Imagine waking up on a Monday morning to find that your MacBook® laptop won’t turn on. All of your work and personal files are saved on your broken computer, and the warranty has just run out. Panic sets in as you begin the decision process of whether to replace or repair your broken laptop. Can you safely say that you know the cost comparison, and do you really know all of your available options?
Replace vs. Repair
Laptop repair rates have gone down to 24%, down from 36% in 2010. Still, each time a device breaks, the costly and emotional decision of repair versus replace must be made. The answer lies in the repair rates. If you’re spending 50% of the cost of a new Mac® computer or iOS® device on your repair, then you might as well replace your product with a pre-owned model. Experimac Katy offers affordable pre-owned Apple® products if you decide replacement is your route. On the other hand, if you lean more towards seeking repairs, it is critical to do a price comparison between Apple Inc. repair costs and repair costs at Experimac Katy. In a 2013 online annual questionnaire, including 29,281 subscribers, Consumer Reports Magazine informs, “People who used independent repair shops were more satisfied with the repairs than those who used factory service”. Experimac will have your repair completed within hours of bringing in your device or by the next day. All things considered, we urge you to bring your broken Mac computer and iOS device, especially for those repairs that are out of warranty, to Experimac Katy.
Apple Inc. vs. Experimac Repair Costs
If you have ever been on Apple Inc.’s repair pricing page, you have seen the outrageous repair costs. Apple Inc.’s out of warranty costs are even higher. If you scroll to the bottom of their pricing page, you will see a disclaimer stating, “Your replacement iPod® device might be new, used, or refurbished. If your original iPod device was damaged as a result of an accident or abuse, service might not be available“. If your Mac computer or iOS device just broke, the last thing you need is to break the bank or be turned away. And don’t forget how quickly we can get the repairs done in comparison to shipping your device away for days at a time. Experimac Katy offers affordable repair rates, even for out of warranty repairs. We are a growing store selling pre-owned Apple products and we are committed to providing exceptional customer service and a 90-day warranty on all repairs.
If you own an Apple® iPhone device, chances are you’ve snapped a photo that didn’t come out so well. Offset skin tones, poor white balance and low contrast are all culprits of photo corruption on even the newest iPhone models. With exciting rumors buzzing about the iPhone 7® device, said to come fully equipped with dual cameras and a larger battery, it may be time to learn some tips and tricks on how to maintain and repair broken iPhone device’s camera.
Quick Fixes For iPhone 6® Device Camera Failures
The iPhone 6 device and iPhone 6 Plus® device models have one of the best cameras on the market. However, when camera malfunctions occur like no flash or trouble focusing, it is important to act fast and make sure your device is repaired in a timely manner. If your iPhone device’s camera stops working, you have the option to try and fix it yourself, or to seek out a local iPhone device repair shop like Experimac Katy. If you are comfortable with do-it-yourself guides, try some of the following fixes for these common camera problems:
- Skewed skin tones Fix: use the auto enhance tool, or control the exposure compensation, using a third party camera app
- Purple pictures Fix: recompose the shot with neutral tones, or download a camera app that can create a custom white balance setting
- Low contrast Fix: use the auto enhance tool, or control the contrast levels, using the advanced edit settings
These software-related issues and more can also occur on other phone models, so it’s beneficial for all iPhone device owners to educate themselves.
Experimac Katy iPhone Device Camera Repairs
If these quick fixes do not solve the issues with your iPhone device’s camera and its images, then you may need to come in so we can thoroughly examine your device and make a recommendation for you. If your iPhone device’s camera stops working altogether, come in to one of our locations. Experimac Katy offers affordable phone repairs, upgrades and replacements. With same day service, we can often fix your device while you wait. Experimac has a 90-day warranty on all repairs and stocks only the highest quality parts. Being proactive can make all the difference in getting a quick repair versus having to replace your iPhone device.
Have you ever experienced the Home button on your iPhone device or iPad tablet not working? Processing delays and lags can cause unresponsive behavior, leading to several unsuccessful attempts to return to the Home screen. If you’re trying to get a quick glance at a map or switch over to read a text message and your controls are not registering input, properly, it might be time to recalibrate your device. Our expert technicians here at Experimac Katy are eager to help you solve this problem.
Hardware Repair or Software Workaround
The extent of the problem may require hardware repairs from a local repair shop like Experimac of Katy. Trying to repair the hardware yourself can be tricky, and can sometimes complicate the situation further.
An interesting software workaround is based on an iOS® software feature that steps in to help when hardware buttons stop working. The switch to activate the AssistiveTouch® feature is located in your settings.
(General -> Accessibility -> Interaction -> AssistiveTouch)
Recalibrating Your iPhone Device or iPad Tablet
If you’re a do-it-yourself kind of person, follow these simple steps below to resolve an unresponsive Home button issue.
- Launch any iOS app that comes pre-installed on your device (i.e. weather).
- Press and hold down the Power button on the top right of your device until the “slide to power off” message appears on the screen.
- Releasing the power button, press and hold the Home button until the “slide to power off” message disappears from the screen.
Process complete! The Home button should be functioning normally now.
Oscillating between whether or not to fix this problem or locate a local Apple® technician? There’s a better option! Experimac Katy is here for those who prefer a little assistance and an expert’s touch. Bringing in your iPhone device or iPad tablet today can make all the difference in getting a quick repair at an affordable repair cost versus having to replace your device, entirely.
Do you know one of the most common reasons a computer might be running slower than expected? Bad RAM or not enough RAM.
RAM (Random Access Memory) is a hardware device that allows information to be stored and retrieved on a computer. Unlike a CD or hard drive, RAM is accessed randomly instead of sequentially allowing the computer to access data fast. Most computer users will notice that their computer is in need of additional RAM when their computer is booting up.
As you boot your computer up, data is sent to the memory to process instructions which can be passed along to software that you access after booting up. Each program that you open (including the browser used to access this web page) is loaded into memory while it is running. Often times, individuals will confuse the term memory with disk space. Disk storage space refers to the hardware in your computer that is capable of storing data either permanently or temporarily.
Most Apple® computers are shipped with 4 to 16 GB of RAM. The lower end of that number might be too low for your personal uses. For example, users that intend to run several programs at once such as video editing software, games, and other similar programs, would require more than just 4 GB of RAM.
If your computer has been running slow, booting programs at a snail’s pace, or taking a long time to open documents – you probably need additional RAM. The trained technicians at Experimac Katy can run a diagnostic test on your Mac computer to locate any failures that your machine may have encountered. By running this diagnostic, Experimac’s team can determine what the issue is and if it is RAM, make suggestions on what amount may meet your needs.
Unfortunately, once a computer reaches a certain age, the Apple store will no longer service it, making it impossible to upgrade the computer. Experimac Katy is proud to offer RAM upgrades to all Mac computer users.
Bring your slow moving Apple computer into Experimac Katy today! We look forward to bringing your Mac computer back to life with new RAM.
If you’re a Mac computer user and just bought a new MacBook Pro® laptop or another model, you may be wondering how to get all of your data from your old computer to the new one. It seems complicated, and the risk exists that you may lose files by overlooking instructions. Still, it is an essential task to copy all documents, apps, user accounts, and settings over to your new computer or laptop so that you ensure you’ll have full access to your work.
How to Migrate Your Data
Dealing with data migration on your own can be difficult, and this is why companies like Experimac of Katy have a team of experts on-hand to fulfill your data migration needs. Supplied with the newest hardware on the market, Experimac technicians provide same-day service, migrating data to your new computer so you don’t have to.
Read on if you are a do-it-yourself tech whiz, or a tech whiz in training. You can follow these steps for migrating data, if you’re ready to take the plunge on your own:
- Full device inspection – analyze the laptop or computer’s software, settings and power.
- Name your device – go into settings and name your computer, using something effective and personalized so you can recognize the device as your own.
- Install updates – be sure to check your app store and download any pending app updates, including third-party software updates, too!
- Connect devices – do this either by using the Time Machine® backup feature, a normal Ethernet cable or link the computers to the same Ethernet or Wi-Fi Network.
- Apple Migration Assistant® feature – use this feature to complete the transfer of your files from the old device to the current computer.
- Log in to your new account – check to verify your files have transferred successfully.
Although the Apple Migration Assistant feature was designed to walk Mac owners through migrating their data themselves, consumers who prefer assistance with this should contact Experimac Katy to assist with affordable data migration. A thorough, in-store assessment can be done before migrating your data so that we can devise a plan to have your new computer or laptop up and running with full access to your old files in no time.
One of the most common culprits of damage to your iPad device is something we all use on a daily basis: water. It may splash innocently on your tablet as it rests on a table in your kitchen or submerge it completely as it falls out of your bag into the pool while on your weekend getaway.
You may have heard that the common antidote to water damage is to place your device in a container of rice to supposedly dry it out. However, this technique is not effective, especially if the water has seeped deep into your device. What’s worse, waiting for the rice to magically dry out your iPad device can unfortunately lead to corrosion or even worse damage. The best response to tablet damaged by water is to get it to a repair shop like Experimac Katy as soon as possible. Doing so can mean the difference between repairing your iPad device, or having to get a new one.
At Experimac Katy, we specialize in repairing Apple® products so you can feel confident that we are experts at repairing iPad devices. By bringing in your iPad product immediately after it has been damaged by water, you will receive a quick and thorough examination of your device to assess how deep the damage is and prevent it from further damage. The device will be opened and carefully dried to assess whether or not corrosion has begun. If so, components may need to be cleaned or replaced.
Our Apple experts will fix your tablet in a respectable time frame, sometimes even within the same day or hour that you bring it in. We also offer a 90-day guarantee on all repairs so you can count on us even after you leave the store. Our guarantee works like this: if something breaks, we will repair or replace the defective part at no cost to you. Can you ask for more?
Water damage to your iPad device is a frustrating situation, but one that can be resolved if you act fast. So toss aside that bag of rice and contact our Apple experts at Experimac Katy if your tablet is in need of repair from water damage.