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Leo's Bottom Line Impression of the iPhone X

Episode 1437

Apple iPhone X

Leo's bottom line impression of the iPhone X: "Wow. I didn't expect to like it!" While Apple got their OLED screens from Samsung, it was made to their exact specifications, including no burn in. And he says it's gorgeous. Leo also says the notch doesn't bother him at all. Most of the time it's invisible. Facial recognition works as advertised, but not always. Then again, it does have a backup six digit code to open it. It has an edge to edge screen that's actually smaller than the previous model, but has larger screen space since there isn't much of a bezel.

Is the iPhone X good for vision impaired?

Episode 1436

Juan from Connecticut
Apple iPhone X

Juan has an old iPhone 5 and was planning to upgrade to the iPhone 8, but now that the iPhone X is out, he's not sure. Leo says that the iPhone 8 is great and has been a really popular seller. And since Juan is visually impaired, it's better than spending hundreds of dollars extra for the iPhone X. Also triple tapping launches accessibility. Assistive touch is even better because it learns from him and it enables him to customize the features. Nobody does it better than Apple.

Did I get a scam telephone call?

Episode 1436

Melissa from Nashville, TN
Man Yelling at Phone

Melissa keeps getting phone calls saying they're from AT&T and that their account had been suspended. Leo says that's the latest scam. They'll even spoof AT&T's number! And after the first of the year, it'll be the IRS. They'll want to scare her so she can act without thinking. They'll then ask for her date of birth, social security number (which is illegal to ask for) and once they have all that, they have her.

Can I use a Windows app on my iPhone?

Episode 1436

Galen from Wichita, KS
Windows 10

Galen has a customer who wants to be able to do estimates on his phone. Can he convert the program he's written to iOS? Leo says that writing a program to be portable is definitely doable, but to do it for Windows 10 is different than iOS processors. So he can't just convert it. On the other hand, we're moving in a direction that will allow him to do just that. How about a web interface? That can always be accessed from any mobile device. That would be his best bet.

Should I update my iPhone to iOS 11?

Episode 1436

Byron from Minnesota
Apple iPhone 6S Plus

Byron has the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 6S Plus. He wants to know if he'll have issues upgrading his 6S Plus to iOS 11. Leo says that there's been complaints about loss of battery life updating to iOS 11. Even Leo's wife has noticed that on her 6S Plus. Leo says that they've also put out a few patches to fix issues that crop up. He always recommends waiting at least until the third patch after a new operating system comes out. Since iOS 11.1 is the current, it's OK to go ahead and update.

Why do I need to give my apps permission?

Episode 1436

Karen from San Pedro, CA
Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Karen has a Samsung Phone and Tablet and she is getting a popup in her phone that will allow her apps access to her phone data. Leo says that Android works by requiring permission to do things as she needs them. So when she's opening an app to do something, the app is requesting access in order to do what she wants it to do. That kind of behavior is OK, but if it's out of nowhere, then she's right to be suspicious.

Why doesn't my hotspotting work?

Episode 1436

Joe from West Palm Beach, FL
ZTE Z988

Joe is having trouble with his ZTE Z988 phone and hotspotting. He keeps turning it on and after a minute, it drops. Leo says to call T-Mobile and let them know his hotspot feature isn't working, because it sounds like they haven't activated it. But it's also possible that it's not available with that phone and his new carrier. There can be some hardware limitations too. But if he's getting data anyway, then that's not it. It probably just needs activation.

Leo Gets the iPhone X, Says it Lives Up to the Hype

Episode 1436

Apple iPhone X

Leo got his iPhone X yesterday and he says that the display is stunning. It has a beautiful edge to edge OLED screen. The first thing you do is train it for facial recognition, but Leo says it doesn't recognize him yet because he's not always wearing his glasses. But when he does wear them, it reads him and is surprisingly good. It even reads in the dark and in strange lighting. You also have to look at it for it to recognize you. But occasionally, you'll have to use your passcode to get in, which Leo doesn't mind.