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.
It's now once again legal to unlock your phone. Many cellphone companies will actually unlock your phone if you're a customer in good standing for at least six months. Leo says there's many reasons to do this, like traveling overseas, where you can get a local SIM with a local data plan and avoid expensive international data roaming charges.
Cell phone unlocking bill signed into law by President Obama (Boing Boing)
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.
Tom hasn't had a cellphone in a few years and he's looking at getting the Samsung Galaxy S5. He also sees that it's waterproof. Is that true? Leo says no, it's not water "proof". It's water resistant.
Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac writes that we'll see the iPhone 6 in the second or third week of September. That doesn't mean it will become available then, however. Usually Apple announces the phone, and then it goes on sale a week later.
Apple ‘tentatively’ plans mid-September iPhone event as iOS 8 nears completion (9to5Mac)…
At the "Hackers On Planet Earth" (HOPE) Conference in New York this week, forensic scientist and security expert Jonathan Zdziarski identified several holes and back doors currently on the iPhone. There's even a packet sniffer that's running all the time. Apple has yet to respond to it. It's important to understand that whenever you're using a connected device, whether intentionally or unintentionally, it could reveal information to interested parties. In his presentation, Zdziarski revealed some of the data that is constantly leaked out by the iPhone.
Kim wants to switch carriers and wants to know the best option for getting an iPhone. Leo was going to suggest T-Mobile, but that's where Kim is and she doesn't want to have a contract. Leo says that without a contract, she'll have to pay for a phone unsubsidized. She can also buy the iPhone 5S unsubsidized and make payments on it, but that's just like having a contract. Should she wait? Leo says we'll know when the iPhone 6 is coming out in a couple months. It'll probably be out in September.
Larry needs to get a new charger for the iPad. Leo says that the iPad requires 10w of charging and most chargers are only 5w. So he'll need to pay close attention to the amperage. He could use the same 10w charger for both his iPad and phone, because the phone will only take as much juice as it needs. If it takes forever to charge, it means the charger just isn't powerful enough. He can boost the charging time by putting the iPad into Airplane mode.
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.