The latest Apple news from the experts in Mac, iPhone, iPod, and iPad Repair. This blog covers everything from new repair guide releases to tips and tricks to the latest take aparts on the newest gadgets.

iPad Mini Take Apart Video Released

November 2nd, 2012

We just released our iPad Mini Take apart guide. The guide shows you how to open the iPad Mini and remove the various components. The iPad Mini is fairly easy to open up, especially if you’ve opened other iPad models. The video is embedded below:

iPad 4 Parts Now Available

November 2nd, 2012

iPad 4 Parts are now available from our online store from the link below. From the iPad 4 Glass digitizer to the iPad 4 battery, we are carrying a complete line of parts for the 4th Generation iPad.

iPad 4 Parts

Below is a photo of all of the parts of the iPad 4th Generation from the take apart we performed today.

iPad Mini Part Locator Now Available

November 2nd, 2012

The Part Locator for the new iPad Mini is available from the link below:

iPad Mini Part Locator

iPad Mini Parts Now Available

November 2nd, 2012

iPad Mini Parts are now available from our online store from the link below. From the iPad Mini Glass digitizer to the iPad Mini battery, we are carrying a complete line of parts for this device.

iPad Mini Parts

Below is a photo of all of the parts of the iPad Mini from the take apart we performed today.

iPad Mini Parts

Phone Dropped in Lake Found and Works 6 Months Later

November 1st, 2012

A few weeks back there was a popular article on Reddit about a man who dropped his phone in a lake and found it 6 months later when the level of the lake dropped. Miraculously, after plugging in the phone, the phone still partially worked. The link to that article is below:

To our pleasure, Ken from the article brought in this iPhone for us to take a look at. The phone was one of the most corroded phones we’ve ever seen. (One of the most because lake water doesn’t corrode quite as bad as urine does. ) The internals of the unit were actually in pretty good shape all things considered.

With our new iPhone Logic Board Repair program we were able to get the board and dock connector cleaned up enough to be able to connect it a computer and upgrade to i0S 6. (Had Ken wanted the data from the phone, we could have recovered it, but he opted for a restore. )

This was about the extent to which the iPhone functioned however. The digitizer worked, but the LCD had a halo effect around the edges. The rear camera worked, but the front facetime camera did not due to unrepairable corrosion on the facetime connector. Heavy corrosion also prevented the speaker assembly and wi-fi to work on the iPhone as well.

The battery on the unit would swell when plugged in, and as this was a hazard to our staff, we replaced it.

The midframe and screws were in the worst shape due to rust. The volume button screw had rusted to the point where the volume buttons pushed into the phone when pressed. The sim card eject lever had also rusted and broken which made removing the sim difficult.

While the logic board in the phone was partially functional, we replaced the board in the phone to test the rest of the internals such as the speakers and the cameras. The speakers worked albeit with a horrible muddy sound. The cameras worked as well but produced cloudy images.

The story of this phone is pretty incredible. The fact that it functioned to the extent it did after seeing the type of damage inside is miraculous.

A big thanks to Ken for letting us work on this one.

iPhone Logic Board Repair for Liquid Damage

October 26th, 2012

Today we are extending our Mac logic board repair service to iPhones.

We now provide Liquid damage iPhone Repair. The service is a flat $69.95 including parts and labor. If we can’t fix the board, there is no charge. The service includes sending a box for your device.

Full details can be found at the link below:

iPhone Logic Board Repair Service

How to Take Apart the Macbook 13 Inch Retina

October 25th, 2012

Today, we took apart the new Macbook 13 Inch Retina to determine things such as repair procedure and future repairability. The device is incredibly easy to open up and take apart. The downside however is that as Apple shrinks their products, more components are combined decreasing the number of repairable parts. For example, the display is fused together as in the 15″ retina models eliminating the ability for self repair on the display. Also, the battery is fused to the top case preventing users from swapping out their own batteries.

We have for sale all of the parts for the 13″ Macbook Pro Retina at the link below:
Macbook Pro 13 Inch Retina Parts

The full take apart video can be found embedded below:

Here’s the fully disassembled photo of the 13 Inch Macbook Retina:

How to Take Apart the iPod Touch 5th Generation

October 16th, 2012

We’ve just completed our iPod Touch 5th Generation take apart video. It is embedded below:

iPod Nano 7th Generation Teardown

October 12th, 2012

In usual fashion, today we received and took apart the iPod Nano 7th Generation. This Nano is incredibly difficult to take apart and will not be serviceable by most end users. The logic board, headphone board, volume cable, and battery are all one assembly. The components are so crammed in the casing that the likelihood of opening the device up for repair and not damaging a component is very small. Even our skilled technicians had difficulties with this one.

One design point worth mentioning is the number of curves in some of the cables such as the digitizer cable. We’re unsure why Apple has gone with this design change in these cables for the latest iPod revisions.

You can find photos of all the individual parts in our iPod Nano 7th Generation Product Category:

iPod Nano 7th Generation Parts

Our take apart video will be available shortly on our Mac Repair Guide page.

Battery Information:

Li-Ion Battery
APN 616-0640
3.7V .8Wh 220mAh

Chip Information:

Both Broadcom and Toshiba manufacture components for the 7th Gen Nano. Chip information can be found below.

Broadcom (Wireless)
UD1227 P21
206790 SN

Toshiba (Flash Memory)
XN4688 A0

Apple (CPU Audio Processor ?)

Click the image below for a hi-res image:

How to Reassemble the Kindle Paperwhite

October 6th, 2012

Yesterday we released our Kindle Paperwhite Reassembly video. It can be found embedded below: