David works for a zoo and wants to set up music that would play through the PA with announcements that would be timed throughout the day. He wants it to be automted. Leo says it's an easy thing to do. An iPod Touch or a Google Nexus 7 with an Alarm app could do it. Most alarm apps will allow him to create music playlists.
Apple announced a redesigned Mac Pro on Monday, at the company's WWDC keynote. Leo says it's a crazy design. It's in the shape of a cylinder as opposed to the more traditional looking tower. It has a central core cooling system that draws heat away through the middle, and it sports dual server grade Xeon processors, and dual AMD FirePro graphics chips. No spinning drives, as there's simply no room for it. In fact, there's no room to expand the MacPro at all, except through USB 3 and Thunderbolt 2 ports.
Tomorrow in Cupertino, Apple's World Wide Development Conference begins. Leo says we'll see a new version of iOS announced and it could be dramatically reimagined by Sir Jony Ive. We'll also probably see a new version of OS X, but we've run out of big cats, so what will it be called?
Leo also says we may be seeing a new MacBook Pro Retina that's super thin, more like a Macbook Air. We could even see a new Mac Pro tower. He rather doubts we'll see an official iPhone/iPad announcement, however. That probably won't come until at least September.
Richard recently bought a Sonos player, but he's having issues connecting it to his Time Capsule. Leo says that Time Capsule is great for Apple products, but with third party hardware it gets complicated. Sonos has a good technote for it here.
In what is usually regarded as a sign that a new upgrade is about to be released, there are murmurs that the inventory of current generation of Mac Pro towers are starting to dry up at Apple Stores.
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Herb has an old iMac and is thinking about getting a new iMac with the Fusion hybrid drive. Leo says that the Fusion drive will buy him a 128GB SSD with a 2-3 TB hard drive, working in concert. They work just fine. In fact, Apple's hybrid drive is better than most.
Pamela has a flip phone and her dad has an iPhone 4S. She tries to text, but it doesn't work right. Texts come out in gibberish. Leo says it's odd that the flipphone is messed up because SMS is good on all platforms. So that doesn't make any sense. Pam can use the iPod Touch if she has Wi-Fi access to do it. It only will work through Apple's iMessage, also. Pam can get other apps like What'sApp, Google Chat, or Skype, which all would handle messaging.
Patrick would like to set up everyone in the family with Apple IDs, but he can't get everyone on the same account. Leo says that according to the chatroom, he can only use three Apple IDs per credit card. So he'll have to have another credit card for the rest. One other option, according to Leo, is to go to his bank and have them generate dedicated credit card numbers that are linked to his account and can only be used with iTunes. Or, better yet, set up each ID with a separate iTunes gift card. Then fix it to where they can only be used with the gift card.