Mission Repair in Lenexa is almost here!

Hello friends,

It’s been kind of crazy in the mind of ol’ Ryan Arter the last several weeks…I just got back into the office today from a quick trip out to Colorado and I’ll be heading back there in 3 days. So this is a chance to get some laundry done, pack up a few things, check my emails (682 of them in my inbox today) and take a look at my new building in Lenexa that is coming along perfectly!

The installers are finishing up the two bathrooms, we are having slate tile, new vanities, fixtures, etc. installed as we speak.


This new location has a huge lit monument sign that you’ll be able to see from the highway in either direction right off of I35 and 95th Street. The best part about it is that there’s a Costco in the parking lot next to us, so I can see myself visiting for the $1.50 hotdog meal a couple of times a week 😉

We are on schedule to move in and open on August 17th, 2015…I posted “COMING SOON” on our website here but we’ve already had customers stop by the location and call us form the parking lot. No, we are not there yet. Mission Repair in Lenexa IS COMING SOON. For now, here’s a list of our other locations in case you need us sooner for that iPhone repair!

Take care, safe travels. Ryan

A place to visit while in Kansas City: Deanna Rose Farmstead!

Good afternoon-

I wanted to give a shout out to a very cute, clean and educational experience here in the Kansas City area, and it’s about Deanna Rose Farmstead in Overland Park, Kansas.

Bring your kids, grandchildren and family to this 1900s turn-of-the-century farm. Here’s a picture of my nieces at the “mining” attraction:


Designed to depict a family farm, the Farmstead has nearly 200 animals and birds of prey, vegetable and flower gardens, a one-room country schoolhouse, an old-time fishing pond, pony rides and more.

With the Kansas family farm slowly disappearing, the 12-acre “Children’s Farmstead” opened in 1978 and was re-named in 1985 to honor Deanna Rose, the first Overland Park police officer killed in the line of duty.

Deanna Rose’s legacy was to bring the charm of the farm to children living in the city. Children treasure such memories as bottle feeding baby goats, milking a cow and taking a horse drawn wagon ride through the woods.

OK, it might not be the nightlife that you’ve been yearning for, but if you’ve got kids I guarantee that they would enjoy the park. I bet you will to 😉

Have a great afternoon! Ryan

They can check in, but won’t check out!

Hi there friends,

We opened up a MacBook Pro today to perform an LCD upgrade and we were greeted with this:


This customer’s unit was clearly infested with what appears to be dead baby cockroaches. Now I’m no insect expert, but these guys certainly don’t belong in there. I am a MacBook Pro expert, and I know for certain that Apple didn’t engineer room for these guys to cohabitate with the hard drive, logic board and other internal parts of this unit.

So I’m just sharing this picture today to let you know that sometimes this job isn’t all glamour and easy. Also, check your workstation at home or at work, wherever you have your expensive electronics; infestation like this could easily cause you expensive problems!

Have a MacBook Pro problem? Give us a call at 913-948-6992 and we can have your device picked up from anywhere in the USA.

Take care, Ryan

Casey can tell you the differences…

My son Casey is in the market for a new phone. I can feel the push coming from him, and his iPhone 5 just doesn’t seem to be cutting it any more.

So last night I heard him talking to Dandra and making the “sales pitch” to her and trying to talk her into getting a new phone as well. She asked “what’s the difference between the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus?”

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It’s mainly about screen size. At Mission Repair we have found that both size screens are just are easily “crackable” as another; and both are equally difficult to repair.

The world’s iPhones have got thinner and lighter since 2007 but in late 2014 Apple really worked some iPad Air-style magic on the dimensions of its latest handsets. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is just 6.9mm thick (shaving another 10% off the already slim 7.6mm iPhone 5S) while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus has a thickness of just 7.1mm.

Again, the screen is where we find the biggest gap between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus – it’s the main distinction between the models. The iPhone 6’s display measures 4.7 inches corner-to-corner at a resolution of 1334 x 750 pixels (or 326 pixels-per-inch).

The 6 Plus ups this to 5.5 inches and a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (401ppi). These figures put the iPhone 5S firmly in the shade, with its 1136 x 640 pixel, 326ppi display.

All that means you get more pixels on the 6 Plus spread across a larger area. Website text will be bigger, movies can be viewed from further away, text will be sharper, and so on. It also makes the device harder to hold in just one hand, but the one-handed mode built into iOS 8 (the operating system that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus ship with) should be able to alleviate some of those problems.

Both of iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus feature the same camera lens technology. That means an 8-megapixel shooter (as with the iPhone 5S) but an improved f/2.2 aperture and processing algorithms, so your pictures are going to look better than ever in all conditions.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus unsurprisingly make the jump to Apple’s A8 64-bit dual-core processor, giving it more oomph for your games and video editing. On-board RAM remains constant at 1GB, however, so for most day-to-day tasks you’re not going to notice a huge difference in the capabilities of these two phones.

The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus match in terms of storage capacities too: for the first time there’s a 128GB level to join the 64GB and 16GB options. You can pick any of these three with any handset, though the iPhone 6 Plus is more expensive across the board, so you’ll be paying more for the same amount of space in return for a larger device and clearer display.

I’ve used both phones and happiest with the smaller iPhone 6. I personally think that the 6 Plus is a bit overbearing…plus it doesn’t fit into the cup holder in my Toyota as nicely as the smaller version.

Just in case you were wondering…Ryan

Apple Watch Repairs becoming a reality.

Good morning Apple Watch fans – or maybe not – I’m not even sure if the Apple Watch is something that I can get in to.

I’m a watch guy, I like them. But I’m not normally the type of guy that lives on the cutting edge of technology by waiting in line for the new release of the newest device. I’m happy with my Late-2010 MacBook Air that I’m typing on right now 😉

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The Apple Watch is easily the best-selling smartwatch ever…but that’s not saying a lot. The question that Apple and all smartwatch manufacturers have had to answer when trying to push their devices to people is, “Is this thing actually useful?” From the start, many people said that the Apple Watch would survive based on the 3rd party Apps that we have all come to know and love.

The New York Times points out that 15 of the 20 most popular iPhone apps have not made Apple Watch versions of their software yet, a list that includes Facebook. In fact Adam Mosseri, who oversees Facebook’s news feed, tells the Times that while Facebook has been taking a look at the Apple Watch, it still hasn’t found a compelling way to make its mobile app work on a wrist-based computer.

“I don’t know if we could get it all in there in a way that feels good and works well,” he said. “You’d just want to get your phone out at that point.”

The Times also quotes Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel as saying he didn’t see a compelling use for Snapchat on the Apple Watch simply because its display was too tiny to be appealing. Even companies that have made apps for the Apple Watch seem a lot more unsure of how to make apps that people will find compelling and useful — as The Weather Channel’s Chris Huff tells the publication, “We’re still figuring out how users want to use an app on their wrist.”

So while the demand for repairs hasn’t been overwhelming at this point, we are coming online with our service set shortly here at Mission Repair. I’m personally not a huge Apple Watch fan especially due to the price; and with some of the high end models that reach above the $10,000 mark…I still think that a timeless Rolex or Breitling would ultimately carry more value even if they don’t come with the Angry Birds App.

Thoughts? Have a great day, Ryan