Yearly Archives: 2019

Connecttron 8-in-1

All of Apple’s new Macs now come with USB-C ports, the laptops only have USB-C ports. So if you’re moving to a new Mac (congratulations), you may need a way to connect your old cables and chips to your hot new Mac. 

We’ve sold a few different brands but we really like the Connecttron Hubs. They’re solid, reliable and have all the ports almost everyone needs. The 8-in-1 connects to 3 USB-A ports (the ones you know and love), ethernet, USB-C charging port, HDMI, SD and micro SD card readers, all for $99. Mike uses one and you should too!


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Mike’s Tech Shop Appointment Scheduler



Mike’s Tech Shop now takes appointments for service. 

Our new appointment scheduler is available on our home page

Of course, you can still walk in without an appointment but if you prefer to make an appointment, we now have that option for you.

Please note that all fields are required. When you come to the store please sign in on one of our iMacs using the email address you used to make the appointment.


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Mike’s Now Offers iPhone Data Recovery

For years we have provided high quality and affordable data recovery for our Mac customers. Now we are pleased to offer iPhone data recovery for customers who can no longer access their pictures and data on their phones. We all know how central our phones have become to us. When bad things happen to your phone, we can help you get your data back. Using a variety of techniques, we can recover your most important data and in many cases, get you a full iTunes backup so youdon’t lose anything, not even a setting.

As a family-owned small-business Apple store, Mike’s Tech Shop is honored to provide New York City a premium Apple retail experience since 2007. We sincerely appreciate your support and continued patronage and we look forward to offering these new services to all of our great customers.


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Need an iPhone repair? Skip the Genius Bar

Mike’s Tech Shop now repairs iPhones! We have been providing a boutique alternative to the Apple mega stores for over a decade and we are thrilled we can now offer iPhone customers the same high quality service you’ve come to expect from us for your Mac needs.

We can repair your iPhone whether it’s out of warranty or has AppleCare+, and always with genuine Apple parts installed by an experienced and Apple Certified iOS Technician. Many iPhone repairs can be done within an average 2 hour turnaround time and no need to make an appointment. We replace displays, batteries, and more on iPhone 7 or later. If you need a repair, be sure to back up your iPhone and turn off Find My iPhone before dropping off for service. If you do not have a backup, we can back it up for you.

As a family-owned small-business Apple store, Mike’s Tech Shop is honored to provide New York City a premium Apple retail experience since 2007. We sincerely appreciate your support and continued patronage and we look forward to offering these new services to all of our great customers.

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New Macs are making it harder to recover your data

Two trends in newer Macs, thinness and privacy, are conspiring to make it harder than ever to recover your data. Apple has a fashion-magazine-like obsession with thinness and a Libertarian devotion to privacy. These two factors, however, are making Macs that are harder and harder to recover data from. If you have a Mac from 2016 or later, make sure you have a backup because if you don’t, data recovery could be quite expensive.

One of the most common reasons customers come to us is because their Mac won’t turn on or fully boot. They may be ready to buy a new Mac but they want their data. Traditionally, we would remove the drive, put it in a working Mac or dock and we could easily and inexpensively transfer the data to a new Mac. But times are changing, especially if you have one of these models:

12-inch MacBooks (2015 or later)

As part of Apple’s relentless pursuit of thin and light, they released the 12-inch MacBook: the thinnest and lightest Mac laptop ever. Unfortunately to achieve this thinness, they removed the removable drive and soldered it to the main logic board of the computer. This means we can’t just remove the drive and put it in another computer. It’s impossible. So if your MacBook 12-inch doesn’t turn on, it has to be sent to a lab which is quite expensive. It starts at $1,000 can be as high as $3000—and that’s just to get your data back.

2016 and 2017 MacBook Pros

The new laptops came in two flavors: non-TouchBar and TouchBar. The non-TouchBar Macs have removable drives. We can move these to working MacBook Pros and get your data. The TouchBar Macs had soldered on drives similar to the 12-inch MacBook. These could have had the same issue as the MacBook but Apple did something highly unusual. They created a special tool to extract the data, even from dead MacBook Pros. As an Apple Authorized Service Provider, we have access to this tool and have used it with great success to inexpensively transfer data when these MacBook Pros move on to a better place. Of course, the tool doesn’t always work and when that happens, it’s off to the lab for a $1,000+ bill to get back your data.

2018 MacBook Pros, Mac minis, Retina MacBook Airs, and iMac Pros

As part of Apple’s ongoing commitment to your data privacy, Apple introduced the T2 chip which encrypts your data and locks it to the CPU of that Mac. So once again, if your Mac doesn’t turn on, this is a lab recovery.

Our mission at Mike’s Tech Shop is to make you happy with your Mac. The most unhappy customers we see are those faced with data-loss. We always want to help. We will either be able to recover your data in-house or help you get your Mac out to a lab and back with minimal hassle. But the best solution of all is to have a backup. So please, get your backup set up today because a $100 drive could save you $1,000 or more.


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Kick Off Your 2019 Resolutions with Apple Watch Apps

Happy New Year! It’s that wonderful time where you can make resolutions to improve yourself in the new year. If you unwrapped an Apple Watch over the holidays and set resolutions for better habits in 2019, here are our favorite apps to get you started!

Resolution: Get more or better sleep

App Solution: AutoSleep, $2.99
We’ve tried many sleep trackers and this is worth the $3 bucks. Sleep tracking was the one feature the FitBit always beat the Apple Watch at—until now. It works the way it should: automatically! No need to tell your watch that you are now commencing sleep mode, or keeping your iPhone on your bed, or sacrificing haptic alarms. AutoSleep will automatically detect that you’re asleep (even naps!) and will analyze your sleep quality with impressive accuracy.

Resolution: Drink more water

App Solution: WaterMinder, Free
Until the Apple Watch can someday detect your H2O levels, custom reminders and trophies are a close second.

Resolution: Lift all the things!

App Solution: Strong, $4.99 a month or $29 a year (but the free version is excellent!)
Track those reps, sets, and personal records, and progress with this incredibly intuitive interface. Strong has a large database of strength exercises and includes video tutorials. This app has everything: warm-up and plate calculators (kilos and lbs!), automatic rest timers, 1RM calculators, RPE tracking, tagging sets as warm-up, failure, and dropsets, supersets—they really thought of everything. And of course, Strong works with HealthKit and will automatically start a workout and track your heart rate. The free version is surprisingly full-featured but if you’re a gym rat, the pro version is worth it.

Resolution: Exercise more (but also less)

App Solution: Intervals, Free
Burn more calories in less time? Gotta love HIIT (high intensity interval training)! Intervals is a powerful, highly customizable, and intuitive HIIT workout app. Get an audible (or not!) and haptic notification when it’s time to sprint, time to walk, or the best notification: cool down! There are, surprisingly, very few apps that do this! Even the holy grail apps that have been around since the original Apple Watch don’t offer this simple functionality. Intervals is compatible with HealthKit and logs your calories, heart rate, distance, and pace. A great

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