Apple and Samsung have decided to make peace and drop their protracted lawsuits against one another, and even work together to pursue patent reform. Leo says that's great news that both companies have realized that the war isn't good for their business or their customers. The war was actually started by Steve Jobs, but now that he's been gone for a few years, it's time to move on.
Joe wants to know how the iPhone works for the blind. Leo says that it's by far the best, although Android and Microsoft have done great work in making their phones more accessible with screen readers. The iPhone still is the best option for blind users, though.
Andrew doesn't like how the app store on the iPad utilizes the screen real estate. Leo says Apple has to make things big and take up space because it has to be large enough to tap with fingers. He also isn't thrilled with the new design that puts light grey or blue text on a white background. Leo says Apple does a better job with accessibility than most companies, but it's still not perfect. Leo suggests writing to Apple about his accessibility issues.
Mark just bought a camera and is looking for a computer that he could edit photos on. He's currently using an older HP computer. Leo says he thinks a Mac would be good for this. The reason he likes Mac is because people have so many problems with viruses and malware on Windows. The Mac also has better color accuracy, unless he spends a lot of money on a Windows machine and pays attention to the monitor that it comes with. He can run Adobe Lightroom on Mac or PC, also, so chances are the software he uses will be available on Mac.
Beats by Dre are popular headphones. Beats owns MOG as well, which is a music streaming service. The latest rumor is that Apple would buy them for $3.2 billion, which would be the largest acquisition Apple's ever made. If this is true, Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre himself would have executive positions at Apple.
Diego bought a MacBook Pro and he is hearing a "rattling" noise coming out of it. Leo suspects that there's a bad fan or bearing that's causing the noise. Leo advises taking it back to the Apple store before the warranty goes out.
Scott joins us to talk about Apple's acquisition of Beats headphones, which Leo says is far more marketing than acquiring a high performance technology. He equated it to Monster cables. Scott agrees. Leo is happy, however, that headphones are making a comeback over earbuds, which really don't give music their due. Scott's favorites are the B&W P5 and the PSB M4U. They're a few hundred bucks. Leo also says that Beats has educated people to accept that high quality headphones will cost you, but it's worth it.
There have now been two lawsuits between Apple and Samsung. The first was in trade dress, or the "look and feel" of the phone. The jury awarded Apple over $1 billion, siding with Apple that Samsung stole the design. In this most recent lawsuit, the jury wasn't as much in favor of Apple. They awarded Apple $119 million, which fell short of the $2.2 billion Apple was seeking. The jury also found that Apple infringed on one of Samsung's patents, and gave Samsung $158,400.
Jack wants to know when the new iPhone is coming. Leo says the rumors are that the new iPhone 6 will have a larger screen (finally). But they're still just rumors. And Apple never really leaks out dates of when it will come out. If we look to the past on how Apple has released iPhones, we can get a fairly good guess. It's usually around September. There's not much more they can do with it since it's a mature product.
CNet broke the story that Nike has laid off the entire Fuelband team and plans to kill the product. Leo says that Nike released a statement that they will continue to support the Fuelband for the foreseeable future. Leo thinks this is in large part due to the audience figuring that Apple will own this market later in the year with its own fitness based iWatch product.