Good news for “older” iPhones! OS 9.2.1

Hello there everyone,

AppleInsider today reported that the iOS 9.2.1 update can potentially make iOS 9 a smoother experience for people with older iPhones, according to a new series of YouTube videos featuring side-by-side comparisons with devices running iOS 8.4.1.

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Although installing 9.2.1 still causes an iPhone 4S or 5 to boot slower, once in action the software can load apps as fast or faster than 8.4.1 in many circumstances, according to the article. Boot times are said to be speedier than 8.4.1 when running the software on an iPhone 5s, which was also the first iPhone with a 64-bit processor.

A consistent problem with iOS has been the tendency for devices as little as a year or two old to suddenly see slowdowns after upgrading to a new version. This is despite the fact that Apple will deliberately disable some processor-intensive features on older hardware.

A lawsuit filed last month accuses Apple of misleading customers with the claim that iOS 9 is compatible with devices ranging back to the iPhone 4S. In reality Apple is practicing planned obsolescence, the case charges, since people who update a 4S will take a performance hit but find themselves unable to downgrade to 8.4.1 or earlier — nudging them towards buying newer hardware.

We all know that these devices update and upgrade faster than our contracts allow, so unless you’re one of the few that just simply wants and can afford the newest piece of hardware every 6 months, you’ll want to extend the life of your “old” device for a long as possible to maximize your investment.  That’s where Mission Repair can help, so if you have a problem with your phone, we will be happy to take care of it for you.  If you want to upgrade your software, at least Apple is still helping some of the older units at the moment, enjoy!

See ya, Ryan

Awarded the “Best iPhone Repair Site” on the internet 6 years in a row. We didn’t give this title to ourselves!

Hello again friends,

I received and email from a competitor that didn’t like my use of the term. Well, the truth of the matter is that we didn’t bestow the award onto ourselves. It was given to us by “TopTenReviews.com”, which is an independent rating site that found us on their own, rated us on their rating system, and gave us their top “Gold Award” every year for 6 years.

It’s a testament to our business, how it’s being run, and response to our services.

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But it’s ok, I understand. However I can’t take it back; but on the other hand we’re not perfect. We are always trying to make improvements, offer more services, stay current with our pricing and stay on top of each repair and each customer in a way that helps everyone.

In fact, that’s why we opened a new location just outside of Denver, Colorado. We’ve hired several new employees (in fact Allen from Denver is at our corporate headquarters in Olathe, Kansas now completing some training!) and being local in more cities does make sense for us.

That’s why we announcing our newest location in Indianapolis very soon. It’s an exciting time!!

I thank all of our customers. We appreciate you all. You’re why we are here, and why we care. If you have any questions for us, take some time to give us a call toll-free at 866-638-8402 and we’ll do what we can to help you out.

Have a great day, Ryan

Same Day iPhone 5C Screen Repair

The weekend is on it’s way and this is often a busy time during the week. Why you might ask? Because customers want to get their iPhone repaired in time for the weekend! Do you or someone you know have a broken iPhone 5C? Perhaps they recently dropped their phone, resulting in a shattered iPhone screen. We know this situation all to well at Mission:Repair. Often times customers ‘deal’ with their shattered screen for MONTHS before getting it repaired. There is nothing more annoying than getting glass splinters when trying to type in your passcode or having to hold your phone 2 inches away from your face, in fear you may cut yourself while talking on the phone.

There is a better way to live! We take our phones everywhere with us and when our devices don’t work correctly it can throw your whole day off. There is a simple solution for this so why not take a moment and bring your device to Mission:Repair. For a limited time our iPhone 5C Screen Repair is only $92 AND we can fix it fast with our same-day service options. Get your iPhone repaired today and start your weekend off right! Click the image below to start your iPhone 5C Screen Repair.

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Have a different device that needs to be repaired? Give us a call (866-638-8402) or visit our website to talk about a solution to your broken iPod, Smartphone, Tablet or Laptop.

How much does a cracked screen on an iPhone cost to repair?

Good afternoon!

This comes up constantly in our business – both on the phone and with our walk-in customers…we get the question “how much does it cost to have my iPhone repaired?”

Get a repair price from anywhere in the world on your iPhone, Tablet or Computer.  Or give us a call!

Get a repair price from anywhere in the world on your iPhone, Tablet or Computer. Or give us a call!

We are trained and ready to help answer your questions. There’s another solution however; all of our pricing is on our website for you to get a repair price IMMEDIATELY. In fact, you can see all of our pricing UP FRONT, there’s no need to proceed with a checkout, get the service into the cart to see if there are additional charges, etc. We don’t “nickle and dime” you at the last minute with additional fees after you’ve inputted your credit card number or address- again it’s all UP FRONT and viewable 24 hours a day!

Why is this important? We have nothing to hide. In fact there are many repair companies that charge different prices for different states and regions; there are iPhone repair companies that charge different prices depending on what store or representative you call within the SAME CITY.

AT MISSION REPAIR we charge the same price whether you live in California, Maine or anywhere in between!

As a consumer myself, I prefer to know what the price of my purchase will be up front rather than being “blind” to the fact…and either have to make a phone call and wait on hold for someone to respond, or send an email and wait for a response that way;

We here at Mission Repair have ALWAYS had our pricing on our website for the world to see. In fact, we set the benchmark for pricing constantly. Our sales people are not on commission – they do not benefit by charging one customer more than another. It’s the best way to get honest and consistent information and it’s truth.

So the next time you’re looking for a price on an iPhone 5S Screen Repair, it’s as easy as clicking on http://www.missionrepair.com then ask yourself why the “next guy” isn’t confident enough to present pricing up front. There’s a reason for that, and you should be aware of it.

Thanks for reading, Ryan

Think twice about that iPad.

Hello everyone-

We’ve seen it far too often; we receive an iDevice (like an iPad, iPod or iPhone) come in for a repair or diagnosis only to find this screen upon boot up:

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This is a screen shot from an iPhone that was deliberately erased by it’s owner; presumably because it was lost or stolen. As you can see, only the original owner with the original email address and password can active it.

This feature is a security measure in the newest releases of the iOS on Apple devices, and it is working…and before giving away or selling your iOS device, be sure to erase your content and settings (in Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings). When you erase your content, Find My iPhone and Activation Lock are also turned off.

If you hand over your phone to another person (especially if you sell it over the internet and ship it to them) but DON’T erase your content, you can still do it remotely. If your phone is “lost” and you don’t want a potential stranger to access your data, you can erase and “deactivate” the phone leaving it worthless to the new owner as shown above.

We know what this means when we see this upon boot up at our service lab; typically customers buy a phone second hand not knowing whether the phone has been deactivated and it usually ends up bad for the new purchaser.

Buyer beware: if you purchase a used phone and it’s running iOS7 or greater, make sure that the device has been removed from the original purchaser’s accounts or you may end up with an expensive paperweight or in the worst case a stolen device. No one wants that.

Anyway, I thought that this was worth talking about as we’ve seen too many customers end up sour about their purchase. I’ll also remind you that if it sounds good to be true, it probably is – but you already knew that!

Alrighty- have a great weekend and I may see you at our Mission location tomorrow as we are performing several upgrades to the tech area in the morning. Stop by and say hi!!

Take care, Ryan

More iPhone 6 “Sapphire Glass” discussion.

Hello again everyone-

If you haven’t heard, there’s a lot of talk about the sapphire glass in the iPhone 6 due to release shortly, and we’ve learned lately that it’s possible the the 64GB model will indeed come with a sapphire glass.  In fact, we’re prepping services for the iPhone 6 as we speak:

 

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We know that the technology and production is there; companies like Apple are making sapphire screens using manufacturers like GT Advanced Technologies. Apple may limit the use or release the sapphire screens on a limited basis initially; my personal guess is that if Apple unveils the “iWatch”, it WILL have a sapphire crystal screen on it. There might even be a “hybrid” sapphire glass formula a few sources have reported.  But heck, I really don’t know for sure.  I’m not Apple.

It still begs the question: Will customers really fall in love with the sapphire screen?

It’s logical that it will be more scratch resistant. That’s good. However I’ve personally owned just about every iPhone and I have never had a “scratched” screen problem.  It seems to me (coming from the repair industry) that a scratched screen would most likely mean a cracked screen. There’s little info on how well a large sapphire screen will stand up to a typical “cracking” scenario.

I’ve read that sapphire is more brittle than glass and is likely to be more prone to breakage than Gorilla Glass. Time will tell, but personally I’m not sure if I’d spend the extra money on a sapphire “option” quite yet – if there is one coming next week.

Food for thought…what have you heard?  I’ll talk to you again soon, Ryan

Gesundheit!

Good afternoon friends-

How was your Labor Day? I had a nice relaxing day yesterday…all except for the fact that my allergies to the pollen in the Kansas City area have been terrible. It feels like I’ve been eating OTC allergy medicine for my meals recently 😉 The last couple of weeks have been a little miserable, and it seems like Sudafed just isn’t helping any more at this point. So I’ve upgraded to the pseudoephedrine/cetrizine combination which seems to be working…

Summer allergies.

So I think I have the itchy eyes and sneezing under control this afternoon which feels great! I normally don’t have this kind of “hay fever” this late in the year; it probably has something to do with the climate changes in the world today.

Anyhow, that’s enough about my medical problems for today and I’ll be back tomorrow with a few great blogs. I have the ideas flowing. Did you see Melanie’s blog earlier today about our new pricing on the iPhone, 5, 5C and 5S screen repairs? It’s been a huge hit.

I’ll talk to you again tomorrow, have a good night.

Ryan