Chris says that upgrading to OS 10.3 will bring Apple's new Photos app on your Mac. He says it's pretty good, but it has a few flaws and bugs. One bug is that it will delete any pictures on your desktop in favor of your photos in iCloud. So if you don't have anything on your laptop you care about, go for it. it'll all be well. But Chris didn't lose any of his. They migrated everything to his Photos app with no problem, only reorganizing some. Chris says Photos is an update from iPhoto, but a clear downgrade from Aperture.
Mac OS 10.10.3 Yosemite has been released, which includes the new Mac Photos app and fixes a major flaw in the operating system. The flaw would allow a hacker to take control of the computer via remote access. Apple says that the upgrade is free, but if you cannot update due to having hardware that doesn't support Yosemite, then Apple says they have no plans whatsoever to patch this vulnerability. And what's their reason? It's too much work. Leo says that's a hard thing to swallow.
Lovetta wants to know how she can enlarge the Word toolbar. She can't see it because she's legally blind in one eye. Leo says that both Windows and Mac have magnifiers that will allow her to hover over the tool bar to make it big. Another way is to just go into her operating system settings and change the screen resolution. But Leo also says that there are accessibility features in Mac OS that will help her to enlarge the screen by holding down the control key and then scrolling with the mouse in order to zoom in and see it. Then she can toggle in and out.
The Apple Watch became available for preorder on midnight Friday, and it already sold out. New orders will not be filled until June or perhaps even as late as August. Leo got up at midnight to try and get his order in, and he thinks he barely got in for delivery on April 24th. He ordered the 42mm Stainless Steel Case with Milanese Loop, while Lisa got the 38mm model. The reviews have been mixed, however. Nilay Patel at The Verge gave it a score of 7/10. David Pogue liked it a lot, though. The big issue is about battery life. There's concern that it won't last throughout the day.
This Friday, April 10, at midnight Pacific Time, Apple will start taking pre-orders for its new Apple Watch. Ahead of the pre-order date, Apple has started putting up new guided tour videos that show off the various features of the watch at apple.com/watch/guided-tours.
Walter wants to know if his Mac is covered under the recall. Leo says if he runs Mavericks or Yosemite, he can go into "About this Mac" and look at the last tab. It will search his serial number and tell him if his Mac is qualified under the current recall for video issues. Leo also thinks his issue could be a bad ribbon cable or screen. If that's the case, then repairs need to be made. But check for the recall first.
Chris is a writer and proofreader and he's looking to get an iPad or a Microsoft Surface. Apple says the iPad will do everything the Surface can do. Leo says that's not even close to being true. The Surface offers a full version of Windows, so it'll do far more than an iPad. It also comes with Microsoft Office. Modifying PDFs is far easier on a Surface. He'll pay more, but he'll be able to do more as well.
Jeff has about 50,000 email addresses and he wants to know if there's a script or app that can pull emails and send them information. Leo says that it depends on where the data is. Jeff says it's in Apple Mail. Leo says the best thing to do is export the data into a text file format. Once that's done, he can use scripting language like Pearl, Python or Ruby to search for the email and make a master list of them.
Jay would like to replace his hard drive in his Mac Mini. What hard drive should he get, and where should he buy it? Leo says that these days, all hard drives are pretty much the same. Leo advises getting an SSD though. They're becoming quite resilient, are lasting longer, and the price is dropping.
If he's looking to get a spinning drive, Leo advises going to Other World Computing. They specialize in Apple replacement parts and even offer videos on how to do it.
Scott wonders where Apple will be in five years since they're about to become a trillion dollar company. Leo says it's amazing considering Apple has had more than one life. They sell more iPhones in one week than they did computers in 6 years during the 80s.
Leo says that the iPhone has reached a point where it's very mature and the new growth area may likely be wearable computers like the Apple Watch. That may change things dramatically. But Apple is very good when it comes to pivoting.