Apple

What Mac should I buy for school?

Jeff from Raleigh, NC

Episode 1114

Jeff is looking to get a MacBook Pro for college and he's wondering if there's a difference between a dual core and quad core. Leo says that Quad Core is more about speeding up rendering than anything else. So if you don't mind waiting, when you can just grab a coffee and wait. The higher end 15" uses an NVidia Iris Pro GPU vs. the conventional ones. So if video editing is your think, that's what Leo would do.

Should I buy a new Mac or upgrade the old one?

Bob from Danville, CN

Episode 1114

Bob has a MacBook Pro from 2011 and wants to know if there's a new model coming out. Leo says that 2011 MacBook Pros were subject to a recall, so Bob should check that out first. Should he upgrade his with an SSD? Leo says that's a good idea and he advises getting the Mercury SSD from MacSales.com. They're 1 to 1 compatible with the Mac. Make sure your SATA Bus is fast enough.,What about having a hard drive too. Leo says that unless you're doing video editing or photography, you don't really need a large hard drive anymore.

Apple's September 9th Event Official

Episode 1114

Apple HQ

Apple has issued invitations to a special event on September 9th, and Leo says that the closer we get to the event, the more accurate the rumors become. We're going to be seeing two new iPhones, including a 5.5" model, and recent reports suggest the iPhone will even be able to pay your American Express bill. Apple will also announce a "wearable" computer, which is being referred to as an "iWatch", but it could be much more. While it is expected to be announced at this event, it likely will not ship until next year.

Did my Mac get hacked?

Kathleen from Yucca Valley, CA

Episode 1113

Kathy thinks she got hacked. She gave a support line remote access to her MAC and she's worried she got hacked. Leo says that if she didn't give them her credit card, chances are she's OK. But if you want to be sure, download Little Snitch. It'll observe your computer activity and let you know if it does phone home or let someone access remote access again. And turn on your software firewall. It'll protect you as well. But Leo says she's probably OK.

Apple Invitation Hints at Huge Product Roll Out

Episode 1113

In an uncharacteristic clue, the invitation to the Apple event on September 9th is cryptic and could hint to a huge product rollout. The event, which returns to the Flint Center in San Francisco, also includes a custom built, large area, which Leo says will be a demo area. Leo says the conventional wisdom is that Apple is moving to a 5.5" iphone 6, along with a 4.7" version. But there's also talk that Apple will finally reveal the iWatch. But John Patchkowski says that while they may announce the iWatch, it won't be available until next year.

How many Airports can I use on my Wi-Fi network?

Episode 1112

Chris from Miami, FL
Wi-Fi

Chris has a Wi-Fi issue in his house, and he's been told that he can only have three Airports in his home because it would cause problems. Leo says there shouldn't be a limit with WDS if the other Airports are just passing along the data and extending the network. If they're all on the same channel, then the limit will probably be in force since collisions could occur. The trick is to get the channels that are overlapping as far apart as possible, around 100 feet away. This is to reduce Wi-Fi congestion. It can work, but it could be a bit less reliable.

When can I pre-order iPhone 6?

Episode 1112

Gail from Covina, CA
iPhone 5s

Gail is anxious for iPhone 6 to come out because she's still on an iPhone 4. She wants to know when she'll be able to pre-order the new phone. Leo says it could be September 9th, the day they announce it, but it could be ten days later. Or it might be on the 12th. There's also news that Apple is having manufacturing issues and there may be short supplies, so she'll have to be quick to pre-order. When she does pre-order, she should do it at the Apple Store website. She can specify her carrier there, and then it will be FedExed to her.

How can I run only Windows on my Mac?

Episode 1111

Karen from Charlottesville, VA
Apple MacBook

Karen has a MacBook which she runs Windows on, but she then deleted the OS X partition to run it solely on Windows. Leo says it's a legitimate use for a Mac if she prefers Windows because it's essentially a high end Windows PC, at least according to Walt Mossberg. Leo says that there is a Windows version of startup tools for Apple that she can get, which will boot up straight into Windows.

FoxConn Confirms Specs for Larger iPhone

Episode 1111

Apple Headquarters

FoxConn has apparently confirmed the specs for both a 4.7" and 5.5" iPhone. Leo says that's the most credible intel yet. If this is true, the iPhone will be as big as a Galaxy Note. You can bet Leo will buy one if that's the case. There's also talk that Apple is having trouble making them because they want the phone so thin, that they've had to change the manufacturing process yet again.