Mike has an iPhone that he connects to his Subaru. It used to read his text messages, but now it doesn't work. Leo says it's likely been disabled while driving. It could be that the latest version of iOS doesn't support that function by design. The chatroom says that the car software may not have been updated. Leo's more of the mind that Apple disabled those features to guard against distracted driving.
John wants to know if he can delete the multiple backups on iCloud. Leo says he can manage his iCloud storage and delete the backups, but he'll want to be sure he has another backup on his computer first. Then once he has that done, he's free to delete them. Then he can turn off the backup to iCloud on those other devices.
Ben decided to make the switch from Android to iPhone and he thinks he's made a mistake. He did it because everyone else in the family is on the iPhone, but he doesn't get to iMessage with groups. Leo says he can't because Apple's Messages isn't cross platform. Apple doesn't care -- they want to lock users into the iPhone ecosystem.
Chris has an iPhone 6 and with iOS 10.1, and he's getting strange colors when he resets it. Leo says that is a symptom of "touch disease," which is from a faulty video chip used. It misbehaves and starts spewing random data that can eventually get worse. Apple hasn't acknowledged it yet, although thousands are complaining about it. Even Apple Store techs are saying it's a common feature they are finding that requires repair, and Apple is charging to repair it if the phone is out of warranty.
Shar wants a new iPhone but what about her headphones? Leo says that the new headphones will have a lightning connection to plug into the phone, and there will be an adapter for older headphones. Unfortunately, it's not possible to listen and charge at the same time without an additional adapter. Not having a headphone jack is less of a big deal than Shar may think, though. Of course, the way around this is to use Bluetooth headphones.
Greg wants to know if he uses a magnet to connect his phone to his dashboard, will it affect his GPS? Leo says no, it won't. In fact, many cases, like Rokform's, can use a magnet to enable you to do just that and Leo has not seen any issues. It could screw up the compass, if he's relying on that, but it shouldn't affect his GPS.
Jay wants to use his iPhone as a camera and connect it to a hard drive to record for over a half hour. Leo says that some Android phones could do this with USB to Go, but not with the iPhone. Apple doesn't want users to do that. There's also the case that some processors get too hot over time and as such, will stop recording after awhile. That may also be an arbitrary limitation due to taxation as DSLRs are taxed differently from camcorders.
This week's gadget is for your mobile phone. It's called the Joby GripTight POV Kit. This small, lightweight device provides a handheld, stable locking smartphone grip. With the handle folded behind the smart phone, it's a great camera grip. With the handle folded under the smart phone, it's a steady video grip. Folded slightly open, the handle makes the POV into a handy viewing stand. The integrated Impulse Bluetooth remote attaches to the GripTight POV Kit providing a point-and-shoot shutter feature while also enabling users to capture photos and videos from afar.
Sam has an iPhone 6 Plus and he's going to be upgrading. He wants to know how he can sell his old phone. Leo says he'll get the most money by selling on eBay, but Apple will buy it back and he can just trade it in for the new iPhone 7 Plus. There's also Gazelle. They will give him a good price because the resale value is very high. His carrier will also buy it back, as will Best Buy, but at a fixed price. Gazelle will probably give him a better deal.
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BlackBerry this week announced it would be getting out of the hardware business. When the iPhone came out in 2007, no one knew exactly what that meant. In fact, the CEO of Microsoft at the time, Steve Ballmer, publicly criticized it saying that it's too expensive. The lack of concern was just enough to throw them off their game for a couple of years. By 2009, when it became clear the iPhone was the future of cell phones, Microsoft and BlackBerry finally leapt into action. Unfortunately, it was too late at that point and Apple already owned the space.