Apple

How big of a hard drive should I get on my MacBook?

Episode 1309

Micheline from Studio City, CA
Apple MacBook Pros

Micheline is moving from a Windows 7 laptop to a MacBook. Leo says that she'll love it if she does. Leo says that Macs have a high hardware standard and are well made. They also have better support. She wants the 15", but should she get the 256GB or 512GB SSD? Leo says to look on her Windows laptop and see how much space she's using now. That will give her a good idea of what she will need. Leo says that 256GB will be plenty, though. How about a refurbished model? Leo says only buy it from Apple.

How can I copy my iTunes music to Android?

Scott from Fountain Valley, CA

Episode 1308

Scott is using iTunes on his iMac and he's trying to move his music to his new Samsung device. Leo says that if the music is copy protected, he'll have an issue. If it isn't, then he can easily use a product like DoubleTwist to get his music on it. For copy protected music, Leo advises getting an iTunes Match subscription. It's $25 and it will replace the copy protected music with DRM free music.

Vulnerability Found in Apple's macOS and iOS

Episode 1308

MacBook Air, iPhone, iPad

Cisco has found a vulnerability similar to the Android text exploit, which could take control of your mobile phone through a text message. Leo says that Apple has released a patch to close the hole before anyone else had discovered it. This affects iOS, watchOS, macOS, and tvOS. Mavericks and Yosemite users don't have a fix yet, though, so those users should disable iMessage until they do. If you can't get past Mavericks because your desktop is too old, turn off iMessages permanently.

Rumor Appears Likely That Apple Will Remove Headphone Jack in iPhone 7

Episode 1300

According to reliable sources, the rumor is that Apple will be removing the headphone jack in the new iPhone 7 and users will be using the lightning port to get their audio. Apple isn't the only one to do it either, as the Motorola Moto X will soon has a similar design with the microUSB connector.

Read more at TheVerge.com

Apple Announces iOS 10 and 'Differential Privacy' at WWDC

Episode 1297

Apple had its WorldWide Developers Conference this week in San Francisco, and announced iOS 10, watchOS 3, and macOS Sierra. Among those announcements was the new Music app which has been slightly redesigned and a new iMessages app with many new features.

Apple also announced "Differential Privacy," which aims to gather data from users without sacrificing the privacy of each individual user. Apple also stated that it would be bringing more "deep learning" to iOS, but that it would only use data on the local device and not from the cloud.

How can I repair my iPhone screen properly?

Episode 1297

Sandra from Corona, CA
Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Sandra dropped her mobile phone and had the screen fixed at Staples. Now Siri doesn't work, and neither does the speaker. Leo says that the problem with third party repair sites. Leo says that Apple's attitude takes away our right to repair and it's hard for third parties to learn how to repair the phone properly. Had she brought it back to Apple, it would have been either repaired or replaced properly. At this point, her only option is to bring it back to Staples until it gets fixed properly.

Apple to Change the Mac File System in macOS Sierra

Episode 1297

Apple has announced major changes to their OS X file system. Replacing HFS+, the new system is called APFS and has some nice features that will include being more reliable. You'll be able to unplug a hard drive and the file system will be more robust and not crash the system. Another advanced feature will be Snapshots. It'll basically be an automatic image copy done in the background so that you will be able to get back up and running in a few minutes.

Apple has also announced SWIFT Playgrounds, which will enable kids to learn how to create apps on the iPad.

How can I use a found iPad?

Episode 1295

Jonathan from Durango, CO
Apple iPad Pro

Jonathan knows someone who lost an iPad in the snow and found it months later. It actually turned on! Leo says Jonathan is incredibly lucky. Leo says to make sure it's fully dried out before turning it on again. He should stick it in a bowl of rice and let it sit for a week. This will draw out all the moisture. There may also be corrosion.