Debbie wants to buy her son a laptop computer for his birthday, and wants to know if there's a Mac for around $500. Leo says no. She can get a base MacBook Air for $900, which has an 11" screen. It's powerful and affordable. 128GB is a fine size for an SSD and Debbie's son can always add an external hard drive, or he can bring it back and get something different. Should she get it at the Apple Store or at Best Buy? Leo says she won't save any money getting it at Best Buy. So she should go at the Apple Store.
Chris knows that Apple is opening up the live beta of OS X Yosemite to the public. Leo says that this is the first time that Apple has offered a free public beta for a major release. But you have to be selected to be part of it. Chris has installed it because he's been approved, and he wants to know if he should add the updates that are coming in for Mavericks. Should he ignore them?
If you have a new computer, transferring your music library from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod can be problematic. This is because Apple does not natively support copying music to a computer if the iOS device hasn't been paired with iTunes first. In order to pair that device with iTunes, iTunes makes you erase the device first. There are, however, third party programs that can safely copy the music from the iPhone, iPad, or iPod.
Apple announced several noteworthy new features at its WWDC 2014 presentation on Monday, June 2. Apple usually spends some time in the beginning of these announcements giving a self-congratulatory report, but they didn't waste much time during this keynote. They did talk briefly though about the growth of the Mac and how many iOS units have sold to date. They also referred to Android as a "toxic hellstew" of security vulnerabilities. This was all part of the "new Apple" that seems to be emerging with Tim Cook at the helm, taking jabs at competitors like Google and Microsoft.
A Patent Troll company, VimetX sued Apple over FaceTime and VPN On Demand functions in Texas. The jury ruled in their favor, and a judge ordered a $368 million payout and 1% annual royalty which will amount to $340 million annually. Apple has been fighting it, but they haven't been successful. Apple is going to keep fighting, but they've also lost on appeal.
Robert is excited about all the news from WWDC and Apple's new features for OS X and iOS 8. Leo says they were all very exciting, if they all happen. Apple hasn't had much luck with the network services that they have offered: MobileMe comes to mind. But if they can deliver, it'll be very exciting.
Violet Blue from ZDnet put out a very strongly worded opinion piece blaming Google's Sergey Brin about the woes of the world. She says that in 2011, Brin was telling all of us that Google+ was the future of Google. But just earlier this week, Brin confessed that his involvement in anything tangentially related to social media was a mistake to begin with. She goes on about how Google sees the users as a "little more than webs of flesh spun over packages of salable data."
Tomorrow is WWDC (WorldWide Developer's Conference) as Tim Cook and his development posse will deliver a keynote that Leo thinks will feature software announcements of OS X, code named "Syrah." Some believe it'll be called "Yosemite," though. We'll also see a preview of iOS 8 which will be out in the fall. But there are some who believe there will be hardware announcements of new iMacs or Mac Pros. Maybe even a MacBook Air with retina display. Don't hold your breath for a new iPhone or iPad, as Apple moved it to a fall release schedule a few years ago.
Jay wants to know if a Chromebook is a good option for kids. Leo says absolutely. Great for school work because Google docs is all online. But will it be good for a college student or should he get a low spec MacBook Air? Leo says he can get great deals for students with 10% off, plus Apple just dropped the price $100. So a MacBook Air is ideal for a college student.
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.