Apple has issued invitations to a special event on September 9th, and Leo says that the closer we get to the event, the more accurate the rumors become. We're going to be seeing two new iPhones, including a 5.5" model, and recent reports suggest the iPhone will even be able to pay your American Express bill. Apple will also announce a "wearable" computer, which is being referred to as an "iWatch", but it could be much more. While it is expected to be announced at this event, it likely will not ship until next year.
Jack wants to get a phone for his friend who's losing his sight. He wants something that they can talk with. Leo says that the iPhone is easily the best in that regard as it's accessibility features are specifically deisgned for those who are blind or vision impaired. And the next version - iPhone 6 - will have a bigger screen which will make it easier for him to use.
Apple's invitations for the September 9th event have gone out, and it could hint at a huge product rollout. The event, which returns to the Flint Center in San Francisco, also includes a custom built, large structure, which Leo says will be a demo area. Leo says the conventional wisdom is that Apple is moving to a 5.5" iPhone 6, along with a 4.7" version. But there's also talk that Apple will finally reveal the iWatch.
Gail is anxious for iPhone 6 to come out because she's still on an iPhone 4. She wants to know when she'll be able to pre-order the new phone. Leo says it could be September 9th, the day they announce it, but it could be ten days later. Or it might be on the 12th. There's also news that Apple is having manufacturing issues and there may be short supplies, so she'll have to be quick to pre-order. When she does pre-order, she should do it at the Apple Store website. She can specify her carrier there, and then it will be FedExed to her.
FoxConn has apparently confirmed the specs for both a 4.7" and 5.5" iPhone. Leo says that's the most credible intel yet. If this is true, the iPhone will be as big as a Galaxy Note. You can bet Leo will buy one if that's the case. There's also talk that Apple is having trouble making them because they want the phone so thin, that they've had to change the manufacturing process yet again.
Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission inadvertently tweeted its approval of two new iPhone models for sale later this year. This is the year of the big redesign of the iPhone, which Leo refers to as the "tock" of the "tick-tock" development schedule from Apple. Apple has called a meeting with the Commission to discuss the matter. Leo says this doesn't necessarily mean we'll see two new iPhones, though, but he hopes so.
Terry has an iPhone and wants to back it up to his new Mac. He's connected it to Windows and he's worried iTunes will want it erase it. Leo says to back it up to iCloud first. That's going to be his best option. But it should connect and back up to iTunes with no trouble. If it wants to erase it, then he shouldn't continue. Leo says current versions allow him to use up to five devices, so it shouldn't erase it.
Using an Android clone that looks like an iPhone, TMZ tried to put forth a series of silly rumors of what iPhone 6 will have, including wireless charging. Leo says that they got fooled by a Chinese clone that uses a heavily modifed version of Android to look like iOS.
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)