Invitations went out this week for another Apple Event on October 22nd, this time at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. The larger venue usually points to several announcments, and Leo says it's likely that the 5th Generation iPad and iPad Mini 2 will be announced. Leo is skeptical that the Mini will get a Retina display this time around, even though it sorely needs one. What else could it have? A larger battery, and a more powerful processor. But if it doesn't have a Retina screen, will it be a flop?
Apple has another event coming up on October 22nd. Leo says it's likely we'll see at least one new iPad announced. Leo also suspects we'll see the new Mac Pro that Apple teased earlier this year. There have also been commercials for it playing in theaters.
Leo got his iPhone 5s when he got home from vacation and his thumbnail review is that he loves the Touch ID authentication. It's really easy to use. He also likes that he can make purchases without having to input a password every time. TouchID will ask to rescan your fingerprint from different angles to get a more accurate impression of your print. It asks you to hold the phone differently so it can scan from side angles, which is very effective.
Apple is going to have another event on October 22nd, reports AllThingsD, and Leo suspects iPads will be the star of the show. He expects the iPads to look more similar in design to iPad Mini, with a faster processor - probably the same as the iPhone 5S. Leo says he'd like to see an iPad Mini come with a Retina display.
Scott wants to know why the iPhone doesn't backup all of his Wi-Fi passwords when backing up. Apparently iTunes doesn't keep them. The Chatroom says that LastPass should be able to do it, and Leo agrees. The Premium version is only $12 and it's worth every penny.
Josh wants to know if the c in the iPhone 5c stands for 'cheap.' Leo says it really stands for "color", and is designed to appeal to price sensitive users. This phone is really an iPhone 5 made in plastic offered in different colors, and is meant to replace the iPhone 4 and 4s in the budget marketplace. It's not all that cheap, but he could get it on contract for about $99. If he wants to buy it off contract and unlocked, it's not that much less than the iPhone 5s.
Apple's iPhone 5s comes with a new security feature called Touch ID, which allows users to unlock their phones with their fingerprint. This struck a chord with many people concerned about privacy after the string of news stories about NSA surveillance, but the way Apple implemented this prevents fingerprints from being accessed by the NSA or any other entity. Apple does not store a picture of the actual fingerprint and doesn't upload anything to its servers.
Privacy Advocate and attourney Marcia Hoffman says that Apple's new Touch ID biometric password authentication may legally nullify 5th Amendment protections when it pertains to activity on your iPhone.
Leo says that when it first came out, the iPhone was kind of easy to use with a design that made it easier for the new user to get around on. But iOS 7 is natively digital and appeals more to the experienced user. It's not just getting rid of the stitched leather and torn page designs - Apple is pushing designers to redesign their apps to be more digitally appealing. There's a great read for developers called The Human Interface Guidelines by Apple.
Darlene is looking to upgrade to the new iPhone 5c or 5s and and wants to know if she should buy at the Verizon store or the Apple Store? Leo says to avoid the 5c because it's just an iPhone 5 with colors. The iPhone 5S is a far better buy. Leo says as for where to buy it, it doesn't matter. He likes going to the Apple Store because they'll do stuff for him like transfer his data for free.