Apple

Should I buy a 5K iMac?

Michael from Santa Monica, CA

Episode 1190

Michaels iMac needs to be replaced and he was about to buy a refurbished when he heard the 5K price was dropped. Leo says that not everything that Apple does gets a huge announcement. But the 5K Mac is gorgeous. But don't consider the hard drive upgradable. Only the RAM can be boosted in that model. An iMac with 8GB of RAM is pretty good. And 1TB fully spinning drive is good. Or you can go with a 256GB SSD drive and then use an external hard drive for data. An SSD is the single best upgrade for most computers. It really does speed them up.

How can I access all my data from multiple devices?

Marian from Santa Ana, CA

Episode 1189

Marian needs to connect five wireless devices to the same storage. Leo says that the easiest would be to buy storage in the cloud. iCloud would be the best option for Marian's apple needs and you can direct data to be automatically backed up to iCloud and you can then access all of it from any of her devices. Videos is going to be a challenge. But for images, Apple's new Photos app does it all automatically once you turn on iCloud drive. It'll also put size appropriate versions for your device automatically. And that will save you space.

What laptop should I get my daughter for college?

Eric from Chino Hills, CA

Episode 1189

Eric's daughter has a Mac Mini and she's thinking of bringing it to school, but the monitor is so huge. So she's thinking of going with a laptop, like a Windows machine. Leo says that the base model MacBook Air is $899 and that's a good choice, And educational saves another 10% off. And if you go to the Apple Refurbished site, you could save a few hundred dollars more. Leo says you could get a $200 HP Stream, and they're cheap. But they won't be able to handle the load of video editing.

Is the New MacBook a Bad Apple?

Episode 1189

Apple MacBook

Users are complaining that the new Apple MacBook is way too slow, way too thin, and that the one connector is just too limiting. The keys on the keyboard make it very difficult to type since they are so shallow, you don't get much of a tactic return. But Leo thinks it's pretty nice at first blush. The fact is, nobody is making you upgrade to a new Mac every time they put one out. It's your choice.

How can I output the video from my iOS device to my car?

Episode 1188

Frank from Richboro, PA
HDMI to Composite Converter

Frank wants to output the video from his new iOS device to his car. His car video system requires a composite connection. He says there used to be an adapter that would work with the 30-pin connectors on older iOS devices, but he hasn't found anything that works with Apple's new Lightning connector. Leo says he may have to use two adapters to go from Lightning to HDMI, and then buy a $10 dongle that will convert HDMI to composite.

What computer do I need for video editing?

Episode 1188

Marilee from Highland, IN
iMac with Retina 5k display

What computer should she get for video editing? Leo says an iMac is the way to go, but some say the Mac Pro is better. Leo disagrees. She'd still have to buy a monitor and other externals if she got the Mac Pro. The iMac is faster and she'll get that huge 5k display, making it easier to edit. She's not doing advanced rendering, so the 5K iMac is ideal. And she'll want more memory, at least 16GB. As far as the processor goes, the faster clock speed is more important than the number of cores. She won't need to get an upgraded video card either.

Turn On Screen Zoom for Mac

There are accessibility features built into the Mac that make it easier to see things on screen. One of those settings is called "Zoom," and it lets you magnify the part of the screen that you need bigger. This can be done system-wide, meaning you can zoom in and out no matter what application you're currently running.

What happened to iPhoto?

Fakhar from Islamabad, Pakistan

Episode 1183

Fakhar is having issues with iPhoto. Leo says that Apple has replaced iPhoto with Photos in OS X Yosemite. Fakhar says that happened to him and he lost a lot of features and slide shows. Leo says that many of the features that iPhoto had are missing, while some are still there but aren't as apparent. Apple has written it from the ground up and will likely re-add those missing features as time goes on. Face recognition is still there, but it's harder to locate within albums. Leo advises patience. Unfortunately, that's the world of Apple. It's their way or the highway.

How does Apple handle OS updates vs. Android?

Episode 1181

Seth from Irvine, CA
Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Seth is due for a new phone and is trying to decide whether to stay with the Droid or move to the iPhone. He has an iPad already. He's especially wondering how iOS updates work. Leo says that Apple controls the handset. They don't have to worry about other overlays or interfaces to pollute it. It's a pure OS experience. And it pushes out updates all at the same time to every carrier and every phone. It's great if he just wants a smart phone that just works.