On a personal note, Casey and I did a little camping last weekend!

Hi again everyone –¬† I have a lot of business to talk about today, but I wanted to break it up with a little personal blog so I don’t go “Smartphone” crazy ūüėČ

Last weekend, my son and I went to Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch in Seymour, Missouri and spent 4 days camping and 4-wheeling. Since Casey is now 16, I gave him the opportunity to get behind the wheel (which he inevitably took over for the entire first day) as I showed him the ropes on the different trails that have been established there.

Casey making his off-roading debut!

Casey making his off-roading debut!

In fact, SMORR is a 1,000 acre park with excellent amenities, trails and even a cafe if you want fresh and hot biscuits and gravy in the morning if you’re too tired to cook for yourself! Casey and I disciplined ourselves to eat what we brought – oatmeal. MMMMMMMMMM yum ūüôā

There are many levels of trails, and we were able to tackle some of the most difficult ones in our Land Cruiser, and had a ton of fun doing it. I took over some of the more technical parts of the trail, like this short video shows…I mean I really did want to keep most of the paint on our truck!

Casey was my cameraman in this video and he did the narrating. My buddy Marty was the spotter and together we made several runs each day with success! I wish I had more videos…but the memories with my son are still there.

OK well, that’s enough “fun” for one day. I’m back at it and you’ll see some more interesting posts for my crew at Mission Repair today.

Take care, Ryan

Is That An iPad Stuck In Your Bumper?

Hello M:R Nation –

I recently washed my wife’s car before heading out on a road trip and this happened to be the worst thing I could of done. ¬†Once we arrived to our destination, it was dirtier than ever before! Bugs just seem to be attracted to a clean car. I now understand this rule in life and will never make this mistake again.

Now, imagine going out for a drive and returning home with an iPad sticking out of your bumper! Of course, that sounds ludicrous. That could never happen! Well… take a look at the picture below and reconsider everything that you thought was possible in life.

iPad stuck in bumper

This story is all over the internet today and I can’t resist retelling it. In short, a woman in Georgia went out to run a few errands when she noticed an item flying towards her car. She heard nothing hit and thought nothing of it. When she arrived home, not thinking there was a remote possibility of an iPad sticking out of her bumper, she parked her car and went inside as any normal human being would. Only when her father arrived did she find out where the flying object landed.

This is a pretty surprising location for this iPad to land but it’s not uncommon for an iPad to be left on a car and launched when the car takes off. It just like the old “Leave the coffee on top of the car and drive away” scene that you see in movies, TV and real life. This just happens to be a bit more expensive than that cup of Starbucks. We hear of this accident at least once a month.

Giving the rarity and epic landing of this iPad, I would love to be involved in helping that iPad owner get their beloved device back into shape. If you are out there iPad owner, shoot me an email at Troy@missionrepair.com and let me see what I can do for you!

Cheers, Troy

iPad 2 VS The New iPad(3) VS iPad With Retina Display(4)

Hello M:R Nation –

I think there might be some confusion among folks over the differences are between the different iPad models. So allow me to shed some light on some of the subtle and not so subtle differences.

Form the outside, you are not going to be able to notice much, if any differences at first glance. All 3 devices are 9.50″ x 7.31″ x 0.37″, all have a 9.7″ display and all sport a facetime and rear camera, but a great way to tell the difference between an iPad 2 and the others is the Siri function. All newer generation iOS devices have Siri.

Now to tell the difference between the¬†The New iPad and iPad With Retina Display is very simple, just look at the bottom of the iPad.¬†You will see ¬†The New iPad ¬†has the old 30 pin connector and the¬†iPad With Retina¬†Display sports the great¬†new “Lightning” connector which looks like this:

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iPad with Retina Display

Those are just some industry tips that we use here daily to identify what you are sending to us. While most folks get it right, we do have the occasional customer that orders the wrong service. Hopefully this can serve as a guide for those of you that are not quite sure. Moving forward, lets talk about the inside of these great devices.

This is where it can get complicated, so I won’t go too in depth. The iPad 2 had a lot less in common with it’s two successors when it comes to the internals. Take the glass/digitizer for an example. The iPad 2 has a completely different connector than the¬†The New iPad and the¬†iPad With Retina¬†Display which share the same cable (Shown in the picture below).

In fact, the LCD is the same on the¬†two successors as well. Now, we don’t usually disclose this type of information, but I want to make one thing clear, The New iPad and the iPad with Retina display use the SAME screen. So PLEASE, don’t fall for the marketing tricks of other companies and pay more for the¬†iPad with Retina display, It is exactly the same and it should cost the same as¬†The New iPad repair!

iPad Glass/Digitizer Cables

iPad Glass/Digitizer Cables

For further internal information, check out this comparison chart. It really shows some key differences and similarities between the 3 models.

iPad Comparison

iPad Comparison

As you can see, looks can be deceiving. While these 3 models look identical, they are for the most part different and different for the better. This is what Apple is known for. Taking something great and slightly improving it for the better.

Lastly, I want to shed some light on the biggest thing these 3 iPads have fiercely in common. Mission:Repair services all of them! We do the leg work on finding the differences and sourcing those different parts so you don’t have to deal with it:-)!

From screens to headphone jacks and everything in between, we are you one stop shop for iPad repair. I hope this post has helped you to identify what iPad you own. Even if it is not broken, it’s still good to just know. If it is broken, I hope find some of the links below helpful. Just click and enjoy!

Full-Service iPad 2 Repair Services and Upgrades!

Full-Service New iPad Repair Services!

iPad with Retina Display Repair Services!

It’s still Cyber Monday – but it feels like it’s Friday already.

Wow, it’s just now about 6pm on Cyber Monday, and what a day this has been.

I have projects stacked up behind me. . .and they all had to wait due to the enormous amount of calls and new customers we received today. In fact, we’ve already broken every Mission Repair record to date including number of orders taken in a single day, number of phone calls, number of walk ins and number of repairs- and we still have 6 hours to go in this miraculous Cyber Monday event!

So we are still here – and we are open extra late tonight. Normally we close at 6pm, but doors are open and the phone system is still rocking. We have several representatives answering live so if you’re in need of an iPhone repair or if it’s time to get that tablet screen repaired, make your move now. Let me help you out a bit – we are offering FREE shipping on your repair (to anywhere in the USA!) and we also have a Cyber Monday coupon code available. Just use “cyber12” when you checkout online and it’ll save you an additional 12% of your entire order total on this 2012 Cyber Monday! Remember that this coupon expires today!

Ok, I have to get back to the phone system now and we’re coming back to you with more goodies and info from all of your friends at Mission Repair very soon.

Take care!

Ryan

KC Live was a blast today!

Hello there folks,

I just got back from NBC’s studios in Kansas City from our LIVE spot on their Morning Show, KC LIVE! This was our second of a 7 part series. I have to admit it’s fun and a good time but I get REALLY NERVOUS as the crew behind the cameras start counting down “you’re live in 5…4…3…2…1…action!”.

Today I was interviewed by Michael on the couch which is a new spot for me. Last time I was able to stand which gave me a little “wiggle” room. Not today – it felt like the hot seat!

Don’t panic Ryan, it’s just LIVE TV!

Today’s topic was all about iPad repair and why Mission Repair is the prime spot for service. Of course, this is my area of expertise. . .so I made sure to boast as professionally as I could ūüėČ

OK, the next airing will be in a couple of weeks and I’ll be talking a lot about Facebook and our iPod Giveaway that we are having on Facebook. Stay tuned!!

Take care, Ryan

P.S. It’s been a couple of hours since the broadcast and my adrenaline is almost back to normal.