iPad One to One – let’s share!

Hello again and Happy Monday!

Earlier I was writing about Apple’s 1 to 1 iPad program that is sweeping the Nation, but there’s a lot to think about when you’re son or daughter receives the device and heads home.

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We work with several schools performing iPad repairs for students (well, actually the parents!) that have accidents, and many of them don’t realize some of the caveats of their iPad agreements that come with the device. Most schools that disperse iPads to students include agreements and policies that bind you to some rules. It’s for a great reason; mainly to ensure that the school gets their device back each year…but again each school has different rules when it comes to damages and subsequently the repair that is needed.

When you find that your policy doesn’t cover breakages…give us a call at Mission Repair. We repair iPads for schools all across the country, but even more we repair iPads for parents that find themselves responsible for the repair. This can be for a cracked screen, broken charging port, liquid damage or other issue that happens in life.

Just remember Mission Repair, we have a customer service representative standing by just for you.

Take care, Ryan

Apple passes Google as the heavyweight champ of brand names.

Good morning everyone,

I was reading through my typical industry news this morning and read that Apple has regained the top spot as “Most Valuable Brand” overtaking Google again.

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The top ten include Apple, Google, VISA, Coca-Cola and a surprise to me at the number ten spot: Marlboro…cigarettes! I don’t know why this surprises me so much, but it did. I know that tobacco companies have a huge marketing budgets, but I personally use every brand on the list except for the cigarettes. No wonder there are some kids using tobacco so early, it’s tough not being exposed to branding every where you turn.

Well, congratulations Apple. I’ve been right there with you to the climb to the top. I personally started repairing Apple devices back in 1994 – and if you can believe it, we were actually repairing Apple Floppy Disk Drives by the thousand. You know that you’re a “vintage” guy when you know the difference between an “Auto-Inject” and “Manual-Inject” floppy drive. Oh how times have changed.

Have a great morning, I’ve got a lot of blogging to catch up on, I’ll be back soon!

Take care, Ryan

Still confused about the “digitizer” on a Smartphone?

Good morning,

One of the most popular blog posts on my blog for the last 4 years is titled “What is an iPhone Digitizer”. Here’s a few tidbits of new information that might help you out if you’re interested!

We here at Mission Repair are experts and very familiar with iPhone digitizers, glass, LCDs 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 of an older iPhone screen:

This is the digitizer on an iPhone!

This image is from the “inside” of the part, and the digitizer is attached UNDER the glass cover. It’s a transparent 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 one of the “inputs” of the device and it’s very thin and almost impossible to see once installed.

One major point – and a question that we get asked all the time – is that you cannot replace the digitizer alone. Since it’s really part of the glass (because it’s fused from the inside) 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.

Furthermore, in later years, manufacturers like Apple and Samsung have started fusing the outer glass with the digitizer, and then the LCD to the digitizer. There are several phone models (like the Samsung Galaxy S5 for example) that will have all three components replaced at the same time if any one of them fails. These manufacturers did this to ensure that no dust would EVER get between the glass/digitizer and the LCD…an issue that was prevalent BEFORE the assemblies were used. There are some variations to these assemblies, but once they are assembled in a clean room facility they are not intended to be disassembled (i.e. removing the glass/digitizer form the LCD for example) I know that this can get confusing at times, so you can call us if you have any questions.

You might see the earlier assemblies marketed as:

  • Phone glass
  • Phone digitizer
  • Phone touch screen
  • Phone glass screen
  • Phone screen
  • Phone 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:

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. It just doesn’t work! Additionally there are lots of parts on the market that are “glass and digitizer” being sold without the LCD. Take our earlier example of the Samsung Galaxy S5. You can get a “glass only” part on eBay for about $5. Just FYI, there is NO WAY for you to replace that part at home…and if you attempt it, your phone will NEVER look the same again and it certainly may never work correctly again. Buyer beware! These assemblies are built together and must stay together. I hope this information helps!

Best Ryan

Lakewood, Colorado Location Will Be Open 2/2/15

This past weekend we had a group of employees travel to our new location in Lakewood, Colorado. They worked hard all weekend long to install the TV in the waiting room, putĀ  up diamond plate and slat wall, and finish painting the waiting room, shipping area and tech room. We are excited to be expanding again and we know the Lakewood, CO location will be success. We are officially set to go and this Mission:Repair location will be open February 2nd, 2015! One of our best technicians will be managing the location and boy is he ready for the move (we couldn’t be more jealous). The scenery around that area is gorgeous and it’s a great place to live and do business.

Be sure to visit us on 2/2 at 3234 South Wadsworth Blvd. Lakewood, CO 80227 and spread the word!

Check photos of the new storefront below and stay up to date on more Mission:Repair locations coming soon by liking us on Facebook, reading our blog or subscribing to our newsletter!

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Next-Day 4th Gen iPod Touch Screen Repairs for $49!

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One of the most popular repairs we see come in for repair is the 4th Gen iPod Touch. Customers continue to choose to repair their cracked glass on this unit instead of replace and that is because it is a great iPod! Accidents happen, and if you crack the glass on your iPod touch it does not make the device useless. In fact, at Mission Repair we can get your iPod Touch back to you good as new in 24 hours and for only $49. If you ask me, this is a bargain!

Once we receive your device we pre-test it and note all the damage. Next, it is sent to one of our certified technicians where they replace the cracked glass with a brand new screen. From there, it is post tested and then you are notified that your device is ready for pick up or has been shipped back to you. – ALL IN 24 HOURS!

– 4th Gen iPod Touch Front Glass Repair (Black)

– 4th Gen iPod Touch Front Glass Repair (White)

Need the glass repaired on your 4th Gen iPod Touch? Click one of the links above or give us a call at 1-866-638-8402 to get started.