Well, it’s here! The iPhone 5 has been on the market for a month now giving our techs here at the Lifetime Service Center plenty of time to evaluate the new phone and get inside to see how it works. Apple has called the newest iteration of the iPhone “the most iPhone iPhone” and that is certainly the case. The design most strongly mirrors the minimalist aesthetic Apple has developed over the last 10 years. The precise engineering and careful attention to every single detail make the smart phone feel more like a scientific instrument than casual plaything that so many competing devices recall. From a repair perspective the new iPhone is a huge step forward from the 4 or the 4S. While access is still restricted by proprietary pentalobe screws, the display is easy to replace. Previous generations built the chassis up from the display, meaning the display was the hardest things to replace. The new aluminum back is integrated into the chassis of the iPhone 5 and is the base layer of design with everything resting on it. The display is the last thing to be added during assembly and therefore the first thing to come off making repair quick and easy. One notable change in the display is the integration of the LCD and digitizer. Traditional touch screen design has a glass layer that handles the touch input over top of an LCD panel. To slim the design down Apple has introduced a unified display that is roughly half as thick as the display in the iPhone 4 or 4s and also brighter without the extra glass. The new display is one the first to use the second generation of gorilla glass that promises to be even more resistant to scratches and breaks. Employee’s at the Apple store demonstrate just how scratch resistant the display is by taking a handful of keys and running them across the surface leaving no marks behind. Beside the glass the chassis has been refined to also prevent broken screens through unibody construction that provides rigidity and extra aluminum at the corners to absorb impact. Battery replacement is slightly more problematic than previous versions of the iPhone due to the placement of the battery. In order to maximize the thinness of the phone cables are routed over and around the battery to the main board and daughter boards creating a nest in which the battery rests and is actually glued. One of the great achievements of the new design is maintaining the same battery life as the previous generation while incorporating a larger screen and a LTS antenna. Apple was forced to increase battery capacity while maintain the footprint of the battery itself. This was accomplished through improvements in the lithium chemistry of the battery itself to make the mixture more reactive. However more reactive also means one must be more careful when removing or installing as puncturing the cells leads to a nasty little fire that can destroy the phone. While the days of popping out a battery and replacing one as home may be over, the ease of repair for our technicians here at the Lifetime Service Center does translate into less expensive repairs for the end user. Overall the new iPhone is a triumph for Apple, and a fitting tribute to Apple’s former founder and CEO Steve Jobs whose last project was this very phone.
Be there this Friday, October 5th, to witness the first ever outdoor 3D video mapping event in Western New York!
A community event celebrating the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s 150th anniversary, watch as the iconic 1905 building is brought to life with historic imagery, culled from the Gallery’s digital media collection, archival photos and abstract animation. This event is free, and open to the public. Festivities will begin at 6:30 pm. Two viewings of the projection will be presented at 7:30 and 8:30 pm. Boat dancers on Hoyt Lake, a live DJ and refreshments from Buffalo food trucks will add to the entertainment.
Three-dimensional video projection mapping makes large buildings come alive with color, depth, and motion. Images are manipulated to fit seamlessly onto a building’s architecture, creating the illusion of three dimensions without the need for 3D glasses. Major video projection mapping projects have been presented at the Vimeo Festival and Awards, on London’s Millbank Tower as part of a deadmau5 concert, at Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece Fallingwater, around Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate at Millennium Park in Chicago, and even at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show in 2012.
Our newest division, Advantage Technology Integration, will lend its technical skills and experience to this unprecedented event. Seven extremely powerful Digital Projection Titan Quad, 16,000-lumen projectors will create the spectacle across the Gallery’s 250-foot wide rear facade.
The Advantage Company is proud to sponsor Illuminate AK as a part of M&T First Fridays.
Keep checking back for behind-the-scenes sneak peeks of this incredible installation.
Water damage can wreak havoc on your electronics and pocket book. Whether it be an accidental spill or a flood, one may feel their electronics are lost forever. The cost of replacing unexpectedly damaged goods in any situation is never fun. Enter White Box Service, we try our best to repair any water damaged electronics that we service.
What you need to know first:
Water damage can cause corrosion, there is little you can do to prevent that. The corrosion can affect multiple parts of the iPod and/or any electronic. For example, it may not just be a dead battery, it may be a bad main-board. So below are some steps to help you when your electronics are damaged by water.
What to do when my electronics get wet?
First power down your unit, to minimize the chance of shock, make sure your hands and feet are completely dry. Once your unit has become soaked by water, corrosion may occur. In order to slow down this process place your unit near a fan or in an airconditioned space for 24-48 hours. At that point you may try to power on your unit. If it is functioning again then your unit’s main-board may not have been completely destroyed.
What to do after I have tried to power on my electronics?
If your iPod or Zune will not power on after taking the steps to dry it, then you’ll need to seek a diagnostic company. Water damage is often considered physical damage and sometimes is not covered by warranty, but if you have a warranty check with them first.
If your unit is out of warranty and you need a repair service check us out, White Box Service. We will diagnose your unit’s level of damage and let you know the cost of repair before we do the work.