Apple

How can I use my Apple lightning headphones with a regular headphone jack?

Apple EarPods

Episode 1477

Steve from Birmingham, AL

Steve wants to use his lightning headphones into a regular headphone jack. Leo says he probably won't be able to do that since the Lightning connector is proprietary. Those Lightning headphones are for one thing only — for use with the iPhone. Walmart does sell a female-to-male Lightning adapter, and there's one that actually comes with the Apple Pencil as well. Leo's not sure that this would actually work, though. It may be easier to just buy a cheap pair of earbuds that would have the proper connector.

Apple to Hold Education Event in Chicago

Apple iPad and Apple Pencil

Episode 1474

Tuesday, Apple is holding an education event in Chicago, and many believe that they will be offering a lower cost iPad for education along with the Apple Pencil. But they may also update the MacBook Air. Leo says that Apple will need to get the price down to around $250 in order to compete with Chromebooks in the education realm.

UPDATE: Find out what Apple announced here (theverge.com)

What does the long beep mean when I try to boot up my iMac?

Apple iMac

Episode 1474

Bob from Alpine, CA

Bob put his iMac to sleep and then when he went to wake it up, he got a "bong" with a blank screen. Leo says that those tones indicates different things depending on the tone. Here's a list. It's possible the backup battery in the computer is dead and needs to be replaced. But it could also be a failed hard drive. It could also be an EFI ROM update is in progress. If you hold down the D key when booting up, you'll go into diagnostic mode. If that doesn't work, then you have a major hardware failure.

What should I buy for my first smartphone?

Apple iPhone SE

Episode 1474

Richard from Tampa, FL

Richard is looking to get his first smartphone. Leo says the most important question to ask when getting a first smartphone is what phones his friends and family use. He should find out what carriers they have and how happy they are with them. Apple's iPhone makes an ideal first phone because it's so easy to use, but his friends and family will be his first line of support when he's learning to use it. The iPhone is a bit pricey and there are some good budget Android options out there.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Scott Wilkinson

Episoide 1473

There's talk that Apple has bought a MicroLED display company called MicroView. Some think that indicates they're going to make a TV, but MicroView tends to mean that they are going to bring those screens to mobile phones or even the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch displays 320 dpi, but Scott has heard of breakthroughs to 1600 dpi. If you get to the point that you can't see the dot, then it becomes pointless to get any sharper. Leo says that the reason to get DPI that high is for Virtual Reality, and that really may be what Apple is up to.

How can I email files securely?

Email

Episode 1471

Fred from Fort Worth, TX

Leo says that Fred is right to be concerned about the security of sending emails because the contents of the messages can be read along the way. If the email is going from one Gmail address to another, however, it would be secure. Ultimately, though, Leo doesn't recommend sending attachments at all. Opening attachments is how most people end up getting infected, and it doesn't just affect that person either. It will spread to all of that person's contacts, affecting their family, business, and the internet as a whole.

How can I format my MacBook Pro hard drive?

MacBook Pro

Episode 1463

Zack from Los Angeles, CA

Zack is trying to reformat an old MacBook Pro and he gets a "temporarily unavailable" error. Leo says that Apple has a theft prevention setting that would prevent him from deleting everything in case the laptop is stolen. But there's a way around it by restarting it with Command + R. At this stage, Leo recommends going to the Apple Store and have a Genius look at it.

Get More Out of Live Photos on iPhone

If you have an iPhone, you may already be familiar with the Live Photo feature that it has. When Live Photos are enabled, whenever you take a picture, the iPhone will also capture a few seconds before and after the shot is taken. This gives the photo some motion, almost like a very short video clip. But you may not know that it can actually go beyond just that basic functionality. After you take a photo of something that moves, go to edit the photo and swipe up. This will reveal a few different effects that you can apply.

Tech Companies Announce Quarterly Earnings

yellow bar chart

Episode 1459

Tech companies announced quarterly earnings last week, and everything was up. Alphabet's revenue was up 24%, but because of the new tax law, it actually lost money. Alphabet had an additional tax expense of $9.9 billion, but that money went toward taxes on funds that were kept overseas to avoid that tax. Ebay lost money because it had to pay $3.1 billion, and Lenovo lost money because it had to pay $400 million in taxes.