707-409-4621 • john (at) choatecomputers.com (text or email is best)
Hours of Business: No official hours. I do the repairs in my spare time.

2019/10/23

Limiting iphone repairs

I am considering making some extreme limitations upon which iphone models I will work on and which jobs are available. 6/7/8 series iphones will have pretty much all repairs available, but as models get older (such as the 5S, 5C, 6 and 6 Plus), the parts will be available by order only.
I have also decided to not work on "flagship" models (current best models) unless the owner has no other option. If the phone qualifies for warranty or insurance work, I will say to send it to the manufacturer.

8/X/XS/XR series phones rear glass replacement

Concerning rear glass (phones with a glass rear panel).
If rear glass is in need of replacement on iPhone 8 and beyond, I will only order a new rear case with the glass and camera lens already installed. Replacing glass alone on these models is a complete pain in the ass. When chipping off the rear glass, these phones will likely receive cosmetic damage. Money and time will be saved by transferring the phone to a new chassis.

2019/09/30

Refurbished original screens for the iPhone 11 series are becoming available on the repair market. Pricey, but available.
No other parts yet for these phones are available and I do not work on them as of yet.

2019/09/13

X and XR phones can now get lower cost LCD screens

Thanks to availability of LCD screens for the X and XR, I can now get new screens for $75-95 (+tax and labor). X and XR screen repairs can now be much more affordable. New aftermarket OLED screens are also available. Refurbished OLED original (OEM) screens are also available at a premium price point. Brand new OLED OEM screens for the X/XR/XS series phones will not be available.

2019/06/30

Coming soon... Functional* replacement home buttons for iPhone 7/7+/8/8+ phones! Some phones get smashed in the home-button area of the screen, resulting in a physically damaged home button. Previous replacement buttons for the 7 and 8 series phones were for cosmetic function only. Now I can get functional* replacement home buttons, which restores home/return, long-press, slide-up, and double-tap functions to the button. *With exception of secure-id.

Reviews

I had put up my 'reviews' page, where customers could post comments, only to take it down again. Once a review was posted, it was hard to read due to the page theme. The rating system was subscription-based if I wanted advanced features, such as custom themes/colors, etc. I was ok with that, but when their site messed up the new subscription process, I gave up. I will add a ratings page when I get the issues sorted.

2019/05/13

Some mild re-designs to the layout of the website are underway. Things may get weird for a while.

2019/04/29

I am around today, and can work on devices. However, I am in the middle of replacing the starter motor in my car. I will be available later in the day, but will be dedicated to car repair until noon at the least.

2019/04/22

Testing a re-design of the logo. I think I prefer it without the giant C :)
Some re-arranging today. The right-column is now the left column, and the page width has been narrowed to 900 pixels. This should accommodate more mobile devices when displaying this page.