What is an iPhone digitizer?

I know that there are a ton of question about the “digitizer” on your iPhone, or any other touch-screen smartphone these days. We here at Mission Repair are experts and very familiar with iPhone digitizers, glass, and screens. We repair them by the thousands every month. Let’s see if we can demonstrate what the digitizer is here under a glass panel:

This is the digitizer on an iPhone!

The digitizer is fused UNDER the glass cover. It’s the electronic component that senses the touch of a human finger through the glass, and is designed to allow the unit to be controlled by a fingertip. This is the “input” of the device and it’s very thin and transparent.

The point is that you cannot replace the digitizer alone. Since it’s part of the glass, in the event of a touch failure it needs to be replaced with the glass and vice versa. So if you have a cracked iPhone glass, you’re going to get a new digitizer as well. If you have an iPhone that doesn’t respond to touch, you’ll also get a new glass. It’s just the way it’s designed.

You might see these assemblies marketed as:

  • iPhone glass
  • iPhone digitizer
  • iPhone touch screen
  • iPhone glass screen
  • iPhone screen
  • iPhone touch panel

For all intents and purposes, these terms are all interchangeable and are all the same thing. Are you in need of one of these parts? Here’s a list of glass/digitizer repairs that we sell here at Mission Repair:

Don’t forget our wide selection of iPad Glass Repair options!

Remember, you might see these glass panels for sale cheap – be sure to inquire about the required digitizer that is fused to the glass from the factory – without it, the glass is useless. You cannot replace the glass or “remove” your good digitizer and reinstall it onto your iPhone without advanced equipment and lots of training. It just doesn’t work! These assemblies are built together and must stay together. I hope this information helps!

Apple iPhone 5SE

IPhone 5SE

Hello all –

If you have been following the news releases or the Mission Repair blog, there has been plenty of reviews and opinions about the new 4″ iPhone 5SE. The best news is the LCD screen, should the worst happen, is the same part as the iPhone 5S. Although the cables are slightly different, this should keep repair part costs within reason for this new iPhone! I’ll keep you updated as the parts become available. If you purchased the iPhone 5SE I’d love to hear what you think about it.  Leave a comment below. 

Have a great day!

Jeff

PLEASE! It’s worth the effort.

Hello there and good morning friends,

I wanted to talk about another scenario that is worth thinking about when you send your device into us; while we take in mail-in repairs every day from across the USA, there are times that the delivery driver makes mistakes. Take this package that we received recently for example:

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No, there isn’t an accordion in this box, there was actually a Microsoft Surface 2 in there that somehow miraculously wasn’t damaged more than expected. A good amount of bubble-wrap took care of that.

But this is a reminder then when you send in your devices, it’s just a good idea to add “replacement value insurance” on your package in case it arrives in worse condition than this one did. We all know that things can happen, and our shipping carriers are not perfect.

Check out out shipping instructions page if you want to see what we really recommend.

I just want to make sure that your repair goes smoothly! 😉

Talk to you later, Ryan

Zombies in the Amazon.

I saw this yesterday on the Wall Street Journal and thought that it was quite interesting.  In case you haven’t seen it:

The zombie apocalypse will void Amazon’s terms of service!

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Amazon has just released a new set of tools for game developers in a package called Lumberyard. In its updated terms of service, Amazon said the game makers shouldn’t use the Lumberyard development tools for “life-critical or safety-critical systems” — except in the event of the zombie apocalypse.

The terms of service say the Lumberyard software code isn’t intended for developers to use in code for medical equipment, driverless cars, airplanes, air traffic control or nuclear facilities.

Then, tongue in cheek, Amazon noted that Lumberyard materials shouldn’t be used for manned spacecraft or for military use in connection with live combat.

But if all hell should break loose (literally), Amazon said developers should ignore all those restrictions.

“This restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centers for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization,” Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) said in its terms of service.

Lumberyard, released on Monday, is a free game engine integrated with Amazon’s cloud services and its live video game streaming service, Twitch. Amazon says Lumberyard will allow developers to utilize the company’s vast computer power and storage systems that come from its massive data centers.

Apparently, it’s not uncommon for companies to bury jokes in their typically long and boring terms of service.

It’s prompting me to have some fun with my website polices.  Maybe I’ll embed a coupon code in there somewhere for anyone that gets to the bottom of it…we’ll see!!

Until then, stay safe and don’t forget that the number one rule is “cardio” in the event of a zombie attack.

Ryan

 

Stop by one of our locations today!

Walk-Ins Welcome!
We have 2 locations in the Kansas City area!
Not local? No problem! We specialize in nationwide mail-in repairs!

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Short on time? Need to have your device repaired right now? WE CAN DO THAT.
We have a special 1 hour service for our local walk-in customers and we can repair iPads, iPhones, iPods, Macs and Android phones fast.

Mission Repair, Inc.
Service Lab
 

Mail-in location
Walk-ins welcome!

9214 Marshall Drive                      5604 Johnson Drive
Lenexa, KS 66215                          Mission, KS 66202
913-353-9233Hours:
Mon – Fri: 10am – 7pm
Sat – Sun: 10am – 5pm

Mission Repair now accepting “Pay with AMAZON” payments!

Hello there friends,

Just a quick post to let you know that if you absolutely LOVE to checkout with your Amazon account, that you can now do so on the Mission Repair website!

https://www.missionrepair.com/shoppingcart.asp?

When you are ready with your order on our website, you can opt to checkout normally (with VISA, MASTERCARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS, DISCOVER or PAYPAL) but now you have the choice to checkout with your pre-existing Amazon Account.

For those of you that love using your Amazon account and don’t feel like typing up a whole new account on Mission Repair, we understand. We listened. We are ready.

Have a great day, Ryan

Mission:Possible.

Our Mission, which we have chosen to accept!

When we take a mail-in repair from one of our customers across the country, the process becomes simple and we will typically email the customer shipping instructions on how to get their device into us.

Many customers opt to use our pre-paid shipping labels that are filled out and very simple to use. Others like to ship devices into us on their own and some add their own creative touches.

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In this case, out customer addressed us as “Mission Possible”. I love it!!

Now I’ve been called a lot of names over the years, but this is one of them that I like 😉

Mission:Possible at Mission:Repair. We are here for your electronics repair needs and have been since 2008. Yes, we take mail-in repairs from all over the country (and even Canada!) for customers that aren’t close to a Mission Repair Store. It’s been our specialty…and we are coming in our busy time of the year, so we are hoping for another blow-out end-of-the-year holiday season.

Thanks again for reading, I’ll be back right here in the blog much more today. I feel some writers creativity starting to flow!

Take care, Ryan