In a marathon two and a half product reveal event, Apple announced a new OS for the Apple Watch, a pair of new iPhones - dubbed the iPhone 6S and 6S+, the iPad Pro, and the new AppleTV. Leo says that. Leo says that the iPhone's new camera looks impressive, but Apple's new 3D Touch feature looks good too. There's three levels of touch that gives different menus and features. The new iPad Pro, however, proves that Apple's tablet has moved from a content consumption device to a bonafide productivity tool.
Alan is wondering if his iPad 2 could wear out. Leo says only if he bangs it around to physically damage it. Alan says it doesn't work as fast as it used to, though. Leo says that the one flaw of solid state memory is that it gets slower over time. So it may be worthwhile to refresh it from time to time. It's the same advice with mobile devices as with computers. About once a year, it's a good idea to backup your data and then wipe and refresh the device. It won't get it back to 100% of the original speed, but it should get most of the way.
Leo says that the upcoming Apple event will likely feature new generation iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 6C. This is an off year which means "fins," like improved camera with rumored 4K video capability. Force touch. Faster processor and maybe better graphics chips. We may also see, finally, a new refreshed Apple TV, iOS9 and an updated operating system for the Apple Watch, which isn't selling as well as everyone hoped. Leo also says the whole wearable thing hasn't performed as well as expected.
Josh wants to set up Family Sharing so that his son can access purchased content without having access to everything else. He went to create a separate Apple ID for his child, but Apple said it requires a credit card to verify that Josh is an adult. Apple says he could use a credit card to confirm it, and then remove the payment information afterwards. But Josh doesn't have a credit card, and Apple doesn't seem to have any way around that. Leo says Apple is really missing the boat here by not offering some sort of backup verification option. Leo suggests writing to Tim Cook.
Grandma Julie called a few weeks ago and Leo advised her to get a MacBook Pro for her grand daughter. Leo says that the 13" version would last her all through college. But it may be a good idea to go to the Apple Store and check which one she likes best. There's also the MacBook Air, which is a nice light version. In the middle is the standard Macbook with Retina, but it's a bit pricey. Leo has a 13" that he carries around and it's not bad. The Retina display is beautiful.
The latest rumor is that Apple will announce the iPhone 6S and 6S+ around September 9th, order on Friday September 11th, and shipping the week after. Leo says that as we get closer to the actual date, the rumors actually start to get more accurate.
Apple will announce the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus the first week of September, with rumors that an iPhone 6C color backed model coming as well. Improvements are expected to be made in the processor and camera, with Force Touch screens. This is the "tock" in the tick-tock update schedule.
In other news, Samsung has announced the Galaxy Note V, which Leo says will be out next week.
Ellie says that Apple Music has screwed up her phone. Leo says that the problem lies with having iTunes Match. What that means is that her phone isn't setup with iCloud Drive, so her phone just doesn't see the files. It hasn't been deleted, it's still in the cloud. iCloud Music Library and Apple Music must be turned on. Otherwise, it will only see the puchased content.
Pat is a watercolor artist, and is wondering what computer, printer, and DVD player she should get. Leo suggests getting something that would allow her to draw into the computer, though. For that, Leo would recommend the Microsoft Surface tablet, even though Pat has always had a Mac. He recommends that because of the stylus and the touch screen of it. To do a similar thing with a Mac, Pat would need to spend more to get a Wacom Cintiq, which is very expensive.
Pat has four macs in various locations and wants to know if they will all be synced with iCloud like DropBox does. Leo says yes and no. It will sync, but not via a folder. The key is all the same Macs running the same shared Apple ID. Can she go work on different macs simultaneously? Leo says that could be problematic. To do team operations, a good third party app is GitHub.