Day two of Leo's Apple Watch adventure has led Leo to the conclusion that the screen is really only a notification center. Sure, it has apps and a touch interface, but the screen is really small. And while it has that crown interface, really, it's just a dial and do we want to go back to dials? It's unusable for most things other than notifications and as a pedometer.
Bob says thanks to iFix it, he's been able to fix his own iPhones when they've broken. Leo says that what iFixIt does is great because they believe in the "right to repair," and will show how to do it. (Disclaimer: iFixIt is a sponsor).
Seth is due for a new phone and is trying to decide whether to stay with the Droid or move to the iPhone. He has an iPad already. He's especially wondering how iOS updates work. Leo says that Apple controls the handset. They don't have to worry about other overlays or interfaces to pollute it. It's a pure OS experience. And it pushes out updates all at the same time to every carrier and every phone. It's great if he just wants a smart phone that just works.
Leo got his Apple Watch yesterday, and he says it's pretty. Still too early to tell about the battery life though, but the wireless battery charging feature is pretty cool. It takes about an hour, and the magnetic charger looks like a stethescope. He says it can charge other watches as well. Leo says it can get you through the day, even though it may not seem like it when you first get it because you'll be playing with it much more. But after a few weeks, you'll see that it will only take about 5% battery life per hour with regular use. The watch will work with iPhone 5 or higher.
Jim has an iPhone 4 and he's ready to upgrade. Do the newer phones get better reception? Leo says that the answer is yes. The iPhone 4 was the "antenna gate" iPhone, the phone that Apple claimed we were holding wrong. Those issues have since been designed out of the phone and they have much better reception. The new iPhone 6 antenna works better. Apple redid the reception indicator in order to get a more accurate read as well. Leo calls it arrogance that Apple held customers in contempt for complaining about bad reception.
Scott wonders where Apple will be in five years since they're about to become a trillion dollar company. Leo says it's amazing considering Apple has had more than one life. They sell more iPhones in one week than they did computers in 6 years during the 80s.
Leo says that the iPhone has reached a point where it's very mature and the new growth area may likely be wearable computers like the Apple Watch. That may change things dramatically. But Apple is very good when it comes to pivoting.
Paul recently bought an iPhone and the passcode has suddenly stopped working. Leo says that a full restore can solve the issue. He can connect it to a computer and then go into iTunes. But he may need to go into something called "DFU mode." This is a more serious reset of the phone. Paul should search YouTube for DFU and see how it's done.
Pete found an iPhone on the road and it's locked. How can he track down the owner and get it back to them? Leo says that there really isn't much he can do other than file a 'found phone' report. He could interact with Siri and see if he can get information from her. In fact, he can use Siri to return it, according to 9to5Mac. But if Siri has been disabled, there really isn't a lot he can do. He could also contact Apple. Maybe they can help.
Cindy wants her phone to give her an audio notification when she has missed calls. The chatroom says it's an option under Accessibility, but Cindy says she's looked there.
Brad wants to know if he should get an iPhone 6 or wait for the Samsung Galaxy S6. He has an iPhone 5 and he hates it. Leo says the camera in the S6 is pretty good, but it may not be better than the iPhone 6, which is amazing. The Galaxy Note 4 has a camera that will probably be the same one as the S6 and it's great. But it may be a jarring jump to go from iPhone to Android.