Kira has to replace her four year old Blackberry, and wants to know what to get next. She really likes the keyboard. Leo says that just about any smartphone can do what Kira is looking to do (Gmail, Facebook ,etc). The downside is that physical keyboard phones are dying out.
Wendy needs to buy a new smartphone. Suggestions? Leo says that the first thing to do is look at your carrier. It impacts what phone you get because you may not have a choice of the phone you want. And Third party carriers like TING ties into Sprint. Page Plus has Verizon. Metro PCS is T-Mobile. So it's important to pay attention to coverage maps. And you won't be able to subsidize if you're not going under contract and that means full price.
Leo says when it comes to the iPhone, Apple has to support Windows, but it doesn't have to support Linux. Leo's not sure that even matters though, because increasingly the iPhone is designed not to be connected to a computer. Updates all happen over the air now. It's no longer tied to a desktop computer. Obviously there's no iTunes on Ubuntu for his music, which might be the biggest issue, but he can get music directly on the phone. Leo doesn't think he'll run into any major issues using an iPhone and an Ubuntu desktop computer.
Larry has an elderly friend who has an iPhone. He would like to forward email to his phone and it's not working. Leo says that every phone offers a special address that is the phone number via email. So if he knows the carrier is, he can email him through that phone number. Usually it would be something like "firstname.lastname@example.org" but they're all different. It'll be sent to him as a text message.
Leo got his iPhone 5s when he got home from vacation and his thumbnail review is that he loves the Touch ID authentication. It's really easy to use. He also likes that he can make purchases without having to input a password every time. TouchID will ask to rescan your fingerprint from different angles to get a more accurate impression of your print. It asks you to hold the phone differently so it can scan from side angles, which is very effective.
Scott wants to know why the iPhone doesn't backup all of his Wi-Fi passwords when backing up. Apparently iTunes doesn't keep them. The Chatroom says that LastPass should be able to do it, and Leo agrees. The Premium version is only $12 and it's worth every penny.
Josh wants to know if the c in the iPhone 5c stands for 'cheap.' Leo says it really stands for "color", and is designed to appeal to price sensitive users. This phone is really an iPhone 5 made in plastic offered in different colors, and is meant to replace the iPhone 4 and 4s in the budget marketplace. It's not all that cheap, but he could get it on contract for about $99. If he wants to buy it off contract and unlocked, it's not that much less than the iPhone 5s.
Privacy Advocate and attourney Marcia Hoffman says that Apple's new Touch ID biometric password authentication may legally nullify 5th Amendment protections when it pertains to activity on your iPhone.
Leo says that when it first came out, the iPhone was kind of easy to use with a design that made it easier for the new user to get around on. But iOS 7 is natively digital and appeals more to the experienced user. It's not just getting rid of the stitched leather and torn page designs - Apple is pushing designers to redesign their apps to be more digitally appealing. There's a great read for developers called The Human Interface Guidelines by Apple.
Darlene is looking to upgrade to the new iPhone 5c or 5s and and wants to know if she should buy at the Verizon store or the Apple Store? Leo says to avoid the 5c because it's just an iPhone 5 with colors. The iPhone 5S is a far better buy. Leo says as for where to buy it, it doesn't matter. He likes going to the Apple Store because they'll do stuff for him like transfer his data for free.