iPhone

Can I use the new iPhone with any carrier?

Episode 1323

Kenny from Virginia
Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Kenny wants to get an iPhone 7. Leo says that the Verizon version isn't locked thanks to a deal with the FCC. So he can put a SIM card in it and use it with any other carrier. He'll have to activate it first, though. The problem is that Apple isn't selling unlocked phones until a few months later, so if he buys an iPhone, he has to choose a carrier. The T-Mobile phone does not have to be activated with T-Mobile and Leo's AT&T iPhone worked with a T-Mobile SIM. So if he looks beyond the marketing, he can see the reality.

iPhone 7 Is Now Shipping

Episode 1323

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Leo was able to be one of the first to pick up the iPhone 7 Plus and he got it yesterday in the mail. But he had to settle for gold. How 2014. Leo says that just by looking at the front, you wouldn't know it's a new model unless you saw the missing headphone jack.And the irony is that it's got a dummy speaker grill replacing the headphone jack because of "symmetry." Apple says it's a baffle to equalize pressure between the phone and outside so it can use it's software altimeter.

How can I monitor bandwidth on my network?

Episode 1322

David from Australia
Apple Airport Extreme

David has Airport Extreme routers at home, and he wants to know how much data is being used on his network. Leo says this is one of the drawbacks of the Airport Extreme routers: they lack some of the more modern features that other routers have. One way he could do this is by replacing the Airport Extremes with a more modern router that can monitor bandwidth. Leo uses the Asus AC3200 which has a built-in bandwidth monitor and can even tell him which computer is using the most.

When should I buy the iPhone 7?

Episode 1321

Robert from Rockford, IL
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Robert has iPhone 6 Plus and his wife has iPhone 6. They both want to get iPhone 7. Leo says the time is right to upgrade, especially if he wants the dual camera array of the iPhone 7 Plus. Right now the waiting time is about 6 weeks, so he'll be looking at November. There's two different ways to buy it at Apple, online and at the store. He could also get it from his carrier. Apple will verify his account and if he is financing the phone through the carrier (like with AT&Ts NEXT program), they will give him a phone locked to that carrier.

San Francisco Company Selling Exploits to the iPhone

Episode 1319

Apple iPhone 6s

Remember when Apple refused to unlock an iPhone because to do so would unlock all phones? Well the company NSO Group has found several flaws in the iPhone operating system and they've been selling exploits to governments to spy on dissidents. They've apparently had the exploit for three years and have been selling it. Apple has moved to patch the exploits that have been reported, but the question is, have they gotten them all? Leo says there's something wrong about selling the ability to spy on people.

Do I need to buy a new iPhone to switch from Verizon to T-Mobile?

Episode 1318

Neil from Phoenix, AZ
Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Neil is switching to T-Mobile and he wants to make sure he has a phone that will work with it. He was planning on just buying an iPhone that works on T-Mobile, but after hearing Leo's impressions of the Galaxy Note 7, he's thinking of getting that instead. Leo says that his favorite phone changes pretty regularly. The folks at XDA Developers Forum also point out that reviewers often don't use the phone long enough to discover some of the longer term issues with using them. In the past, these Samsung phones have become slow and wouldn't run as smoothly.