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The Unauthorized Guide to iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod® Repair: A DIY Guide to Extending the Life of Your iDevices!

Book Description

DON’T JUNK IT, FIX IT--AND SAVE A FORTUNE!
The only reference & tutorial of its kind--in full color!


Fix your own iPhone, iPad, or iPod with secret repair knowledge Apple doesn’t want you to have! This groundbreaking, full-color book shows you how to resurrect expensive Apple mobile iDevices you thought were dead for good, and save a fortune.

Apple Certified Repair Technician Timothy L. Warner demystifies everything about iDevice repair, presenting simple, step-by-step procedures and hundreds of crisp, detailed, full-color photos.

He’ll walk you through safely taking apart your iDevice, replacing what’s broken, and reliably reassembling it. You’ll learn where to get the tools and exactly how to use them. Warner even reveals sources for broken Apple devices you can fix at low cost--for yourself, or even for resale!

Replace All These iDevice Components:
•  Battery
•  Display
•  SIM card
•  Logic board
•  Dock connector

Take Apart, Fix, and Reassemble:
•  iPod nano (5th & 7th Gen)
•  iPod touch (4th & 5th Gen)
•  iPhone (3GS, 4, 4S, & 5)
•  iPad (iPad 2, iPad 4th Gen, & iPad mini)

Fix Common Software-Related Failures:
•  Emergency data recovery
•  Jailbreaking
•  Carrier unlocking

Do What Apple Never Intended:
•  Resurrect a waterlogged iDevice
•  Prepare an iDevice for resale
•  Install non-Apple Store apps
•  Perform out-of-warranty repairs

All technical content reviewed & approved by iFixit, world leader in iDevice parts, tools, and repair tutorials!

Table of Contents

  1. About This eBook
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents at a Glance
  5. Table of Contents
  6. About the Author
  7. Dedication
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. We Want to Hear from You!
  10. Reader Services
  11. Introduction
    1. What’s in This Book
    2. Who Can Use This Book
    3. How to Use This Book
    4. Warning and Disclaimer
    5. There’s More Online...
    6. Do It Your Way
  12. 1. Why Do It Yourself?
    1. The Benefits of DIY iDevice Repair
    2. iDevices—A Roster
    3. Limiting Our Scope
    4. Apple Warranties and You
    5. Finding Old, “Broken” iDevices
  13. 2. The Tools of the Trade
    1. What Does It Take to Become an iDevice Technician?
    2. Obtaining iDevice Technician Tools
    3. ESD Safety Equipment
    4. Screwdrivers
    5. Spudger
    6. Plastic Opening Tool(s)
    7. Heat Gun/Hair Dryer
    8. Magnetizer/Demagnetizer
    9. Pick-up Tools
    10. Work Lamp with Magnifying Glass
    11. Magnetic Project Mat
    12. Industry Certification
    13. Certification Options
  14. 3. Protecting Your iDevice User Data and Settings
    1. What Exactly Do You Need to Back Up?
    2. Backing Up an iDevice by Using iTunes 11
    3. Backing Up an iDevice by Using iCloud
    4. Backing Up an iDevice Manually
    5. Restoring an iDevice by Using iTunes 11
    6. Restoring an iDevice by Using iCloud
    7. Jailbreaking and Unlocking iDevices
  15. 4. iDevice Repair Best Practices
    1. Checking iDevice Warranty Coverage
    2. What Are Order Numbers?
    3. Deciphering iOS Speak
    4. How Do Warranty Repair Orders Work?
    5. Creating an ESD-Safe Workspace
    6. Documenting and Securing Your iDevice Components
  16. 5. iPhone 3GS Disassembly and Reassembly
    1. iPhone 3GS External Anatomy
    2. Disassembly Procedure
    3. Reassembly Notes
    4. A Few Words About iOS 6
  17. 6. iPhone 4S Disassembly and Reassembly
    1. External Anatomy
    2. Required Tools
    3. Disassembly Procedure
    4. Reassembly Notes
  18. 7. iPhone 5 Disassembly and Reassembly
    1. External Anatomy
    2. Required Tools
    3. Disassembly Procedure
    4. Reassembly Notes
    5. On Material Costs and Profit Margins
  19. 8. iPad 2nd Generation Disassembly and Reassembly
    1. External Anatomy
    2. Required Tools
    3. Disassembly Procedure
    4. Reassembly Notes
    5. What Exactly Is a Retina Display?
  20. 9. iPad 3rd and 4th Generation Disassembly and Reassembly
    1. External Anatomy
    2. Required Tools
    3. Disassembly Procedure
    4. Reassembly Notes
    5. Why Do Front and Rear Cameras Have Different Resolutions?
  21. 10. iPad mini Disassembly and Reassembly
    1. External Anatomy
    2. Required Tools
    3. Disassembly Procedure
    4. Reassembly Notes
    5. What Are Benchmarks?
  22. 11. iPod touch 4th Generation Disassembly and Reassembly
    1. External Anatomy
    2. Required Tools
    3. Disassembly Procedure
    4. Reassembly Notes
    5. Is the iPod touch a “Watered Down” iPhone?
  23. 12. iPod nano 5th and 7th Generation Disassembly and Reassembly
    1. External Anatomy
    2. Required Tools
    3. Disassembly Procedure
    4. iPod nano 5th Generation Reassembly Notes
    5. iPod nano 7th Generation Quick-Disassembly
    6. About the Mysterious Pixo OS
  24. 13. Sourcing iDevice Replacement Parts
    1. What Is OEM, and Why Do I Care?
    2. Where Can I Find OEM iDevice Parts?
    3. Grim Realities
  25. 14. Addressing Water Damage
    1. The Problem of Water Damage
    2. Warranty Ramifications of Water Damage
    3. Liquid Contact Indicators (LCIs) and You
    4. How to Address a Waterlogged iDevice: Non-Invasive Approach
    5. How to Address a Waterlogged iDevice: Invasive Approach
    6. How to Limit the Possibility of Water Damage
  26. 15. Replacing the Front Display and/or Rear Case
    1. Anatomy of the iDevice Front Display
    2. Repair Options and DIY Strategies
    3. How to Minimize Damage to the Display/Rear Case
  27. 16. Replacing the Battery
    1. What You Need to Know about Lithium-Ion Batteries
    2. Performing Battery Replacements
  28. 17. Replacing the Logic Board and/or Dock Connector
    1. About the Logic Board
    2. iDevice Connectors
    3. Repair Advice
    4. Tips and Tricks for Logic Board Replacements
  29. 18. Recovering Data from Your Broken iDevice
    1. Protecting Your Data by Using Apple Services
    2. Retrieving User Data from a “Dead” iDevice
    3. Retrieving User Data from a Live iDevice
    4. Passcode Security
    5. Encrypted Backups, Anyone?
  30. 19. Before You Sell, Donate, or Recycle Your iDevice
    1. Is Deleted Stuff Actually Deleted?
    2. Preparing Your iDevice for Transfer—Local Method
    3. Preparing Your iDevice for Transfer–Remote Method
    4. Corporate Solutions
    5. Disposal and Associated Environmental Concerns
  31. Index