Have a busted iPhone but live closer to a Best Buy than an Apple Store? You now have a new option for properly repairing your phone. On Wednesday Apple announced that it would be expanding its repairs program with Best Buy, bringing certified support to nearly 1,000 Best Buy stores in the US. The repairs are backed by Apple, with the iPhone-maker touting that Best Buy's Geek Squad has "nearly 7,600 newly Apple-certified technicians ready to make same-day iPhone repairs or to service other Apple products."The partnership isn't the first time that Apple has tapped Best Buy to help with repairs. with the two companies partnering in 2017 to bring Apple's iPhone screen repair machines into Best Buy's stores. "If a customer ever needs to repair their products, we want them to feel confident those repairs are done safely and correctly," Tara Bunch, Apple's vice president of AppleCare, said in a statement. "We're always looking at how we can reliably expand our network of trained … [Read more...] about Apple expands repairs to nearly 1,000 Best Buy stores in US
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Hidden not far from downtown Austin, Texas, a research lab is working on changing the way we recycle electronics. And it's being run by Apple.If you don't know exactly where it is, you'll definitely miss it.There are no signs. The parking lot is almost empty. There's an unremarkable door at the bottom of a set of generic cement stairs. It looks like the back entrance to a rundown mall.But inside is a 9,000-square-foot warehouse where, just a stone's throw from the front door, lives one of the most interesting robots in the world. Meet Daisy. Daisy is 33 feet long, has five arms and can methodically deconstruct any of 15 iPhone models -- from 2012's iPhone 5 to 2018's iPhone XS -- at a rate of 200 per hour. In a coordinated and sometimes violent dance, Daisy removes the screen, battery, screws, sensors, logic board and wireless charging coil, leaving its husk of an aluminum shell.Apple invited me here not just to see Daisy in action, but also the Material Recovery Lab that's been built … [Read more...] about Apple iPhones get recycled in this secretive lab. Now it’s opening up
top picks The 10 best smartphones of 2018 CES and MWC are over and it's time to clear the dust and see what smartphones are leading the pack this year. Read More After using hundreds of PDAs and smartphones over the last 20 years, I've only broken the display twice. However, I have dropped my devices and had the glass screen protector break several other times, thus keeping my device display from breaking. Given the large number of broken glass displays I see on my commute, while walking around the city, and while meeting up with friends and family it seems to me that people would be much better off paying $50 or so for a sacrificial glass screen protector. The newest ZAGG InvisibleShield Glass+ VisionGuard product is now available for your Apple iPhone XR and Google Pixel 3 XL for $44.99 each. The cost to replace a broken iPhone XR display is $29 with AppleCare+ and $199 if you do not have Apple's coverage. There is also an initial $149 fee for AppleCare+ for the iPhone … [Read more...] about InvisibleShield Glass+ VisionGuard for Apple iPhone XR and Google Pixel 3 XL: Protect your display and your eyes
Glass screen protectors today are a common accessory where the tempered glass acts as a sacrificial panel to fail when you drop your phone so that the actual phone display remains intact. The newest ZAGG InvisibleShield Glass+ VisionGuard product is now available for your Apple iPhone X, XS, and XS Max for $44.99. The cost to replace a broken iPhone XS Max display is $29 with AppleCare+ and $329 if you do not have Apple's coverage. There is also an initial $199 fee for AppleCare+ for the iPhone XS Max, in addition to the screen replacement service fees. $228 or $329 is a lot to pay to repair a display so it seems prudent to spend about $45 to protect it and avoid these costs. Also: iPhone XS Max review: The iPhone's future is big and brightProduct details The screen protector is a tempered glass protector that has ZAGG's EyeSafe technology that is designed to filter out portions of the harmful high energy visible (HEV) blue light spectrum coming from the device screen. Over the last … [Read more...] about InvisibleShield Glass+ VisionGuard for Apple iPhone XS Max: Protection for your screen and your eyes
No matter how tough Apple claims its new iPhones are, if you're going to be using them in the real world then you either need to put them in a good case or have insurance to cover your against damage. Must read: iOS 12 features you should try today SquareTrade, a leading protection plan provider, put Apple's claims that its new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max made use of "the most durable glass ever in a smartphone" to the test. Well, a number of tests in fact, featuring drop tests on the front, back, and sides, all carried out from 6 foot, a bend test, and a submersion test in beer. Here are the results of the test. Here is a look at the damage the devices sustained: How easy is it to break the new Apple iPhone... SEE FULL GALLERY 1 - 5 of 6 NEXT PREV While the iFixit teardown team couldn't find any evidence of increased sealing to increase the iPhone's water resistance rating from IP67 to IP68, SquareTrade's master technician noted that the adhesive … [Read more...] about How easy is it to break the new Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max?