Will Apple ever release another 17" Macbook?

Episode 1228

Evan from Santa Clarita, CA
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Evan has an old MacBook Pro running Boot Camp for Windows 7. He uses it for 3D modeling software and gaming. It's getting long in the tooth and now he's looking to upgrade. Leo says that Evan may want to wait for Intel's new Skylake processor. It may not be that much faster than the current Broadwell line, but it'll future proof him better. If he can't wait, Broadwell will be fine.

How can I replace the hard drive in my iMac?

Episode 1227

Martin from Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Apple iMac

Martin wants to put a solid state drive in his 27" iMac. Leo says that adding an SSD is a great thing to do, but it's not easy with an iMac. Leo had his engineers do it, because he needed a special suction cup to lift the glass screen off to take out the hard drive and replace it. It's doable, but it's not for the faint of heart. Leo recommends going to and he can find a special step by step, along with the parts and tools required.

Should I buy an iPad Pro?

Episode 1226

Chris from Florida City
iPad Pro

Chris says that financing on the iPad Pro is confusing. Should he just buy it outright or finance it? Leo says that financing on the iPad is far different on the iPad Pro because Apple isn't competing with carriers. But it usually costs more with interest. Apple has sweetened the pot with the iPhone, bringing the interest down to almost nothing. It's still better than buying it on a credit card. Leo advises waiting to see what the financing options are when it comes out. By then, Apple should make their terms and conditions more clear.

Why do I keep getting a "no SIM card" warning on my iPad 2?

John from California

Episode 1225

John randomly started getting the message that said "No SIM Card" on his iPad 2. He took it to AT&T and they gave him a new SIM card, but after a couple weeks, it started giving him that message again. Leo suspects the issue is something in the iPad, such as a short circuit that's actually frying SIM cards. It is an older iPad, and Leo suggests bringing it to the Apple store. But it most likely won't be a free repair. He shouldn't do anything to it himself -- he should have Apple look at it.

It might just be time to get a new one, though.

Apple Releases Mac OS 10.11 'El Capitan'

Episode 1225

Mac OS X El Capitan

Apple has released Mac OS 10.11 called "El Capitan." Leo says this is a pretty safe install, as it's been in public beta for quite some time already. But if you need your computer for work and depend on it for important things, Leo still advises waiting. Apple users generally like to update sooner than Windows users, so this can be problematic if an application doesn't work as it should on the new operating system. A good rule of thumb is to wait until the second update to the new operating system before installing it.