Apple quietly began repairing iPhones with third-party batteries

If employees find a third-party display or battery in a customer’s iPhone, but don’t see an issue with them, they’ll still work on the phone.

Apple stops supporting iPhone 5 for repairs, will begin vintage scheme

Apple is maintaining a category of vintage devices that may become eligible again for repairs under a new program that may be launched soon.

Apple offers free repairs in Japan after devestating floods

Hundreds are dead in the aftermath of massive flooding in the country’s west. Apple is offering repairs of its products for free.

Silicone caps protecting Butterfly keyboard in latest MacBook Pro models

The updated MacBook Pro does have a slightly different keyboard design. It keeps the Butterfly switches, but adds a little protection from dust.

Nylon case not guaranteed to protect OnePlus 6 from all drops

One father learned the hard way that even with a case on his new, expensive OnePlus phone, a daughter will find a way to break something.

Apple repairing MacBook “Butterfly” keyboards for free

MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards featuring the Butterfly switch design are well-known for failure after even a speck of dust slips in below the crevice…

iPhone X camera glass cracking, people wonder why

The cover glass on the camera system should be made of sapphire and, thus, shouldn’t crack easily — not from keys or coins or even drops.

OnePlus 6 teardown has surprises including some water proofing and a weird alert slider

The alert slider connects to a piston that connects to a soldered button attached to the motherboard. Well, this is already interesting.

Apple retroactively subsidizing iPhone battery replacements

Those who got the battery replaced on their iPhone 6 or newer device at an Apple-sanctioned facility anytime within 2017 are eligible to get $50 back.

Heat stress believed to be cause of iPhone 6s battery explosion at repair shop

If your iPhone’s getting hot and bothered, it may be causing the battery inside to bloat, allowing the screen to crack more easily. Get that battery replaced.

FTC asks six ‘major’ mobile, gaming and auto companies to revise their warranty policies

It’s against the law to void an automobile, gaming system or mobile phone’s warranty for use of third-party components or “unauthorized” repairs, which Nintendo, Sony, Hyundai and three other “major” companies seem to be ignoring.

Third-party iPhone displays stop working with iOS 11.3

Customers are asking for refunds from local shops who are trying to make do with third-party components and no support from Apple.

Samsung joins forces with uBreakiFix for same-day US repairs of select Galaxy phones

If you own a relatively new high-end Samsung smartphone in need of a quick repair, more than 300 uBreakiFix locations across the US are now certified for same-day official support.

ShatterShield peeling off edges of Moto Z2 Force, customers being charged for repair

Those who couldn’t or didn’t want to argue down the price were supposedly charged anywhere from $50 to $150 for the replacement of a part that used to be user-replaceable for $40.

In some repairs, 16GB iPhone 5c will be substituted with 32GB units

The iPhone 5c is coming up on five years old and it still will get treated by Apple if it is warranted. The thing is, will you get your device replaced?

With iPhone battery replacement program, Apple may give rebates to those who paid full price

That’s according to a Senate committee chairman. That committee has released a letter from Apple that answers some of its questions about the program.

No service? No problem! Apple will repair your iPhone 7 free of charge

If your iPhone 7 purchased in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao or the US is showing “No Service” in the status bar when it shouldn’t, you’re probably eligible for a gratis repair.

Lacking iPhone 6 Plus repair stock, iPhone 6s Plus units may be given out

A directive to retail employees and third-party servicers indicates that as resources are extremely tight for iPhone 6 Plus customers that they could get a surprise upgrade.

Google stretches Pixel 2 warranty to two years standard

Though if you paid the $100+ to get Preferred Care, you may want to get a refund. Some may want to keep it because deductibles are better.

iPhone X AppleCare+ is $199, screen repairs without it are $279

And if you break something else on the iPhone X and need that fixed, be prepared to empty your wallet and weep. Consider your options wisely.

At least seven iPhone 8 units have split apart

Two reports came out of Japan and Taiwan. One more then got out from Taiwan. Then came Canada, China, Greece and Hong Kong. What’s up with the iPhone 8?

Houston-area uBreakiFix stores performing free Pixel repairs through September 30

More people are running their lives on their smartphones after Hurricane Harvey. If your Pixel got damaged in the process, there’s help to be had.

iPhone warranty eligibility guidelines leaked

Apple’s warranty eligibility rules cover the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone 7. The leaked guideline is only just a guideline, though.

Original Apple Watch warranty support stretches to three years

But it covers one specific issue regarding the back of the device coming off. You might need to inquire upper management about a free repair.

First OnePlus 5 teardown looks like a DIY enthusiast’s worst nightmare

Despite lacking a repairability score, this comprehensive OnePlus 5 teardown is far from encouraging for occasional smartphone handymen.