iPhone

How can I change my iPhone's keyboard to alphabetic type?

Episode 1196

Guy from Ventura, CA
KidsKeyboard

Guy wants to change his keyboard to an ABCDEF type keyboard. Leo says that's not a good idea because QWERTY is the standard everywhere. But Leo can see why it would be beneficial from an accessibility point of view.

There is a site called AppleVis which talks about an ABCDEF keyboard for iOS devices and Apple just opened up iOS8 for third party keyboards. So it's only a matter of time before someone writes one.

Should I wait to buy an iPhone 6 Plus?

Episode 1193

Mark from Riverside, CA
Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Mike just got a new Apple Watch but he's wondering if he should wait on buying the iPhone 6 Plus. Leo says the next iPhone will come out in September, and will likely have a faster processor and memory. There may also be an improved camera. There's also speculation that there will be some haptic Force Touch features on the screen. There's a lot of speculation, but in the end we don't really know. Leo says there's no real need to wait unless he really wants to. Another option is to get an iPhone 5 and then pick up the iPhone 6 Plus when it's available.

Is my iPhone 5s repairable?

Episode 1191

Mark from Tustin, CA
Apple iPhone 5s

Mark got an iPhone 5s from a friend that had a "dog bite" in it. It will work connect via 4G, but not via 2.4GHz Wi-Fi (5 Ghz is fine). Is it worth fixing? He's tried DFU'ing it. Should he try iFixIt? Leo says he can look on iFixIt and get a teardown of the phone to see if the parts that don't work will be replaceable. Some aren't. Leo says it may be the antenna that is damaged. If he can replace the antenna or the Wi-Fi radio, then he should be OK. If it's soldered onto the circuit board, then he's out of luck.

What phone should I buy my mom?

Episode 1189

Alex from Sacramento, CA
Apple iPhone 6

Alex is trying to decide that smartphone to get his mother. He'd like to be able to video chat with her. Leo says that while he likes Android, the iPhone is really good because of FaceTime. What about battery life? Leo says he gets through the entire day with ease. But it really comes down to how good the signal is. If the phone is constantly looking for a signal, that can kill the phone in a half a day. But if he's in a good area, then the phone doesn't have to work as hard and that translates to hours more battery life.

How can I move my old cell phone to a new carrier?

Episode 1188

Kris from Merced, CA
Apple iPhone 6

Kris would like to move her iPhone 4 from AT&T to Verizon. Leo says she can't. The phones are the same model, but the iPhone 4 on AT&T has a GSM radio, and the Verizon model uses CDMA. She could get it unlocked and use it on T-Mobile, though. But to go from AT&T to Verizon, she'll need an iPhone 5 or above. In fact, if she can go to Verizon and say she wants to leave AT&T. Verizon actually sells an unlocked iPhone due to a consent decree with the federal government. And then she could use it on any carrier.

What's a good small screen smart phone?

Episode 1186

Eric from Ann Arbor, MI
BlackBerry Classic

Eric's mom uses an old phone that has a physical keyboard. She needs a new phone now and he can't seem to find one small enough for her. Leo says that Samsung does make smaller versions of their Galaxy Phones, like the Alpha, which is 4.7 inches. The smaller the screen, though, the harder it will be to type. He can go with the older iPhone, like the iPhone 5 or even the iPhone 4S, which is available for free now. It's a great smartphone for a first choice.

Why do my iPhone photos look so bad when I print them?

Episode 1185

Veronica from Los Angeles, CA
Apple iPhone 6

Veronica uses her phone all the time to take pictures. But when she uploads them to Walmart to print, the quality is poor in 4x6. Leo says that the iPhone's 8MP camera is more than enough to get great pics. She won't want to email it from the iPhone. She should connect it to her desktop and import the originals. Then upload those photos from there.

Can the iPhone talk to the Harmony Remote?

Episode 1185

Vincent from Fullerton, CA
Logitech Harmony Remote

Vincent's wife is blind and he's thinking of using a Harmony remote and the screen reading app on her iPhone to use it. How does that reader work? Leo says that's a great idea and some phones have free built-in infrared, making the phone a smart remote. The Harmony remote can talk to the phone via Bluetooth, though. The iPhone also has great accessibility features, if the app developers take advantage of them. But Leo says that the iPhone is the best option.