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iPhone 8 Repair and iPhone 10 repair – Breaking the new iPhone screen repair barriers

iPhone 8 Repair and iPhone 10 repair

Steve Cook at Apple Park in Cupertino California announced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 10 products to much fanfare and applause at the Steve Jobs Theatre.  While these new phones need to be broken down to determine how repairable they are, we are starting to get some clues about the iPhone Screen Repair issues that we can expect with Apple’s latest iPhones releases.  And there will be some new considerations for those in the independent repair shop world.

What’s the difference in iPhone 8 and iPhone X (10)

The big question on the minds of many consumers is, what’s the big difference between the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 10 (X)?  Much has already been written about this, but it’s a LOT.  In particular, the iPhone 10 has no “home button” like we have been used to in the past.  It’s now authenticated via retina scans and this is a really big change.  You must LOOK at the phone to open it.  Apple says this gives more security and makes life easier.  Hmmm.  Sounds like a big move… and we just need to wait and see what consumers think about this new facial recognition technology.

Using the A11 Chip from Apple and something called “Bionic Technology”, the new iPhone X is a big technology risk for Apple, the world’s most valuable company.  And it has been somewhat controversial that Apple removed the TouchID, something most consumers have grown to love in their older smartphones… from the iPhone 6s all the way through the iPhone 8.  It may be a hard switch, similar to the revolt at losing the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 (something Phil Schiller described as “courageous”).

Breaking the new iPhone screen repair barriers

When it comes to repairs, it seems the iPhone 8 will be the easier of the 2 for iPhone Screen Repair.  It is most similar to the iPhone 7 in design (with the big exception of the all-glass back side).  They made this change to enable wireless-charging on the iPhone 8, using the industry standard of this technology called Qi.  In fact, the Apple website is already selling a Belkin wireless charging pad for just $59.95.

 

 

New for 2017 iPad introduced for just $329

New for 2017 iPad Introduced for just $329 – Full of Features – but screens still very breakable

There is a new for 2017 iPad on the market and this time, Apple fans will love the low price.  It’s an amazing device, quite similar to the iPad Air, but with a lower price and including touch-ID fingerprint sensor.  The iPad 2017 was announced in a press release on 21 March 2017, and pre-orders began on Friday 24 March. It is now also available in many stores, including the Apple Store under iPad 2017 9-7.

MacWorld UK likes the new iPad 9.7 for 2017.  The give it rave reviews on all counts, except just one.  The device goes back to the older design technique, having a separate Screen/LCD – making it slightly thicker… yet easier to repair.  We think this relates more to cost and re-utilizing the iPad Air 1 assembly techniques and assembly lines.  Consumers will hardly notice the difference, until the go for an iPad 2017 Screen Repair, when they will find that the device is much less expensive to fix than the iPad Pro.

Schools and school districts are especially excited about the iPad 2017 version.  The cost is very low for both purchase (with Apple discounts especially) and repairs are going to be less than $100 per unit.  It’s a no-brainer for schools that need to refresh their iPad 1:1 deployment for students in the 2017-2018 school year.  Parents too will like to choose this device when their student needs to bring their own iPad to school.

Apple iPad Pro, iPhone, Apple TV, MacBook and other Product Updates 2016

Apple iPad Pro, iPhone, Apple TV, MacBook and other Product Updates 2016

There are so many Apple Product Updates to share for 2016 we almost don’t know where to begin.  Many of the Apple iPhone and iPad product updates have already been summarized in blogs like this iPad and iPhone Repairs Blog – but we’ve got our own spin on Tim Cook and company’s latest new Apple product lineup so let’s get started!

Apple TV gets the features it needs

Apple TV is finally starting to become a legitimate hot product.  The typical features of the updated device can be found here on the Apple TV home page… but we are especially exited about two particular features:  Siri for Apple TV, and the latest AppleTV App Based Interface.

You might be asking, Siri for Apple TV?  I thought it already had that!  Well… yes and no.  Siri was in there for searching on a few things like “Siri what’s the weather in Orange County today”?  But you could not use ‘her’ for searching within Apps.  Let’s say you are in the HBO App on Apple TV and you want to search for Game Of Thrones.  Now you can just tell Siri… and she will search it based on your voice command!  No more annoying letter-by-letter inputs along a scroll bar.  In addition to content being delivered via Apps for Apple TV, this is a big step forward and we love it.  (Hint: you can also now us an Apple wireless keyboard on Apple TV.)

iPad Pro Grows (and shrinks) it’s line up!

So last year Apple released a very large iPad called the iPad Pro.  Turns out that while this seemingly niche based product was making small waves in the media, it was making some great progress in sales and learning for Apple.  Tim Cook shared that the iPad Pro has been particularly instrumental in bringing former Mac users into the Apple family of products with its detachable keyboard, making it a great crossover platform from PC/Tablet hybrid lovers.  Microsoft had tried this strategy with their Suface Pro product line, but it seems Apple has perfected it with their design superiority.

iPad Pro with Keyboards

iPad Pro 9.7″ and 12.9″ – shown with optional bluetooth wireless keyboards.

And now, the IPad Pro gets a second smaller size too.  Apple has introduced the iPad Pro 9.7″ version.  This is virtually the same size as the iPad Air device, and begs the question as to what will happen to that brand in the long run.  But for now, the iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro will be marketed side-by-side albeit with many more features available for the iPad Pro.  These include detachable wireless keyboard, superior 4 speaker stereo sound, superior wireless connectivity, and support for the Apple Pencil stylus device.  It’s a much more feature rich platform and likely signals the future upgrade worthy device for iPad users in business, education, and consumer segments.  Look for Apple to make a big iPad push again as they have a big investment in this product and are launching features that consumers will consider worthy of upgrading.

MacBook lineup is still a focus for Apple

Finally, we take note of the strong performance that continues in the laptop/notebook and desktop computer segments.  Apple currently markets the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and MacBook, and iMac lines in the big umbrella Mac (computer) segment.  All products are currently  supported by the latest OS called OS X El Capitan.  We take note of the emphasis Apple seems to be placing on getting this large (and somewhat confusing) product lineup back in a more simplistic naming convention between laptops and desktops.  Look for MacBook, MacBook Pro, and iMac to return to the future of the lineup.  The (somewhat silly) “Air” appendage to many of Apple’s family of product is likely to disappear in the near future.  And we agree…. it’s time.

Apple recently introduced a revamped MacBook Pro and it’s actually the best laptop on the market today.  It’s thinner, faster, more powerful, and filled with amazing upgrades.  The best upgrades include the new Force Touch trackpad (also found on iPhones), longer battery life, and faster all flash storage.  It’s a worthwhile upgrade especially if you’re using at 2011 or earlier vintage MacBook.  It’s time to upgrade on your next opportunity.

iPhone SE Introduced and iPhone lineup bolstered again

Not to be outdone, Tim Cook finally has also addressed some lingering issues with iPhone. First off, he settled the question as to what size choices consumers will have when it comes their iPhones. And it turns out the answer is three. Consumers will be able to continue to choose the  four-inch iPhone, with the new iPhone SE.  A 4.7 inch iPhone 6S.  And the largest iPhone, the 5.5″ iPhone 6S plus.

When many Apple watchers had expected the final phasing out of the product line formerly known as iPhone 5, Tim Cook and Apple surprised the tech community by introducing an entirely new four-inch iPhone called the iPhone SE.  This is essentially a hybrid device that bridges iPhone five an iPhone 6.  Think of it as a facelift for the iPhone 5.  Apple has introduced a variety of iPhone 6-like features inside the iPhone SE including almost everything except for the new force touch technology.

Tim Cook shared many insights, but the most interesting was that consumers around the world seems to really love the size of a 4 inch iPhone. So cutting off this market made no sense… and it was time to simply boost the power of this device.  In addition, they introduced a collection of four colors for the device similar to nearly every product in the IOS family today. Those include space gray, silver, gold, and a pink light-colored called rose gold.  The iPhone SE is available to buy immediately online or at any Apple store.

Apple Introduces iPad Air 2

Apple Introduces iPad Air 2—The Thinnest, Most Powerful iPad Ever

iPad Air 2 & iPad mini 3 Now Featuring Touch ID & Support for Apple Pay Within Apps

CUPERTINO, California—October 16, 2014—Apple® today introduced iPad Air™ 2, the thinnest and most powerful iPad® ever. Now just 6.1 mm thin and weighing less than a pound, iPad Air 2 features an improved Retina® display for enhanced contrast and richer, more vibrant colors, and better cameras for taking stunning photos and videos. Available in gold, silver and space gray, the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini™ 3 offer Touch ID™ so users can unlock their iPad with just the touch of a finger and make purchases easily and securely within apps using Apple Pay™.

“iPad is a magical piece of glass that runs more than 675,000 apps specifically designed for it, and is thin and light enough that you can comfortably hold it all day; the new iPad Air 2 is packed with amazing new innovations, weighs less than a pound, and at just 6.1 mm is the thinnest tablet in the world,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPad Air 2 has a new Retina display with anti-reflective coating, second generation 64-bit A8X chip, all-new iSight and FaceTime HD cameras, faster Wi-Fi and LTE wireless, and includes the revolutionary Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor.”

Engineered for unmatched portability and ease of use, iPad Air 2 offers a beautiful, precision unibody enclosure of anodized aluminum for durability and a solid feel. The improved Retina display features a fully-laminated design that brings images and content closer to the user’s fingertips, resulting in an even more personal and intimate experience. A custom-designed anti-reflective coating reduces glare by 56 percent for a clearer display in the office, the classroom or outdoors.

iPad Air 2 is powered by the new Apple-designed A8X chip, which delivers a 40 percent improvement in CPU performance and 2.5 times the graphics performance of iPad Air, and still delivers the up to 10-hour battery life users expect while working, playing games or surfing the web. Combined with Metal™, the new graphics technology in iOS 8, the A8X chip unlocks realistic visual effects comparable to the most advanced gaming consoles. iPad Air 2 also includes the M8 motion coprocessor that gathers motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and an all-new barometer which senses air pressure to provide relative elevation.

Innovations to the iSight® and FaceTime® HD cameras in iPad Air 2 enable better photos and videos, with an 8MP sensor and advanced optics in the iSight camera to help capture rich, detailed images and add new features including panoramic in Photos, time-lapse video, slo-mo and 1080p HD video. The FaceTime HD camera now captures over 80 percent more light than iPad Air’s camera, and features burst mode as well as HDR stills and video. With thousands of powerful apps that take advantage of iPad’s amazing cameras and large Retina display viewfinder, iPad becomes a tool that can scan and annotate documents, help study the sky above and provide athletic performance analysis—all with just a tap.

iPad Air 2 delivers faster connectivity with 802.11ac Wi-Fi with Multiple-In-Multiple-Out (MIMO) technology for 2.8 times the Wi-Fi performance of iPad Air at data rates up to 866 Mbps. iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular integrates even more LTE bands and comes with expanded LTE for up to 50 percent faster cellular connections,⁵ plus support for other fast cellular technology around the world (DC-HSDPA, HSPA+).

Touch ID gives iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 users a simple and secure way to unlock iPad with just the touch of a finger, plus the ability to authenticate within apps to better protect logins and data. Touch ID can be used as a secure way to approve purchases from the App Store℠, iTunes Store® or iBooks Store℠, and with Apple Pay, when paying for physical goods and services within apps.

The new iPads come with iOS 8.1 including Continuity features across iOS 8 and OS X® Yosemite that enable all your Apple products to work together seamlessly. Handoff lets you start an activity on one device and pass it to another, and when your iPhone® is on the same Wi-Fi network, you can make and receive phone calls right from your iPad.

The iPad mini line has been updated to include iPad mini 3 with Touch ID and iPad mini with Retina display, now called iPad mini 2 and starting at just $299, is even more affordable. Both iPads feature a stunning Retina display, amazing A7 chip, 5MP iSight camera, FaceTime HD camera and ultrafast wireless. iPad mini is also available at its most affordable price, starting at $249.

Pricing & Availability
iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 come in three gorgeous metallic finishes including gold, silver and space gray, and customers in 29 countries and territories can order online beginning Friday, October 17. Both iPads will be available starting later next week in the US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau (Wi-Fi models only), Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Availability in Croatia, Greece, Puerto Rico, Russia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and elsewhere around the world, will continue through the end of October with additional global availability in the coming months. iPads are sold through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

iPad Air 2 launched with Wi-Fi models available for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 64GB model and $699 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models launched with a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 64GB model and $829 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi are launching with  a suggested retail price of $399 (US) for the 16GB model, $499 (US) for the 64GB model and $599 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models are launching with a suggested retail price of $529 (US) for the 16GB model, $629 (US) for the 64GB model and $729 (US) for the 128GB model.

iPad Air, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini, available in silver or space gray, are now offered at more affordable prices. iPad Air starts at $399 (US) for the 16GB with Wi-Fi model, iPad mini 2 starts at $299 (US) for the 16GB with Wi-Fi model, and iPad mini starts at $249 (US) for the 16GB with Wi-Fi model.

To complement the new iPads, a colorful range of cases and covers offer both protection and customization with iPad Air and iPad mini Smart Covers available in seven bright colors and Smart Cases for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini offered in five new elegant shades. Custom-designed polyurethane Smart Covers for iPad Air and iPad mini will be available for a suggested retail price of $39 (US) in black, white, blue, green, pink, yellow and (RED). iPad Air 2 Smart Cases are available in beautiful aniline-dyed leather in midnight blue, olive brown, black, soft pink and (RED) for a suggested retail price of $79 (US) with Smart Cases for iPad mini available in those same colors at a suggested retail price of $69 (US). Smart Covers and Smart Cases are available through the Apple Online Store  and also Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.  Consumers can also find a variety of cases at sites like Amazon.com, Best Buy, and other reputable retailers.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

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