Upgrade vs repair your iPhone?

The question of if you should upgrade or repair your iPhone is a good one. I wish the answer would be as simple as sure get your iPhone repaired (that would be good for my business). But honestly, it’s more complex than that! Here are a few things to consider when trying to decide if you will upgrade to the new iPhone 14 or get your old iPhone 7 repaired. Upgrade vs repair your iPhone? it’s up to you!

The first question why are you getting the iPhone Repaired?

If you walk into my repair shop at the top end of Main street Lithgow (51 Main Street). You will see a lot of old Mac products in my showroom and being used as part of my business! I am far from one of those people who throw away old devices just because they are broken or old. But you need to ask yourself “WHY are you getting the iPhone repaired?”

For older devices like the iPhone 4,5,6,6s 7 and 7 Plus, the idea of getting the phone repaired is more for sentimental value vs practical everyday use. While this is a good reason for the repair you do need to put into consideration that older devices will not work as well as the more current models.

That said the iphone 7, 8 , X, Xs ,XR , 11 and 12 though considered older models are still fully functional and there is no need to upgrade right away.

Recovering Data

Now and then I get a device on my repair desk that is there for data recovery, basically the owner does not plan to use the phone but for some reason, there is not current backup. I am clear with the customer at times like this that the repair is only to recover the data as we only need to make the phone work one more time so we can extract the data.

Nothing wrong with the old phone except the battery or the display

If you have an old phone that the only thing wrong with it is the battery or the display a repair may give it a few more years of life before you have to upgrade. This is one of those times when I would recommend a repair of your iPhone.

Too broke to upgrade right now!

Wow, how many times have I said this? too many! when asking if to upgrade vs repair your iPhone this is perhaps one of the most important reasons for a repair!

We do not always have a chance to upgrade as often as we would like. Maybe an upgrade is too expensive (Though you should consider getting a refurbished iPhone) and a screen replacement is a good option!

How to avoid Phone Scams For Seniors April 8th 2-3 PM

In the last year, Lithgow has lost more than 200,000 to Phone scams. (And those are just the ones who come and talk to me…. I am sure there is a lot more) We are constantly being bombarded with text scams, Amazon Prime Scams, ATO, and Australia Post Scams. But how do we defend against them? EDUCATION!

This CLASS IS FREE! (Future classes will be priced normally)


We remove tech from the conversation and explain why these scams are older than the Telephone. Even if you have never seen a computer before in your life you will understand every word mentioned in this class

This class is specifically designed to educate seniors on how to avoid falling prey to phone scams, which are becoming increasingly common in today’s world. T. It will also teach seniors how to identify and report fraudulent calls.

The class will be conducted by Kevin Mason who studies Scams and has a deep understanding of the tactics used by scammers to deceive and defraud seniors. They will provide tips and strategies for identifying and avoiding scams, including how to recognize red flags and common scammer techniques.

The class will be interactive and engaging, with opportunities for participants to ask questions and share their own experiences with phone scams. By the end of the course, seniors will have the knowledge and skills needed to protect themselves from phone scams and will be able to confidently navigate the digital world.

  • No Tech Skills needed
  • Relatable examples
  • “Guess the Scam Text Message game”

Our Other Classes

iPhone Basics March 29th

This group class is designed for individuals who want to learn the basics of IOS (Apple’s mobile operating system). During the class, participants will be introduced to the IOS interface, including navigation and gestures, and will learn how to use built-in applications such as Safari, Maps, and Mail. The class will cover essential skills such as setting up and managing Apple ID, downloading and managing apps and connecting to Wi-Fi networks. The instructor will also demonstrate how to customize settings, set up security features, and troubleshoot common issues. By the end of the class, participants will have a solid understanding of IOS basics and be confident using their Apple devices.

March 29th

9:45 – 11:00

Upcoming Group Classes!

Where to get iPhone cables in Lithow

If you are looking to get a replacement iPhone charging cable in Lithgow you need to know that they are all the same. While we do carry a large selection of Apple lighting cables we should check to see if you need one first.

iPhone charging cables are essential accessories for anyone who owns an iPhone. These cables are used for charging the phone’s battery and transferring data between the phone and other devices. There are many different types of iPhone charging cables available on the market, each with its own features and benefits.

One of the most important features of an iPhone charging cable is its compatibility with Apple devices. Apple devices require charging cables with a lightning connector, which is a small and reversible connector that plugs into the phone’s charging port. A good iPhone charging cable should also be MFi certified, which means it has been certified by Apple to meet their standards for quality and safety.

Another important factor to consider when choosing an iPhone charging cable is its durability. A durable cable will last longer and withstand wear and tear from daily use. Many iPhone charging cables are made with nylon braided cords, which are more resistant to fraying and breaking than traditional rubber cords.

In addition to durability, fast charging is another important feature of iPhone charging cables. Fast charging cables are designed to charge the phone’s battery more quickly than standard cables. Some fast charging cables are also available in longer lengths, such as 10ft, 6ft, and 3ft, which offer more flexibility in charging locations.

Finally, tangle-free cables are a popular feature for iPhone charging cables. Tangle-free cables are designed to resist tangling and knotting, which can be frustrating and time-consuming to untangle.

In conclusion, when choosing an iPhone charging cable, it is important to consider factors such as compatibility, durability, fast charging, and tangle-free design. A good iPhone charging cable should be reliable and able to withstand daily use, making it a worthwhile investment for any iPhone user.

Solar Powerbanks

In today’s world, staying connected is essential, and that means we need to have our electronic devices with us at all times. But what happens when our devices run out of battery while we’re on the go? This is where a solar-powered power bank comes in handy.

A solar-powered power bank is a portable device that can store electrical energy and charge your devices when you’re away from a power source. It’s called “solar-powered” because it has a built-in solar panel that captures energy from the sun and converts it into electrical power. This means you can recharge the power bank anywhere, as long as there is sunlight.

One of the main advantages of a solar-powered power bank is that it’s environmentally friendly. By using the power of the sun, you can reduce your carbon footprint and lower your impact on the environment. Another advantage is that it can save you money on your energy bills. By using a solar-powered power bank, you can recharge your devices without using electricity from the grid, which can be costly.

Moreover, a solar-powered power bank is very useful for outdoor activities, such as camping, hiking, and traveling. It allows you to stay connected and keep your devices powered up, even when you’re off the grid. Plus, it’s compact and easy to carry, making it an ideal accessory for anyone who’s always on the go.

In conclusion, a solar-powered power bank is a convenient, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective way to keep your electronic devices powered up while you’re on the go. With its built-in solar panel, it’s a must-have accessory for anyone who wants to stay connected while reducing their impact on the environment.

New in stock!


Lithgow iPhone Repair

If you’re an iPhone or iPad owner in Lithgow NSW, you want to make sure your device is in good hands when it comes to repairs. That’s where MacMason Training and Repairs comes in. We are a local Lithgow business that offers top-quality iPhone and iPad repair services.

Our team of expert technicians has years of experience working with Apple devices. Whether you need a cracked screen replaced, a battery swapped out, or a software issue fixed, we can help. We use only high-quality replacement parts and offer a warranty on all repairs.

At MacMason Training and Repairs, we understand that your iPhone and iPad are essential tools for your work and personal life, and we strive to provide fast and reliable service to get you back up and running as soon as possible. We also offer competitive pricing and a convenient location in Lithgow.

In addition to our repair services, we also sell a range of iPhone and iPad accessories, including cases, screen protectors, and chargers. Our team can help you choose the right accessories to enhance your device experience and keep your device running smoothly.

At MacMason Training and Repairs, we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and commitment to quality. Whether you need an iPhone or iPad repair or an accessory, we are here to help you make the most of your Apple devices. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

iPhone & iPad repairs you can trust!

Not only can we repair your iPad or iPhone we will do it with a smile. We are dedicated to not only fixing your device but to making sure it is the right thing to do. There are times when maybe an upgrade is what you really need.

If we notice your iPhone 11 has liquid damage then we would suggest that maybe a repair is not the best course of action! While we might be able to get it to work for a short time in the long run a liquid-damaged iPhone can not be trusted. We would rather lose the opportunity for some quick money by suggesting the correct action of upgrading your phone. Even if that means you go somewhere else.

I like to say “If I am going to take your money I want to do it for the right reasons”

Lithgows Friendliest iPhone repair

We are not kidding. We want to be Lithgow’s friendliest phone repair shop ever!

Refurbished iPhone X Lithgow

Where to get a great refurbished iPhone in Lithgow? If you are thinking that I’m going to say MacMason you would be right. I have been using the iPhone X for some time and am very happy with that model. With that, I recommend that if you need to upgrade from an iPhone 6 or 7 you should consider getting a refurbished iPhone X from us.

A refurbished iPhone can be a great option for those on a budget, as they are often less expensive than brand-new models. Additionally, most reputable sellers of refurbished iPhones offer a warranty, ensuring that the device is in good working condition. Refurbished iPhones are also environmentally friendly, as they help to reduce electronic waste by giving a device a second life. They are thoroughly inspected and repaired before being sold, ensuring high-quality and up-to-date software. Many refurbished iPhones are also cosmetically like-new, making them an attractive option for those who want a high-quality device without the brand-new price tag

Not only is it a good Phone but gets some great services as well

Not only are you supporting Lithgow businesses by getting your refurbished iPhone X from us. You are going to get some great customer service as well.

We can move the data from your old phone to your new phone.

  • Contacts
  • Messages
  • Photos and Videos
  • Apps
  • Documents.

iPhone classes

If you are new to iPhone we offer classes to help you move into your new device.

Senior Computer Classes, you can undestand

The problem with most computer trainers is they think that everyone is either a computer expert or an idiot. This is a bad place for a computer class to start for anyone, not alone a senior. What a lot of computer teachers do not understand or take the time to learn is that most seniors have a wealth of knowledge and experiences that can be used to make a class that is easy for everyone to understand.

My job is to help you look at computers differently

I like to start my classes getting all the excuses out of the way. Trust me I have been doing this for 20 years and it has been over a decade since anyone has given me an excuse why they can’t learn computers.

  • I was not born with it
  • you have never tried to teach someone like me
  • I’m not tech savvy
  • I’m horrible with computers
  • I’m going to break it.
  • I’m too old to learn computers
  • I just don’t understand
  • At my age, I forget everything.

As you can see most of the excuses are kind of the same. There is nothing really stopping them from learning but themselves. but there is a catch. I have to change how they look at computers.

No memorisation

Many tech classes try to get their students to memorise all the content of the classes. This works fine for high school kids who are obsessed with computers but not so great for those folks who have other things they would rather be doing. So our classes are set up to show you how to find the information again after you forget (I forget all the time…. I just remember how to research answers)

It’s true that memorization can be an effective way to learn certain things, but when it comes to technology classes, memorization alone may not be enough. In today’s fast-paced world of constantly evolving technology, it’s more important than ever to be able to adapt and learn quickly.

That’s why it’s so important to develop strong research skills when it comes to technology. By learning how to find the information you need quickly and efficiently, you can stay up-to-date with the latest trends and developments in your field. And when you inevitably forget something you learned in class, you’ll know exactly where to go to find the answer.

Some key research skills to develop include:

  1. Knowing which sources to trust: With so much information available online, it can be difficult to know which sources are reliable. Look for reputable websites, industry publications, and academic journals.
  2. Using search engines effectively: Knowing how to use search engines like Google can help you find the information you need quickly. Try using specific keywords or phrases to narrow your search results.
  3. Keeping up-to-date: Make a habit of regularly checking industry news websites and blogs to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and developments in your field.

By focusing on developing research skills in technology classes, students can become more independent learners and better equipped to navigate the constantly changing landscape of technology.

Real-world examples

Computer classes can sometimes feel disconnected from the real world, with students learning abstract theories and processes without any practical application. This can be frustrating for students who want to apply their newfound knowledge in a meaningful way.

That’s why it’s so important for computer classes to focus on real-world examples and practical applications. By showing students how the concepts they’re learning apply in the real world, they can better understand the relevance of what they’re learning and develop a deeper appreciation for the subject.

One way to accomplish this is to incorporate case studies or real-world examples into the curriculum. This can help students see how the concepts they’re learning are used in industry and can provide valuable insights into how technology is shaping the world around us.

Another approach is to focus on problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Instead of just teaching students how to complete a specific task, instructors can encourage students to think creatively and develop their own solutions to real-world problems. This approach can help students develop a deeper understanding of the underlying principles behind the tasks they’re learning, and can prepare them for the challenges they’ll face in the workforce.

By emphasizing practical applications and problem-solving skills in computer classes, students can develop the skills they need to succeed in the real world and make a meaningful impact in their chosen field.

English not Geek

technical jargon can be a major barrier to learning for students who are not familiar with the terminology used in the field. When computer instructors use complex technical terms without explaining them first, it can be confusing and frustrating for students.

That’s why it’s so important for computer classes to avoid technical jargon or explain it in simple terms that everyone can understand. By using plain language and avoiding unnecessary technical terms, instructors can help ensure that all students feel included and empowered to learn.

In addition to avoiding technical jargon, instructors can also provide clear explanations of technical terms when they do use them. This can help students develop a deeper understanding of the concepts they’re learning, and can also help them feel more confident in their ability to learn.

Another approach is to use analogies or real-world examples to explain technical concepts. By using comparisons that students are already familiar with, instructors can make complex technical concepts more accessible and relatable.

By avoiding technical jargon and using clear, plain language, computer instructors can help ensure that all students feel comfortable and included in the learning process. This can lead to a more positive and effective learning experience for everyone involved

Price change March 15th

As much as we would love to keep our prices as low as possible we do need to keep the lights on! So as of March 15th, we will be increasing our Mobile phone repair hourly rate from $60 to $75 per hour.

While the hourly rate will go up some of the prices for parts are starting to drop. So who knows our prices depending on the device

If we can fix it in under 15 minutes and it does not use a part it’s FREE!

We will still keep the company policy of “Under 15 mins it’s Free”. After all this policy is what creates the most smiles in our phone repair shop!

Friendliest Phone repairs in Lithgow

Gone are the days when computer and phone technicians could get away with rude attitudes towards their clients and co-workers. As technology skills have become more widespread, it’s important for tech professionals to have people skills too. At our phone repair shop in Lithgow, we prioritize providing friendly and helpful service to our customers.

While we may not be the cheapest shop in town, we believe that our dedication to building relationships with our clients sets us apart. We offer more than just phone part replacements – we also provide personal training and group classes on how to use your phone or iPad. Plus, we’re happy to share our knowledge on how to avoid tech scams.

We don’t just want your device to work correctly, we want to help you learn how to use your device so it is no longer a source of stress! This means we are happy to take the time to get to know you better so we can better understand your technology needs.

Part of the community.

As members of the Lithgow Chamber of Commerce, we’re not just doing business in Lithgow – we’re also invested in the success and growth of our community. We take pride in being a humble phone and Mac repair shop that’s active in supporting local businesses. Our commitment to friendly service and community involvement sets us apart from other tech repair shops in Lithgow.

Come in and chat!

No really!! Come in just to talk! While some retail spaces start to look at you funny if you don’t buy something right away we have more important long-term goals. We want to know you. Happy to talk about anything, not just computers and smartphones!

We are located at 51 Main Street Lithgow!