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Breathing New Life Into Old iPhones

Another year, another new product announcement by one of California’s most legendary tech giants. During a September news conference, Apple announced two new iPhone models: the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, both expected to become the new flagship models for the firm headquartered in Cupertino.

The iPhone 7 was hotly anticipated by the most ardent enthusiasts; even though there was some disappointment related to the elimination of the 3.5 mm audio jack, the new features are tempting enough for many iPhone users to consider an upgrade.

If you are an Apple Valley resident who is in love with the iPhone, there is a strong chance that you will upgrade to the iPhone 7 or the 7 Plus in the months to come, perhaps as a self-indulgent holiday gift. If this is the case, you should start thinking about what you should do with your old iPhone once you upgrade.

Buying and selling used iPhones has become somewhat of a cottage industry. Recycling centers that specialize in electronics will gladly accept old iPhones since they are often donated or stripped for parts. These are sensible solutions. However, they are not as fun as repurposing, which consists of making slight modifications to the device so that it serves a different function. Here are some ideas:

Document Scanner

If you conduct an online search for iPhone scanner stands, you will find various easy projects. The idea is to turn your old iPhone into a dedicated scanning unit that you can use to digitize all your documents and rid your life of paper.

Baby Monitor

Considering that a decent baby monitor retails for more than $100 these days, downloading the nifty Cloud Baby Monitor app can instantly save you a few bucks. With this app, you can actually talk to your baby, play music and even dim the light when it is time to sleep.


Instead of simply hooking up your old iPhone to a speaker system and using the standard iPod or iTunes apps, try installing an advanced music player such as Stringer and search Google for instructions on how to make an attractive wall mount.

If you first need to repair your old iPhone before repurposing, bring it to A Plus Computer in Apple Valley. From LCD screen and headphone jack replacement to water damage and home button repair, we can get your old iPhone ready for its new function.