John is curious about the lawsuit against Apple regarding the stated storage capacity vs. the actual capacity. Leo says that while it's true that when buying an iPhone (or any smartphone) that half of the storage is used by the software and operating system, that's true of hard drives as well. Most people understand that. It is true that the 8GB iPhone users were left wanting when trying to upgrade to iOS 8, though (you need 5GB for it). But most class action lawsuits are started by law firms that get the lions share of the settlement.
John is running iOS 7 on his iPhone 4 and he's having issues with iMessage logging him out frequently. Leo says that the iPhone 4 is several generations old and using iOS 7 is at the edge of it's capabilities. Leo advises going to the Apple Store to talk to a genius about it. He should call Apple and ask them as well. iMessage has been a problem almost from the beginning. But it should allow him to use standard SMS to send the message if iMessage isn't working. If he's also having issues with texting over SMS, then it could be on AT&T's end.
Beanie wants to know if Photoshop works the same on the Mac Mini as it would on a similar small device from HP. Leo says that Photoshop is CPU bound, meaning the speed of the chip's cores will matter. The more cores, the better. An SSD will speed it up, as well as a good graphics processor. The Mac Mini uses Intel's Iris Processor, which is OK. So while there are speed differences, it largely depends on what he's doing, and chances are, he's really not going to notice. Going up to an i7 processor will give him a boost because of hyperthreading, but only if he really, really needs it.
Dan wants a keyboard for his iPad. What one would be best? Leo says that any bluetooth keyboard will work with the iPad. Many companies make keyboard cases, such as Logitech. But Apple's own bluetooth keyboard is excellent for a standard bluetooth keyboard. Caller Rob likes the KeyFolio Pro 2.
Another option is a foldable Bluetooth keyboard, like the iLepo on Amazon.
Leo says there's not much difference between the two. He uses a Mac Pro at home and likes it, but it's not very upgradeable, and any upgrades he could do would have to be external. On a PC, if he gets a tower case, upgrades are easy. Leo just got all of the video editors at TWiT Dell PCs and they will be moving to Adobe Premiere. The Mac Pro is expensive for what you get, and for pro video editors it's probably not the best solution.
Jonathan has Verizon FIOS with 75 Mbps up and down. Leo says that's nice! He has great signal on one side of the house, but it's terrible on the other side. How can he extend the Wi-Fi? Leo says he has to use Verizon's FIOS modem and router, but he doesn't have to use it for Wi-Fi. He can get a better Wi-Fi access point like an Apple Airport Extreme. Then put that in bridge mode so it'll pass the signal along to the rest of the house. If he needs more, then he can add a few $99 Airport Express's to act as a repeater. Leo has three of them.
Tom is looking for Leo's suggestion about fire alarms and suppression. Leo went out to the local alarm company and had them do it. But there are some interesting choices that also offer full home automation with motion activated cameras that will tell the house to heat up and turn on the lights when he gets home. He can do it himself, but he'll lose the monitoring advantages.
Achmed is buying a MacBook Pro with Retina display and it's a bit expensive. Is it worth it? Leo says that it is. Think of that MacBook Pro as the business class computer. That's pretty much all Apple makes. They're very well made and far more secure. So it's worth the money from that perspective. But it may be overkill for Achmed's needs.
Lynn is trying to decide what Mac laptop to buy. She can buy a used, tricked out MacBook Pro, a new MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air. Leo says that if someone is offering to install all her programs onto the laptop, that could be illegal unless he transfers ownership to Lynn. If he doesn't, then they won't work. Sounds like he's misleading her. Leo recommends going to the Apple store and looking at their refurbished laptops. They will be fully warrantied and he can still save some.
Edward is thinking about getting an Apple TV, but he doesn't see Apple really pushing it all that much. Should he wait for a new model? Leo says that it's not really that expensive at $99, so if he buys one and then Apple releases a new one, he's not really out all that much.