Microsoft pioneered public beta tests of operating systems, but once it expired, you would have to reinstall it. Apple gives away OS X, so there's been little incentive to get people to try it. Leo says that the new look of OS X is flat and the features are very good. Should you install it? It's safe to install, and it's very mature, but Leo's in no hurry.
For the first time in a long time, Apple has released a public beta of its next Mac operating system: OS X Yosemite.
OS X Yosemite public beta arrives (Macworld)…
John has a Mac Mini with a USB hub, but he can't charge his iPad with it. Leo says that the iPad requires 10 watts to power and re-charge it. Standard USB ports have about 5 volts, but the amperage varies. Apple broke the standard for charging with the iPad. The older ports won't charge iPads because they don't get 10w or power. Apple's own chargers work fine, and if he has a late model iPad Air, he should be able to. But for now, get an 11w charger and that'll do the job.
Jeff's laptop is over 10 years old and he's ready to finally get rid of it. But there's so many choices for replacing it. Leo says it's important to think about anything out of the ordinary or unusual he'd want to do with it. If he has a specific software package that requires a certain operating system, that could help make the decision. Should he get Windows 7? Leo says that some machines come with Windows 7, including some from Dell. But Windows 8.1 is the current version and even though people hate it, it's the OS moving forward.
MJ is thinking about buying a refurbished Mac. Leo says that if he's going to go refurb, don't ever buy it from anyone other than the manufacturer. He should buy it from Apple. What about Mac Enthusiast in Santa Monica? Leo says he knows those guys and he'd consider that the exception to the rule. But remember that a warranty for a refurbished computer won't be from Apple.
Paul bought a new Mac Pro but he's having issues using a third party video card. Leo says that's because of compatibility issues with drivers. Leo says that it's always best to stick with Mac designed video cards or go with Windows. Mac doesn't play well with third party hardware. He should stick with the card that comes with the Mac. If he still wants a third party video card option, Leo recommends going to MacSales. They will have models of cards that are designed specifically for Mac.
If you have a new computer, transferring your music library from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod can be problematic. This is because Apple does not natively support copying music to a computer if the iOS device hasn't been paired with iTunes first. In order to pair that device with iTunes, iTunes makes you erase the device first. There are, however, third party programs that can safely copy the music from the iPhone, iPad, or iPod.
Apple announced several noteworthy new features at its WWDC 2014 presentation on Monday, June 2. Apple usually spends some time in the beginning of these announcements giving a self-congratulatory report, but they didn't waste much time during this keynote. They did talk briefly though about the growth of the Mac and how many iOS units have sold to date. They also referred to Android as a "toxic hellstew" of security vulnerabilities. This was all part of the "new Apple" that seems to be emerging with Tim Cook at the helm, taking jabs at competitors like Google and Microsoft.
Daryl also wants to know about music software and what's the best platform. Leo says that a lot of people use Macs. Logic Pro would take him to another level. Ableton's Live is great for live performances. DJs have taken to the iPad, which has a lot of apps for music. FruityLoops is a good app for DJing. There's also an option for Windows: Cakewalk.
Mark just bought a camera and is looking for a computer that he could edit photos on. He's currently using an older HP computer. Leo says he thinks a Mac would be good for this. The reason he likes Mac is because people have so many problems with viruses and malware on Windows. The Mac also has better color accuracy, unless he spends a lot of money on a Windows machine and pays attention to the monitor that it comes with. He can run Adobe Lightroom on Mac or PC, also, so chances are the software he uses will be available on Mac.