Fancy Repairing Your Own iDevices? There’s a Book for That

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The Unauthorized Guide to iPhone iPod and iPad Repair

If you fancy learning how to maintain and repair your iPad and all your iDevices, there’s an impressive new book out that could serve as a starting point and handy reference guide. The book is ‘The Unauthorized Guide to iPhone, iPad, and iPod Repair’ and is billed as a DIY guide to extending the life of your iDevices.

It’s available in print and also in an Amazon Kindle edition and on the iBookstore.

The book’s author is Timothy L Warner, an Apple Certified Repair Technician and is said to be the only reference / tutorial of its kind that is in full color. Perhaps most impressively, the book has been thoroughly reviewed for technical accuracy and approved by the brilliant folks at iFixit.com.

Here’s a slice of the book’s iBookstore description:

Fix your own iPhone, iPad, or iPod with secret repair knowledge Apple doesn’t want you to have! This groundbreaking, full-color book shows you how to resurrect expensive Apple mobile iDevices you thought were dead for good, and save a fortune.
Apple Certified Repair Technician Timothy L. Warner demystifies everything about iDevice repair, presenting simple, step-by-step procedures and hundreds of crisp, detailed, full-color photos.
He’ll walk you through safely taking apart your iDevice, replacing what’s broken, and reliably reassembling it. You’ll learn where to get the tools and exactly how to use them. Warner even reveals sources for broken Apple devices you can fix at low cost–for yourself, or even for resale!

iFixit Driver Kit

The book offers guidance on everything from some key personality traits that are needed to do DIY iDevice repair or repair for others to the tools and equipment you’ll need and of course a large number of step-by-step repair instructions. These include:

Replace All These iDevice Components:
• Battery
• Display
• SIM card
• Logic board
• Dock connector
Take Apart, Fix, and Reassemble:
• iPod nano (5th & 7th Gen)
• iPod touch (4th & 5th Gen)
• iPhone (3GS, 4, 4S, & 5)
• iPad (iPad 2, iPad 4th Gen, & iPad mini)
Fix Common Software-Related Failures:
• Emergency data recovery
• Jailbreaking
• Carrier unlocking
Do What Apple Never Intended:
• Resurrect a waterlogged iDevice
• Prepare an iDevice for resale
• Install non-Apple Store apps
• Perform out-of-warranty repairs

iPad Disassembly Procedure

I’ve bought the iBooks copy of the book, just to have as a handy reference – since between myself, my wife, and my daughter we have around a dozen iDevices scattered round our house. I’m not sure I’m ever going to become a big DIY iDevice repair guy, but this book looks like a great resource to have around for even some relatively minor issues.

You can get the book on the iBookstore, for $19.99, and Amazon for $9 for the Kindle edition, $14 for a paperback version, and $32 for a hardback.

It’s also worth noting that the iFixit site offers a wealth of good step-by-step guides for iDevice repair for free. So if you don’t see much benefit in owning a single-source reference you my want to consider those instead.


Patrick Jordan

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  1. My nephew dropped my iPhone last week while playing some games, and shattered the back. If only I would’ve been introduced to this book before I had paid $40 to get it replaced! Oh well. Maybe next time I’ll take a look into doing it myself. Thanks for sharing!

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