Have you noticed the second speaker grill on the bottom of the new iPhone 7 in place of the headphone jack? It's not actually a speaker, according to an iFixit teardown. Instead there's a plastic piece which serves as a barometric vent that lets the inside of the iPhone equalize air pressure with the outside. This is necessary because the phone is waterproof and sealed up now. That vent is critical because otherwise the altimeter wouldn't work.
Josh has an iPhone 6s Plus and he's thinking that it's been slowing down lately. Should he wipe the phone and start over to get it to run faster? Leo says that he can, but it really won't help much. He can backup his phone and then restore it. Apple has changed the process and the apps have to redownloaded and installed, though. An older phone may have the need to wipe and speed up, but a newer phone like the 6s Plus shouldn't need it.
Melissa is in the market for a new car and wants to sync her phone to it. Leo says that the trend for modern car design is that auto manufacturers are designing their entertainment systems around the phone, creating a portal, rather than a standard stereo system. That way, when she gets a newer phone, she'll get an upgrade of her system. Navigation from the phone also syncs into the car. Apple's CarPlay is available in over 100 different car models now.
Apple announced the iPhone 7 this week, taking the "courageous" step of removing the headphone jack in favor of lightning connected ones. They also announced AirPods, which are wireless Bluetooth 4 headphones with microphones in each ear. They cost $159. The iPhone 7 Plus has two cameras, one 28mm wide angle and one 57mm telephoto. The Apple Watch Series 2 was also announced and it dropped the price of the Series 1 by $100, making it almost in the same price range as the Fitbit.
Bob has an old Samsung Galaxy phone and is looking to upgrade to an iPhone, but he doesn't want a larger phone because they're more expensive. Leo says that the iPhone SE is a good choice because it's essentially an iPhone 5 in a smaller package. He'll also save $100.
Rumors abound on what the iPhone 7 will look like. According to sources, there will be two, like previous models. An iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. One will have a dual camera lens. One will image in color, while the other images in black and white for depth. It will create a faux depth of field.
Find out more about what to expect from iPhone 7 at 9to5mac.com
Brett built his own PC and he's trying to move files from his old Mac. But his Passbook external drive doesn't see all of the files from his Mac. Leo says that's because Mac and PC use different file formats. Macs can read PC files, but Windows can't read Mac's HFS+ file system. So to be cross platform, he'll need to format the hard drive to FAT32.
Remember when Apple refused to unlock an iPhone because to do so would unlock all phones? Well the company NSO Group has found several flaws in the iPhone operating system and they've been selling exploits to governments to spy on dissidents. They've apparently had the exploit for three years and have been selling it. Apple has moved to patch the exploits that have been reported, but the question is, have they gotten them all? Leo says there's something wrong about selling the ability to spy on people.
Neil is switching to T-Mobile and he wants to make sure he has a phone that will work with it. He was planning on just buying an iPhone that works on T-Mobile, but after hearing Leo's impressions of the Galaxy Note 7, he's thinking of getting that instead. Leo says that his favorite phone changes pretty regularly. The folks at XDA Developers Forum also point out that reviewers often don't use the phone long enough to discover some of the longer term issues with using them. In the past, these Samsung phones have become slow and wouldn't run as smoothly.
Bernardi says that he's a Linux system admin, and he's thinking about going with a MacBook Pro for his next computer. It's very expensive with the dollar exchange, though. We're talking $10,000! Leo says that's crazy! Most of that cost is a tariff to the Brazilian government. This is why Apple's been considering opening a plant in Brazil.