iPhone screen prices have had a roller coaster ride this summer. While prices for the iPhone 6 and 6 plus screens have fallen to reasonable price points, wholesale prices for genuine 5, 5S and 5C have seen a steady increase.

Punters have attributed the price increase to several factors, including component shortages in manufacturing in China, price fixing and collusion between the two primary manufacturers of the screens in China, and US customs seizing recycled screens going back to China. The recent collapse of the Chinese stock market, and the steady decline of the looney to the greenback have also contributed to the steady increase in prices for the 5, 5S and 5C screens. Regardless of the cause, the issue seems to be stemming from China and seems to have no end in sight.

While SwifTec has been maintaining stable prices for all screens during the past couple of months, the 5, 5S and 5C screens saw another round of price increases on the wholesale market this week. Unfortunately, this means we will have to make a slight adjustment to our prices for screen repair for these models. Effective today, prices for the iPhone 5, 5S and 5C will see a 20% increase. The iPhone 6 will drop by 15% and the 6 plus will drop by 20% for screen repairs.

We will do our best to continue finding the highest quality screens at the lowest possible prices for our customers. Thank you all for your loyalty!

A recently disclosed flaw in the latest version of OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite allows a user to gain root privileges to a mac, without knowing the logged in user’s password.

This means if you leave your Mac unlocked and walk away for a few minutes to get coffee, a user nearby could gain administrative access to the computer without knowing your password. With administrative access, the user can then proceed to install viruses and spyware, delete system files, and pretty much anything else they want on your computer.

To run the hack, all the user has to do is open a terminal window and take a few seconds to type in characters that would fit in a tweet:

Apple has already patched this flaw in the latest beta version of OS X Yosemite, but hasn’t released it to the general public yet. Until then, we advice all users to remain cautious when leaving their Macs unlocked and unattended.

Follow the steps below to find if your Blackberry is “locked” to your network provider:

  1. Open your BlackBerry’s menu and navigate to Options > Advanced Options > SIM Card
  2. If your device has a hardware keyboard, press the the following keys: M E P D
  3. On a touchscreen only device, bring up the keyboard by pressing the menu key and selecting “Show Keyboard”. Then type in: M E P P D
  4. If your Blackberry is unlocked, all fields (SIM, Network, Service) will either say “Disabled” or “Inactive”
  5. If your Blackberry is still locked to the network, they will either say “Enabled” or “Active”, and you can get your phone unlocked by purchasing an unlock code.
  6. If you see “Blocked” beside network, then your Blackberry is “hard locked” to your network, and cannot be unlocked.

And that, folks, is how you check if your Blackberry is locked, unlocked or blocked.

Cracked iPhone Screen

Summer is finally here and to celebrate, we are offering a 20% discount on all iPhone screens till the end of June.

If you happen to have one with a smashed screen, now would be a great time to get it fixed. We have black and white screens for iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and 5S in stock, so make sure you get yours fixed before leaving on vacation!

Happy Summer!