In spite of announcing the sale of over 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones within the first two days, Apple experienced a bad week this week as the update to iOS 8.0.1 ended up breaking iPhones by prohibiting users from making phone calls, getting data, or using Touch ID. Within a few hours, Apple yanked the update, but it left an untold number of users with a bricked new iPhone. Leo wonders if they even bothered to test the update. Apple has since released iOS 8.0.2.
If you're planning to upgrade to one of the new iPhone 6 models, it's important to back up your current iPhone first. You can backup your phone to iCloud wirelessly or to iTunes on a computer.
Walter can't take a screenshot anymore using Assistive Touch in iOS 8. Something had been changed from iOS 7. He wants to take a screenshot of photos that he has zoomed in on to get rid of the black borders around them.
Since the camera roll in iOS is accessible from other apps, Leo suggests trying SnapSeed. It's a free Google product, and it's a photo editor that has cropping. This is a great photo editor that does a lot of things, so it's worth a try.
Leo got in line at 3 AM to get the iPhone 6, and due to an amazing bit of marketing, people were waiting in line overnight to be the first to buy the new iPhone. Leo was 40th. Leo also noted that there were a fair amount of technical failures associated with this launch including the electronic reservation system and the pre-order system, which both failed.
Ed can upgrade to the new iPhone and wonders if it's worth it to extend his contract or just buy it unsubsidized. Leo says that buying an iPhone outright can cost up to $1000. That's why most users buy subsidized, which is essentially paying for the phone over time with a two year contract. All the carriers have special plans now so he can get a new phone every year. But in the long run, he's actually spending more. If he isn't eligible for an upgrade, then he's going to pay the full price anyway.
Heather's preschool and buy a bulk deal on computers and she wants to know what's best. Leo says that Google's Chromebook may be the best option. All it has is a browser, and you use extensions that are online. But if you have dedicated software, then that's not going to work. What brand computers? HP, Dell or Apple? Leo says that Apple is a better choice because there's no real issue with security and you can actually run Windows on it if you need to. But they're twice as expensive as a garden variety Windows machine. Still, it's a better option.
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.