Rich says that the most popular question he gets these days is on how to cut the cord and get rid of your cable or satellite connection. That shows a serious trend — 22 million cord cutters and 34 million "cord nevers." But it's also far more complicated and you really don't save any money by doing it. Live and local channels is also still a challenge, and there are multiple services:
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Apple released the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus this week. Rich says that while a decade ago there were lines around the block, this time around, there was nobody waiting to get one. That's not because the iPhone falls flat, however. Quite the opposite. It's because most people are ordering their iPhone 8 online. It could also be that people are waiting for the iPhone X, though he believes the iPhone 8 may be a better phone.
Apple unveiled the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and the tenth anniversary iPhone X, but Leo says he's not really thrilled. Leo says it's more of a refresh of the iPhone 7, and the iPhone X is too expensive. But it does have wireless charging via Qi, which is good.
Leo is more excited about the new Android phones coming out, especially the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The Note 8 also has wireless Qi charging, and an OLED screen. And you don't have to wait until November or later to get it, like the iPhone X.
This week, Apple christened the new Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park with the announcement of the LTE version of the Apple Watch Series 3, which shares your iPhone's phone number and will work independently from the phone. The Apple TV will be 4K with HDR, and 4K movies will be the same cost for rental and purchase. Any HD titles you already have will be automatically upgraded to 4K as well.
Code embedded into beta releases of iOS 11 reveal that Apple may be calling the new iPhone the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. The same code indicates that the tenth anniversary iPhone will be called iPhone X. But Leo doesn't buy it. He says that Apple has never used the X in anything but OS X, and that the current trend for higher end models is to call them the Pro line. So Leo believes the tenth anniversary iPhone will be called the iPhone Pro. But the 10th anniversary is still significant and unique. We'll find out on Tuesday, Sept. 12th.
Equifax was recently hacked and over 143 million people had their credit information stolen. Even worse, Equifax executives sat on the news for five weeks while many executives sold stock before it would tank. Leo says that this was insider trading plain and simple. Equifax has a higher duty to protect user credit information because we are required to have our credit monitored. They had one job: Protect the data that they gathered without our permission.
The news broke this week that credit reporting agency Equifax had been hacked, and that 143 Million credit files had been stolen. This is prompting a huge class action lawsuit. Leo says the three big credit agencies have a very high duty to keep customer information safe, and they failed.
September 12th, Apple is poised to announced the next generation iPhone. Rumored to be called the iPhone X, it may have an OLED screen, face ID, upgraded cameras, faster chips, and all the usual refinements. Yet, no home button, no touch ID button, and not even an on/off switch that we know of. Tune in to TWIT on Tuesday for our live coverage.
Though it hasn't officially been declared an iPhone event, let's face it, we all know what the September 12th Apple Event is. Leo says it's the worst kept secret in tech. But another noteworthy element to this fall event is that it will be the first event held at the Steve Jobs Theater at the new space ship campus in Apple Park.