Apple’s WWDC 2014 – what did you think?

Hello electronics gurus, did you get a chance to watch or hear about Apple’s announcements at their Worldwide Developer Conference yesterday?

In my opinion, you didn’t miss too much; I know that a lot of people were waiting to hear about the new 2014 iPhone release but you have to remember that Apple typically doesn’t announce new iPhones until later in the year.

They did talk about the new changes in their iOS; upgrading it to iOS 8 and their new computer system software dubbed “Yosemite” that are both geared and intended to link hand held devices and computers closer together.

Earlier this year, I was personally happy to see the iOS upgrade to version 7.1.1 and I really enjoy it. iOS 8 should be exciting as well. The Verge put together a good report on the conference here. I’m happy with the “Family Sharing” capability that will allow up to six people to share iTunes purchases including apps and music. Awesome!

Picture taken from MacRumors website - we'll have to wait and see what Apple brings us next!

Picture taken from MacRumors website – we’ll have to wait and see what Apple brings us next!

What can we expect in terms of a new iPhone this year? As usual the rumor mill is cranking out some good info, but there’s a lot of talk about a huge “Samsung like” screen that is 5.5″ to compete with the other “huge screen” Smartphones in the market. When will we know for sure? Check back with me sometime in September, I bet we’ll know then.

We here at Mission Repair are trying to get as much info as possible about this new iPhone and if we can gather anything of interest, you’ll hear it here first. Until then we will keep working on sourcing screens for this behemoth and be ready for it’s release. I know that we’ll have someone call us the first day they are released with a cracked glass – it never fails.

Any input on the WWDC? What did you think?

Take care, Ryan

Own a “vintage” phone?

Hello friends, I just watched a video on CNN.com that talked about the fad of owning and using a “vintage” cell phone. This was work related, so watching videos while at work is ok in this situation 😉

Apparently there is a new trend in cell phones – one that is making it “cool” to use an older, greyscale, non-smart phone as a sign and symbol of the times. I think that I might be one of the users that would quite possibly lean toward a “less-smart” smartphone – personally I’ve got so many means of communication with the outside world including through this blog I’m writing, that my cell phones seem to be on “offense” at all times. Yes, I have 2 phones, both set up and designed for very different purposes. Gulp.

In fact, I recently removed my email from my iPhone altogether and I’m a much happier man for it. I know, it’s strange…I just wait until I get to the office!

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I find it a bit distracting when I’m out at a restaurant and see everyone swiping their phones; reading, texting, gaming or whatever. In my opinion it’s not a bad idea to take a break from the technology and look up once in a while.

UK manufacturer, Binatone, is making a new “Brick” phone. That’s right, it’s similar to the one that in the picture above, but it’s actually new and you can buy them now. Simple technology and a fashion statement to boot that come in several colors. There’s a caveat – you won’t get the smartphone experience. Not being able to Tweet or visit Facebook might freak you out for a minute but let’s face it, what did you do before Twitter and Facebook were around?

There’s a plus to older phones. Not only are they nostalgic but with the lack of a full-face glass screen they seemed indestructible. I can’t tell you how many times I dropped my old Blackberry on the ground and it NEVER failed. One drop of an iPhone and you’ll need to send it into us for glass repair. It’s how and why we are in business.

Are you willing to lose your smart features? Well that’s your call – no pun intended.

Happy talking, Ryan

I think it’s motorcycle riding weather!

Hello friends-

It was a special night last night as we closed up shop – Troy (our Mission Repair General Manager) asked me if I would give him a ride up to the Harley Store in Olathe so he could pick up his new ride!

Here’s Troy in the showroom in front of his beast. I think he was in a little “shock” here…
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After ringing the bell and firing up his new hog, we hit the road. For those of you that live in “helmet law” states, please know that Troy is not riding illegally here in Kansas – helmets are not required even though we normally wear them. This pic without the helmet was purely for the “cool” factor!

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So with all of the excitement and “new bike smell” one might ask “Ryan, did you buy a new bike last night too?” Just so you know I am a bit impulsive, I do like motorcycles, I do like looking cool…so I did what any other guy like me would do in this situation:

I ran out of the dealership as fast as I possibly could.

It’s a beautiful day outside today here in Kansas City, and we’re staffed and stocked at both of our Mission Repair locations so stop on by for that iPad, iPhone or Samsung Galaxy repair. We’ll take care of you!

Best, Ryan

Mission Repair is an authorized (UAG) Urban Armor Gear Distributor!

Hello friends-

I’m excited to announce that we are now offering and carrying Urban Armor Gear (UAG) cases for your iPhones, Galaxy SIII, SIV, SV, iPad Air, iPad Mini and several other devices.

If you’ve ever seen me carrying around my phone, you’ll notice that I keep mine protected in a UAG case as well.

Urban Armor Gear products reflect the independent spirit of their designers and represent a dedication to superior quality and craftsmanship. Inspired by a sense of adventure, our distinctive cases are engineered to protect your gear from the rigors of a mobile lifestyle and enhance the utility of your device.

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The best part about buying one of these cases is that we are offering FREE SHIPPING to anywhere in the USA!

So jump on our website and snag one of the best cases in the market for your fragile hand-held device. These are tough as nails and look great (in my opinion) on your phone.

Have a great day everyone, we’ve got every color in stock today!

Take care, Ryan

Tax deadline today – don’t delay! Coupon inside.

Hello friends- I’m having a hard time believing that it’s April 15th already. Not only that it’s tax time (remember to file by today!) but in fact I had a bit of “free” time last night so I went into my my basement to clean a few items up that I have been neglecting. You know, it’s easy to stuff things in the corner and forget about them, so I went through my “pile” to purge and organize. You know what I found? A few Christmas presents that I haven’t even used yet!

How do I use this thing again?

How do I use this thing again?

Now in my defense they are BBQ tools, and we here in Kansas are just getting into BBQ season (it did actually snow here yesterday morning) but for the most part Spring is upon us and things are really starting to get green in the area. I asked my wife for a steak “flipper” which is basically a large rounded “hook” that you pierce a piece of meat with, then can easily flip over on the grill. Yeah, I’ve seen them on cooking shows and figured it was my time to upgrade to this piece of equipment. I also received a BBQ spray bottle which I may fill with Apple juice or other “flavored” liquid to “baste” my creations when cooking. Apple juice is good because a lot of professionals use it to help tenderize ribs and give them their color.

What’s next? Well Easter is just right around the corner and I’m not even sure of our plans yet. We have family near and far that want to spend time with one another so we may just have to compromise and meet in the middle somewhere; but the fact that Easter is less than a week away makes me wonder where the time goes.

So I wanted to remind each of your that before time runs out, we have a 14% off coupon that is running through the end of the day today (4/15/14 at midnight to be exact) to synchronize with the 2014 tax season. Use coupon code “unclesam” on our site missionrepair.com to receive the discount off of your order today which is good for new orders only, and cannot be combined with any other coupon. Hundreds of people have already taken advantage of this offer via our newsletter (you should sign up if you have not already do so!) but it’s time to share with the masses on our blog. Place your order today and have that cracked iPad or iPhone repaired asap!

If I don’t talk to you soon, have a great “tax deadline day”, a spectacular Easter and get that BBQ grill cleaned up for the season – I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.

Take care, Ryan