choosing screen protector smartphone

At Bad Apple, our iPhone repair services are second to none in your area — and we see a number of common issues among many of our clients. One of the single most frequent such areas, but also one where phone owners have some control over things, is screen damage.

Simply put, many issues of screen damage are avoidable. The primary way to accomplish this: Through the use of a quality screen protector, of which there are dozens or even hundreds of options available to you for the phone model you use. What are some of the tips we offer to clients looking for a new screen protector on how to find the ideal option? Here are a few.

choosing screen protector smartphone

Plastic or Tempered Glass?

Generally speaking, most phone screen protectors today are made from either plastic or tempered glass. There are advantages and disadvantages to both types.

Plastic screen protectors, for instance, are usually less expensive than their tempered glass counterparts. They’re also more likely to be “self-healing,” meaning that if you do get a small nick or scratch in the plastic, it’s likely that it will eventually disappear on its own.

On the other hand, tempered glass screen protectors offer a higher level of protection against cracks and shattering. They’re also more resistant to fingerprint smudges and other cosmetic blemishes. However, they’re also usually more expensive, and if they do crack or shatter, they will need to be replaced entirely.

Edge and Tactile Considerations

Naturally, how the screen protector interacts with your hands and fingers is also an important consideration. Some screen protectors — particularly plastic ones — can interfere with the phone’s touchscreen sensitivity, making it more difficult to accurately select icons or type on the virtual keyboard. In some cases, this can be remedied by choosing a thinner screen protector or one that’s explicitly designed not to interfere with touchscreen sensitivity.

Other screen protector edges can be quite sharp, which can be uncomfortable or even dangerous if you’re not careful. Some manufacturers round the edges of their screen protectors to make them more comfortable and safe to use.

Custom-Made vs. “One Size Fits All”

Especially for higher-end phones, it’s often worth considering a custom-made screen protector. These are designed specifically to fit your phone model, which means that they’ll adhere more securely and provide better protection overall. They may cost a bit more, but for many people, the extra peace of mind is worth it.

“One size fits all” screen protectors, on the other hand, are usually less expensive but also less effective. They’re also more likely to interfere with things like the phone’s camera or fingerprint sensor.

These are just a few of the considerations you should keep in mind when shopping for a new screen protector. By taking the time to find the ideal option for your needs, you can help protect your investment and keep your phone looking like new for as long as possible.

For more on this, or to learn about any of our iPhone repair or related services, speak to the team at Bad Apple today.

boosting iPad productivity cloud

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on how to be as productive as possible with your iPad. These are highly versatile, efficient devices that can carry out a number of different tasks, and knowing some basics on how to optimize them will help you really maximize their value.

At Bad Apple, we’re here to not only provide a wide range of iPad repairs and other device repairs, but also to offer our clients tips on how to best use these items. What are some of the other tips we can offer iPad owners on how to get the most out of their devices from a productivity standpoint? Here are a few other suggestions.

boosting iPad productivity cloud

Utilize Cloud Storage

A tip that’s applicable to both iPads and several other types of devices is to make use of cloud storage options. Cloud storage can help you declutter your device while still having quick and easy access to the files you need. Additionally, it can help free up some much-needed space on your device.

There are a number of different cloud storage services available, so do some research and find the one that best suits your needs. Once you have an account set up, you can begin uploading files to the cloud and clearing them off of your device.

Use a Password Manager

If you find yourself forgetting passwords often or using the same password for multiple accounts, a password manager can be a lifesaver. This is a type of app that helps you store and organize your passwords in a secure way. That way, you only have to remember one master password to gain access to all of your other accounts.

Password managers can be extremely helpful for improving productivity on your iPad (or any other device) by streamlining the login process. Instead of having to remember multiple passwords or wasting time resetting them, you can just enter in your master password and be on your way.

Utilize the Files Management App

iPads all come with the Files app, which can be a great tool for managing and organizing your files. If you have a lot of different files on your device, this app can help you keep track of them and make sure they’re all in the right place.

The Files app also allows you to access files from other devices or locations, such as iCloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, and more. So if you’re working on a project that requires access to files from multiple devices, the Files app can be a real lifesaver.

For more on how to be sure you get the most out of your iPad from a productivity standpoint, or to learn about any of our device repair services, speak to the pros at Bad Apple today.

boosting iPad productivity custom

Apple products like iPads and iPhones are so popular in large part due to their versatility, and one area where this is visible is within their various uses. Take the iPad, for instance: While many people, from kids to adults, use these tablets for various forms of entertainment or personal use, many others use them as a central part of their job, side gig or some other important purpose.

At Bad Apple, we’re here to ensure all our Orem clients have the technology they need, whether for work, play or some combination therein. We offer the best iPad repair services in the area, from battery issues to screen repairs and more — but we also assist clients with many related use areas for these and other devices. When it comes to being productive and efficient on your iPad, what are some tips we can recommend? We’ll go over several in this two-part blog series.

boosting iPad productivity custom

Utilize the Split View Feature

When it comes to things like multi-tasking and efficiency, the iPad’s Split View feature is a great option to explore. This allows you to have two apps open at once, side-by-side, on your screen. And it’s not just for fun — this can come in handy when you’re working on something specific and need to reference another app or document quickly.

For instance, maybe you’re working on a presentation in Keynote and want to look up some data in Numbers. Or you could be messaging with a colleague in Slack while also keeping an eye on your email inbox. No matter what the scenario, Split View can help you get things done more quickly and efficiently.

Custom Widgets and Dock

One great thing about iPads is the level of customization you can do to make your device work better for you and your needs. This is especially true when it comes to things like the Widgets Screen and the Dock.

Widgets are little applets that provide quick access to important information or features. For example, you could add a widget that shows you the current weather conditions or another that displays your upcoming calendar events. This way, you can get the information you need without even having to open an app.

The Dock is another customizable feature, and one that can come in handy when trying to be productive on your iPad. This is the bar at the bottom of your screen (or to the side if you’re using an iPad Pro) that holds your most frequently used apps. By default, it comes with a few apps already included, but you can add or remove apps as you see fit.

For instance, if you’re working on a project that requires the use of several different apps, you can add them all to your Dock so they’re easily accessible. Or, if you tend to use the same few apps over and over, you can add them to your Dock for quick and easy access.

We hope these tips have been helpful as you look for ways to be more productive on your iPad! Stay tuned for our next blog, where we’ll go over a few more great tips on this and similar areas.

For more here, or to learn about any of our iPad repair, iPhone repair or other services in Orem and nearby, speak to the team at Bad Apple today.

flickering iPad screen replacement

In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some of the basics on how to deal with a flickering iPad screen. There are a few simple reasons why this might be happening, most of which are relatively simple to remedy, whether on your own or with the assistance of tablet repair specialists.

At Bad Apple, we’re here to help with a wide variety of iPad repair services, including many related specifically to screens and screen issues. What are some other troubleshooting remedies you might look into for a flickering screen on your iPad, and when might it be time to bring it in to our repair professionals for some help? Here’s a basic rundown.

flickering iPad screen replacement

Reboot (Hard Reset) the Device

If the suggestions we made in part one, which included turning off auto-brightness, force quitting applications and limiting motion and transparency settings, don’t solve the issue, another simple troubleshooting technique to try is a hard reset of the device.

To do this, press and hold both the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button at the same time. Continue holding these buttons until you see the Apple logo appear onscreen; then release. After the iPad has restarted, check to see if the flickering issue has been resolved.

If you’re using a newer model of iPad that does not have a home button, you will instead use the Volume Up and down buttons. First press and release the Volume Up button, then the Volume Down button. Finally, press on the top button until you see the Apple logo, then release.

Update Your Software

If you’re still having trouble with a flickering screen, the next step is to check and see if there are any updates available for your iOS software. To do this, go to Settings > General > Software Update. If an update is available, follow the prompts to install it.

Repair or Replace the Display

Finally, one possible remedy that will often require the assistance of an iPad repair specialist is to simply replace the display. In some cases, a flickering screen can be caused by damage or wear and tear to the display itself, which will necessitate a replacement.

At Bad Apple, we specialize in all kinds of iPad repairs, including those related specifically to screens and displays. If you’re having trouble with a flickering iPad screen, we can help. We’ll advise you on whether repair or replacement of the display is the best option, and we’ll work quickly and efficiently to get your iPad back to its best condition. We’ve helped a variety of clients with flickering screen issues, and we’re confident that we can help you too.

Contact us today to learn more about our services in this or other areas, or to schedule a repair.

optimized battery charging basics

As Apple’s iOS 13 is becoming more widely-used, some iPhone users have begun to experience issues where instead of charging fully, their device instead stops charging at 80%. While you may think this is a glitch or some kind of damage-related issue, it’s actually not — rather this is the result of a new feature, one known as Optimized Battery Charging mode.

At Bad Apple, we’re happy to offer a variety of iPhone repair and related services, plus tips and expertise to clients on how to use any new features or applications that are present when they upgrade their operating system. What is the Optimized Battery Charging feature, what’s the science behind its conception, and how can you know when it’s active and/or turn it off? This two-part blog series will go over everything you need to know.

optimized battery charging basics

Optimized Battery Charging Basics

Before you simply assume that Optimized Battery Charging refers to a program that stops charging at 80% for all users no matter what, it’s important to realize that it’s actually a more intelligent program. Specifically, this feature uses machine learning to understand your daily charging activities — based on the data it collects, if it believes the phone is being left on the charger for a long period, it will delay charging past 80%.

This doesn’t mean charging is limited in all circumstances, however. Rather, it means the phone won’t go to full power immediately after being plugged in — rather it waits until you’re finished using your iPhone or have a period of idle time on your hands before re-enabling charging. In essence, this feature is doing its best not to overload battery components.

Why 80%?

To understand the answer to this question, you need to know about about the lithium-ion batteries used to power iPhones. These batteries naturally see their performance diminish over time, and this is based on both chemical age and temperature.

The 80% stoppage figure is present to reduce the amount of time the battery spends fully charged. This stops the battery from overheating as often as it may have previously, which in turn prolongs its lifespan in the long run.

Benefits of Using Optimized Battery Charging

By utilizing this feature, you’ll see both short-term and long-term benefits. First off, by keeping your battery in the optimal temperature range it’s much less likely to overheat during periods of high use. This means that your device won’t shut down unexpectedly or lag as often — which is something that typically only occurs when the phone is really pushed to its limits.

Additionally, by keeping your battery in the optimal temperature range, you’re doing your best to reduce chemical degradation — which really does affect how long your iPhone lasts on a single charge. This is especially important for newer iPhones that have had their batteries replaced with third-party components, as this can cause short-term issues while Apple deals with supply chain concerns.

For more on why your phone stops charging at 80% and why you should utilize the Optimized Battery Charging feature in new iOS versions, or to learn about any of our iPhone or iPad repair services, speak to the staff at Bad Apple today.

iPhone shortcut links customization

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the most useful and popular iPhone shortcuts that users should consider. From the actual Shortcuts app that’s pre-installed in new iPhones to the various shortcut flows that can be created within it, you have a plethora of customization options when it comes to how you use your smartphone.

At Bad Apple, we’re here not only to provide quality iPhone repair services, but also to offer our clients basic expertise on the top functions and uses of their devices. What are some of the other top shortcuts you may consider within your iPhone? Here are several to keep in mind.

iPhone shortcut links customization

Make Your Own Gif

Titled “Shoot a GIF,” this is an iPhone Shortcut that allows you to generate image-based creations on the go. The premise is simple: Record a video of up to six seconds, and it will be automatically converted into a GIF that can be shared with whomever you choose.

This is an excellent shortcut to use if you want to quickly share your reaction to something or just want to have some fun with friends. All you need to do is tap from the Today View widget, or use voice commands activated by Siri.

It’s important to note that this shortcut uses your camera, similar to the “Take a Selfie” shortcut. So, make sure you’re in a well-lit space if you want to avoid any unnecessary photo editing later on.

Check Suspicious Links

Another valuable Shortcut plugin for the iPhone is the “Expand URL” Shortcut, which lets you preview links before you open them. This is a great way to stay safe online by quickly identifying potentially malicious websites.

All you need to do is drag and drop the “Expand URL” shortcut into your Shortcuts app, and then input the suspicious links you want to check. The shortcut will automatically open the website in a new tab and highlight where the link will take you.

Tip: Make sure your iPhone or iPad is updated with the latest iOS version to ensure that this shortcut runs smoothly.


This Shortcut sounds pretty goofy, but it’s one that tracks Amazon’s price history and can even alert you when items you need have entered your price range. It’s a great shortcut to keep in mind if you’re a price-conscious shopper, and it’s easy to utilize as well.

Create Your Own

Finally, the Automation tab in newer iPhones lets you customize your own Shortcuts. You can set any trigger you want, from location to time of day, and create your own customized shortcut.

The most popular of these shortcuts is the one that automatically turns off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when you go out, so you don’t have to worry about draining unnecessary battery life throughout the day.

For more on the kinds of Shortcuts available on newer iPhones, or to learn about any of our iPhone repair or related services, speak to the team at Bad Apple today.