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!

I heard a little rustling in the middle of the night…and a coupon!

One more quick blog before I head to our Mission Repair sales meeting tonight – yes, it’s gonna be a late one!

Just a bit about me: I’m a light sleeper. I think having kids did that to me, and I can fall asleep fast but wake up just as fast.

Last night I thought I heard a little “pitter patter” coming into our room from the living room at about 3:00am. We have wood floors so I can usually tell if anyone is approaching the bedroom door; and I typically have a collar with a couple of clanking “tags” on the dogs – but last night I took them off.

I was quietly sleeping and I didn’t hear any unusual noises until a “huff” was “blown” into my face from the side of the bed. It was my German Shepherd Layla.

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She was in “ninja” mode and somehow without me hearing she sneaked out of the room, over the hardwood, into the kitchen, and secured a dog bone for herself. She then proceeded to walk back into the room, sit next to the bed (bone in hand…uh…mouth) and wake me up so she could go outside to bury it. Yup, she’s a busy bone burying dog.

As I woke up, I snapped this picture of her with my iPhone – that’s never far away from me.

Who needs kids when you can just have a couple of dogs? I have both…and truthfully having dogs is a bit easier ūüėČ

So for all of you that made it to the bottom of this post – I have a new coupon that is running now through Friday afternoon. It’s for 15% off of your next repair order here at Mission Repair.

Just enter coupon code “LAYLA” to receive the discount.

Valid on new orders and cannot be combined with any other coupons. It will expire at Midnight on 7/18/14 so act fast!

Have a good night, I hope you sleep well.

Ryan

School is out!

Hello friends, school is out!

Well it is here in Kansas anyway. My daughter Tayler finished her second year of college this week and she’s on her hiatus until the fall. My son Casey finished his Junior year of high school and shot me a text yesterday at 11:36am saying “I’m done!” It’s also apparent as several of our customers this morning had their children with them when visiting us here at Mission Repair- Summer Vacation is upon us. My wife Dandra who is an Elementary school librarian, is officially on Summer break today at noon. Yup, I’m a bit envious.

We don’t get to take summers off here at Mission Repair ūüėČ

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I spoke to my oldest friend Nolan who still lives in California and he said that his kids are still in school for a couple more weeks…so it’s just starting to happen around the country.

This means summer vacations, BBQ cookouts, family time and nice weather (hopefully) for the most of us, with thoughts of splashing in the water – that just sounds good.

Personally I’ve got “boating” on the mind and we’re jazzed up to get some sunshine soon. This Memorial Day Weekend marks the beginning of summer for a lot of us and as of right now it appears that I have 3 days off without anything planned which is a first! We all need to take a break from time to time.

Whatever your plans are I hope you spend a little time enjoying your weekend. We have a great newsletter going out this afternoon with a special attached for anyone that might need our services over the weekend; so stay tuned and have a great day.

Take care, Ryan

New Mobile Site = launched!

Countdown…5-4-3-2-1 and we have liftoff!

We just launched our newest version of our mobile site today and I have to say, it turned out great!

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Now on MissionRepair.com we have updated, innovated, and invigorated our mobile site (that’s the website that you see from your mobile phone) to be easier to use. In fact, we have a complete solution for browsing prices and even checking out on your hand-held device that is easier than ever before.

What brought on this change?

During our website analysis we noticed over 10,000 visitors a month that use a smartphone to view our website were dropping off after the first page. Why were a lot of you doing that? I already know…it’s because our mobile landing page was pretty bad (I admit it) and we have now solved the problem. A special thanks Melanie in the graphics department, she pushed me to make the change happen quickly!

So, if you’re reading this blog on a smartphone (like I know a lot of you do), all you need to do now is click this link to see what’s new in the Mission Repair mobile world. It’s refreshing. If you’re not on a mobile device, then you’ll be presented with the same awesome webpage that you’ve come to know and love.

Have a great weekend everyone – I’ll be working tomorrow to catch up on a few loose ends here at the office so if you need me you know where I’ll be.

Take care, 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

 

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