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Each chapter walks you through a different aspect of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) iDevice repair, from character traits of the ideal iDevice tech to where to get the best deals on iDevice hardware:
“Why Do It Yourself?” presents all the reasons why you might want to consider taking screwdriver in hand and performing DIY work on your iDevices.
“The Tools of the Trade,” is all about understanding what is required of you, from character traits to specific hardware tools, to become an effective iDevice technician.
“Protecting Your iDevice User Data and Settings,” is where you learn how to ensure that you don’t lose any of your precious documents or settings when you perform work on iDevice hardware.
“iDevice Repair Best Practices,” connects you to the larger computer technician community and makes you fully aware of the tips and tricks professionals use to guarantee a safe work environment.
“iPhone 3GS Disassembly and Reassembly,” is a great place to begin your iDevice disassembly practice because 3GS hardware is inexpensive and the phones are relatively easy to take apart.
“iPhone 4S Disassembly and Reassembly,” shows you how easy and (dare I say it) enjoyable it is to work on iPhones; they represent the best Apple iDevices to repair, bar none.
“iPhone 5 Disassembly and Reassembly,” continues the iPhone DIY love; you’ll be pleased to note that with respect to the iPhone, Apple actually made this model of the device easier for us repair techs to disassemble and perform parts replacements.
“iPad 2nd Generation Disassembly and Reassembly,” presents a full walkthrough on the iPad 2. You’ll be unpleasantly surprised to learn how difficult it is to gain entry to these beasts.
“iPad 3rd and 4th Generation Disassembly and Reassembly,” doesn’t have a lot more good news in the screen removal department (iPads are notorious for DIYers in this regard). However, after you have the display off, performing repairs and parts
replacements on iPads is largely a breeze.
“iPad mini Disassembly and Reassembly,” presents how to disassemble and reassemble Apple’s smallest iPad model. The good news is that the iPad interior is intelligently designed. The bad news is that the display is difficult to remove and parts are permanently soldered to the logic board.
“iPod touch 4th Generation Disassembly and Reassembly,” provides proof that Apple doesn’t want anybody (including its Apple Store employees) opening any iPod touch device.
“iPod nano 5th and 7th Generation Disassembly and Reassembly,” takes on the nearly insurmountable task of disassembling an iPod nano without doing more damage in the process. Again, Apple considers all iPods to be disposable devices; I do my best to teach you how to prove Apple wrong.
“Sourcing iDevice Replacement Parts,” submits strategies for separating the wheat from the chaff, as it were, in terms of finding iDevice replacement parts that actually work. You would be surprised (or not) at the quality variance that exists in the
“Addressing Water Damage,” gives practical tips and tricks for resurrecting an iDevice that has taken a bath against your will. The information in this chapter can save you quite a bit of money at the Apple Store!
“Replacing the Front Display and/or Rear Case,” shows you how to perform what is by far the most common iDevice repair—replacing the display assembly and/or the rear case.
“Replacing the Battery,” demonstrates that batteries do indeed have a limited lifetime and it is relatively straightforward, depending upon the model, to replace the battery in your iDevice.
“Replacing the Logic Board and/or Dock Connector,” teaches you about the logic board, which constitutes the “brains” of any iDevice, and gives you techniques for performing this most fundamental of parts swap-outs.
“Recovering Data from Your Broken iDevice,” presents clear instructions for retrieving otherwise lost data from crashed, crushed, or otherwise hopelessly damaged iDevices.
“Before You Sell, Donate, or Recycle Your iDevice,” outlines lots of ways to protect your privacy when you decide to pass your iDevice along to another person. That’s a lot of stuff! Then again, there’s a lot you can do with your iDevices. It is my goal as
your instructor to make you fully aware of what’s possible with your new, secondhand, or seemingly “broken” iPods, iPhones, and iPads.
Also Do What Apple Never Intended:
• Resurrect a waterlogged iDevice
• Prepare an iDevice for resale
• Install non-Apple Store apps
• Perform out-of-warranty repairs
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