Tom's contract with Verizon is almost up and he's thinking of moving to another carrier. Leo says that Verizon is on CDMA and T-Mobile and AT&T is on GSM. But pretty soon all will be on LTE, so it won't matter anymore. He wants to move to a no contract carrier. His mother wants to get an iPhone 5S. Can he get that off contract? What about the iPhone 6? Is that coming in the fall? Leo says that's the speculation. Will it be larger? Leo says nobody really knows. There's been pictures of larger screens, but they're prototypes.
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:
Charlie still uses a Palm Tungsten E2. He also has an iPhone 5, but he prefers the way his Palm Pilot can sort his contacts by category. He's been having trouble syncing his Palm Pilot with his laptop, though. Leo says that the Palm Desktop software will probably work. But the Palm Pilot used a serial port and they aren't available anymore. So he'll have to pick up a serial to USB adapter. Leo thinks he should be able to do everything he wants with the iPhone, though, so let's try and find a solution so he doesn't have to carry both devices all the time.
A new iPhone app called "Yo." is available in the iTunes app store, and just sends a message that says "Yo" to friends. The idea is that "Yo" could mean anything, and even is used in other countries around the world as a greeting. It's supposed to be a simple way to tell someone you're thinking of them, and the time at which it is sent gives it context.
Mark got a new iPad Air and he thinks it's essentially an iPhone with a larger screen. Leo says that is kind of true, but it's also a different, more enjoyable experience because it's a large, 10" screen. Mark needs to get a cover for it and there's so many options. Leo says that a cover is a personal choice and there's no lack of choices to choose from. Leo likes the DoDoCase Moleskin case that makes it look like a folio paper notebook. So it's very obscure and as such, safer. It's very protective, but it does add a bit of bulk.
If you have a new computer, transferring your music library from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod can be problematic. This is because Apple does not natively support copying music to a computer if the iOS device hasn't been paired with iTunes first. In order to pair that device with iTunes, iTunes makes you erase the device first. There are, however, third party programs that can safely copy the music from the iPhone, iPad, or iPod.
Ray's iPhone 4S is starting to fail, so he may not be able to make it until this Fall when Apple announces the new iPhone. Leo says ideally, he'd want to wait as long as he can now that we're only months away.
Ray wishes that Apple would provide a message for the iPhone which would tell everyone when he's driving. Leo says he believes that's coming and parents want it for their teen drivers. Leo says that should be coming in iOS 8. Android does that, and iOS should too.
John just stopped using his iPhone in favor of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. He wants to know if he can jailbreak his iPhone to be used as an iPod. Leo says sure. What about rooting the Note 2? Leo says he'll have to be careful rooting his Android phone. It's very specific to the model. John should check out his specific model at XDA-Developers.com. He can enter his device under "Find Device on Forum" and it'll take him to all the posts for that particular model. The root posts are "stickied."
Mark is dyslexic and he's noticed he can read better with smaller screens. Leo says there's a great app for the iPhone and iPad called ReadQuick. It's designed to teach people how to speed read, but it's also good for dyslexic users. It will enable him to read without moving his eyes.
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.