devices, seems to suggest that we’re headed in that direction. With the success of the iPad and iPhone and Mac OS performing more like iOS with each update, why not believe that notebooks of the future will basically be faster, more powerful iPads with built-in keyboards?
Con: if you don’t own an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch already, you’re probably going to have some adjustments to make in your understanding of how Mac OS works. So get ready. Mission Control, Launchpad and the Full Screen Applications features are a good way to put your toe in the water.
Pro: Airdrop. One more step in the fight against data loss.
Con: Again, no physical media, so you have to hear nerdy software engineers and programmers complain until OSXI comes out.
If you didn’t catch the conference, it’s worth going back and checking it out. The fact that Apple let everyone know exactly what was going to be announced ahead of time and what wasn’t going to be (*cough* iPhone 5*cough*) created a different climate than the typical top secret guess-fest that WWDC usually takes on. Keep your ears open for release dates on 10.7 and the new iPhone, and have a great week friends.
Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
Hello again, everyone! It’s been a while, I know. But like Brian said, it’s been crazy busy here for the last few weeks. Now that doesn’t mean we don’t have time to take care of you, so keep sending your Apple gear and we’ll keep turning it around faster than anyone in the business. Did you take advantage of the coupon from Brian’s last post? I’m not using a coupon for anything, but I watched that video a few times. When your team has been the punch line of all of Major League Baseball for the better part of two decades, it’s nice to see some glimpse of progress. Sure, it’s only three weeks in, but the perennial basement-dwelling royals are tied for second in the American League, and that’s worth something. We’re all just hoping they can put off the choking and ten-game losing streaks as long as possible.
Onto Apple matters. Two big pieces of news today. First, apple.com has shortened the ship time for iPads purchased online. Hooray. So if you live more than a 1-2 weeks drive to your nearest Apple store, you can now get one conveniently delivered to your doorstep in record time. More importantly, it sounds like the iPhone 5 will be shipping by September at the latest. Look for the announcement at June’s WWDC, along with big developments in iOS and OS 10.7.
With the hints that 10.7 is going to run more like the iPad’s iOS, does that mean touch-screen MacBooks and MacBook Pros are on the horizon? Could be. We may find out in about six weeks. Enjoy your week, everyone. Watch some baseball. Go Blue.
Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
There’s not much for me to say here. Just take a look at this iPad that was sent to us for one of our Free iPad Diagnostic Services. Of all the iPads we have repaired since its release, nothing even comes close to the damage inflicted on this iPad. It looks like it was put on the racetrack here at Kansas Speedway and left there for an entire race! Ouch.
Luckily, after a thorough examination to determine what needs to be replaced in the iPad, one of our iPad techs was able to repair the device. We had to replace the digitizer, lcd, and backplate. Of course, this was all done within 24 hours once we received an approval on our ultra-low repair price (this was the 32GB version so the replacement price would have been $599 plus tax). The owner even allowed us to take a couple of pictures and blog about the repair. Now it looks good as new. Just take a look at repaired product below.
We are proud to show you that we can take an iPad that is in such a horrible condition and restore it to look good as new for much cheaper than it would cost to buy another iPad outright. Take a look at our iPad Repair Services to find the repair you need. And as always, while you’re here, you should check out our other repair services: iPod Repair, iPhone Repair, Apple Notebook Repair, and Sony PSP Repair. Right on.
(Edit June 14, 2010)
After repairing this iPad and sending it back to the customer, we decided to give him a call to check in and see how things were going. And guess what! He told us the whole story behind this busted iPad and encouraged us to share it with the world!! So how did this iPad get broken? I figured the best way to tell this story is…..by telling a story!! Here goes:
This is a story of a man, his wife, and an iPad.
This couple took a trip down to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, and the husband, addicted to his iPad, brings it with him.
After a few nights of fun, the wife gets ticked off that her husband is constantly using the iPad. After a few, no a lot of drinks, the wife is finally fed up with her husband and begins to smash the iPad on the ceramic tile floor repeatedly then begins to jump on it over and over and over while the husband is out. Little does the husband know when he walks into the room that this is going on. Oh the horror. His wife, clearly ticked off and inebriated just destroyed his pride and joy!
Here’s the kicker, later on that night the wife decides that she wants to play with the iPad and is upset at herself because of what she just did. Oh the bitter irony.
And so the story is told. Folks, there is a lesson behind this. If your loving spouse is fed up with the amount of time you spend on the iPad, never leave it alone with them!!
So, in my friend Eric’s words, HUZAH!!!!
Till next time,
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