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Alex Leiphart and Jessica Atkinson met two years ago in a business class at Desert Mountain High School. (Source: CBS 5 News) Alex Leiphart and Jessica Atkinson met two years ago in a business class at Desert Mountain High School. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Jessica Atkinson said she has been fixing Apple products since was 12, learning from classes and online research. (Source: CBS 5 News) Jessica Atkinson said she has been fixing Apple products since was 12, learning from classes and online research. (Source: CBS 5 News)
"My vision for the business is to eventually turn it in to a national brand and help people use their devices in a way that benefits their everyday lifestyle," said Alex Leiphart. (Source: CBS 5 News). "My vision for the business is to eventually turn it in to a national brand and help people use their devices in a way that benefits their everyday lifestyle," said Alex Leiphart. (Source: CBS 5 News).
(Source: CBS 5 News) (Source: CBS 5 News)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (CBS5) -

Think back to when you were 16 or 17 – if you're older than that.

What were you doing to keep busy? Chances are, you weren't running a business.

But that's what two Scottsdale teens are doing.

"I'm pretty much everything Apple," said 16-year-old Alex Leiphart. "I have a Mac, iPhone, iPad."

In other words, he's an Appleite.

"It's someone that really just believes in Apple and everything they do," Alex said.

Appleite is a fitting name for the iPhone and iPad repair business Alex started with his best friend, 17-year-old Jessica Atkinson.

Alex is head of marketing and built the company's website.

"We're on Facebook, Twitter; We're on Yelp, Google Places," he said about his social media marketing strategy.

Jessica is Appleite's repair technician.

"Give me like one of these pieces," Jessica said as she grabbed the shell of an iPhone. "I can repair anything that's broken in them."

Jessica and Alex met two years ago in a business class at Desert Mountain High School, and both said they work well together.

"When you work with your peers, you kind of have a better understanding of each other and kind of synthesize information a little easier than if (the company) was adult and child," Alex explained about the dynamics of working with Jessica.

Jessica said she has been fixing Apple products since was 12, learning from classes and online research.

"I can take them apart," she said about iPhones. "You could just give me a frame and all the wires and all the screws, and I can put it back together - brand new phone."

Appleite repairs start at $15 for back glass replacement and go up to $70 for screen replacement.

Alex said they use the same OEM, original factory parts, that Apple uses, and Jessica has repaired about 15 phones since the company launched in September.

"I've got some weird looks based on my age," she admitted. "But they (customers) give me props once they get their phone back."

While they're starting small, sharing an office space with Jessica's dad, both teens have big plans for Appleite.

"My vision for the business is to eventually turn it in to a national brand and help people use their devices in a way that benefits their everyday lifestyle," said Alex.

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