Month February 2013

Month February 2013

Fixing Redding’s iPhones and iPads

Tags: , , , , , Blog, Computer Repair, iPad, iPhone

Shasta CRS repairs broken iPad and iPhone screens! So far I have had a great response with people who are in need of getting their favorite Apple devices fixed. Sometimes I will hear a customer remark that their friend proposed that they fix it themselves inspired by YouTube DIY videos. What I have found though is that not all iPad digitizer replacements are the same.

After suffering a fall, sometimes the alumin  um body housing of the iPad can be dented in such a way that replacing the screen is impossible without bending the aluminum back out to a similar shape that it once was. Attempting to install a digitizer screen with a dented body will inevitably break the new digitizer. I have, of course, found this out through trial and error. This rule is almost universal in all generations of iPad with the exception of the iPad 1st Generation.

The iPad 1st Generation has a flaw where a gray bar appearing through the middle of the screen. Unfortunately, this cannot be repaired; not is it recognized by Apple as a design flaw, though it affects many iPad 1’s in a certain production period.

The iPad 2 has two delicate ribbon connectors in the top right hand corner of the body. If a person is not careful, the ribbon can be accidentally broken when removing the broken digitizer. The iPad 3 and 4 does not have the same exposed connector.

I have found that the best way to make the adhesive more pliable is with a hair blow dryer. I picked one up for $9 and use that to loosen the adhesive. It still takes care and precision to not damage other components in the removal of the digitizer, like the WiFi antenna. Until recently, I had never broken one before. I explained my mistake to the customer and let them know that I would be paying for the part so it would not cost anything else out of pocket for them, but there would be a slight inconvenience for waiting for the part to arrive from one of my online vendors.

Repairing iPhone is relatively uncomplicated as long as the correct parts are ordered for replacement. For example, the iPhone 4s AT&T and Verizon display assemblies have different layouts for where the assembly attaches to the frame of the iPhone. Ordering the correct iPhone replacement part is crucial; especially since some vendors on Amazon do not accept returns for refund.

The iPhone digitizer is much more study and durable for installation; whereas the iPad digitizer is more delicate due to it’s size and flexibility. Keeping a stock of iPad and iPhone parts seems to be a really good idea. Especially for the delicate ribbon of the iPad 2 and for the infamous WiFi antenna.

I have been having a great time repairing the people of Redding’s favorite internet devices; namely the iPad and iPhone. I am happy to contribute to prolonging the life out of these fun and useful Apple devices while reducing the technology waste footprint of our community!