Better looking screen, improved camera, and that Rose Gold finish. And yes, Leo says it is a golden rose and not just "pink." So based on the new improvements, Leo says that if you've been thinking about the iPhone, the iPhone 6S Plus is the one. Live photos is interesting, in that the images come to life. It begins recording when you enter camera mode and when you snap it, it saves a second and a half of video on either side of the shutter press with it. Leo says it's unknown how widely Live Photos will be supported, but Facebook says it will be built into the iOS app.
If you're ever involved in an accident or have a medical emergency, your smartphone can play a critical role. But when it's locked, the information isn't accessible for emergency personnel to retrieve. That's where "ICE," or "In Case of Emergency" standards come in. You can set up your phone so that it will remain secure, while still making it possible for first responders to get to the critical information they need.
Mike wants to know if the OnePlus Two is a good deal. He recently returned the Motorola Moto X and is looking at getting one to replace it. Leo says that the OnePlus Two has started to leave him cold, and the Motorola Moto X doesn't have security features like a fingerprint scanner. Leo says that while the Moto X has a 21 MP camera, it doesn't have good low light performance without optical image stabilization. And the battery life has left him disappointed because it doesn't last all day. Neither does the OnePlus Two, however.
Chuck is moving to the iPhone 5C from a 4S. Is it worth it? Leo says a bigger screen is always good. But he should make sure to update the OS since he's inheriting the phone.
Randy's wireless provider is an MVNO, or a third party carrier, and the phones he gets are unlocked as a result. But he wants to buy a new phone and keep his existing account. Leo says he can, as long as it's GSM. Leo suggests going with T-Mobile because it's unlocked out of the box. Then he can use it with any carrier.
Peter has the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 but he wants to still use his iPhone as well. But because his phone number is registered with iMessages, he can't get the text messages from his Apple friends when he's using his Android phone. Leo says that it annoys him that iMessage isn't cross platform. Peter can go to this site that Apple has set up, input his number, and Apple will turn off iMessage to that number. That way, all the messages he gets will be through SMS.
Apple has sent out invitations to their annual fall iPhone event. Siri even has a "hint" about it if you ask her, but don't expect any real information from it. It's more of a fun little coy game. The September event is being held at the Campbell Center in San Francisco, a massive 7,000 seat auditorium, which Leo says has removable seats, so it's likely there will be a lot of product demos going on. He also wonders if Apple product announcements are becoming a bit ho-hum, expecting just the next thing. The magic just isn't really there anymore, it's just another electronic.
What about Apple's recall of the iPhone 6 Plus? Leo says that there is a recall, pertaining to the iSight camera and likely it pertains to image stabilization. Tom can go to apple.com/support/iphone6plus-isightcamera and put in his serial number. It'll tell him if his phone qualifies for recall. Then take it in to the Apple Store and they'll repair or replace it. But back it up first, because chances are, he won't get it back as he gave it to them.