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!

2015 Mission Repair Blog in review.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 120,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see it.

We definitely hit a few “highs” this year on our blog, and by far reaching over 1 million unique new readers was one of the best.  I’ve been aiming for that goal for some time now, are we are on our way to 2 million!

One of our most read blogs is still from 2011 titled “What is an iPhone Digitizer“.  We’ve definitely gotten some mileage out of that one!

Thanks again for everyone’s readership, we really appreciate it.  Take your time traveling as the 2015 year closes and you can count on the fact that we will be here in 2016.

Sincerely, Ryan

 

Progress is being made, and there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

Hello friends,

We’re working around the clock to get our new Mission Repair Express location done and open. In fact we are still ahead of schedule and with a grand opening date of 4/1/14, I’m almost 100% sure that we’ll be ready in just about 2 weeks. That means that things are going well with the build-out and these 12 hour days are going to pay off!

We have most of the sheet rock installed except for a few places that I’ve purposely left open for the wiring of the alarm and camera systems…and those are going in today!

The veins pumping data into our new Express location!

The veins pumping data into our new Express location!

Now, all that’s left to do is “finish”. We are installing the remaining sheet rock, paneling, slatboard and countertops this weekend. After that the floor is going to be installed, and then I’m going to “install” a few employees so we can flip on the lights and unveil the world’s first Mission Repair Express…I have a feeling that these will start popping up all over the country. Ok, I won’t get ahead of myself just yet…one at a time Ryan 😉

So it’s back to work for me…thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you again shortly.

Sincerely, Ryan

Hello iPhone and Happy Anniversary!

Hello M:R Nation –

It was today, 7 years ago that many of us around the world sat and watched/read history in the making. With these following words, life as we know it changed:

“Today, we’re introducing three revolutionary products. The first one is a widescreen iPod with touch controls. The second is a revolutionary mobile phone. And the third is a breakthrough Internet communications device. So, three things: a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough Internet communications device. An iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator. An iPod, a phone…are you getting it? These are not three separate devices. This is one device. And we are calling it iPhone. Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone.” -Steve Jobs

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It’s hard for us at Mission Repair not to have an emotional attachment to this day. For few of us old timers (relatively speaking) we can clearly remember taking a break from repairing the ever so popular 4th generation iPod, huddling around a computer, reading the updates and vigorously hitting the refresh button, so we could finally get a glimpse of what everyone at the time wanted so badly for Apple to produce!

Fast forward 7 years later and you can clearly see how this announcement affected everyone in the world. Yes, everyone! You are either an iPhone user or you use a smartphone that was produced by a company pushed so hard by Apple to come up with a competitive alternative just to stay in business. You only have Apple to think for your awesome Samsung GS4, because without this announcement at Macworld Expo 2007, we would all still be using flip phones.

On a side note, did you know that Mission Repair, to this day still offers repairs for the original iPhone? This is true! We have multiple folks per week needing to mend their piece of history.

To this day, the original iPhone is my favorite Apple product ever released. I regret selling mine off to buy the then, newly released iPhone 3G. I would love to have one in working condition so I can share that history with my children when they are grown. In the world of ever changing technology, this little device truly started it all. Happy Anniversary, iPhone!

Cheers, Troy

 

Where to go to get your iPhone repaired…

Hello again friends-

Well, there are a lot of choices when searching online for iPhone repair. It’s true.

Mission repair has been named the #1 iPhone Repair site by Top Ten Reviews for 6 years in a row. This is an independent review site that keeps track of the important things about businesses. Like customer service, security and website features.

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Anyone can slap up a website…but do they all compare? No. Check out our Award-Winning iPhone Repair Services at Mission Repair and let us know if you have any questions! 866-638-8402, 7 days a week.

Take care, Ryan

Monster Monday!

Hello M:R Nation –

This week, we will have some very special and very spooky deals for our blog readers! You can expect a new deal everyday until Halloween and these deals will only last for 24 hours, so you will need to act fast!

We will start off this week with something monstrous! Something so big, so huge, that we had no choice but to call today “Monster Monday”!

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For today and today only, we are giving out a MASSIVE 20% discount to anyone who reads this blog post. No, you don’t need glasses, you read that correctly. This is the biggest coupon that Mission Repair has ever given out! So if you have been waiting to repair that iPhone 5, iPad 2 or Kindle Fire… the time to act is now!

Use coupon code: monster at check out and you will receive the 20% off of your entire order!

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 This offer will last until 9am tomorrow morning and will be buried away forever, so act now!

Cheers, Troy

“Obsolete”? Not At Mission Repair!

Good Morning M:R Nation –

There is news in the blogosphere that Apple is close to deeming the Original iPhone an obsolete model. The date is set for June 11th which means after this date, you can no longer call or bring your Original iPhone to Apple for support. The usual support shelf life for devices from Apple is 5 years. So it looks like the Original iPhone outlasted this term for a whole year, but alas, it has met its fate.

This news is a little heart wrenching for me to hear. Maybe it reminds me of how old I’m getting or how fast time flies by. I remember when the Original iPhone was first announced…Followed by its release and the subsequent birth of the Apple waiting line. Like it was yesterday, I can still remember heading team that was responsible to figure out how to repair beautiful creations. Let me tell you, that was an interesting task…To this day, the Original iPhone is still the hardest to open Apple product ever created!

Look At This Beautiful Creation!

Now that I am done strolling down memory lane, let me finally make the point I originally came to make. We at Mission Repair consider nothing obsolete. From the 12″ G4 Powerbook (Yeah, remember that one?) to the Original iPhone, we still service these and will continue to do so forever! We live in a world where technology moves faster than the average human budget, so to stop offering services like these is to stop supporting our fellow man and this we cannot do. I understand the reason behind the obsoletion of aging devices on the part of Apple, but you just won’t see that here at Mission Repair!

p.s. When the iPhone 5 goes obsolete, we will still have you covered;-)!

Cheers, Troy