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  • Copyright 2013
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 304
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-337251-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-337251-9

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!

Sample Content

Table of Contents

 Introduction     1
Chapter 1  Why Do It Yourself?     5
The Benefits of DIY iDevice Repair     5
   Saving Money     6
   Preparing to Become an Apple Tech     7
   Earning Extra Money     9
iDevices—A Roster     10
   iPod     10
   iPod touch     13
   iPhone     13
   iPad     15
Limiting Our Scope     17
Apple Warranties and You     18
   Apple Hardware Warranty     18
   AppleCare+     19
Finding Old, “Broken” iDevices     21
   Pawn or Secondhand Shops     21
   eBay or Craigslist     22
   Amazon.com     23
   Yard Sales or Flea Markets     24
   Friends, Family, and Colleagues     24
   Bulletin Boards     24

Chapter 2  The Tools of the Trade     25
What Does It Take to Become an iDevice Technician?     25
   Character Traits     26
   Technical Ability     27
Obtaining iDevice Technician Tools     28
   Sources for iDevice Tech Tools     28
ESD Safety Equipment     29
Screwdrivers     31
Spudger     31
Plastic Opening Tool(s)     32
Heat Gun/Hair Dryer     32
Magnetizer/Demagnetizer     34
Pick-up Tools     34
Work Lamp with Magnifying Glass     34
Magnetic Project Mat     35
Industry Certification     36
   Increased Professional Credibility     36
   Gaining a Leg Up in the Job Market     36
   Meeting Apple’s Certification Requirements     37
   Attaining Deeper Access to Apple Tech Resources     37
   Increased Confidence     38
Certification Options     38
   Apple Certified Macintosh Technician (ACMT)     38
   iCracked iTech     39
   OnForce Consultant     40
   Apple Consultants Network (ACN)     40

Chapter 3  Protecting Your iDevice User Data and Settings     43
What Exactly Do You Need to Back Up?     43
Backing Up an iDevice by Using iTunes 11     44
Where Are the Backup Files Stored?     46
Backing Up an iDevice by Using iCloud     48
Backing Up an iDevice Manually     50
Restoring an iDevice by Using iTunes 11     50
Restoring an iDevice by Using iCloud     51
Jailbreaking and Unlocking iDevices     52
   What Is Jailbreaking?     52
   What Is Unlocking?     56

Chapter 4  iDevice Repair Best Practices     59
Checking iDevice Warranty Coverage     59
   Verifying iDevice Version Info     62
What Are Order Numbers?     64
Deciphering iOS Speak     65
How Do Warranty Repair Orders Work?     66
Creating an ESD-Safe Workspace     67
   Wear Appropriate Clothing and Protect Your Workspace     67
   Handle IC Components Appropriately     68
   Condition the Air in Your Workspace     68
Documenting and Securing Your iDevice Components     69

Chapter 5  iPhone 3GS Disassembly and Reassembly     71
iPhone 3GS External Anatomy     73
Disassembly Procedure     75
Reassembly Notes     85
A Few Words About iOS 6     85

Chapter 6  iPhone 4S Disassembly and Reassembly     87
External Anatomy     88
Required Tools     90
Disassembly Procedure     90
Reassembly Notes     107

Chapter 7  iPhone 5 Disassembly and Reassembly     109
External Anatomy     110
Required Tools     113
Disassembly Procedure     113
Reassembly Notes     126
On Material Costs and Profit Margins     127

Chapter 8  iPad 2nd Generation Disassembly and Reassembly     129
External Anatomy     130
Required Tools     133
Disassembly Procedure     133
Reassembly Notes     143
What Exactly Is a Retina Display?     143

Chapter 9  iPad 3rd and 4th Generation Disassembly and Reassembly     145
External Anatomy     146
Required Tools     148
Disassembly Procedure     148
Reassembly Notes     157
Why Do Front and Rear Cameras Have Different Resolutions?     157

Chapter 10  iPad mini Disassembly and Reassembly     159
External Anatomy     160
Required Tools     162
Disassembly Procedure     162
Reassembly Notes     174
What Are Benchmarks?     174

Chapter 11  iPod touch 4th Generation Disassembly and Reassembly     177
External Anatomy     178
Required Tools     180
Disassembly Procedure     180
Reassembly Notes     191
Is the iPod touch a “Watered Down” iPhone?     192

Chapter 12  iPod nano 5th and 7th Generation Disassembly and Reassembly     193
External Anatomy     194
Required Tools     198
Disassembly Procedure     198
iPod nano 5th Generation Reassembly Notes     208
iPod nano 7th Generation Quick-Disassembly     208
About the Mysterious Pixo OS     210

Chapter 13  Sourcing iDevice Replacement Parts     211
What Is OEM, and Why Do I Care?     211
Where Can I Find OEM iDevice Parts?     213
   No Guarantees     213
   Study Buyer Reviews     214
   Trust Your Gut     214
   But Where Do I Start My Search?     214
Grim Realities     215

Chapter 14  Addressing Water Damage     217
The Problem of Water Damage     217
Warranty Ramifications of Water Damage     218
Liquid Contact Indicators (LCIs) and You     218
How to Address a Waterlogged iDevice: Non-Invasive Approach     219
   The Rice Method     220
   Dedicated Drying Tools     220
How to Address a Waterlogged iDevice: Invasive Approach     221
How to Limit the Possibility of Water Damage     222
Purchase a Specialty Case     222
Limit Exposure to Steam     223
Use a Low-Tech Plastic Baggie     223

Chapter 15  Replacing the Front Display and/or Rear Case     225
Anatomy of the iDevice Front Display     226
Repair Options and DIY Strategies     227
   Visit the Apple Store     228
   Hire a Third Party to Replace the Display     228
   Do It Yourself     229
How to Minimize Damage to the Display/Rear Case     232

Chapter 16  Replacing the Battery     233
What You Need to Know about Lithium-Ion Batteries     234
   What Is the “Memory Effect”?     235
   Understanding iDevice Battery Specifications     236
   Best Practices for iDevice Battery Use     237
   Exploding Batteries     238
   Maximizing Battery Life     239
Performing Battery Replacements     240

Chapter 17  Replacing the Logic Board and/or Dock Connector     243
About the Logic Board     243
iDevice Connectors     245
Repair Advice     249
Tips and Tricks for Logic Board Replacements     251
   iPhone 5     251
   iPad 3rd and 4th Generation     252
   iPad mini     252
   iPod touch 5th Generation     252

Chapter 18  Recovering Data from Your Broken iDevice     255
Protecting Your Data by Using Apple Services     255
   iCloud     256
   iTunes Match     256
Retrieving User Data from a “Dead” iDevice     256
Retrieving User Data from a Live iDevice     257
   Music     257
   Photos     259
   The Rest of Your Stuff     260
Passcode Security     262
Encrypted Backups, Anyone?     266

Chapter 19  Before You Sell, Donate, or Recycle Your iDevice     267
Is Deleted Stuff Actually Deleted?     268
   Encryption, Your iDevice, and You     268
Preparing Your iDevice for Transfer—Local Method     270
Preparing Your iDevice for Transfer–Remote Method     272
Corporate Solutions     273
Disposal and Associated Environmental Concerns     274

Index     277


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