Like dogs, computers need attention or they will begin to run more slowly, fetch the news sluggishly, and chew up all of your favorite CDs. Tame man's best mechanical friend with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Apple product repairs or accessories at iHospital, valid at the North Tampa and South Tampa locations.
Among iHospital's shelves of cases and accessories, Doctors of iDevices, or DiDs—a team of certified technicians with extensive training—diagnose and repair all manner of mechanical maladies suffered by iPhones, iPods, iPads, and Macs. The experts can quickly mend iPhones with cracked screens, unresponsive touchscreens, or headphone jacks filled with taffy in about 15 minutes or fewer. A technician can repair water damage to an iPhone 4S to extend its lifespan ($49.99), swap out the battery on an ailing iPod Touch ($69.99), restore the display for an iPhone 4S ($129) or an iPad 2 ($199), or add memory to a forgetful computer ($99 for 1 GB). DiDs can also recover data from dysfunctional hard drives or replace them completely. Repairs use original manufacturer's parts to ensure devices run like new, and most are covered by a one-year warranty.
Before earning a set of scrubs and the title of Doctor of iDevice, each employee at iHospital—featured in the The Wall Street Journal—must first pass a series of technical certifications. Just as real doctors specialize in either plaster or papier-mâché leg casts, the technicians focus their abilities specifically on Apple devices, including iPhones and iPods, performing many repairs in minutes. The store also carries a range of accessories from brands such as LifeProof, OtterBox, and Speck.