iPhone

How can I use my old headphones with the iPhone 7?

Episode 1336

Shar from Los Angeles, CA
Apple iPhone 7 and AirPods

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.

Can I connect a hard drive to an iPhone?

Episode 1335

Jay from Providence, NC
Apple iPhone 7

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.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1333

Dick DeBartolo

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.

Where can I sell my old iPhone?

Episode 1333

Sam from Orange County, CA
Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

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.

(Disclaimer: Gazelle is a sponsor)

BlackBerry Gets Out of Hardware Business

Episode 1330

BlackBerry Q10

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.

What happened to my text replacement words in iOS 10?

Episode 1330

Donna from Buena Park, CA
Apple iOS 10

Donna updated her iPad and iPhone with iOS 10 and now she's lost all her text replacement options. Leo says it should be in her iCloud backup. Leo thinks that iOS 10 wiped it out and then backed up her phone afterwards. So in the future, she should make sure she makes a backup of her devices on her computer with iTunes before she updates.

What's the best camera app for the iPhone 7?

Episode 1330

Neil from Phoenix, AZ
Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Neil has been hanging on to the iPhone 6S, but he decided to get the iPhone 7 anyway. Leo took his on a cruise along with his Leica camera and he says it competed well with it. Neil wants to know how to get the most out of his camera on the iPhone. Leo says that the built-in Apple camera app has matured to the point that it's the best of the bunch now. Leo doesn't see the need for other camera apps. The built-in app will always have the edge over the others because it will be the first, and perhaps the only, to have the new features that Apple implements.

Can I get an iPhone that switches between AT&T and Verizon?

Episode 1328

Gary from Laguna Nigel, CA
Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Gary is a bird photographer and he wants to know if there is a phone that can switch between Verizon and AT&T. If Gary has an unlocked phone, he can swap out SIM cards as necessary and the iPhone will switch from carrier to carrier. If he's in good standing with his carrier he can request that they unlock it. Or he can just buy one unlocked.

Google has Project Fi, which can switch to whatever the strongest carrier is, but the iPhone can't do that.