Category Archives: EVENTS

iPad-The Toughest Repair



My grandkids iPad 2 got dropped and shattered the screen. iPad is the nastiest repair if it has a broken or a shattered screen. The screen is adhered by sticky tape which has to be carefully lifted with pry tools that look like guitar picks. Those were included with the screen kit. Finally had to resort to a razor blade to lift the shattered pieces which sent shreds flying all over my desk, even though I put packaging tape over the entire screen. 

Care must be taken not to go in to far with the blade. I did in one area, and cut the Wifi cable loose from it’s card. Wifi board was only $5.00 to replace and the screen was $60.00. Altogether put in about 3 hours, really taking my time. Final stage was to clean the display digitizer which was not damaged, and get free from any dust, then a few drops of crazy glue in loose areas.  Not a repair for the faint hearted. It was very messy and I am still finding tiny glass chards around my repair desk.



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Replaced My iPhone 5S Battery

So I cracked open my 5S and replaced the battery. iPhone has been acting strangely, touch sensor – not sensing all the time, slower loading, for everything.

Could that really be, as battery wears down, performance and functions suffer? Really I supposed a lot of that was lack of memory. This almost seems like GM or Ford “DESIGN OBSOLESCENCE”!??

I have never kept an iPhone this long. And the 5S 16gb is sorely needing replacement. I want to hear Apple discontinue 16gb iPhone, starting with a minimum 32gb memory, at least in the U.S. I have not had room for many photos or videos for at least a year. And the lightning memory stick I bought, failed almost immediately. I am constantly shuffling off applications that I like, to have room for a video I need to take. While my 64gb iPad has plenty of room with a lot more added apps. Too bad I can’t mount an iPhone to an iPad  with a cable so I could dump photos or video directly.

I can really see a difference between the 6S camera and 5S. So I would like to upgrade for that reason alone. But I replaced the battery for really cheap, so I thought at least if I got some trade in value-added the next person to use my phone would have a fresh battery. Or just keep it until a really until significant iPhone 7 or 8 come to be.

I’ve read conjecture that a dual SIM might be in the pipeline for iPhone. My biggest gripe with iPhones is not having removable SIM. I gotta think it’s a Jobs thinking simplicity. But really, it just makes Apple more money and more frequent upgrades for consumers. I’ve never been able to justify enough money to buy higher memory models.

I think I am at that point now. But after taking a test to be a phone repair person, I thought I’d take a hack at my old phone, just to see if I could do it. I did lose one part in my carpet. A tiny metal thing the holds the battery ribbon cable to the chassis. So far no problem because of that.

I got this cool little magnetic mat that tells you the order of the screws and a place to put each one so reassembly is a snap. Getting the screen off is the toughest part, I had to go around the edge with a razor blade to loosen the screen enough to pop it loose. The mat below cost $7.00 (including tools to open the phone) battery was $8.00 shipped free.

So if you have an older phone, try cracking it open. BTW you still need a jeweler’s magnifier so you can see the tiny screws, unless of course you have super vision. It was fun to see and handle all of the tiny parts!

[REALLY ALL NOTIFICATIONS do] GRINDS MY GEARS!

Anyone can complain without any solution for the complaint. The brilliant folks at Apple bring us great products without a doubt. Also without argument we have more computing power in just one of our little iPhones, than NASA engineers of the 1960’s had to power an entire fleet of space shuttles!

Apple engineers have brilliantly come up with NOTIFICATIONS, now present in MAC and IOS7/8 are just arduously annoying to me. Jim Lynch penned an article why he isn’t buying an Apple Watch which he sees as essentially a glorified (and expensive) “wrist notifier” that something is happening on your iPhone.


  As Family Guy Peter Griffin exclaims,
“this stuff really GRINDS MY GEARS!


NOTIFICATIONS always seem to pop up at the most inopportune moments, when I’m writing a text an email or post! on a Mac the aren’t so obtrusive, but on my iPhone they obscure the top of the screen (using banner mode). There is a way to make them disappear automatically but for some reason mine always default to making me physically CLOSE them before I can continue my text or post.

While it’s good to keep informed and aware, I’m sure having NOTIFICATIONS running all the time is using up CPU power and battery power better used elsewhere. Likewise, I think Notifications have been crashing my phone.

Like Peter Parker’s uncle told him, “…with great power, comes great responsibility…” It should be up to us, the consumer to decide how to use the products we buy. Apple has had the philosophy for years, “…let’s show people what they want from our products, and they will buy them, anyway…” It’s proved mostly true what they think but eople buy other smartphones so not everyone drinks the “KOOLAID”!

I myself have queued up (more than once) on a long line overnight, anxiously awaiting the Apple Store to open on a release date for an iPhone or iPad. “The Simpsons” made an hilarious episode mocking the “Mapple” experience, a few years ago. I wrote about it back then, you can read my article here. (an Apple commercial aired during the show!) the owner of Mapple was Steve Mobs!

I do buy into the Apple ecosystem, I’ve made a decent living supporting the products. While not expert at every product, I do try to learn important features, advantages and disadvantages alike in order to support my clients.

Fortunately there is a tweak to toggle notifications on and off.

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Then there is when you upgrade to the latest shiniest IOS version. One of the GCMAC USERS reported this:

May 4, 2014, at 5:29 PM, Laura wrote:

I was installing the latest software to the iPhone 5, and after the software installed, the phone went to Recovery Mode. It now says I can’t use it till i Restore—which I don’t want to do! The forums all say it’s a done deal; can I do anything before I have to restore to the last backup?
Laura 

Pretty much a given (I wrote to) Laura as we have discussed on this listserv. Before performing ANY Mac OS and now especially ANY IOS update, make sure you have a current BACKUP and perhaps a BACKUP of your BACKUP.

I’ve learned a couple of times the hard way, about iPhones. Losing important data I thought I had backed up, by performing a quick “RESTORE” without first double checking the date of the backup.

Mac OSX will allow you to apply a major OS upgrade on top of an existing installation. As I have repeatedly stressed, I don’t use SOFTWARE UPDATE for a major OS upgrade, except perhaps to test to see what happens if there are reported issues using this method.

That ONLY on a non-essential backup hard drive, again to check the “frailty” of this method. Definitely not on my main production machine HARD DRIVE. I’m down to one MAC these days, but I have all flavors of older OSX set up on boot hard drives to trouble shoot problems for clients.

IOS on the other hand upgrades in a completely different and in my opinion an unwelcome method.

Plugging into iTunes strongly suggests making a backup before proceeding. Not just because it’s a good idea. Upgrading IOS wipes everything from the phone.

When the iPhone first came out, Apple said to developers, “you can only develop web applications.” Of course there was an uproar from the fledgling developer community. “How can you release a new operating system without the tools for developers to program software (ie. software they could sell)? About 3 months LATER APPLE came out with developer tookits, WEBKIT software programming tools.

Ironically, as smartphones grew in in popularity, the “CLOUD” shared computing idea began to grow at just as fast a rate. Having the cloud now meant new handheld devices could synchronize with your desktop. These apps ARE ALL WEBKIT BASED APPS. Every time you turn around one company or another has new mobile APP. Developing custom company apps using Apple’s original WEBKIT tools is the quickest and fastest way to deploy new software.

On the iPhone, usually it’s installing new firmware at the same time as upgrading or updating IOS. Firmware being software that updates the HARDWARE. This usually requires the system isn’t there during the FIRMWARE update process. Firmware usually improves the performance of the hardware additionally adding security features Apple had discovered since the last update to the previous IOS version. So the process wipes all of the data stored in memory down to the core hardware.

That is why “RESTORE” becomes necessary from a backup.
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I have written my strong opinions about supporting Jailbreaking of iPhones. It is something Apple does not want the end user to do. So these “Security Updates” are often a result of reverse engineering the Jailbreak community uses in order to inject the unlock code into an iPhone.

In a recent article I wrote, I called out Apple once again, for being a bully to its customers.

Steve Jobs believed he created products people wanted. Even though they didn’t know that they wanted them.

I have never doubted his genius and impressive astute mark on our society because of his personal vision. But I feel that the “pioneering adventure” that started with the “two Steves” in Jobs’ parents garage, is long gone and intentionally been abandoned in the name of profit.

I think Steve Jobs learned a painful corporate lesson when he was ousted from control of Apple by John Sculley in the 90’s. That being, “money talks and bullshit walks!”

I don’t have to go into the maniacal behavior Jobs exhibited and was the concern of Apples board of directors. That has been reported ‘ad nauseum’. To say some of Jobs’ ideas were way out there as they were way ahead of its time. He was dreaming of a palm held computer phone and tablet computers in the 90’s. That board was only concerned with the bottom line, and not forward thinking.

Okay, getting off my SOAP BOX. To reiterate Backup, BACKUP, Backup. Having a fail safe is just a good sense overall idea.

Last bit: “APPLE, WHERE IS YHE ADVENTURE”?!? They do show some pretty incredible stuff you can do with the 5S iPhone. I bought one, so I must think its a pretty good tiny computer. And, IT IS. !!

APPLE CRAZY? Only One Port On the New MacBook

 I decided long ago that Apple’s Marketing strategy is crazy and given up trying to make sense of it. The newly announced MacBook with only 2 ports is another case in point. Seems crazy, doesn’t it?
 
Reduction of ports down to 2 on a laptop, one universal USB-C and one standard Audio port. Having a permanent breakout box setup with a large monitor, printer, Thunderbolt or Firewire hard drives, at your home or office, with only one cable to connect upon arrival, seems very appealing. Apple seems to be positioning the new MacBook at the “mobile entry level” and making it light weight and ultra portable. As the iMac was positioned in the Mac lineup as the “low end” consumer model, many professionals loved that mono based format, and opted for iMac over the Mac Pro. Now there is a 27″ 5K resolution powerhouse model, powerful enough to satisfy demanding roles like audio and video editing. 
 

While the Macbook’s $1,299 price doesn’t really reflect a “low end” so much, the computer has the smallest mother board and fewest components of any Mac to date. Most of the internal space is battery. I can see it being a really good choice for students and people constantly on the move. It’s thinner than the MacBook Air and only weighs 2 lbs. A lot of weight removed from the weary shoulders of students and travelers.

After a seasonal job this past winter at Best Buy, I often saw people trying to decide between the 11″ and 13″ Air or the 13″ MacBook Pro. One screen a bit too small, the other the same as a MacBook Pro.  So Apple must have heard these concerns and went for middle ground settling on 12.1″ Retina display for the new Macbook. At 9 hours battery life, it falls short of the 12 hours purported to be available with the 13″ Macbook (best battery life out all Mac portables). It should be sufficient to get through a school day, or an airplane ride.
NOTHING much surprises me anymore when Apple takes such departures from marketing logic. They didn’t include a floppy drive or the old serial connectors on the first Bondi Blue iMac just a CD/RW. Crazy! I thought. Only USB connectivity? When very few peripherals were actually using the newly released Technology? Nobody will put up with that, I thought. And a see through case? What’s the point of that?
A COUPLE YEARS LATER the iPod. Who would want such a pricey thing just to play music? Nobody will buy into that, I thought. Boy was I wrong… again. I bought the second generation 60GB version. I would be still using it hadn’t been stolen from my car.

The iPhone released only to AT&T for five years? Crazy, again! However, that move put the cell phone market in turmoil turning the wireless phone industry on it’s ear. The price outrageous for a subsidised phone, but I stood in line overnight to be one of the first to get one. Did the same thing a year later to get the 3G model. Crazy! I did get on national news though, with an ice bag on my head posing in the 90° July heat in Miami Beach.

Years of the Mac Pro being the “go to machine” for professional users with tons of expanable space for extra storage and big production audio/video cards. A huge hunk of brushed aluminium case… a clear differentiation between the rest of the PC world of computers.  Interchangeable CPU, that could be upgraded, up to 128gigs of ram. Then Apple opted for radical redesign into a small desktop cylinder with little internal expandability, looking like a desktop trash can. Crazy again, right? 

Thunderbolt provides blazingly fast disk drive connectivity. Having huge external hard drive RAID arrays make sense for video pros and other large storage needs, though. Many new storage units deploy easy to exchange drive units. So Video editors for instance, can swap out sets of hard drives with working projects in tact, without the need to struggle shuffling hard drive space around on internal drives. Most Pros already used this production practice with the old Mac Pro, anyway. So Apple took it’s cue from the existing user base. Not so crazy after all.

So this new move to a single USB-C connector might seem like a crazy move on Apple’s part. Apple has pushed the envelope for change well… since the Apple I. Leading the market where other manufacturers follow, eventually using every technology Apple puts out there! Even before the Apple Watch has been released, there are clones reaching the market trying to fool people into thinking they are getting real Apple Technology. Crazy!
 

If some of the rumours pan out too be true, we might see an all electric Applecar in a few years. Now that would change the Auto game wouldn’t it?

CRAZY or not so?

The following video report talks a little about the new Macbook.
From CNN: