Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 26 Photos Tags Best Buy stores across the US will now be able to fix your Apple gear. Best Buy Have a busted iPhone but live closer to a Best Buy than an Apple Store? You now have a new option for properly repairing your phone. On Wednesday Apple announced that it would be expanding its repairs program with Best Buy, bringing certified support to nearly 1,000 Best Buy stores in the US. The repairs are backed by Apple, with the iPhone maker touting that Best Buy’s Geek Squad has “nearly 7,600 newly Apple-certified technicians ready to make same-day iPhone repairs or to service other Apple products.” The partnership isn’t the first time that Apple has tapped Best Buy to help with repairs, with the two companies partnering in 2017 to bring Apple’s iPhone screen repair machines into Best Buy’s stores. $999 Apple iOS 13: Top new features See It Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 1 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $999 “If a customer ever needs to repair their products, we want them to feel confident those repairs are done safely and correctly,” Tara Bunch, Apple’s vice president of AppleCare, said in a statement. “We’re always looking at how we can reliably expand our network of trained technicians and we’re excited to partner with every Best Buy store so it’s even easier for our customers to find an authorized repair location near them.” The move will also bring more Apple-certified repairs to states that lack Apple Stores, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming. When combining the Best Buy expansion with its existing authorized service providers and Apple Stores, Apple says that eight out of 10 customers in the US are now within 20 minutes of a location that can help fix their devices. Read more: Best Buy’s flash sale has some of the lowest iPad prices ever $999 See All Comment $999 Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It • Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Best Buy Apple Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See it reading • Apple expands repairs to nearly 1,000 Best Buy stores in US Apple Share your voice See It iPhone Update Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Now playing: Watch this: Apple iPhone XS Best Buy Mobile Phones Sprint iPhone XR: It’s the iPhone you should buy Boost Mobile 6:35
Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:15 X Florian MartinMilitary veterans Billy Gibbons and Mike Hlozek (from left) hope to win some investment for their startup in the Veterans Business Battle.Sixteen veteran-owned businesses are convening at Rice University this weekend to pitch their concepts to a panel of investors.In the past two years, investors have shelled out $1.7 million to finalists in the Veterans Business Battle.Rice adjunct professor Al Danto, a co-founder of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, which organizes the event along with the Rice Veterans in Business Association, said it makes sense to invest in businesses run by veterans.“You have to have a plan, you have to have a mission, but you have to be able to adapt and be flexible but know when you need to be flexible,” he said. “And you have to lead and lead others. Like leading into battle, you’re leading into an entrepreneurial environment. I think there’s a lot of parallels to that.”Florian MartinMilitary veterans Billy Gibbons, left, and Mike Hlozek hope to win some investment for their startup in the Veterans Business Battle.Among the 16 finalists to present on Saturday are six businesses from Greater Houston. One of them is Veterans Manufacturing, a Katy startup founded by former Marine Billy Gibbons and former Army soldier Mike Hlozek.They make ultralight body armor for police departments.Gibbons said they drew from their experience in the military.“We were pretty adapt at shooting stuff and trying to blow stuff up,” he said. “And that’s a big part of our job, is to test our own gear. I had Kevlar save my life in a training situation years ago, so I know the value of good gear. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for my old Kevlar helmet back in the day.”Their company already supplies the Katy Police Department and has other clients across Texas. They hope to convince investors to help them expand internationally and to the military.The investment recipients will be determined at a dinner Saturday night.