Elena wants to get an iPad Pro for teaching. Should he buy the current version or wait until later this year? Leo says that Apple is due to refresh the iPad Pro, but who knows when they'll come out with them, and when they do, will it be that much more powerful? If she can wait until they come out, it'll be worth it to wait. Even if she doesn't want the newest version, the current model may go down in price.
Andy has an iPhone SE and he noticed that he can text phones from his PC using the email address provided by the carrier. Another option is to use a texting app that has a desktop app as well. Options include WhatsApp and Telegram, but he'd only be able to use it with people who use those apps. Facebook Messenger is an idea though. It works in the browser as well as mobile device.
Nabeel has a first generation MacBook Air and he can't turn it on, even when plugged in. Leo says that it's likely that the battery has died and that it blocks the current going to the computer. He can remove the battery and use it as a desktop, but to replace the battery is only about $99. So why not just get more use out of it by replacing it? Apple can do it.
Sarah wants to get a new Mac laptop. Leo says that Apple is likely to announce a new MacBook tomorrow, with Intel's new Kaby Lake processors. They'll be faster, and they'll have higher resolution screens, but that's about it. That means the time is right to make "the Switch." She'll want to look at the Mac keyboard, though. She should go to the Apple Store and try it out, because it's different. It also only has one connector, and she'll have to buy adapters to add external devices.
Apple's Tim Cook will take to the stage tomorrow from San Jose, in what may be the last keynote to be given before they move to the circular spaceship campus. Operations have already begun there, but the special theater for media events isn't done yet. Leo expects the 10th anniversary iPhone event to be there in September.
Larry dropped his iPhone 7 Plus and now the screen is completely shattered. He has since found out that Apple doesn't use Gorilla Glass to protect the screen. Leo says he doesn't believe that. More likely, Apple doesn't want to boast that they use Gorilla Glass. Even then, it's not indestructible. The harder a material is, the easier it is to shatter when it lands just right. That's why Apple was looking at Sapphire screens, but they are very expensive to make.
There's plenty of credible evidence that Apple is going to get into the home connectivity game with an announcement of a Siri home speaker at WWDC. But Leo says that Siri is the dumbest of all the digital assistants, since Apple has systematically dumbed the service down since they acquired it. So he's not sure how beneficial it would be to have a Siri device over Amazon's Echo or Google's Home. Apple may have the edge with superior hardware, though.
With most of its money stashed in Irish banks, Apple's $246 Billion is tucked safely away from the US Tax Code. So much so, that they've created a separate Irish subsidiary which then licenses Apple's own intellectual property back to Cupertino. It's all the same corporation, mind you, but it enables them to avoid taxes in the US. And it's completely legal. They have more money in the bank than the GDP in Sri Lanka, and the 13th largest country in the world, if it were a country.
Michele is having issues with her iPad 2. The Wi-Fi is dropping out and her apps disappear and reappear. Is it wearing out? Leo says that what Michele is dealing with is a "Springboard crash." It may be corrupted. She should try to backup her iPad, which she should do regularly using iTunes. Once she's got it backed up, she should do a complete factory reset. It may even need to have a DFU reset.
An article at MacRumors says that "constant negativity" from pros over the TouchBar on the MacBook Pro, as well as complaints on the Mac Pro tower prompted Apple to rethink the design of the pro Mac platform. But let's be real here. They're not planning to release it until at least 2019.