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Holiday Weekend Musings and TechRestore Weekly FaceBook Recap

As we pause midway through the long holiday weekend, we are again faced with the realization that saying “Thank you” to our many customers, friends and business partners does not properly convey the sentiment we feel.  We sleep well each night, knowing we have provided honest repairs and excellent customer care.  Each day we come in looking for opportunities to thrill our customers! All feedback is valued (and welcome!) and we know that every problem is actually an opportunity.  This is all  possible because of you and it is our living “thank you” each day.

Ok, now the mushy stuff is out of the way! 🙂

Here is what was offered on our FaceBook page this week.  If you have not already, please join us!  We love finding interesting and informative articles around the web and sharing them with you.all-american-iphone

Monday: There has been a lot of talk in recent times about bringing more traditionally outsourced jobs back into the US. Is it realistic to make iPhone in the USA? This article from June of this year offers 3 scenarios where it might be possible.

Tuesday:  Amid the underwhelming reception the new MacBook Pros seem to be getting, there is a lot of technology that is being overlooked (or not fully understood).  Here’s an example.  And speaking of perspective ..

Wednesday:  Apple is cleaning house big time in the App store! With removals up over 200% this month, they’re making way for just the several million you really need.  While you’re thinking of what App you might write, be sure to reserve your free Hour of Code workshop at your local Apple store the week of December 5 – December 11.

Thursday:  We hope you were able to enjoy some mind blowing Thankfulness, no matter who you spent the day with or how you spent it.

Friday: Do you think this ultra fast, ultra electric car would make the holiday crowds any more nio-ep9bearable? At $1M a pop, where would you even park it at the mall?? It is a great advance in electric powered car potential, and NIO’s Chinese name is Weilai, which translates as “Blue Sky Coming”, which we think is a pretty cool company name.

If you didn’t see our fantastic Small Business Saturday offer already, here it is again!  Bring your perfectly good (just broken) iPhone, iPad, MacBook or iMac in for a discounted repair all next week.  $5, $10 and $20 off (respectively) any repair service (not applicable to diagnosis only fees).

Once again, thank you for being a valuable part of our TechRestore “family”.  We look forward to seeing and hearing from you soon!

Summer Savings

Summer is in full effect right now but before you know it the kids will be headed back to school. Check one thing off your back-to-school list by getting your device fixed now.

We typically see a rush around August and September with everyone trying to get their child’s iPad or iPhone fixed. Beat the rush and save some money by coming in or sending your repair in today. From now until  July 31 customers can use coupon code SUM10 to save $10 on their iPad and iPhone screen repairs here at TechRestore. To schedule an iPad repair online head here, and for iPhone head here.

How to Disable Apple Music Auto Renewal

If you’re like me and you want to try out Apple’s new music streaming service but aren’t sure if you want to keep it or don’t want to forget to opt of the automatic payments, then this tip is for you. I found this over at The Mac Observer and I found it helpful so I wanted to post it here.

Follow these steps to disable automatic payments:

 

  1. Launch the Music app on your device.
  2. Tap the Account Profile icon in the upper left corner.

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  • Tap View Apple ID.

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  • Scroll down to Subscriptions and tap Manage2015-07-01 18.26.47
  • From there, tap the Automatic Renewal switch to turn off auto payments and then tap done.2015-07-01 18.29.14

You’ll still have access to all of Apple Music’s features during the 90 day trial period. If you decide that you like using Apple Music and want to pay for it, you can head back into your settings and turn Auto Renewal back on.

 

 

Need A Fix For Your iPhone 6?

Starting Monday June15, we will begin offering iPhone 6 screen repairs for $129. We’ve waited so long to offer this repair because until now the parts have simply been too expensive for us to be able to offer this service for a reasonable price and the quality of the parts available did not meet our stringent standards. We’re happy to report that both of these issues have resolved themselves. iPhone 6+ plus repairs are coming soon, too, but not yet.

Our price is still $20 more than Apple’s advertised $109. We still believe our price is reasonable considering the experience you will have when you come to us versus the experience of visiting the Apple store or somewhere else. We love our Apple devices but the process of getting your device repaired in store leaves something to be desired. Having to set up an appointment with a Genius, wait in long lines, stand in crowded lobbies, and slow turn around times can make this experience a hassle. You can expect a totally  different interaction when you step into our shop and are greeted by smiling faces that are eager to help you set up your same day repair.

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The friendly face of our awesome receptionist, Dawn

I’ll leave you with this, some fantastic feedback left by one of our many satisfied customers.

I am so impressed with TechRestore. We are a full family of MAC products, including 3 iPods, 1 iPad and a MacPro. We’ve tried going to Best Buy to get these items fixed, not only did it take weeks to fix, but very costly. TechRestore, is reasonably priced and is able to get your product back to you within a day or two. They also fixed my ipod a second time for free.

This is customer service…. they deserve recognition.

Monica DeMasi

Fairfield, CA

 

Refurbished Vs. Used

We don’t sell used products. We sell refurbished products. What’s the difference exactly? Well all refurbished electronics are used. What sets them apart is the care we take to make sure they’re in good condition  before we sell them.

ipad-iphone.jpgWhen we buy products to resell they arrive to us in varying conditions. Some products have broken screens or cosmetic damage, others seem to be totally fine or barely used. Regardless of the condition, our Apple Certified Macintosh Technicians thoroughly inspect and repair (if needed) every device before we decide it’s ready to resell.

We believe it’s the care we take, the services we offer, and the wealth of experience that we have dealing with these products thats adds value. Anyone can purchase from us with confidence knowing we stand behind the products we sell. We also offer a 6 month warranty, because some issues will not come up during our initial testing, only with regular use. We’re easy to contact, friendly, helpful and committed to resolving any issues.

Our aim is to make sure that customers have the most satisfactory experience possible when dealing with us. Customer feedback seems to support the belief that we are accomplishing our goal.

iPads In The Classroom

The tablet is a device that many of us have come to love and have integrated into our daily lives and activities. We use it to surf the web, check our email, or maybe kick back and watch a movie. In recent years tablets have been used increasingly for other applications such as education.

We live in a world dominated by technology. Many children manage to get their hands (and mouths) on their parents phone or tablet before they can fully walk. So incorporating the technology that students have been inundated with all their lives into the classroom environment seems to make sense.

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There’s not a lot of conclusive evidence about the benefit or detriment of using iPads for education since the device’s release in 2010. While some are skeptical that iPads are a distraction from learning in the classroom, early studies from small sample groups seem to be positive. Schools where students use iPads in the classroom seem to show an increase in literacy and competency in mathematics.

I recently spoke with Dr. Gary Jung, one of the customers we support through our EDU program. Dr. Jung is the Head of Technology at Berean Christian High School in Walnut Creek, CA, a small school with a little over 400 students.They manage and maintain about 500 iPads for their program. I asked him if he had noticed a change in the way students learn since iPads were integrated into the classroom. His response was not only positive, but offered some additional insight as well.

Yes, I’ve noticed a change in the way students interact in the classroom. I believe it’s been a success for us, we’ve seen an increase in students test scores coinciding with the implementation of iPads. Technology is the way of the future and I believe it’s a good idea to educate them using the technology that they will go on to use throughout their lives.

While not every school or situation is ready for this shift away from traditional modes of learning, iPads and tablets may have a place in the classroom environment. It’s food for thought when considering the future of public, private and home school scenarios. Will we one day see an educational culture where all students are connected this way? It’s something that you wonder about when you think of the future of iPads in the classroom. What difference do you think it could have made for you as a student? What additional things could our kids learn not just from using an iPad but from breaking and fixing one?

 

 

Thank You

We would like to say thanks again to Teresa Everett for making us this delicious peanut butter fudge. I told her it wasn’t necessary but she insisted on coming through with sweet treats because we came through for her on her phone. I’m glad she did, it’s little gestures like this that let you know that you’re doing things right in a service industry like ours.

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Apple Watch Unboxing

 

Our 38mm Sports edition Apple Watch arrived today ahead of schedule. We could hardly contain our excitement long enough to take pictures as we eagerly moved it from the box and onto our wrist.

First impressions of the device are that it looks great and feels sleek, but aside from that it’s hard to have an opinion on such a new gadget. So I’m going to wear it out this weekend, test it out, and report back Monday.

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Your Rights Are Under Attack

Back in February we published a post to help promote awareness about the encroaching restrictions that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) could place on people and their property. Thanks to organizations like the EFF and iFixit helping to raise awareness and people like you doing their part, consumers sent over 40,000 comments to the Copyright Office urging the restoration of ownership rights.

Companies like John Deere and General Motors are lobbying to decrease the rights that consumers have to use the products that they buy. In essence , changing what it means to be an owner.

Below is a slide show that will briefly get you up to speed on the issue. I’ve also included a link to a great article that explains and relates how  these laws  affect real world people. In the case of the mentioned article, the people affected are farmers that are greatly inconvenienced  by not being able to repair their tractors due to digital locks placed on them.

You may be saying to yourself, “Im not a farmer, how does this affect me?” Restrictions due to the DMCA have been stretched to affect all types technology today commande viagra. These technologies include the car you drive, the cell phone in your pocket, and the computer you may be reading this on.

 

 

Now is the time to act. It’s much easier to prevent legislation from being enacted  by being vocal now than it is to reform legislation once it has been passed into law. If your interested in helping then visit this page provided by iFixit to see how you can help and make yourself heard.

 

Adware Removal

os x finder security logoIf you’ve used the internet long enough, chances are you’ve encountered ad-injection software or adware. Adware presents itself in many annoying forms such as pop-up windows, ads, changing your homepage, and extra banners or toolbars when using your browser.

Adware is usually picked up when installing third-party software, it is disguised or bundled with other software that you intend to install. If you think your Mac has been infected with adware then use these steps to rid yourself of this issue.

Check Safari settings and extensions

  1. Open Safari
  2. From the menu bar select Safari > Preferences
  3. Select the General icon and make sure that the Homepage field contains the website you want.
  4. Select the Search icon and make sure that the search engine setting shows your preferred search engine. Some versions of Safari have this setting in the General pane instead.
  5. Click the Extensions icon. If you don’t want an extension or don’t recognize it, select the extension from the list and click Uninstall.

 Removing Adware

Downlite, VSearch, Conduit, Trovi, MyBrand, and Search Protect are all common adware that are found on Macs. You can use this “Go to Folder” method to find and remove each item listed in the sections below, one item at a time:

  1. Drag to select an entire line in the lists below, starting with /System/Library/Frameworks/v.framework, for example.
  2. Choose Edit > Copy.
  3. Open a Finder window, then choose View > As Columns.
  4. Choose Go > Go to Folder.
  5. Choose Edit > Paste to paste the line you copied into the text field.
  6. Press Return.
  • If the item is on your Mac, a window opens with the item you searched for already selected. Drag only that item to the Trash. If you’re asked to enter a password, enter your administrator password.
  • If the item is not on your Mac, you’ll see a message that the folder can’t be found. Continue to the next item in the list.

Repeat the steps above using the files listed below:

/System/Library/Frameworks/v.framework
/System/Library/Frameworks/VSearch.framework
/Library/PrivilegedHelperTools/Jack
/Library/InputManagers/CTLoader/
/Library/Application Support/Conduit/
~/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/ConduitNPAPIPlugin.plugin
~/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/TroviNPAPIPlugin.plugin
/Applications/SearchProtect.app

After you remove the items above, restart your Mac. Then choose Finder > Empty Trash to permanently remove them.

If you found the above steps to be difficult, then you should try this adware removal tool called AdwareMedic that will do the leg work for you. AdwareMedic was created by Thomas Reed, a computer enthusiast and Mac fanatic. Thomas has a blog, thesafemac.com, dedicated to  malware and adware prevention and removal. His website is a valuable resource and worth checking out, as well as his comprehensive adware removal guide.

 

iPhone 6 Repairs

We can’t always be the ones to help you directly, but we can lead you in the right direction. You may have noticed that we don’t offer an iPhone 6 repair yet. Well, Apple does. Apple offers iPhone 6 screen repairs for $109 and iPhone 6 Plus for $129. If your iPhone 6 is in need of a fix you can visit Apple’s website here. You have the option to mail your device in or schedule an appointment to meet with a Genius at an Apple Retail Store.

iphone6-select-2014The fact of the matter is the cost on our end doesn’t allow us to offer this repair for a reasonable price. Being that Apple makes the parts that they use for their repairs, their cost is less. Currently we are working to come up with a solution to offer this repair soon at an affordable price. Our goal is to be a resource for all of our customers, even if that means sending you somewhere else in the short term for a service we do not currently offer.

Using the iCloud Keychain

iCloud keychain iphoneiCloud Keychain is a useful utility in iOS and OS X that allows you to securely save and store your passwords, account names, and even credit cards to your Keychain across multiple devices. I find the password management utility to be one of the most helpful myself. The iCloud Keychain helps make managing and remembering multiple social media and email login credentials simple. In this quick guide I’ll show you how to setup the keychain to store your passwords, how to view your saved credentials, and how to generate a password using the Keychain.

 

How to Enable iCloud Keychain in iOS

  1. Launch the Settings app
  2. Tap on iCloud.
  3. Tap on Keychain.
  4. Toggle iCloud Keychain to On.
  5. You will be asked to either set up an iCloud Keychain password or enter the existing one. You can also choose to verify with another device.

This is the first step you would take get started with iCloud Keychain, granted you have created an iCold account and have upgraded your devices to iOS 7.0.3 or later and OS X Mavericks or later.

How to generate a password  in iOS

  1. Launch the Safari app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Navigate to the site you’d like to create an account and generate a password for.
  3. Fill out any information that’s needed and then tap on the password field where you’d normally enter a password.
  4. A popup should appear. Tap on Suggest Password.
  5. A popup menu will now appear, tap on Use Suggested Password.

How to generate a password  in OS X

  1. Launch Safari on your Mac running OS X Mavericks or above.
  2. Navigate to the website you’d like to create a login for or change the password for.
  3. Once you’re in a password field, you will see a popup from iCloud Keychain suggesting a strong password for you.
  4. Click on Use Safari suggested password.

Coming up with and remembering multiple unique passwords for multiple accounts can be difficult. While the passwords generated by Safari aren’t the strongest, they are better than using the same password for multiple sites.

 

How to manually view passwords stored to Keychain in iOS 

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Safari.
  3. Tap on Passwords & AutoFill under the General section.
  4. Tap on either Saved Passwords.
  5. Enter your 4-digit passcode if you are prompted to do so.
  6. In this list, find the login you’d like to view the password for and tap on it.
  7. Here you can see the login credentials for that specific account.

 

How to manually view passwords stored to Keychain in OS X

  1. Open your Applications folder.
  2. From there open the Utility folder.
  3. Click on the Keychain Access app.
  4. When the Keychain Access window opens, find and click Passwords in the left sidebar.
  5. Find the account you wish to display the password for and double click it.
  6. A window displaying  the login credentials will open, though the password is still hidden. Mark the checkbox near the bottom to display password and finally enter your Keychain password to view it.

Being able to manually view your login credentials can be useful for remembering  your password or username when logging into public terminals or a device that that you’ve never used before.

 

 

Java- Beware of Adware

As Mac users, one of the benefits we enjoy is the ability to surf the web free from worrying about infection from malware or viruses. Many users don’t bother using antivirus software at all.

This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be wary of adware (software that automatically displays or downloads advertising material) or bloatware ourselves when we install other programs. With their latest release of Java 8, Oracle has begun packaging an Ask.com toolbar into their installer for Mac.

Screenshot 2015-03-10 09.10.26When installing the latest update of Java, the option to install the Ask.com Toolbar is selected by default. It is deceptively easy for the casual user to click “next” and finish the installation without noticing the opt-out section of the installer. If the extra software is installed, it redirects your homepage to Ask.com and instals a search bar to your browser, which some may find intrusive.

Though annoying as it is, the software is pretty easy to remove. Safari users can simply navigate to their list of browser extensions (Safari -> Preferences -> Extensions) to remove it. While Chrome users can uninstall the software directly from the Ask Toolbar’s Help menu.

While it is rather annoying to see Oracle adopt the practice of including adware with its products, it is not at all uncommon among many developers. As a rule of thumb, users should always keep an eye out for opt-out check boxes when installing third party software.

 

A wild roller coaster ride – A chat about business with Shannon Jean

Caricature done by local artist, Ondr

Caricature done by local artist, Ondr

I decided to sit down and interview my boss and founder of TechRestore, Shannon Jean, about his business history and how he got his start. We go over some of his first business ventures, what it takes to be successful, and any advice he has for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Q: What was one of your first business ventures?

A: A landscape construction company, Hort Services. I was in the Ornamental Horticulture program at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and I ran a landscape and design company up here in the Bay Area to pay for school and living expenses. We pretty much just pretended that we knew what we were doing and somehow it all worked out. I was able to employ most of my friends and I was always amazed that people trusted us so much – with their money and their homes. It was a great experience with lessons that I still use today, 20+ years and 7 companies later.

What drove you to start TechRestore?

A: The architecture and design business brought me into the Mac business. The technology (the Mac) allowed me to present my company better, to look more professional and to charge more – all good things. I would pitch these large projects to clients, and for a long time a lot of things were done by hand and it didn’t look as great while I was pitching the project in the customers living room, asking for big chunks of money with everything designed by hand. The Mac changed my life, both professionally and personally. It allowed me to do more and make things look better so that I could move forward with more confidence. My interest in the Mac is what got me interested in the technology business.

Our discussion led us to the topic of communication.

Q: Do you believe communication to be the number one skill in business?

A: It could quite possibly be the number one skill. Being able to effectively communicate with your customers, business resources (bankers, lawyers, accountants,) and employees is essential. When you first get started in business, you’re essentially self employed, doing everything on your own. As you grow and transition to a business owner, you have to become the facilitator of information, both inside your company, among your employees and partners and outside, spreading the word to existing and potential customers. Having a big mouth helps a lot.

Q: What do you believe your biggest hurdle or obstacle has been in your business career?

A: Getting capital is always a challenge. In my first technology business I had a business partner whose main qualification was that he had a credit card with a $10,000 limit. You know how the saying goes, “it takes money to make money”. You can make money to start but if you don’t reinvest that money or gain capital it can be hard to grow your business. We ran our first Mac business, MacResQ, for about a year before we started taking any money out of the company – I was living on my new wife’s paycheck at the time and we always made sure we left as much cash in the business as we could. 20+ years later and we still do this. Cash is the lifeblood of the company.

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs or business persons?

A: Don’t give up. Embrace failure. Don’t talk to everyone about what you’re going to do, because your close friends and family will be the first to tell you that it wont work. It’s always better to show people what you’ve done, vs. telling them what you are going to do.
Most people will tell you it won’t work, but it’s easy to be a critic. You should be passionate about what it is you’re doing and if you do get outside advice, get it from other business owners and entrepreneurs. Don’t ask people without that experience because they won’t be qualified to comment on it and it’s much easier to tell you what you can’t do. Many times your ideas won’t work, but it doesn’t mean you should stop. If you speak with any succesful person, they could show you a laundry list of their failures in life. Having some failures early on can help you grow as a business person. The key is to succeed more than you fail, of course.

Surrounding yourself with supportive people is important also. There were times when everything around me was crumbling in one business venture or another. Having someone at home that supported me and understood exactly what it was I was trying to create made a world of difference for me. You spend a lot of your time telling everyone else that things will work out, not to worry. Having someone in your life that can tell you the same thing once in awhile can make a big difference.

Q: Did you yourself have a mentor?

A: Yes of course, I still have mentors. One of my first employers in the tech business, Don Ruxton from The Mac Garage in SLO told me, “Outside of your day to day work you should find something that interests you that’s related to the business that can help drive you”. He was absolutely right. This advice came from someone that I volunteered my time to while I was in college to get some technology experience and ended up being my first job working with Apple products. It changed the direction of my life and made all the difference.

Q: What was your first Mac?

A: It was a Mac SE20. It had a 20 megabyte hard drive and 1 megabyte of ram; it cost me about $2,500 at the time. Those are megabytes, not gigabytes! I loved getting my hands on new equipment, but because of the constant upgrade cycle, I knew I had to find a way to fund it. I always knew how to find deals so I got involved with buying and reselling these machines.

Q: What would you say are the least and most enjoyable parts of being in this industry/ business?

On business:

A: The best part is the collaboration and being able to work with people that are much smarter than I am. Being able to help others move up, learn, grow, and provide opportunities. Helping the people that I work with advance is extremely rewarding. I love being able to collaborate with great people whether it be employees, business partners, vendors, or bankers; it’s very fulfilling.

The worst part is that this is a numbers driven game. No matter how much I focus on this being an enjoyable and fulfilling place to work, the cohesion of the team, our interactions with our customers, or the product that we sell. At the end of the day if we don’t get enough money in the door none of that other stuff matters. You constantly have to focus on the numbers, and that is not my favorite part of the business.

On the technology industry:

A: I love getting my hands on the product and being “forced” to buy the latest and greatest piece of technology on the market.

My least favorite part of this industry would be constantly keeping up with the rapid pace of change. Just when you think you’ve got a program in place that works pretty well, that’s about the time you see it start to drop off. This industry always presents new challenges so you have stay on your toes and you constantly have to to reinvent yourself. I have to say I love this business. I sometimes have to remind myself of this because just like with anything else that you do for a long time you may get jaded.

Ending remarks

You have to have a certain personality to want to go into business. Alot of people may get frustrated but its important to stick to it. Try something, measure its effectiveness, and if it doesn’t work try something else. In the technology industry it’s often referred to as “pivoting”. Being able to adapt and readjust your business in different ways is important. I was not in the repair business when I started this company; I was moving product. I was buying product, refurbishing it, and selling it internally. Over the years we became very good at performing quality repairs because we didn’t want the product we sold to come back. Eventually as the market shifted, I saw how our expertise in repairing these products could translate into another business. Now, TechRestore performs repairs, refurbishes tens of thousands of Macs, iPads and iPhones. We also have a fast growing wholesale parts division that sprang up a few years ago to service the rapidly growing retail iOS and Android repair businesses that are popping up all over the country. It’s been a great and wild roller coaster ride that I’m thrilled to be a part of each day.

Unlock Your iPhone

SREPR022900_1Starting February 11th, all four major US carriers will allow you to sim unlock your phone. The ban on phone unlocking was lifted last August by congress, and in the wake of this repeal the carriers are releasing their official unlocking policies.

Individual carrier unlocking policies:

Each company’s policies differ, but for the most part if your phone is paid off or your contract term is completed then you can request for your phone to be unlocked. Android Police wrote a very thorough post on the subject last week that you should check out if you want more info.

DIY: Dock Port Charging Issues

We often have customers come into our store experiencing dock port issues with their iPhones. Issues such as their phones not charging properly, not connecting to their charger, or not staying connected to the charger.  More times than not, if there’s no physical damage to the device, the culprit of the is in your pocket. It’s lint!

Lint builds up in our pockets and over time our charging ports get jammed with lint. Take a look inside yours and you may see what I mean. Fixing this issue is simple, something you can do at home in less than 5 minutes.

What you’ll need:

iPhone (this fix works for all iPhone models, with 30-pin and Lightning connectors)

Tweezers or toothpick

 

What to do:

First, turn your phone off. Look into the dock port and see if you can see debris or physical damage. If the pins seem bent or broken then it’s likely that’s what causing the issue. The dock needs to be replaced, and you should stop right here.

dock port with lint

Look closely and you can see debris jammed in there

If you do notice debris, take your tweezers or toothpick and carefully pick it out. Be careful to not damage the pins.

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Lint being removed from dock port

 

Once all the debris is removed turn your phone back on and connect it to your charging cable to test it out. If all went well and lint was indeed the issue, your phone should be charging and connecting as it once was.

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If that didn’t work for you, then our Master Technicians will be happy to figure it out for you. Visit our website to send in a repair or walk right into our store if you’re local.

Beautiful Photos Captured With iPhone

You don’t need to be a professional photographer to capture a picture that is stunning and leaves a lasting impression. Many people have the power in their pockets. These pictures are some of the 2014 winners from the iPhone Photography Awards (IPPA), all photographs were taken with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

Julio Lucas- Photographer of the Year

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Micheal O’neal- Animals

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How much Storage Is Enough?

16GB of storage for a device just doesn’t seem like enough any more. A  new survey taken by the developers of the camera app IceCream polled users about their storage usage. 91% of people questioned admitted to using a device with 16GB or less of storage capacity, and 22% of the entire group claimed that they ran out of space at least once per week.

chart detailing how often smartphone users run out of space

 

That 16GB of storage isn’t entirely usable either. My 16GB iPad 2 shows that it actually has a capacity of 12.8GB when I connect it to iTunes. That’s 3GB that I can’t use that is reserved for the OS.

Macworld published an article where they crunched some numbers to figure out how much storage each  Apple device actually has and how much of each type of data that amounts to.

Some examples:

  • iPad Air – 16GB (12.5GB available – estimated): 3,125 songs OR 15.6 hours of film OR 8 Hollywood movies OR 417 apps/games OR a combination of these
  • iPad Air – 32GB (28.3GB available – estimated): 7,075 songs OR 35.4 hours of film OR 19 Hollywood movies OR 943 apps/games OR a combination of these
  • iPad Air – 64GB (56.6GB available – estimated): 14,150 songs OR 70.8 hours of film OR 38 Hollywood movies OR 1,887 apps/games OR a combination of these
  • iPad Air – 128GB (114GB available – confirmed): 28,500 songs OR 142.5 hours of film OR 76 Hollywood movies OR 3,800 apps/games OR a combination of these

From these numbers 16GB may seem like a lot. On my 16GB iPad I have about 400 songs, 15 downloaded apps, and a few episodes of Game of Thrones but only about 3GB of free space. It would be even less if I didn’t use my Mac and Dropbox to store all my photos.

I feel that buying a 16GB device won’t be viable for much longer as the need for more storage grows with the average user. We’ll probably see this storage option phased out, just as 8GB devices were (Apple hasn’t had an 8GB storage option since its iPhone 5C).