iPhone Apps not always safe…

It’s easy to assume that every app on the Apple app store is safe. It’s also something most people don’t even think about as a threat. Well as an avid reader of all things tech, I have followed a site called Macrumors for many years. This most recent article is a valuable resource and I would encourage everyone to follow the steps outlined in the article to be sure you, or possibly a child downloading a game? These can be malicious apps. Macrumors has been a steady source of tips, tricks and warnings such as this one for thousands of readers so wanted to pass this one along.

Find the article here: Macrumors.com

Be safe and Happy Friday!

iPhone X… Will you buy it?

With the Pre-order date of the iPhone X now at hand, Saturday morning 2:01 AM CST,  I always get the question “are you buying the new iPhone” along with a dozen questions of why? what’s new? should I upgrade etc… While I do love technology in many forms the evolution of the iPhone has been a slow one in terms of design from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 8. So my pattern has been skipping a generation as I had the iPhone 6+, now a 7+ and now skipping the 8 for the iPhone X.

The why? Having an iPhone 7+ means a very large phone that while I enjoy the large screen, I hate having to put in a pocket. Truth be told, I’m getting older and the small screens are tough to read sometimes! My hope is a larger screen in a smaller form factor may be the ideal combo. Here at Mission Repair, we are excited to see the Touch ID home button give way to a camera that uses facial recognition as the anyone familiar with the repair industry knows the issues that can come from a broken home button. Losing touch ID and any number of issues can arise.

So for me, yes I am upgrading on the iPhone Upgrade Program from Apple. Basically, instead of paying the carrier $xx a month or whatever the number is, I pay Apple directly and every year I am eligible if I choose to upgrade. This involves them sending me a new iPhone of my choice, then sending back the current iPhone, which in the case will be my iPhone 7+. A few interesting parts of the program is that Apple Care+ is included in the payment and not an option to drop and the ability to get everything setup for checkout as of Monday the 23rd for the pre-order starting on the 27th. So I was given a head start so to speak of the millions that will be frantically trying to preorder and I will simply open the Apple Store app and hit submit. While I may not choose to purchase Apple Care as “I know a guy” that can fix my phone 🙂 I still believe it’s a good system to not be locked to a carrier and not drop $1000 on a new device each year and deal with selling the old no eBay or CL.

Let us know if you plan on ordering the iPhone X and as always, if the worse should happen and you damage your new iPhone, Mission Repair is here to help!

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

iOS Update Solves Touch issues on iPhone 6S, 7 and 7+!!

It would seem Apple has finally, in even a small way, acknowledged the repair shops of the world in the latest iOS update 11.0.3. The message of what the latest iOS updates talks about the fixes to touchscreen issues that can occur when an “aftermarket” screen is used to repair an original one.

First and foremost it’s important to know that Apple does not make the glass and LCD used for their iPhones. Companies like Samsung, Sharp, and Japan Display all make components for Apple. The repair shops usually buy OEM products that may have an LCD from one of these manufacturers but the glass and small cables maybe from a non-OEM factory in China. It’s a complicated maze to get quality parts on a consistent basis as several wholesale parts companies in the US strive to do on a daily basis.

The point of all this is that if you do happen to break your iPhone 6S, 7 or 7+ screen, be sure to update to the latest iOS update 11.0.3 prior to getting your iPhone repaired so that there is not an issue once a new replacement screen is installed. Here at Mission Repair we have had several issues with this and were forced to turn away a repair as no matter which new screen we installed there were issues. The customer most recently had to pay a local Apple store $169 for the screen and $349 for the “home button/touch ID” as they claimed it was an issue from the new screen installed. Forcing someone to pay over $500 because Apple locks the parts to the logic board is insanity. Hopefully, this iOS update fixes those issues making it easier for the consumer to get affordable repairs for their iDevices.

Have a great weekend!