Apple made their acquisition of Beats Headphones and Music Service official, paying 3.2 Billion and putting Doctor Dre and Jimmy Iovine on their board. Leo admits he was wrong and missed this one, and he was convinced that this was a bogus rumor. Apple went after the music service, which offers unlimited downloads and streams for $10 a month, is heavily curated, and Leo says it's a lot like regular radio. It has about 250,000 users, which indicates that it's not much of a success as a service.
The news is that the rumor of Apple acquiring Beats for $3.2 Billion may have been premature, as Apple has started to back away from the acquisition. Word is that Doctor Dre put up a video bragging about being the first rap Billionaire and Leo says it seems it apparently didn't sit too well with Tim Cook and the Apple Board. So things have been put on hold.
Daryl also wants to know about music software and what's the best platform. Leo says that a lot of people use Macs. Logic Pro would take him to another level. Ableton's Live is great for live performances. DJs have taken to the iPad, which has a lot of apps for music. FruityLoops is a good app for DJing. There's also an option for Windows: Cakewalk.
Last week, word came out that Apple might be in talks to acquire Beats by Dre for $3.2 billion. That is still just a rumor, though, and there hasn't been any word on it since. Leo suspects this is some kind of publicity stunt for Beats. This would have been the largest acquisition Apple has ever made, and it wouldn't make much sense.
Debbie wants to know if there's a tablet that allows for voice commands. Leo says just about any tablet can do that. Can she text with a tablet? Leo says that both the iPad and the iPhone have the same capability to text via voice with Siri. All she would need to do is press down the home button until Siri starts. Google can do some of that, but it's tricky.
Chris is a bit jealous because his girlfriend's Samsung Galaxy S5 is so much larger than his iPhone 4s. Leo says that is true, but Samsung also has a lot of bloatware on it. In june, Apple's Worldwide Development Conference may give us some hints about the new iPhone, iOS 8, etc. We may find out whether or not the next iPhone will be larger. So if he can be patient until then, it may pay off.
Apple and Samsung have decided to make peace and drop their protracted lawsuits against one another, and even work together to pursue patent reform. Leo says that's great news that both companies have realized that the war isn't good for their business or their customers. The war was actually started by Steve Jobs, but now that he's been gone for a few years, it's time to move on.
Joe wants to know how the iPhone works for the blind. Leo says that it's by far the best, although Android and Microsoft have done great work in making their phones more accessible with screen readers. The iPhone still is the best option for blind users, though.
Andrew doesn't like how the app store on the iPad utilizes the screen real estate. Leo says Apple has to make things big and take up space because it has to be large enough to tap with fingers. He also isn't thrilled with the new design that puts light grey or blue text on a white background. Leo says Apple does a better job with accessibility than most companies, but it's still not perfect. Leo suggests writing to Apple about his accessibility issues.
Mark just bought a camera and is looking for a computer that he could edit photos on. He's currently using an older HP computer. Leo says he thinks a Mac would be good for this. The reason he likes Mac is because people have so many problems with viruses and malware on Windows. The Mac also has better color accuracy, unless he spends a lot of money on a Windows machine and pays attention to the monitor that it comes with. He can run Adobe Lightroom on Mac or PC, also, so chances are the software he uses will be available on Mac.