As we get towards fall, rumors are flying about when Apple will announce the next generation iPhone. The two rumored iPhones will be the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C will be available in a variety of colors, according to reports, and will be lower in cost. Leo says we won't see a lot of hardware advancements as we are on the 'tock' of the 'tick-tock' cycle. We will see the obvious software refinements that we have already learned from the iOS7 announcement a few months back.
Dan is wondering if he should get an antivirus utility for his Mac. Leo says not really, the market saturation is so small on Mac, even now, that hackers just don't write for it. Better safe than sorry, though. He could get the free Sophos Antivirus for Mac, or ESET has Cyber Security for Mac.
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Ever find something on your computer, smartphone or tablet that you want to show to others on your HDTV? There are a couple of easy ways to set this up.
If you use a Mac and iOS devices (iPhone and iPad), an Apple TV is a good way to go. At $99, the Apple TV is a small set-top box that connects to your TV through an HDMI input. Once connected, you'll be able to take advantage of the AirPlay button in the Mac's menu bar, and when playing media in iOS, to send content to the TV wirelessly.
Dana got an ElGato EyeTV and wants to know if he can use it with his television. Leo says no, that's actually a TV tuner for a computer. It's a great device, but if he wants to stream video on the internet, then a Roku box is a better option.
LaHell wants to do presentations with his Android Samsung tablet. Leo says an iPad with an Apple TV will work best. He could get Apple's Keynote app on iPad which is the best presentation software out there for a tablet.
Steve made the switch to an iPhone from his old Palm Pilot. The interface is very similar to the old Palm, but the iMessage app sometimes defaults to text message instead, charging him. Leo says that iMessage has never really worked right. There are internet only text messaging apps like Google Hangouts that he could use instead. There's also What's App, which also uses data. The addressee has to have a similar setup, though.
Oscar's son is attending college in the Fall and wants to know which Mac he should buy him. Apple just updated the MacBook Air in June, but has not yet updated the MacBook Pro. Leo suspects Apple will update it before September, though. Oscar wanted to get the computer before that.
Jesse is looking to get an Acer laptop. Leo says that Acer is a pretty good low cost option. She's looking to spend $1,000 and wants it to be scalable. Leo says that she can add memory and a larger hard drive, but that's about it. Laptops aren't usually upgradeable.
Leo says for $1,000 she could get an 11" MacBook Air, but that screen is tiny.
Sandy's iPad is having Wi-Fi issues. Leo says that Apple products tend to have issues with this, and there was a generation of Apple iPads that were very problematic. She went to Apple and they sent her to AT&T. Leo says to go back to Apple and tell them to fix the problem. It has nothing to do with AT&T.