Ken has a 2010 MacBook Pro that gets display errors all the time. Leo says that Apple has issued a recall on those MacBooks and will repair or replace it. He should go into About This Mac, and click the Service tab. This will tell him if it's available for recall. Ken's computer isn't covered under that program, and since he put an SSD in it, Apple won't service it. Leo says to take out the new SSD and put the old drive back in. Get it fixed and then put the SSD back in.
David has an old iPod running iOS 6. Will there be a new iPod coming soon? Leo does think so. He thinks that Apple is pretty much ending development of the iPod since so many are buying iPhones now.
David could still buy an iPhone and just not activate it. Leo suggests going to Gazelle and buying a used, unactivated iPhone 5 or 5S. Then he'll be able to run iOS 8, just like an iPod. Leo says another option is T-Mobile's unlimited texting and data plan that costs $30 a month and has about 100 minutes of talk time.
Martin is into macro photography and he's getting into Adobe Lightroom. He's thinking of upgrading his Mac, and is wondering if Leo thinks Apple will release a new version of the MacBook Pro at the media event Monday the 9th. Leo doesn't think Apple would do that, but no one knows and it would actually be a good time for it. Apple was waiting for the new Intel laptop chips, which have now come out at CES. Dell, Lenovo, and HP have all built Windows machines with the 5th generation Intel processors, code named "Broadwell." So Leo expects Broadwell based MacBooks soon.
Apple will no doubt officially debut the Apple Watch on Monday at its Spring event, but chances are you won't be able to get it right away. We will learn more about it though, namely how much it will cost. There will be six watches, in three different styles -- a sport model, stainless steel, and a gold watch. The gold watch has been estimated to cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000. The least expensive, the sport model, will start at $349. There will be two sizes, 38mm and 42mm, and there will be several bands to choose from.
Apple sent out invitations for an event in San Francisco on March 9 called "Spring Forward." We expect to get more details including pricing and availability of the Apple Watch. The event will be streamed live.
Paul accidentally chose Chinese as his iMac's main language. He thought it would be easy to fix, but it actually got worse. Leo says that every Mac has a really great recovery solution. All he needs to do is reboot the Mac with CMD R and it will give him options to reinstall the OS from the Internet. Apple will then download and install the proper operating system. Some Macs may require OSX Lion to do it though. If he needs to do network recovery, Here's how - http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT4718
In a story in the Wall Street Journal from Reuters, from one unnamed anonymous source, Apple is making a self-driving electric car.
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The Apple Watch will work with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. He won't be able to use Apple Pay with the Apple Watch if he doesn't have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, however. So he may want to get the new iPhone 6 for that. We don't know yet if this will be such a great watch, though, anyone who's saying that is just guessing.
With the news that Apple's new Apple Watch will be coming in April, the company is putting safes in all of its stores to hold them. Some, including the Gold Edition version, will cost about $5,000. Leo says that's crazy considering that it'll be obsolete in a year.
Meanwhile there's another rumor that Apple is going to offer a streaming TV service with content licensed directly from providers. Rumors also suggest that Apple is talking to programmers about making it happen. Leo says they may have a shot this time, especially if they can offer live event programming.
Apple sold over 75 million iPhones in the last three months, for combined sales of over $18 Billion in profit, a 40% profit margin, the largest in history. Apple also has over $142 Billion in cash. Most of that has been transferred to accounts overseas in order to avoid taxes. So while they have that much money, it's not exactly liquid in the US.
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