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The FBI’s Not Sharing Their iPhone Secrets

iPhone 6 Repair MelbourneApple and various government agencies have been going back and forth, these past few months, with the world’s intelligence agencies trying to get Apple to give up access to customer’s private data to help with investigations.

Apple, however, hasn’t been budging, viewing any cooperation as a violation of their customers’ privacy. Considering how many of us own iPhone 5’s, in Melbourne and around the world, the mythical “back door” for Apple’s iPhone would open up the possibility of covert monitoring of a wide swathe of the swathe of the global population.

Despite Apple’s non-compliance, it seems the FBI have discovered a secret way to access an iPhone’s date, but they’re not telling what it is.

Despite Apple’s refusal to play nice with the world’s Intelligentsia, the FBI is still deciding whether or not to share what they’ve learned as part of a White House program to alert software vendors to possible security breaches in their products.

In a recent report to the Wall Street Journal, the FBI has stated they’re not sure they’ve learned enough about hacking iPhones to warrant a statement, after reportedly hiring a hacker to crack into an iPhone 5c, used by a shooter in a recent mass shooting.

Despite the FBI’s statement, electronic rights activists like the Electronic Frontier Foundation criticized the agency back in March, stating that the FBI should share the possible bug.

The FBI have been at least slightly cooperative with the iPhone manufacturers, when they recently informed Apple of a security breach in older versions of iOS and Macs, as was recently reported by Reuters. It seems that Apple already knew about the breach, with an anonymous Apple executive stating the Apple has recently fixed bugs with iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan.

Is your iPhone secure? Or are you just looking for iPhone 5 repair in Melbourne? Contact us today, for screen repairs and all of your mobile phone repair needs.

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How To Tell If Your iPhone 5 Is Water Damaged

iPhone 5 repair water damageHas your iPhone 5 recently taken a tumble into a full tumbler? Or maybe you dropped your iPhone 5 in the toilet or bath. Don’t be embarrassed! You’re not alone.

In fact, water damage is the #1 most common cause for iPhone 5 repairs. Considering that the iPhone repair industry generated $40 billion, annually, that’s a lot of broken, damaged, and submerged phones!

So if your iPhone 5 has recently gotten wet, whether fully submerged or mildly damp, and has been acting weird ever since, here’s some steps to tell if your iPhone 5 is water damaged and needs to be repaired.

How To Tell If Your iPhone 5 Suffered Water Damage

No matter how tough and durable Apple makes their products, they’re still electronic devices. If your iPhone isn’t sealed in a fully-waterproofed protective case – and sometimes even when it is – it’s all too easy for an iPhone 5 to sustain water damage.

It’s important to determine if your phone is suffering from water damage, or some other ailment, as Apple’s warranties do not cover moisture damage.

  • Check The Liquid Contact Indicators

Every iPhone comes with a liquid contact indicator, to let Apple repair technicians know when a phone has suffered from moisture damage. The good news is – it’s easy to tell when an iPhone has suffered some sort of water damage. The bad news being – it’s pretty much impossible to pull the wool over Apple’s eyes, if you’re trying to get Apple to repair water damage under warranty.

The exact location of the liquid indicator is different from model to model. On the iPhone 5/5C/5S, the liquid damage indicator on the inside of the nano SIM card reader on the phone’s right side. To see if your phone has sustained water damage, you’ll need a flashlight, to get a good, clear look.

If the liquid damage indicator is red or pink, that indicates the phone has sustained water damage, and likely will need to be repaired. If the indicator is still white, no liquid damage has occurred, and something else is the matter with your iPhone 5.

Some Common Signs Of Water Damage Include:

  • Start-up issues: Difficulty turning on; Restarts immediately after powering up; or just the getting the Apple Logo white screen
  • Hardware malfunction: Speakers stop working; Microphone cutting out; Phone overheating
  • Warning Messages: Such as “This accessory is not made to work with iPhone” or “Charging is not supported with this accessory.”
  • Software Issues: Safari, email and other programs and apps opening and shutting down mysteriously.

Still not sure what’s wrong with your iPhone 5? Come in today and have one of our highly trained sales team help you!

If you’ve already done your troubleshooting, and know you iPhone 5 repairs in Melbourne, we’re some of the best, with over 10 years of experience. Let us help you with your water damage, or other common repairs like iPhone 5 screen repairs.

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A Shortage Of Raw Materials Could Drive Up The Cost Of iPhone 5 Repairs

iPhone 5 repair MelbourneMany iPhone 5 owners have been watching with growing concern, as the cost of iPhone 5/5C/5S LCD assemblies have continued to skyrocket.

This was originally anticipated as being a short-term situation, the shortage of LCD assemblies has continued, causing great concern for those looking for iPhone 5 repairs.

What’s Causing The Shortages?

Factories are having a hard time keeping up with the demand for iPhone 5 LCD assemblies, due to an increasingly difficult time procuring certain raw materials.

Some Raw Materials Found In An iPhone 5 (Some Might Surprise You):

  • Gold
  • Platinum
  • Aluminium
  • Copper
  • Gadolinium
  • Europium
  • Yttrium
  • Lanthanum
  • Dysprosium

In fact, there is 324 times more precious minerals in one ton of iPhone 5’s than in a ton of ore from the Yanacocha Complex, the largest gold deposit in the world in Peru. There’s also 6.5 times as much silver in a ton of iPhone 5’s than a ton of ore from the Cannington Silver Mine.

It might make you wonder if it would be more worthwhile to recycle your iPhone 5, considering its interiors read off like some demented prospector’s fever dream, but we know your iPhone 5 is worth 10 times as much, to you, as it would for a gold digger.

After all, you’ve been through a lot together, and there are certain irreplaceable things on that phone that money just can’t buy. Don’t let the shortage deter you – our repair experts are standing by to help you!

Sources haven’t been forthcoming on which materials they’re running low on, but it’s having a big impact on the price of iPhone 5 repairs in Melbourne, and all over the world.

Should We Abandon Hope?

Not at all! These kind of shortages are actually rather common. Factories run short on raw materials and components in a similar fashion when a new model of iPhone comes out, causing a similar level of panic (and a similar rise in repair costs).

A lot of repair shops take advantage of people in need of iPhone 5 repairs. We would never! We value our customers too much.

We can typically repair an iPhone 5 in 24 hours, or less, even in times of shortage. We’ve had time to compile all the most common parts, for times like those, so if you need an LCD, a new battery, or an iPhone 5 screen repair in Melbourne, we’ve got you covered.

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Give Your iPhone 5 Predator Vision With Flir One!

iPhone 5 repair MelbourneHave you ever wished you could see at night? Through walls, doors, and smoke? Now you can, thanks to this ingenious innovation in thermal imaging from Wilsonville, Or.’s Flir.

Thermal-imaging photography equipment is traditionally very expensive and highly complex, making it available to a very small slice of the photography enthusiasts. This has all changed, with Flir One, a portable and cost-effective accessory for the iPhone 5/iPhone 5s.

Exploring Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging measures objects’ relative heat, showing the difference between hot and cold, even in pitch blackness. There are all manner of applications for this, from the purely aesthetic to the entirely technical.

Thermal Imaging Can Be Useful For:

  • Plumbers looking to unclog pipes. Thermal imaging can reveal the exact point where hot water stops, showing where the pipes are clogged.
  • A stud finder. The Flir One thermal camera can detect where studs start and stop, as wood absorbs heat differently than drywall or plaster.
  • For computer technicians. Cooling is essential for computers to operate at maximum efficiency. Thermal imaging can detect how well your cooling systems are operating, to help you decide if you need to step up your cooling game.
  • Artistic photography. In an age where it seems like we see so much of the same thing, the Flir One is an easy and guaranteed to have your snaps stand out from the rest. Transform your backyard into an alien planet, a fern frond into fine art, and your friends and family into unrecognizable glowing silhouettes.
  • Making a movie about a trophy-hunting alien stalking a platoon of marines through the jungle with your iPhone 5.

Design & Aesthetic:

The Flir One is hardly bigger than a battery case. It measures 5.5 x 2.4 x 0.85 inches, and weighs 3.9 ounces. It comes with two components – the camera itself and a think case for your iPhone 5/5s. The case attaches easily, as does the camera, which effortlessly slides into a circular groove in the back. It’s very sleek and stylish, while retaining all of the high tech functionality of top-end gear.

Flir One can’t be used with the regular iOS camera app. It requires its own Flir One app, which is included for free with the camera, but will take up a bit of space on your iPhone.

Overall Conclusions:

  • Thermal imaging technology tends to be very expensive. A lower-priced admission into the fascinating world of thermal photography is very welcome, indeed.
  • The Flir One is very useful for a variety of practical tasks, from engineers to plumbers to contractors and construction workers.
  • The Flir One will make your photography stand out from the rest!

The Downsides:

  • May still be prohibitively expensive for some.
  • Only available for the iPhone 5/5s.
  • Makes your iPhone slightly longer and heavier.

All in all, Flir One is a very cool accessory for people who are serious about their iPhone photography, and want to explore it for all its worth.

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You’re Running Out Of Time To Have Your iPhone 5 Battery Replaced!

iPhone 5 repair MelbourneWe’re nearing the deadline for Apple’s iPhone 5 battery replacement program, which will terminate in January 2016.

Battery replacement is the second most common iPhone 5 repair – second only to iPhone 5 screen repair. Although every iPhone battery has a limited lifespan, iPhone 5s purchased between September 2012 and January 2013, were particularly prone to battery failure. This caused Apple to announce its iPhone 5 battery replacement program, in 2014.

The offer was only valid for the two years following purchase, however, which would have only extended to the beginning of 2015. Apple graciously extended the offer to January 2016, which is right around the corner.

Apple believes that only a small number of handsets sold during that period were defective, they still extended the program.

How It Works

If you feel that your iPhone 5 may be eligible for the battery replacement program, and you’d like to seek a free battery replacement:

To prepare for iPhone 5 Battery Replacement:

  • Backup your data with iCloud or iTunes.
  • Turn off ‘Find My Phone‘.
  • Erase your data and settings under Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Contents and Settings.

Eligibility may be limited to the country in which the handset was purchased. If you have already paid to have an iPhone 5 battery replaced, you can contact Apple to inquire about a refund.

Not eligible for the Apple iPhone 5 battery replacement program? Missed the deadline? Not to worry, we handle every type of iPhone 5 repair in Melbourne. Repairs can often be completed in 24 hours or less, with original manufacturers parts.

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