Leo says that Apple's new payment system Apple Pay probably protects the credit card companies against credit fraud more than consumers since in the US, law protects consumers more. But Leo says it is more convenient because Apple Pay generates one time use temporary charge numbers that are tied to your account. So no one knows your account number but you. And that's neat. It also protects your credit cards and users won't have to cancel their cards if their phone gets stolen, they can just suspend the charging priviledges of the phone using Find my Iphone. And that's cool.
The iPhone 6 was previewed on Tuesday, with pre-orders to be handled starting on the 12th. Leo tried to pre-order at midnight and went to bed empty handed around 3am, just as he expected. The larger iPhone will be a huge interest and it's also the one with supply shortages. Leo wanted the larger one because of the larger screen, better image stabilization (optical), and better battery life. But aside from that, the 4.7" and 5.5" are the same. Leo was finally able to get the iPhone 6 Plus through Sprint for his mom and the smaller 4.7" iPhone 6 through Verizon for himself.
After the recent iCloud security breach that released private celebrity photos, you may be wondering what you can do to protect your data in the cloud. Apple has released a statement saying that it was not a failure of iCloud or Find My iPhone that resulted in these photos getting out -- it was a deliberate and targeted attack. That being said, here are a few ways you can keep your data more secure online:
Use Strong Passwords
Leo says since most MacBook Pros come with SSDs now, it's important to turn on drive encryption right away. If he doesn't encrypt the drive from day one, some data could end up unencrypted on that drive. Turn on encryption before putting private data on it. The Mac comes with something called File Vault for encryption, which he can access right from the Mac's System Preferences. He just has to turn it on, and he won't even know it's running. The only reason to do this is in the event that his computer was stolen.
Jeff is looking to get a MacBook Pro for college and he's wondering if there's a difference between the dual core and quad core processors. Leo says that quad core is more about speeding up rendering times than anything else. The higher end 15" model uses an NVidia Iris Pro GPU, which would be a more noticeable difference from the lower end models.
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 computer 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. He should make sure his SATA Bus is fast enough, though.
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.
Kathy thinks her Mac 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 she wants to be sure, she can download Little Snitch. It'll observe her computer activity and let her know if it does phone home or let someone remotely access it again. She should also turn on her software firewall.
Apple's invitations for the September 9th event have gone out, and it could hint at a huge product rollout. The event, which returns to the Flint Center in San Francisco, also includes a custom built, large structure, 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.
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.