Month: September 2012

How much electricity does your iPhone use?

Anyone who’s ever air conditioned their home for a summer knows that electricity can get pricey, but it’s hard to cut back on your energy use when there are so many cool gadgets out there. Fortunately, according to a new study, your iPhone 5 isn’t what’s breaking the bank: The device only costs 41 cents…

iBreak Stories: The swollen battery

Here at iResQ, we’ve seen just about every kind of broken Apple product – or so we think, until new types of accidents and odd occurrences crop up and surprise us. It’s always interesting to see new examples of how stuff breaks. One customer from Wilmington, North Carolina, recently sent in a 32GB iPhone 3GS,…

School iPad programs come with increased repair costs

Schools are enjoying the educational benefits of putting iPads in the hands of students – so much so that analysts have noted the devices are replacing traditional PC sales to schools. The only problem? Kids sometimes break the iPads, costing schools money and saddling administrators with extra duties. A recent USA Today article reported on…

Future Apple technologies could include in-screen speakers and flexible displays for iPads and iPhones

Apple is constantly developing great ideas, many of which it stakes out with patents long before they ever see the light of day. However, those patents provide a window into the changes we could expect for devices like the iPhone and iPad down the line. A recent patent application noticed by Unwired View provides some…

One easy trick to clean up your desktop

You may have noticed that somehow, despite all your best intentions to stay organized, your desktop keeps filling up with clutter (if not, good for you!). Not only does having all these files on your desktop make them hard to sort, but they can slow down your Mac’s processing speeds. MacWorld columnist Christopher Breen recently…

NYPD launches Apple-specific crime protection campaign

All those Apple products sure are great to own – and thieves agree. A recent announcement from the New York Police Department noted that Apple product thefts from January 1 to September 23, 2012, had increased by 40 percent over the same period the year before, for a total of 11,447 incidents. In response, the…

Back-to-school Macbook protection

From careless roommates to late-night coffee spills, the dangers facing MacBook users in the academic world are many. Fortunately, there are plenty of products on hand to help keep your laptop safe. A recent MacWorld roundup listed several types of different MacBook cases, including ultrathin snap-on plastic cases from iGlaze, decals to protect from scratches…

Many iPhone users care about their phone more than their wallet

If you’ve ever gotten paranoid about losing your iPhone – you know, the expensive device with your entire life stored on it – you’re not alone. Recent surveys have found that many iPhone users are attached to their devices: In one poll of customers waiting in line to buy the iPhone 5 in New York,…

Keeping the iPad in the lobby safe

The days of six-month-old golf magazines in waiting rooms may be coming to an end as businesses get on board with using iPads in their lobbies. Using an iPad in the lobby can offer visitors reading material and games while they wait, in addition to serving useful functions such as providing a way to fill…

Tragic stories of broken iPhones

As the number of iOS users since Apple first launched the iPhone has reached the hundreds of millions, the tales of tragedy are nearly endless, and, with the number of iPhone repairs we’ve done at iResQ, we’ve seen just about the full range of problems. Nonetheless, we still can enjoy a good broken iPhone story,…