Better keep it safe: Apple HomePod repair costs $279

If you’ve decided to buy the Apple HomePod – Apple’s take on smart speakers – you better keep it safe. Apple has announced its out-of-warranty repair fees for the HomePod, and they’re everything but low.

If you live in the US, you will have to give Apple $279 if you want your HomePod to live a second life. That’s in case the smart speaker is severely damaged and the damage is not due to a manufacturing problem, which the one year warranty covers. To give you a brief comparison, a new HomePod will cost you $349, meaning that the repair fee is around 80% of the retail price.

To …


Apple offers free repair to fix a serious issue on a "small percentage" of iPhone 7 units

Apple is now offering free repairs to those with an iPhone 7 suffering from a pretty serious glitch. A component failure found on a “small percentage” of units is making it appear as though the device is not connected to a cellular network when in truth, it really is. Apple said that those units suffering from this problem were sold from September 2016 to February 2018 (that is this month, by the way) in the U.S., China, Hong Kong, Japan and Macau.

Those who already paid for a repair to fix this matter will be reimbursed by the company. This happens to be the fourth component replacement …

Apple offers free repair to fix a serious issue on a small number of iPhone 7 units

Apple is now offering free repairs to those with an iPhone 7 suffering from a pretty serious glitch. A component failure found on a very small number of units is making it appear as though the device is not connected to a cellular network when in truth, it really is. Apple said that those units suffering from this problem were sold from September 2016 to February 2018 (that is this month, by the way) in the U.S., China, Hong Kong, Japan and Macau.

Those who already paid for a repair to fix this matter will be reimbursed by the company. This happens to be the fourth component replacement …

The next Essential phone should be easier to repair than the PH-1


While Andy Rubin, the founder and CEO of Essential Products,
is currently on leave of absence, the company doesn’t seem to be affected by
this – which is great news for folks looking forward to finding out what’s next
for Essential.

 

Not long after launching its very first smartphone – dubbed
PH-1, or Essential Phone – the company is already planning its moves related to
future handsets. More exactly, in a recent Reddit AMA (ask me anything) session,
Essential confirmed a “next generation phone”, though it gave little
details about it. In fact, the only thing that Essential shared about …

How much will an iPhone X screen repair cost? Apple now has the answer


If you intend to buy an iPhone X (now that it’s
available to pre-order), perhaps you should first know that repairing its 5.8-inch Super Retina screen will be a pricey affair. Of course, the new smartphone itself is expensive,
being offered for $999 (64 GB) or $1,149 (256 GB), so we’re not surprised to
find out that repairing it will be anything but cheap. 

 

According to Apple, a single iPhone X screen repair costs $279,
while repairs for “other damage” will cost users a whopping $549. To be clear, these
are prices for screen and overall damages that are not covered by Apple’s
standard …

iPhone 8 doesn't scratch and bend easily, and isn't too hard to repair


Available to buy starting today (alongside the larger iPhone
8 Plus), Apple’s iPhone 8 looks a lot like the iPhone 7, but it’s upgraded in
many ways. Design-wise, the new iPhone ditches the all-metal unibody
construction of the iPhone 7 in favor of a metal + glass construction (Apple
says this is “the most durable glass ever in a smartphone”). Thanks
to this new design, the iPhone 8 has glass on the front and back, while its
main chassis is made out of aerospace-grade 7000 Series aluminum. 

 

But is the iPhone 8 as durable as the iPhone 7? Well,
reliable phone tester JerryRigEverything …

The Essential Phone is unreasonably difficult to repair, close to impossible

When Andy Rubin announced its start-up will launch an Android smartphone called Essential Phone, many have been reluctant that the device will find its place among the flagships launched by more experience and tradition in the industry.

After a couple of missed deadlines, it became clear that the Essential Phone was not ready for prime time. Now that the smartphone is shipping to those who placed pre-orders, people are probably wondering whether or not to purchase it.

At first glance, the Essential Phone looks like an unusual device, but not necessarily in a bad way. But how easy …

Apple rumored to unofficially repair or replace Hurricane damaged iPhone and iPad units

So let’s say that thanks to Hurricane Harvey your Apple iPhone or Apple iPad sustained serious water damage that basically destroyed one or both devices. Despite the IP67 certification rating on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple has made it clear that water damage is not covered by its warranty. So under normal circumstances, the flooding in Texas would normally lead to water logged iPhone units that would not be replaced by Apple, even if they are supposed to withstand a submersion to 3.3-feet for as long as 30-minutes.

But that doesn’t mean that Apple isn’t going out of its way to …

Samsung Australia reveals "Screen Assure" free Galaxy Note 8 screen repair; launch date August 25th?

So far, there has been some question about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s model number. For the most part, we have seen SM-N950 used to designate the unlocked version of the phablet. And while it really isn’t a major deal in the scheme of things, an inadvertent leak by Samsung Australia indicates that the model number of Sammy’s next high-end handset is actually SM-N940. That is the model number listed on the Samsung Australia website, which published information about a free screen repair for Note 8 users who break the display.

The “Screen Assure” promotion is being offered by Samsung Australia …

10.5" iPad Pro teardown: beautiful on the inside, but hard to repair

The new 10.5″ iPad Pro brings some welcome improvement and excitement to the tablet space.
As sales of tablets and iPads keep on dwindling, the 10.5″ iPad Pro delivers a brand new 120Hz display that makes scrolling smoother than ever, delivers a big boost in performance and improves core experiences with the Apple Pencil. 
It will all come together with the arrival of iOS 11, a software update that brings features like the dock and improves multitasking on the iPad in a big way, making it much more productive …