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Have questions about microsoldering, board repair, or independent repair advocacy?

I am going to do an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit tonight 9pm-12am Eastern.
I usually don't have the bandwidth to personally reply to most of the questions that I get through the website, email or online---so this is your chance to ask anything!

I'm on Reddit as Jessa_iPad Rehab


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The Epidemic of iPhone 6/6+ Touch IC Failure Explained

The long-term consequences of Bendgate.  Apple continues to Pull the Wool over the Consumer's Eyes


The Apple genius is not surprised when you hand him your 13 month old unresponsive iPhone 6+ with flickering grey bar at the top of the display.   The guy next to you in line is there with the ex…

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Bad Apple. The Intentional Bricking of Working iPhones with Error 53


I am thrilled to see widespread attention finally coming to the Error 53 plague.   Since I made my "Error 53, Let's Talk" YouTube video, I get anxious requests from stunned users for help solving error 53 every single day.   For most people, there is no solution.  Their previously working pho…

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Take a Look at the 5 and 10, glistening once again....

iPad Rehab is all about repair--bringing new life to old things.   We are packing our microscopes and heading over to a vacant storefront on Main St in our own local village.  We are bursting with new ideas to rejuvenate this historic location into a bona fide "Fixer Space" where we will do reta…

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Curriculum overview for Practical Board Repair School--August 2015

Just wrapping up another great week at Practical Board Repair School with Jessa Jones and Louis Rossmann.
This week we had students from all over the US, Bermuda, Barbados, Canada, and even Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

As usual we had a lot of fun, lots of hilarious slogan suggestions for new course…

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Dear iPhone, Who's Your Daddy?

Suit jackets are hot in May.  I tossed mine over the back of a chair.  We were grabbing a quick lunch in the Capitol building.  It was the middle of a whirlwind day of meetings with our NY state legislators.  I sat next to Gay Gordon-Byrne, the executive director of the digital right to r…

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Legos. Truly Legos.

I might have to fix a water-damaged keyboard in the morning if I keep crying on it like this.
For those of you who follow me (ibjessa) on Instagram, our new YouTube channel, and the iPad Rehab Facebook page you've watched these last few days as I've finally mastered bga repair. (Those square bl…

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The Ultimate iPad Mini Repair Post

Come Learn the Secrets of the Finicky Mini

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Bring up the iPad mini in a conversation with the repair community and you will hear a roar of “Oh, I HATE the mini”   This device is a booby tr…

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Practical Troubleshooting for Sustainable Repair


So this thing isn't turning on...

 You're holding an iPhone in your hand and pressing on the power button to no effect, what is your next step?

Step one--Is this No Power? Or just No Display? 

At first glance, what seems like a no power problem--the phone shows nothing on the screen--could …

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Another Letter from Graddy

Honestly, I never thought I would become one of "those" people.  

You know, teenager-style, staring into a phone while walking through the park.  Immersed in some online world and oblivious to the natural beauty shaped by billions of years of evolution around them.

But I am.  I  *so* am.   I c…

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Long Live Board Repair

Wow. Just wow.
I took a little break for a few hours this afternoon to go skiing for MLK holiday with my son and some friends. As I skidded to a stop at the lift and stared at the phone in my hand, I realized this was a new low---I had taken a work-related phone call and been talking on the phone …

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In support of Scott Kern

This is completely unrelated to cell phone repair, but sometimes you just have to speak up.
Many of you know that in my former life, I worked in the field of cancer research.  I studied with an amazingly unique mentor, Scott E. Kern, MD.
I haven't kept up with the latest adventures in the Kern lab, s…

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iPhone 6 Long Screw Damage = No Backlight. Case Report.

iPhone 6:
LCD connector area bottom right screw.


iPhone 6: Long screw damage at same screw.  This is from a phone with no backlight after screen replacement  

By now many of you have heard of several iconic problems in repair:

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Backlight 101. It's Never the Coil.

Not even the rice myth is as rampant as the little lie that is posted on repair forums around the world on every single day.

"I can't see anything on the screen, but I know the phone is on, help!"

--"It's probably the coil"  

--"Yeah, bro.  Replace the coil."  

A bunch of likes, upvoting, a…

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Yes. We are still repairing iPhone 5 pry damage

I get asked every day if we are still repairing what has become a classic defect:  No Power/Lock/Sleep Button + No Home Button Function after Battery Replacement in the iPhone 5.  

Yes.  We are still seeing quite a bit of pry damage as the leaves fall here in late 2014 in upstate New York.  We …

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Reflow. Raise the Bar for Water Damage Repair.




This is typical iPhone 5 corrosion at LCD connector. This phone will not show a backlight.  The corrosion was very focal--just here at the backlight, digitizer and front camera connector


Better, but not good enough.  The frank corrosion is g…

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When you're making a mess of things, don't mess around.

Go big or go home

The first day of school is a tough day for many  moms.  When the firstborn or worse--the lastborn-- climbs the big steps and disappears into the innards of the yellow bus we bite our cheeks while waving madly and hope that the tears can hold off until the bus is around the bend.…

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Closing for vacation!

We will be CLOSED for vacation from July 28th until Aug 11th.  

Cut off date = Repairs that are received by MONDAY July 21st will be repaired before vacation.

I was going to post a picture of a chicken neck dangling from a crab line and ask if anyone knew what  it was, …

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Don't get screwed. Size does matter.

"So, how much do you think a brand new iPad mini 2 retina version would cost?"  wondered Wesley, as he faced the worst case scenario of any repair shop---having to buy a customer a new device because of a mistake someone made in the shop.   

He had sent in an iPad mini to us for what he was hopi…

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Water Damage Repair--Best Practices?


It had been unseasonably cold on the camping trip.  The huge heap of s'more stained, campfire-smoke-ridden sweatshirts was stacked on the kitchen counter.   What a drag--this pile should have been a single load of bathing suits, it is June after all.    She plopped the whole of it into the was…

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