18 May 2019

iPad Memory Storage Upgrade

This is iPad Mini 4. Owner wants to upgrade to 64GB

Don't tell me you have a 16GB iPad you are still using.
If so, then it's really painful that you need to keep deleting things for space.

Regret bought the low storage iPad?
No worry, we offer iPad memory upgrade service.

We can upgrade the storage for any iPad model.

The same iPad Mini 4 upgraded to 64 GB.
iPad Storage upgrades Price List 2019 2nd Quarter:
  • 32GB - RM 200
  • 64GB - RM 300
  • 128 GB - RM 400
  • 256 GB - RM 500


Q: Can I still update the iOS after upgraded the storage memory?
A: Yes. It doesn't have any side effect.
Q: How long it takes?
A: iPads are not like the iPhone, which can be done on the same day. It would require 1 to 2 days. Because open iPad is not just using screwdrivers, It needs some machine to open it.

Q: What about my data?
A: It needs to be format. Means all data will need to be erased and update into the latest iOS.

Q: Why just warranty one month after the upgrade?
A: Because we never know how the user uses their iPad. Not confident in how they take care of their iPad. They can even kill it with the wrong charger also. That's why we will check all function and inspect the whole device first so that we can eliminate potential problem too. Most parents give the iPad to kids.

But don't worry, let just say unfortunately it has a problem later and 1 month is passed. We will still do the repair for you FOC.
By the way, the warranty is cover on the motherboard only. Not the screen, buttons, or camera.

Q: I have another question...
A: No problem, feel free WhatsApp to me and ask. CLICK HERE

28 April 2019

iPhone Unable to Activate Repaired

Since the latest iOS 12 released, I see a lot of iPhone that having this problem.

Unable to Activate
Your iPhone could not be activated because the activation server cannot be reached. Try Connecting your iPhone into iTunes to activate it, or try again in a few minutes.

If this problem persists, contacts Apple Support.
It only happens on iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, and newer model. 

It is definitely a hardware problem if the solutions below you already tried. 

  • Restore again in iTunes
  • USB cable activate with iTunes
  • Another internet or WiFi router
  • Another SIM with available Cellular Data
  • Another day (Might be server down, right?)

All methods tried and still not working? Frustrating huh? 

Are you getting this message in PC?
It actually means some information on your iPhone could not be obtained. That's the real reason, but not details enough.

No worry! It can be repaired. Logic board problem for sure.

Because Apple added new rules into their activation server again.

"All encypted communication chipset must be verified."
Also means if one of it failed, then it won't let you activate. 

I remember last time iOS 11, they added new rules in server to check WiFi and Bluetooth address match with Serial Number of the device. So that any modification on those would be banned and not allow to activate. Each device is using a unique address for the network component. I also believe it's a license issue too.

Back to the topic, to fix this issue. I need to open up and inspect the logicboard's network chipsets. One of its malfunction would cause this problem. Repair it then problem gone.

Easy for me, but not every technician is qualified to do so. If you're interested to learn how and why, please take our full course of Advanced iPhone Logic-Board Repair. 

iPhone unable to activate repaired
Problem solved!

Photo might be fake, huh? How about a video instead?


15 April 2019

iPhone X upgrade memory storage 64 GB to 256 GB

Nowadays an iPhone with 64GB is not enough. Especially iPhone X.

But we don't have cheaper memory storage for iPhone X.
There are only two options available for X.
RM600 for 256GB
RM750 for 512GB.

Upgraded into 256GB
If you want to know the other iPhone model upgrade price list.
Click this link for more info

02 March 2019

Damaged iPhone Data Recovery - iPhone 6 Plus Bent

 Heavy damaged iPhone 6 Plus sent in our shop...
The owner kept it many years until now found a true specialist to recover the data.

When the logic board bent like this, I'm sure the iPhone won't able to turn on.

In condition bent like that, most technician would tell you that the motherboard is spoiled. 
They are right.
The board might be spoiled. But the memory chip not broken, right?

As long I see the three important IC is not broken then I can still save the memory data... or even fully repaired it. 

Let's me explain some details.

In the current era, all iPhone IC chipset (integrated circuit) are using BGA (Ball grid array).
They are bound on the board with solder balls.

Not this type anymore. So that your iPhone can be designed smaller.

The photo above is a macro shot at beside of a BGA IC that bound on the motherboard. Those are solder balls joint.

So in closer look... those IC failures because of crack.
So now you understand why I said it still can be repaired.
As long as I see a few "important" IC are not broken yet.

How to check?
I need to inspect those parts by microscope and let you know the chance of success repaired.

Your processor is also known as CPU. Without it, your data is unable to decrypt.
 Do you know there is news that the FBI is also unable to hack or bypass the passcode of suspect's iPhone.
They even ask Apple to unlock it but they decline and said it's not possible.
It's against their policy and product design.

And this two.

When I see these 3 parts are good condition.
All I need to do is just transplant them into a good motherboard.

So I just moved this 3 parts into a working motherboard, it should able to turn on.

After a few hours of surgical works. Done!
All data remain the same as before accident happened.
Hmm.. very old iOS. 8.3? indeed a very long time ago...

The hardest part always is the CPU. Not many people in Malaysia can do it.

Having the equipment to repair, doesn't mean having the skill. 

Reball CPU is very complicated works.
Choose a technician to carry this job is just like choosing a doctor to open your brain or heart.

Microscope photo shot that I repaired this iPhone.
If you see those balls in your iPhone CPU, means it's been repaired before.
iPhone that no repair before is unable to see those BGA joints because Apple Black Glue sealed around it.

Someday I might write what procedures to repair the CPU. It is too many steps which normal technician couldn't do or no waste time to train on this.

They don't know what heat that won't harm the CPU.
They don't know how to remove CPU safely and not breaking its point.
They don't know how to rebuild the SDRAM because it sits on top of the CPU.
They don't know how to perfectly reball CPU hundreds of balls with balance same size.
... a lot more they don't know.

even they know.. they need to practice...
Master the heat of their machine.
Master their blade so it won't damage the CPU in the removal process.
Master the massive reball skill.

16 February 2019

iPhone 7 / 7 Plus No Service

We repaired so many iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus that having No Service problem.

iPhone 7 Plus No Service
If you try to restore it, you will end up like this. Unable to activate the iPhone.
When you stuck in this menu,
Click the "!" exclamation mark at the bottom right.
You can see there is only Serial Number and No IMEI. Then it's confirmed you have a hardware problem.

This problem we called it "baseband" problem

Baseband iPhone 7
The same iPhone above is repaired.
A normal working iPhone would be like this. MEID, SN, and IMEI.

Why can't activate?
Because Apple needs to verify is the device Serial Number and IMEI number match with their server or not. Server won't let you activate if S/N or IMEI missing or not match with their list.

Why No Service?
It is a motherboard issue that one of chipset called Baseband is not working.

Why baseband is not working?
Baseband power circuit shorted due to water damaged.
Solder joint broken caused by heavy drop but the 
problem won't occur immediately, usually happen later.
The red circle is Baseband ic. To repair this, the technician must be very well trained. If not, it will kill the A10 CPU on beside due overheat causing unable to power on.
Solution and price?Sorry, we must need to open up and check before repair or quote you a price. Because it can be many reasons causing baseband failure.
  • Some just need reball and rebuild the broken tracks/pads.
  • Some are shorted BB PMU (baseband power ic) or components around it. 
  • Some are because some shop attempted to repair another problem but created this problem. We need to repair their mess.
So the price varies. We need to check first.

Last year i wrote an article about this repair.