iPhone

Should I make the switch to Android?

David from Colorado Springs, CO

Episode 1432

David is looking at the Google Pixel 2 XL but he's worried about losing accessibility on his iPhone. Leo says that Google isn't going to take their apps off iOS any time soon. But the Pixel 2 XL is a worthy contender if you choose to make the switch. Both are great phones. One argument in Apple's favor is that from a security point of view, you're safer because their ecosystem is closed, versus Android's more open source vibe.

How can I control my mp3s in my car?

John from Oxnard, CA

Episode 1432

John has a new car and it doesn't have a CD player. It has an USB plug to play in. But it jumps all around. Leo says that most car makers expect you to keep your music organized and play them on your mobile phone. John's Corvette uses Apple Car Play so his iPhone will interface with it really easily and he can play all his music via iTunes Music's app. You can just tell it to play an album and it will play it. Or you can even tell it to play no pause between tracks, shuffle, create playlists, genre. it's wide open in terms of options.

How can I get my iPhone to stop asking me to update to iOS 11?

Episode 1431

George from Victor, MT
Apple iPhone 7

George has an iPhone 7 and he keeps getting asked to update iOS 11. His wife doesn't want to upgrade due to battery life issues. Leo says that he has iOS 11 and it runs just fine. A certain percentage may run into problems, even 1/10th of 1% would still be thousands. That's just the nature of the business. George doesn't know how to stop the notifications of iOS 11 other than to just ignore it. Once he upgrades, he can't go back. That's why the conventional wisdom is to wait a few weeks on updates, because there will be patches coming out in short order.

iPhone X Faces Production Issues

Episode 1431

Apple iPhone X

The iPhone X is about to be available for preorder on October 27th, and Leo says that most users have been waiting for it, choosing not to upgrade to the iPhone 8. But Leo says that users who have the iPhone 6S or 7 may choose to merely not upgrade at all, since the performance boost really isn't that significant. The $1,000 price tag could also be giving users pause. Those who will be buying it are likely doing it as a status symbol, not for any measurable improvement. Meanwhile, analysts are speculating that sales of the iPhone may be hampered by available supply.

Why doesn't my phone charge while I use Waze?

Episode 1429

Bill from Palm Springs, CA
Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Bill says that his phone doesn't charge while he's using Waze and is connected to USB for charging. Leo says that some chargers will divide dual USB port chargers, and as such, he won't be using all the charging capacity. Leo advises going with a single port charger and get the highest amperage model he can. That will give him enough juice to charge while he's using it. Leo recommends an Anker charger. Leo also recommends keeping his phone cool. An overheating phone won't charge.

Can I use my mobile phone as a hotspot?

Episode 1427

Russell from Scranton, PA
Tiny Hardware Firewall

Russell has an iPhone SE and was using an app called Tether to use his cell phone as an internet hotspot. It doesn't work anymore, though. Leo says that it's been replaced by the hotspot feature in the phone, but his provider may not support it or may charge him a monthly fee to use it. Some carriers don't charge for it at all, like T-Mobile. But resellers, like Boost don't support it because the major carrier they work with doesn't. Will a VPN fix it? Leo says not for hotspotting, but a VPN will work for keeping his internet access encrypted and secure in public Wi-Fi hotspots.

Should I update my iPhone 5S to iOS 11?

Episode 1426

Barbara from Thousand Oaks, CA
iPhone Mosaic 2017

Barbara has an iPhone 5S that keeps bugging her to install iOS 11. Should she? Leo says if Apple thinks it can run it, then she can run it. Security improvements are a good benefit. Also, some apps may not run without it. But the reviews say it will slow it down. It will still be faster than an iPhone 5 running iOS 10, though. So she should go ahead. It'll be usable. She should check out this article at arstechnica.com.

iPhone 8 or Wait?

Episode 1426

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

Leo says that he's like many Apple fans, trying to decide on whether to buy the iPhone X, the iPhone 8, or just wait. Leo says that he bought them because he wants to review them. Leo also says that most people are calling the iPhone X the "ex," not the 10. Leo says that you won't be able to get the iPhone X until probably next year due to parts shortages for the FaceID feature. So should you wait or buy the 8? There's no real rush to get the new iPhone. It's easy to skip a generation or two, and that way, when you get a new phone, you can experience an exponential bump in performance.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1425

Chris Marquardt

Chris says that the iPhone X will give you technically better images because the camera has been improved. The Portrait Lightning is also a great new feature. Auto HDR has improved, with a wider color range. It also has a slow sync flash, which gives the background more light to make it look better. 4K/60 in video mode or 240 fps at 1080p. It has a lot of options. But just remember, even with all of these new photo features, it won't make a good photo composition for you. You still have to decide what looks best.

What app should I develop next?

Episode 1425

Joe from Gardena, CA
Apple iOS 11 App Store

Joe is an app developer and is looking to create an app for AR. Since Joe already has a parking app he's developed, Rich thinks he should elaborate on that and use the phone's camera to decipher parking signs. A user could simply point his or her camera at the sign, and the app could return a big check mark or red 'x' on if it's ok to park there at that time. The issue will be gathering the information for the backend. But if he can make submitting data easy and fun, and it works, then he'll have a winner.