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How To Protect Your Phone From Water Damage

We live in London, it’s almost inevitable that at one point or another you’ll end up with a water damaged iPhone or Android. As a repair company we care a lot about the devices you use every waking minute. Our phones are personal. We FaceTime our best friends and family, schedule important reminders to our calendars for work, even find live updates for public transport. That being said, it’s in your best interest to know how to protect your phone from water damage. Listed below are some helpful tips we found to help you keep your phone dry.

Avoiding Phone Water Damage

Use a Waterproof Case

It’s winter. Let’s face it, in the UK it’s almost always rain season. Investing in a good waterproof case now could save you money in the long run. Some of our favourites are:

Pelican Marine Case

Pelican Waterproof Case Water Damage

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Catalyst Waterproof Case

Catalyst Waterproof Case Water Damage

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LifeProof Waterproof Case

LifeProof Waterproof Case Water Damage

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Use Headphones

An easy way for your phone to avoid getting wet on your daily commute is to simply keep it in your pocket or bag. Use a set of headphone if you need to speak with someone urgently, or pop into the nearest cafe to use citymapper. Wired headphones, even bluetooth headsets will have better water resistance than your phone.

 

Use a Zip Pouch

Another way to protect your phone from water damage is to secure it in a zip pouch. You can find Vansky waterproof pouches on Amazon for a reasonable price that will fit most phones. They are a best seller and are fully submersible up to 30m, perfect for any activity involving water.

What to Do if Water Still Gets Into Your Phone

All of these options can certainly reduce your risk of water damage, but nothing is a one-hundred percent guarantee. If your phone manages to still get wet you can use the good old, tried-and-tested dry-out method by following these steps:

*Remember if your phone is fully submersed in water and unprotected, don’t turn it on.

If it is still on:

  1. Switch off the phone.
  2. Wipe down the phone with an absorbent cloth or tissue.
  3. Remove the SIM card, memory card and battery from the phone. (iPhones simply need to remove their SIM card.)
  4. Bury it in a bag full of uncooked rice.
  5. Let it sit in the rice for 72 hours before switching it on.

We hope this helps to keep your phone dry and connected to the world around you. Accidents happen, and water damage isn’t something that is covered under warrantee. Make sure you’re careful when it’s raining, and more importantly around water. 

Looking to Get Your Device Fixed Quickly?

Remember to keep us in mind next time your phone or tablet is damaged. 

At Repairly, we collect, repair and return your device in an average of 2 hours and 06 minutes. All you have to do is enter your postcode and book. You don’t even have to leave your home.

Check us out here.

Not only do you get your phone collected and delivered for free, Repairly offers a 12-month warranty. Often, it works out cheaper than getting your phone fixed with Apple directly.

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[Infographic] iPhone 8 Rumours

Hints about the iPhone 8 are rolling in thick and fast. Not long after the iPhone 7 was released there was plenty of hype around the new model because it will be the 10th anniversary of the iPhone.

Many expect it to be radically different than previous editions. There are lots of reports coming in of new features and different designs. We’ve collected the most talked about leaks and speculation.

Take a look at the infographic below. If you’d like to use it, feel free but make sure to credit Repairly. For original files, please email richard@repairly.co.uk

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  1. No iPhone 7s. It’s the 10th anniversary of the iPhone so it’s thought that Apple will skip the 7s model in order to time the iPhone 8 with their milestone year.
  2. All-Glass Design. Remember the iPhone 4? Apple is said to be returning to an iPhone with glass on both the back and front.
  3. No Bezel. Apple are thought to be creating an edge-to-edge display.
  4. Home Button In The Screen. Having an edge-to-edge screen means that the home button will be in the screen.
  5. In-Display Fingerprint Scanning. Apple has patented a technology for an in-display fingerprint sensor.
  6. Wireless Charging. A Barclays analyst recently speculated that Apple will add wireless charging to the next iPhone model.
  7. Goodbye LCD, Hello OLED Display. The Korea Herald reported that Samsung has managed to win a contract to manufacture 100 million 5.5-inch OLED panels for Apple.
  8. September 2017 Release Date. September would be in line with previous release dates, but with their 10th anniversary, will they mix things up?
  9. 3D Camera – Korea Economic Daily reported a tip that LG will supply Apple with 3D cameras, allowing iPhone owners to recognise real world objects and use augmented reality technology.
  10. Faster A11 Processor. This new chip is said to be smaller, faster and more energy efficient.

Sources: see infographic.

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How to fix iPhone 7 muffled speakers (water damage)

Apple officially announced that the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models are splash and water resistant. With a rating of IP67, the two phones can survive being submerged in water for 30 minutes up to a depth of 1 meter. Why is it then, that people are experiencing iPhone 7 muffled speakers?

We have had people getting in contact with us, here at Repairly, about their iPhone 7 having muffled speakers. It turns out lots of people think that putting their iPhone 7 is a great party trick!

Apple’s Recommendations

The big caveat here is that Apple does not cover liquid damage under the warranty. Recommendations from Apple of activities to avoid include :

  • Swimming or bathing with the phone
  • Exposing it to high-velocity water such as when showering, surfing jet, etc
  • Exposing it to steam
  • Intentionally submerging the phone in the water

Now, it’s impossible to avoid liquid encounters completely and we get it, it happens. While your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus should normally be able to breeze through minor incidents and splashes, recently a Reddit user reported using the device to listen to music in the shower and found that the sound was getting muffled. This is probably due to the water getting in through the tiny cavities in the speaker and causing a blockage.

With the Apple Watch Series 2, Apple included a nifty way to make use of the speakers to push out the water and clear up the speakers. It’s baffling why they have decided against including a similar mechanism in the new iPhones.

How To Fix Your iPhone 7 Muffled Speakers

Nevertheless, there is a super handy app called Sonic that can mimic that function of the Apple Watch by emitting a sine wave at a frequency which ejects the water droplets from the speakers.
iphone 7 muffled speakers

Steps:
1. Download the Sonic app from the App Store
2. Set the tone to anywhere between 160-170 Hz and click play. 165 Hz has been reported to be most effective, however, feel free to experiment and see what works best
3. Take a piece of cloth and wipe off the droplets

Ta-da, that should result in your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus no longer being muffled. We’d be happy to hear if this worked for you, please let us know our experience!

If you’re looking for other iPhone repairs, then we would be happy to help. Take a look here.

 

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Mental Health & Entrepreneurship with Sanctus

 

It was a quiet Sunday evening, and I had just got back from a holiday in Portugal. I was in the middle of trying to change a lightbulb (true progress on the DIY front for me), and I felt the need to tell Rich, my co-founder, about a feeling that had been consuming me for three weeks or so.

I had been filled by a pretty deep sadness. It wasn’t about any one thing in particular, but it made my tasks seem less achievable. Goals seemed further away, my connection to those around me seemed dull and dampened. Very unlike me, I was low on energy.

Rich discussed it with me whilst observing my miserable efforts with the lightbulb. We arrived at the conclusion that a faint imposter syndrome had turned into the start of a feeling that seemed much like depression. Without necessarily trying to solve the problem immediately, the simple act of telling Rich how I actually felt, made a substantial difference for me.

From my experience, mental health is a topic that gets ignored in entrepreneurship.

Whether it’s the stigma that still surrounds it, or if it’s the media glamorises working ourselves to the ground, it seems undeniable that founders aren’t paying enough attention to their own emotions yet.

Entrepreneurship and Identity

It gets scarier when you look at how entrepreneurs define their identities. Typically, as James and I mention here, your identity is inextricably linked to your startup. I.e. Fraser = Repairly, James = Sanctus.

It’s an interesting paradigm. When you’re winning, you’re really winning. It means that you hustle harder: when your sense of worth is derived from your business succeeding, you have a strong imperative to push for growth.

But, you’ll also run into this:

There’s a lot of up and downs on there. The more attached your identity is to your startup’s success, the more your emotions will peak and crash. It’s pretty brutal, in my experience.

This is where techniques to manage your mental health are seriously powerful. They won’t stop your emotions from swinging. But, having your mental health in check will bring emotions to a more stable equilibrium.

In the long term, I believe this will make you a more effective entrepreneur. Your cognition will be less loaded with unhelpful emotions, giving you more optimism, greater clarity of thought, more empathy, more creativity… and the list goes on.

Enter James From Sanctus

To get started on understanding your mental health, check out the clip below. There’s plenty of discussion on the topic, as well as suggestions for getting started with techniques such as meditation and awareness practice.

 

 

 

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7 Best iPad Apps for Entrepreneurs

Installed with the right apps, iPad is one of the most productive tools for any entrepreneur. These apps will help you organise the workload while providing with motivation to ensure seamless operation of your business. Here are some of the top iPad Apps for Entrepreneurs.

#1. MobileDay

In most cases, making meeting and conference calls cause a headache for many entrepreneurs. This can be worse if you are handling over ten people in a teleconference. This app is automatically integrated into the calendar of your iPad and notifies everyone prior to any conference call. With one touch, the app will connect you to all people on a teleconference. Moreover, MobileDay

With one touch, the app will connect you to all people on a teleconference. Moreover, MobileDay allow call scheduling as well as running late notifications. This useful app will help you organize your busy schedule with lots of ease.

#2. Adobe eSign Manager DC

Signing of documents on daily basis is imperative for every entrepreneur. Some of the documents should be signed in person. In this case, this app can allow you to accomplish the task even if you are a business tour. You don’t have to worry about the security of the signed documents because they are encrypted and stored in a secure server. Moreover, the recipient will get authenticity certificate to show that the document was legally signed.

#3. Venmo

Venmo is a handy app when you or your employee is in urgent need of cash. This is the perfect app for sending money to your staff members. This app is part of PayPal thus making it very dependable in terms of security. Therefore, each transaction in encrypted hence making it hard for fraudsters to steal your money. In fact, this is an essential for every entrepreneur.

#4. Calcbot

This is a handy app for converting currency or calculating the bank balance. This app works as a unit converter as well as a calculator. In this case, Calcbot is useful if you are an international entrepreneur. The best thing about this app is that it supports Apple Watch so you don’t necessarily need your iPad to do calculation.

#5. CardKeeper

As an entrepreneur, you will receive a lot of business cards from most of the people you will meet. These business cards will fill your wallets and pockets, making things bulky. Fortunately, CardKeeper scans, digitise, and organise your business cards on your iPad. Moreover, this app allows sending of scanned app to other CardKeeper app users.

#6. Unroll.Me

As an entrepreneur, you will receive marketing emails, promotions, and newsletters. In some cases, it can be daunting task to search for important email from the spam. In this case, this app will keep your email account organized as only shows things that are relevant. Moreover, this app will help you unsubscribe from the emails that are not important.

#7. Mint

Your aim as an entrepreneur is to make profits out your business. In this case, Mint keeps a close watch on the cash flow of your business. Moreover, this app helps you manage your finance as well as making budget.

Conclusion

Being an entrepreneur is challenging task, especially if you don’t have the right tools. With these iPad Apps for Entrepreneurs, your dreams of becoming a successful entrepreneur will come true. It is important to remember that these apps are free of charge.

To learn more about getting your iPad repaired by Repairly, click here!

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[Infographic] Samsung Galaxy Note 7: The Disaster in Numbers

Samsung has been in the spotlight after their flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone started bursting into flames. The company initiated a product recall in September 2016 but as the situation escalated they had to permanently discontinue the Note 7 altogether.

Take a look at our infographic summarising the fiasco below.

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Worldwide Recall
– Over 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 phones were recalled in September 2016 due to the risk of malfunction and fire.
– Samsung was expected to sell 19 million Note 7 phones. According to analysts the company would have been expected to sell around 19 million devices in the product’s lifecycle.

Battery Problems
– 96 Galaxy Note 7 devices were reported with issues.
– 13 people injured. Samsung customers suffered from burns and injuries.
– 47 people faced damaged property. Other Samsung customers faced damaged personal property.
– 2 caught fire during flight. The Note 7 is now banned from so many airlines, they’ve opened stalls in airports for customers to get a refund or trade-in their device before their flight.

Impact on Samsung
– Samsung could lose $17 billion in revenue. Analysts from Credit Suisse predicted Samsung to lose nearly US$17 billion in revenue from the recall and discontinuation.
– After the news Samsung stock slumped 10%…
– Wiping $21bn from its market value.
– 5 – 7 million Samsung users are expected to switch to Apple iPhone. Analysts at KGI believe that the consumer trust has been damaged meaning many Samsung users could switch to alternatives such as the iPhone and Google Pixel.

Sources: See infographic.

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How Do I Know Which iPad Model I Have?

If you need to repair your iPad then you’ll need to know which model it is. We know this can be a little confusing. Apple don’t make it easy. We, at Repairly, have put together this little guide so that you can find out which model you have.

Where Do I Find The iPad Model Number?

To find information about your iPad, you simply flip it over and read the branded information at the bottom centre part of it. However, there’s more to the letters and numbers you see down there.

Read on to find out how to identify the identity of your tablet correctly.

How do I know which iPad Model and Generation I have?

Here is a comprehensive guide to understanding your iPad. You’ll be able to find the generation, model number, version and it’s top features.

The information at the bottom centre comprises of the brand name; iPad and storage information, either 16, 32 or 64 gigabytes (GB). Below that you will see more information about the iPad. The first line begins with “Designed by Apple in California” and at the end you will see the “Model” and a five-character model number beginning with the letter A.

With this model number, use the following information to find out more about your iPad model. Simply head to the ‘table of contents’ at the top of the page and look for the matching ID. Alternatively, press CMD + F on a Mac / CTRL + F on a Windows and enter in the digits on the back of your iPad and it will take you to the appropriate section.

iPad Pro 9.7″ (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

Model Number: A1674

The iPad Pro is Apple’s newest iPad edition, being released in 2016. It comes in two sizes with the 9.7 inch model being the smallest of the range. This version comes with both wifi and cellular capabilities.

It has several colour options including silver, space gray, gold, or rose gold. In terms of the memory options, Apple offer a 32 GB, 128GB and a 256 GB version. This caters for all types of customers, from the weekend browser to the hardcore user.

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Image Source: Apple

iPad Pro 12.9″ (Wi-Fi)

Model Number: A1584

The 12.9 inch iPad Pro is the bigger brother to the 9.7 inch version. This larger version of the Pro generation still comes with Retina display and Touch ID.

Unlike its younger and smaller sibling, this iPad Pro was released in 2015. It also comes with a more limited range of colours silver, space gray, or gold. The model number A1584 is the wifi only version, without cellular capabilities.

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Image Source: VirginMegastore

iPad Pro 12.9″ (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

Model Number: A1652

Completing the iPad Pro range is the 12.9 inch model. This is the version of the 12.9 inch iPad Pro that has cellular feature. You can insert a nano-sim card and use it without being restrained to wifi. It comes with all of the same features as the above model.

Like the other Pro’s it has great four-speaker audio. Highly recommended.

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Image Source: EveryiPad

iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi)

Model Number: A1566

The iPad Air 2 is the most recent version of the Air generation. It was released in 2014 and comes with both a wifi only (number A1566) and a wifi and cellular version (number A1567).

As for colours, the iPad Air 2 comes in silver, space gray, or gold. It also has a range of memory options 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB.

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iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

Model Number: A1567

The iPad Air 2 also comes in a version that has wifi and cellular. It has the same specifications, colours and memory options as it’s non-cellular counterpart.

This generation is one of our favourites, with its sleek and stylish design. Some of the key features on the iPad Air include Touch ID, a 9.7-inch Retina display and a lightning connector.

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Image Source: iPad Wiki

iPad Air (Wi-Fi)

Model Number: A1474

The iPad Air generation was launched in 2013. There were 3 different versions of the first iPad Air, all with a 9.7-inch Retina display.

It was released with memory capacity options of 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB. Unlike some of the more modern iPad models, Apple only offered two colours, silver and space gray.

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iPad Air (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

Model Number: A1475

The iPad Air that has both wifi and cellular capabilities has a model number of A1475.

Image source: Apple

iPad Air (Wi-Fi + Cellular TD-LTE)

Model Number: A1476

The iPad Air that offers Wifi and cellular TD-LTE was released later than the first two versions in early 2014.

This follow-on model was almost identical to the earlier releases but instead offered Cellular TD-LTE.

iPad 4 (Wi-Fi)

Model Number: A1458

The iPad 4 was launched in October 2012. It looks identical to the previous members of the family – the iPad 3 and iPad 2. It was the first iPad to feature the Lightning connector.

Apple offered two colour choices for the iPad 4, white and black.

Image Source: iMore

iPad 4 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

Model Number: A1459

In addition to all the spec bumps the iPad 4 received, the iPad 4 (Wi-Fi + Cellular) received an upgrade to the cellular chipset which gave it capabilities to handle international LTE 4G networking.

Image Source: GSMArena

iPad 4 (Wi-Fi + Cellular MM)

Model Number: A1460

This model is almost entirely identical to the iPad 4 (Wi-Fi + Cellular), except for the addition of a “multimode” to the cellular chipset which gives it the ability to support multiple networks – GSM + CDMA + LTE.

 

iPad 3 (Wi-Fi)

Model Number: A1416

The iPad 3 came out in Early 2012 and was soon discontinued with the launch of the iPad 4, just 7 months after. It was the last iPad to have the 30-pin connector.

It can came in white or black front bezel and in 16,32,64 GB configurations.

Image Source: My Tech Arena

iPad 3 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

Model Number: A1430

This model maintains the same capability as the iPad 3 Wi-Fi but has added functionality to support cellular networks, including 4G.

Image Source: Apple

iPad 3 (Wi-Fi + Cellular VZ)

Model Number: A1403

In this version of the iPad 3, the internal cellular sports different cellular antennas and is meant to work specifically on Verizon and Sprint networks in the US.

iPad 2 (Wi-Fi)

Model Number: A1395

The iPad 2 was launched in 2011 and featured major upgrades over the first iPad and represented a design shift. It came in two bezel colours- black and white.

It also came in 3 memory configurations – 16,32 and 64GB.

Image Source: iMore

iPad 2 (Wi-Fi + 3G GSM)

Model Number: A1396

This is the cellular version of the iPad 2 and this model was built to specifically function on a 3G GSM network, there was no 4G LTE support for this model.

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iPad 2 (Wi-Fi + 3G CDMA)

Model Number: A1397

This model is a variant of A1396, since it features a slightly different cellular chipset which supports 3G CDMA and not 3G GSM.

iPad First Generation (Wi-Fi)

Model Number: A1219

The was the first iPad to come out and it was launched in 2010. It represented a huge disruption in the personal computing market. The model number for this iPad can be seen on the back cover.

This model came only in a black bezel and featured 16,32 and 64GB memory variations.

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iPad First Generation (Wi-Fi + 3G)

Model Number: A1337

This iPad model has added 3G and cellular functionalities in addition to the regular capabilities of A1219.

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iPad Mini 4 (Wi-Fi)

Model Number: A1538

iPad mini 4 was launched in late 2015. It features three colours – silver, space gray, or gold aluminium and two bezel colours – white and black.

It also brings back the 32GB model to the mix of 16,64 and 128GB.

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iPad Mini 4 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

Model Number: A1550

The version of the iPad mini 4 adds cellular functionalities while maintaining the same internals as the A1538 model.

Image Source: Apple

iPad Mini 3 (Wi-Fi)

Model Number: A1599

The iPad mini 3 was launched in late 2014 and came in three colours – silver, space grey, and gold aluminium. Unlike the iPad mini 4, this model comes only in 16,64 and 128GB variants.

This model was also the first to have TouchId on an iPad mini.

Image Source: A Geek Daily

iPad Mini 3 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

Model Number: A1600

The iPad mini 3 A1600 has an added cellular chipset which allows it to handle international 4G LTE networking and leverages other networks with increased antennas.

Image Source: B&H

iPad Mini 2 (Wi-Fi)

Model Number: A1489

The iPad mini 2 was launched in late 2013 and had four storage options – 16,32,64 and 128 GB. Unlike the newer model, this model only provided two colour options – silver and space grey. It also boasted an HD FaceTime camera with an improved iSight camera.

Image Source: Currys

iPad Mini 2 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

Model Number: A1490

This model was launched alongside iPad mini 2 A1489 and had added capabilities to handle international cellular networking.

Image Source: PC World

iPad Mini 2 (Wi-Fi + Cellular TD-LTE)

Model Number: A1491

This version of the iPad was launched in early 2014, in addition to the previous two models – A1489 and A1490. This specific model was launched with additional TD-LTE handling capabilities.

iPad Mini (Wi-Fi)

Model Number: A1432

The first generation of iPad mini came out in late 2012. It provided 3 storage options – 16,32 and 64GB and like its successor, it came in two colour options – silver and space grey. It also started off the lineup by featuring Apple’s Lightning connector.

Image Source: Apple Insider

iPad Mini (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

Model Number: A1454

Just like its cousin, the A1432, this model is nearly identical in every respect, except it has an added cellular chipset with added LTE support.

Image Source: Every Mac

iPad Mini (Wi-Fi + Cellular MM)

Model Number: A1455

This model, just like the A1454 model has support for cellular networks but it also has added support for a broader range of networks which gives it the “MM” in its name, meaning multi-mode.

This can be useful information when trying to work out if an app is compatible with your tablet, or if you’ll be able to run the next version of iOS, among other things.

Keep in mind that the MM version of the fourth-generation iPad and the iPad Mini refers to those with CDMA compatibility.

When looking for more information about your iPad, you can also go to the settings app, then General tab and finally “About”. You will find an alphanumeric string next to it and type this information on to your favourite search engine to know more about your device.

The make and models of iPad’s are constantly changing due to the innovations tech experts are making today. They are now more practical and contain some of the most essential elements that we need in our daily lives, considering the age we live in. This is one of the main reasons why iPad’s manufacturer is always seeking information in regards to what their customers need. Products are now made to certain specifications so as to offer value to users.

Understanding the kind of iPad you have may seem like a simple task, but it’s quite essential. This is the only way, you will make full use of it and its applications.

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