When you install a smartphone app, there's a good chance it will come with push notifications turned on by default. For example, Facebook's Messenger app will be able to pop up a notification whenever you receive a message on the service. Depending on how many messages you receive on Facebook, this could be quite a battery drain for your phone.
Marie wants to know that if she should stay with Mac for buying an iPhone and tablet. Leo says it's a good idea, but you don't ever have to. Every smartphone and tablet will work just fine with the Mac. The iPhone will be a very good choice, however, and if Marie can wait, it would be a good idea to wait until Apple announces the new iPhone next month. The iPhone is a great phone, especially for someone who hasn't had a smartphone before. But if you're an advanced user, Leo likes Android because you can do more. The Motorola Moto X is a good one as is the HTC One.
Tom is having issues connecting his iPhone to his router, and he's looking to get an Asus One router. Leo says that's a great idea because it uses DD-WRT, which is an open source firmware and it's more secure, faster, and offers more options. Leo says that the plaster and metal joists could be acting as a faraday cage to prevent connectivity. And it's not unusual for a weaker signal to have issues in iOS. It just sounds like the signal isn't good and you coudl get an extender, but Leo recommends getting one from the same brand.
Wesley has a friend who's phone is fairly new, and it drops to 30% really quickly and shuts down. Leo says that's not right. If it's still under warranty, he should take it back. That isn't the sign of a bad battery. Batteries either work or don't work. What uses the battery most is a screen. So an app really wouldn't kill it so suddenly.
Michael is trying to decide between a Samsung phone and the iPhone, and wants to know what phone will let him talk on the phone and use the internet at the same time. Leo says that's a network feature and not so much a phone feature. Currently, it's only available on AT&T and T-Mobile. But Verizon and Sprint are moving towards LTE and then he'd be able to. The chat room says that this is possible on some Android phones, if the network has turned on the capability.
Contacts can be organized into groups on the iPhone or iPad to make them easier to find. However, it may not immediately be obvious that this is possible because Apple still doesn't allow you to create those groups on iOS 7 -- you can only view them. To create groups, you must do it in iCloud or from your computer. Here's how to create groups using both methods:
Apple announced several noteworthy new features at its WWDC 2014 presentation on Monday, June 2. Apple usually spends some time in the beginning of these announcements giving a self-congratulatory report, but they didn't waste much time during this keynote. They did talk briefly though about the growth of the Mac and how many iOS units have sold to date. They also referred to Android as a "toxic hellstew" of security vulnerabilities. This was all part of the "new Apple" that seems to be emerging with Tim Cook at the helm, taking jabs at competitors like Google and Microsoft.
Chris is a bit jealous because his girlfriend's Samsung Galaxy S5 is so much larger than his iPhone 4s. Leo says that is true, but Samsung also has a lot of bloatware on it. In june, Apple's Worldwide Development Conference may give us some hints about the new iPhone, iOS 8, etc. We may find out whether or not the next iPhone will be larger. So if he can be patient until then, it may pay off.
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.