Despite the fact that Samsung’s new flagships -- the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus -- will not hit store shelves everywhere until this Friday (March 16th), apparently the South Korean tech giant is already rolling out the first ever software update for the devices.
According to Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman (a Democrat from Stockton), she is looking to propose legislation in the state of California that would require electronic device and gadget makers to have all repair related information, diagnostic machines, and service parts available to independent repair service providers, and even to the owners of consumer devices themselves.
iPhone owners now have more reason to take good care of their devices. The prices for screen repair services of Apple’s smartphones have risen by twenty bucks. Apparently, the tech giant has chosen to introduce the changes in pricing quietly, but iOS mobile users have since taken to Reddit some time during the weekend to sound the alarm for fellow iPhone owners.
Every mobile user out there is familiar with this particular problem -- the cracked display. And considering that the iPhone is one of the most popular smartphones in the world, cracked displays happen often to owners of Apple’s handset. But most people do not realize that cracked iPhone screens can be repaired by a machine called the Horizon Machine.
This technology, however, is proprietary. This means that because Apple has sole ownership of the machines, it has every right to use it only for its purposes. Thus, Horizon Machines are only likely to be found in Apple retail stores across the globe, and in a very limited number of third party repair centers
Here is some interesting bit of news for customers of Verizon Wireless who do not have mobile phone insurance yet -- the biggest mobile operator in America has announced an open enrollment period for all of its existing subscribers to its Total Mobile Protection plans, which have now been updated to include same day repair for damaged display screens.
For several months now, some owners of iPhone 6 Plus devices and independent repair technicians have been complaining about “touch disease” whose symptoms include a flickering gray bar that displays across the top section of an iPhone 6 Plus’ display and inconsistent responsiveness on the touch screen. These symptoms are said to get worse, eventually rendering the affected unit basically useless.
AT&T is planning to debut a repair service for its subscribers, specifically those mobile users in possession of insured handsets that have sustained cracked display screens. The repair service will start to go live on November 15th of this year, and will be made available to subscribers under the wireless carrier’s Mobile Insurance, Mobile Protection Pack, Mobile Protection Pack for Business, and Multi-Device Protection Pack programs. It bears noting that for those with plans to avail of this service, an $89 deductible will be applied, and users who are able to file a claim during the morning may be qualified to get same day repair services.
With all the noise that the recent unveiling of the newest iPhone models has generated, it is pretty understandable that a lot of iOS mobile users missed the fact that Apple has introduced several changes to its AppleCare+ repair program. For instance, for the longest time, the tech giant has always charged its consumers $99 for repair services of Apple devices belonging to the current generation, and then $79 for repair services of devices of the previous generation.
Yup, you read that headline right. Dish, the satellite TV provider, has just launched a new service that offers to fix Apple iPhone devices, and the really cool thing about this is that those availing of the service will never need to get out of their homes. Granted, this latest move from a company primarily known for satellite TV services is a bit odd, but why not, right?
Is Apple working on launching a new mobile app that would help iOS users get their iPhones, iPads, and other Apple devices repaired faster with less hassle? It appears so, as reported by uSwitch Tech.
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