All You Need to Know About the iPhone 8

All You Need to Know About the iPhone 8

iPhone 8 Model

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In less than a month, Apple is expected to unveil their groundbreaking flagship carrier in celebration of the iPhone’s 10-year anniversary. The upcoming iPhone 8 is expected to be a game changing device with a number of innovative features – something that every Apple fan has been waiting a long time for.

Investment bank Morgan Stanley described the that the device will have some of “the most meaningful features and technology upgrades in iPhone history.” Aside from being the 10-year anniversary iPhone, Apple needs a competitive handset that can help them boost their revenues after a disappointing 2016. Based on Nikkei Asian’s review of the iPhone 7 sales, the poor performing device forced the company to cut back its production by 10%.

Samsung also gave Apple a run for its money with the arrival of their future-thinking smartphone earlier this year. In a dedicated Galaxy S8 page by O2, the 4.6-star rated handset features some of the top mobile technologies including wireless charging, ‘infinity’ display, Bluetooth 5.0, propriety AI software Bixby with machine learning, iris biometric security sensor and more. These are the same features that consumers hope to see on the iPhone 8.

Despite Apple’s attempt to manage any leaked information, analysts have unearthed some of the iPhone 8’s important features. Read on below as we reveal the top leaked information about the iPhone 8.

Edge-to-edge display

iPhone 8 Front

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Leaked images of an iPhone with an all new design elements have been circulating online. One of its noteworthy features is its edge-to-edge display, similar to the Galaxy S8’s infinity screen. Apple analyst KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo remarked that Apple is probably working on having an additional virtual function area to replace the physical Home button. He also discussed screen resolution specs – 521 PPI pixel density, 2436×1125 resolution, 5.15 inch usable screen space, 21:9 ratio, and 3x retina scaling.

Face ID

While Samsung has invested in upgrading their devices with iris sensors, Apple is working on including facial recognition security for their iPhone 8. Cowen’s Apple analyst Timothy Arcuri said that facial and gesture recognition could be some of the features that are included in Apple’s next flagship carrier, with it gaining a new front-facing sensor to enable the scanner. In a 9to5mac report about the Face ID technology, an analyst explained that the new biometric sensor on the iPhone will be “supported by a new laser sensor and an infrared sensor mounted near the front-facing camera” while the Touch ID will be embedded in the display.

Wireless charging

Wireless charging is one of the interesting features that is expected to be available with the upcoming iPhone 8. Based on the leaked images online, the iPhone 8 will have internal wireless charging components. However, Apple expert John Gruber said the feature could be sold as an optional extra. While the device is capable of charging wirelessly, users will have to purchase the additional wireless charging pad accessory in order for the feature to work. Previously, Apple filed patents for charging smartphones using Wi-Fi, but it appears that they will opt for inductive technologies rather than the signal method for their next handset.

Waterproofing

Apple iPhone 8
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Another feature rumored to appear on the iPhone 8 is the waterproofing capability. But, unlike the other rugged devices on the market, CultofMac said it will have a higher waterproof rating. The next iPhone is set to boast a IP68 rating protection. This will enable the handset to withstand dust, dirt, and sand as well as be resistant to submersion of up to a maximum depth of 1.5m underwater for 30 minutes. Currently, only the Galaxy S7 smartphone comes with an IP68 rating and Apple is allegedly planning to try and catch up this year with a handset that can be submerged just as deep.

Traditionally, Apple unveils its new phones in September, so experts foresee the iPhone 8 to be launched sometime around September 6th. Although it will be announced alongside the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, there have been reports that the long-awaited smartphone will not arrive on the market until October or November. Japanese Apple-tracking site Macotakara reported on the potential delay stating that Apple has planned to release the device sometime during its fiscal first quarter (October-December).

 

Exclusively written for RepairSharks
by JenOnTechnology

Gaming Console Repair Should be Left to the Professionals

Gaming Console Repair Should be Left to the Professionals

Gaming console repair can be a difficult task. For an avid gamer, there’s probably nothing worse than being in the middle of a good game and having your system crash! Luckily there are pros on hand who can perform all kinds of repairs, on all types of consoles.

Gaming Console Repair

Gaming Console Varieties

We’ve come a long way from the old-school Ataris, and today’s premier eighth-generation gaming systems include Microsoft’s Xbox One, the Sony PlayStation (PS4), and the one-of-a-kind Nintendo Wii U.

The Xbox One is manufactured by Microsoft, with an added emphasis on cloud computing and the inclusion of various services and entertainment applications, in addition to games. Users can enjoy television programing, multitasking apps with split screens, and even second-screen functionality for multiple uses or optimal gaming. The optional Knelt sensor uses voice recognition and motion tracking as controlling options, in addition to the more traditional button controller.

The Nintendo PS4 was created by Sony, and emphasizes social interaction as well as the integration of other services and devices. The PS4 supports remote play on off-console mobile devices, and features a unique controller that includes an integrated touchpad.

Nintendo’s Wii U includes an integrated touchscreen, which can be used in conjunction with a main screen (replacing the need for split screen in multiplayer games) or in place of the television screen entirely.  Wii was the first gaming console to support the use of controlling devices that used body motion with the Wii remote, and it offers additional controllers like the nunchuk (a hand-held, corded controller that works in tandem with the main one), the Wii wheel (a steering wheel accessory), the Zapper (a gun-shaped controller), and the balance board (which players stand on, registering motion and balance shifts).

When Gaming Goes Wrong

Each of these systems offers fabulous entertainment options, but those all go down the tube when the system malfunctions.

Here are a few common problems that might require gaming console repair:

  • Bad disk drives. The disk drive on your gaming console is the element that reads and plays your game or movie disks. With their moving parts and delicate technology, they are subject to periodic failure and may need to be replaced. The good news is that the disk drive doesn’t hold any of your data or formatting, so you shouldn’t be at risk for losing your programming.
  • Hard drive failure. The hard drive drive on a gaming console is sort of like the “brain” of the game system, and malfunctions in disk drives are not easily repaired at home. If you’ve tested with additional controllers or screens and still find the system won’t work, it’s time to take your console in to an expert for repair. Techs will do what they can to save your data (and recover it if needed) while repairing or replacing your hard drive. You can make this easier by keeping regular backups yourself as a preventive measure against the day when you might experience a hard drive failure.
  • The “blue light of death”. Specific to the Nintendo PlayStation 4, the infamous “blue light of death” is a generalized error code, meaning it can be hard to figure out exactly what has gone wrong. The problem might be anything from an issue with the power supply to a problem with the hard drive, and you might need an experienced tech to sort it out for you.
  • Software issues. If your game freezes while you play, or if you find yourself facing an odd error message, your first move should be to reboot your console. Check your cables and make sure the console has not gotten overheated with use. If you keep experiencing freezing, you may want a tech to take a look and see if you’re experiencing software issues.

If you happen to run into any type of issue the Repair Sharks can help you out with your gaming console repair. We service a wide variety of problems for just about any console available on the market including Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, One, PS3, and PS4. Feel free to contact us or give us a call if you need a hand. Mail-in and drop-off services available for all consoles.

 

iPhone Resale – How to Prep Your iPhone for sale

How to Prep Your iPhone for Resale

iPhone Resale

iPhone resale and preparing your iPhone for trade in or sale to third party can be done quickly and easily with our guide. Whether you’re anticipating the fall release of the newest iPhone or just upgrading from your current model, you can often benefit by trading in your old iPhone when you pick up the new one.  If you’re choosing to trade in or sell your Apple phone, though, you want to be sure to thoroughly wipe its contents before you put it in someone else’s hands!

Security Issues

Prior to preparing to sell your iPhone we should look at securing your most valuable information. Most of us use our smart phones for everything.  We participate in social media, send business email, check our online accounts, move money with virtual banking and PayPal, interact with our doctors’ offices, order prescriptions, renew our drivers’ licenses or gun permits, change mailing addresses, check credit reports, map travel routes, make payments, shop online… The list is practically endless, and we’re so accustomed to the conveniences that we don’t think twice about the security issues inherent in our reliance on a cell-phone-as-computer.

Take a quick look at that list, add your own smart phone activities, and take a second to imagine the destructive potential of having that phone (with all of its accounts, contacts, and history) in someone else’s hands.

Right now you’re probably not worried because you’ve set up a fingerprint ID and/or lock screen pass code, and maybe you’ve even set up the “find my iPhone” app to be able to wipe it remotely if you should lose it. But when it comes to resale, you’re talking about unlocking the phone and handing it to someone else, so you want to be darn sure you’ve wiped everything!

Backing Up Your Data

Prior to iphone resale you will want to secure your data. Assuming you don’t want to re-enter absolutely everything into your new phone, you’ll want to start by backing up your existing data before wiping your current phone clean. Fortunately, backing up the phone is easy, thanks to iCloud.

From your Settings menu, simply select “iCloud,” make sure the iCloud Backup is turned on, and then tap “Back up Now” while connected to a wi-fi network.  Ta-da! That was easy.

If you’d like to be extra sure of your backup, connect your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes.  On the computer, highlight your phone, opt for “Backups,” select “This Computer,” and then click on “Back Up Now.”

 Wiping Your Phone

Now that you’ve backed up all your content, information, and settings for your own use, you’re ready to return your phone to its original condition prior to iphone resale.

  1. Disconnect Your Devices. If you have paired any devices, like an Apple Watch, with your iPhone, start by unpairing those devices.
  2. Sign Yourself Out. First, go to “iCloud” in your Settings and tap either “Sign Out” or “Delete Account,” depending on what model you are clearing. Second, go to the iTunes & App Store, select “Apple ID” and sign yourself out there.
  3. Erase Settings and Content. This is another easy step. Go to “General” in your settings and select “Erase All Content and Settings,” then tap the “Erase iPhone” button that will pop up, and enter your password.
  4. Wipe your Fingerprints and Apple Pay. If you’re on an iPhone 6 or higher, the previous step will take care of this too. For an older phone, go from Settings to “Touch ID & Passcode” to erase your fingerprint sign-in, and go to “Passbook & Apple Pay” (if you’re using iOS 8) or “Wallet & Apple Pay” (if you’re on iOS 9) to erase your credit card information. You should also go to Safari, select “AutoFill” and erase any credit cards stored there.

iphone resale

Once you’ve followed these steps, your phone will be ready to return to the store for resale! Repair Sharks can help prepare you for iphone resale of your current model. We also buy out of contract phones so feel free to give us or stop in our shop for a purchase quote. Typically third party phone buyers will offer more than carriers and Apple on trade-in so be sure to check around before trading in or selling your phone back to your carrier!

 

MacBook Repair Services: The Break-Down on Breakdowns

MacBook Repair Services: The Break-Down on Breakdowns

Macbook repair service can vary from model to model. For an Apple user, a Mac malfunction can easily reach the level of crisis in a hurry!  Fortunately, Apple products have many commercialized caretakers (okay, technicians) who can provide MacBook repair services and address all kinds of damage and malfunctions.

Macbook Repair

Before You Take Your Mac to the Shop

Always, always, always back up your data!  That’s definitely the number one rule before you take your Mac to its doc!

Depending on what’s going on with your notebook, the techs may need to reformat your hard drive as part of the process of repair.  If you haven’t backed up your data and systems before handing it over, that reformat would essentially wipe out everything you’ve ever saved or formatted or finished and stored on your computer.

The specific procedure for backup may vary depending on which operating system you’re using, so you’ll want to look up the directions relevant to your set-up. The Time Machine function will back up absolutely everything on your computer—even including documents, movies, music, and photos—and then transfer to an external storage disk which you can keep safe while your notebook ventures out to the repair shop. The external storage can be a second hard drive (connected to a Thunderbolt, FireWire, or USB port on your laptop) or even a network server.

You probably also want to check that your contacts, calendars, photos, documents, and other apps have been uploaded to iCloud for backup storage.

Many repair shops will offer data backup as a part of their services, but you’ll have to pay them to do so. It’s entirely up to you.

Repairs You Might Need

Truth be told, there are all kinds of things that can go wrong with our precious computers, and it can be a challenge to interpret the “tech-speak” when the good folks at the repair shop try to explain it to you.

So here’s a quick run-down on some of the possible breakdowns:

  • Hard Drive Replacement. Whether something has gone wrong with your current hard drive or you’re simply looking for an upgrade, hard drive replacement is essentially a matter of switching out your computer’s “brain” for a new one. (Have you ever had a day when you wish you could do the same for yourself?) The process is a relatively simple one for the shop, so the main expense comes in the cost of the new hard drive.
  • Virus removal. Do you know someone who hardly ever gets sick, but gets really sick when they do come down with a bug? Macs are kind of like that; they’re famously resistant to virus attacks, but they can really get walloped when one does get through.
  • LCD replacement. LCD is the technology (literally) behind your screen, so if you’re having display problems, you might need LCD replacement.
  • Data recovery. If your data has disappeared and you can’t find it in your own iCloud or Time Machine backups, there’s still a chance that the experts can dig it out.
  • Motherboard repair. If the hard drive is your computer’s “brain,” the motherboard might be considered its central nervous system.
  • Water damage repair. This might be the most common of needed repairs; whether you’ve spilled a cup of coffee across your keyboard or had a bookbag leak in a rainstorm, computers and liquids just don’t mix well! (And unlike a cell phone, it’s not as easy to put your computer in a bag of rice.) Techs will open your MacBook to clean it.

There’s an old nursery rhyme regarding apples and doctors, but when it comes to computer doctors in Long Island, its no problem to find one who won’t be kept away by an Apple a Day!

Whether you have a water damaged Macbook, your LCD cracked or even the outer glass portion on older style macbook pro’s the Repair Sharks can help. We replace and repair a variety of Macbook components such as batteries, screens, motherboards, charging ports, etc. Our Macbook repair services are top-notch.

How to Transfer Data to your New iPhone with iTunes

How to Transfer Data to your New iPhone with iTunes

iPhone Data Transfer

iPhone data transfer can become a headache if you don’t know what you are doing. When you upgrade to a new phone, you don’t want to start all over with downloads and settings and entering information; you want to just move your existing operations from your old phone onto your new phone. Luckily, Apple makes this easy with the backup options provided with the iTunes program.

Saving the Data From Your Old Phone

The iTunes program is not just a “storage container” for all the apps and music you’ve purchased, it’s also a storage option for your entire phone and can help you with your iPhone data transfer!  And it includes much more availability for data than you get with iCloud and its 5B storage limit.  When you back up your phone using iTunes on your computer, you have a safely stored version of everything on your phone, stowed securely in a separate location.

Here’s how you do it. You’ll need your phone, your Mac or PC, and a hardwire connection. (If you want to sync wirelessly, see the separate instructions just below.)

  1. First, make sure the iTunes on your computer is updated to the latest version.
  2. Connect your iPhone and your computer with a cable.
  3. Turn OFF the iCloud capability on your iPhone (because you won’t be able to back up with iTunes while iCloud is enabled). Go to Settings, tap on iCloud, select “Storage & Backup” and make sure the switch is off.
  4. Open iTunes on your computer, and right click (or Control-click) on your iPhone in the list of devices at the left of the pane.
  5. Select “Back Up” from the list of options.

If you want to sync wirelessly to create a backup, rather than using a cable, you can select “General” from your Settings menu, then click “iTunes Wi-Fi Sync,” and pick your device from the list.  For this to work, your phone needs to have iCloud turned off, be connected to Wi-Fi, be plugged in to a source of power, and have the screen locked.

It’s worth noting that things you own that are not stored on your phone will not be backed up, because they’re already being stored elsewhere. So even though it’s not part of the backup process, you’re not losing anything!

An app or movie that you have bought, but don’t actually have installed on your phone, will be saved as part of your iTunes account, but not as part of your backup. However, ALL the stuff that’s actually saved on your phone (contacts, application settings and data, calendars, call history and messages, accounts and account settings, in-app purchases, bookmarks, and so on) will be included in the backup.

Loading your Data onto Your New Phone

When you bring home your new phone, you will essentially be reversing the process you used to save the data off your old phone, transferring it this time from the computer to the phone.

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer by cable.
  2. Open iTunes on your computer, and right click (or Control-click) on your iPhone in the list of devices at the left of the pane.
  3. Click on the tab labeled “Summary,” then select “Restore.” (Alternatively, you might see an option to “Restore From Back Up.”)
  4. Wait for the loading! You’ll see a progress bar on the iTunes on your computer, as well as a “Restore in Progress” notice on the screen of your iPhone. When the progress bar has finished and the phone has entirely restarted, it’s safe to disconnect your iPhone.

iphone data transfer

It’s as easy as that! You’ll be able to pick up using your new phone as if it were the same phone, simply metamorphosed into the upgraded version. This process can also work for migrating data from one iPad to another.

If you need help with a iPhone data transfer, backup, restore, or migrating data to a new phone Repair Sharks offer’s these services to all of our customers. Feel free to give us a call or email us with any questions.