Tablets

iPad, Android, Kindle, or Windows tablets.

Why can't I back up my iPad?

Apple iPad

Episode 1398

Mike from San Diego, CA

Mike says he can backup his iPad Air 2 to iTunes, but he can't get it to restore to a new iPad. It won't sync at all. Apple says that the backup is corrupt. Leo says if there's something wrong with the iPad's OS as it's installed, that may be true. Leo recommends backing up and wiping the old iPad. Then he should try and restore to that one. If that doesn't work, then Apple's theory is correct.

He could try making a local backup to his computer. He could also do a factory reset and let it load the OS all over again.

Should I wait to buy the iPad Pro?

Apple iPad Pro

Episode 1394

Elena from Boise, ID

Elena wants to get an iPad Pro for teaching. Should he buy the current version or wait until later this year? Leo says that Apple is due to refresh the iPad Pro, but who knows when they'll come out with them, and when they do, will it be that much more powerful? If she can wait until they come out, it'll be worth it to wait. Even if she doesn't want the newest version, the current model may go down in price.

Phones Can Legally be Seized at the Border

TSA

Episode 1394

When a story came out recently that a JPL Engineer was detained and his work phone seized, it caused Leo to do some research about your legal rights coming back into the country. Turns out that the 4th amendment's protection against unlawful search and seizure has been suspended when you're in "international waters," and that's what an airport technically is. So the Border Patrol and the TSA have the legal right to take your phone, computer and tablets and demand the password to access all your data.

How can I transfer my photos from my Mac to an Android tablet?

Google Photos

Episode 1388

Kurt from Thousand Oaks, CA

Kurt is in a love/hate relationship with his Apple Products. He got his iPad wet and he tried to get it back by letting it sit in a bag of rice, but it didn't work. Apple will replace it for $300. He chose to buy an Android tablet instead. Leo says that Android tablets are fine and Samsung's tablets are very good. But there are much fewer tablet-aware apps compared to what Apple has. Often times, an Android tablet doesn't use the app very well because the app isn't written to take advantage of it.

What iPad should I buy?

iPad

Episode 1380

Dean from San Diego, CA

Dean gets eBooks from the county library and his city library is changing formats to cloud reader, which isn't compatible with the Barnes and Noble Nook. Leo says that the Nook was a failure and the library is moving towards a platform that is supported through Kindle. iPads are also available because he can use the Kindle app.

What iPad should he get? Leo says that Apple has a new low cost 9.7" iPad that starts at $329. 32 GB. For $100 more he can get 128GB. That's the one to buy.

Is my iPad wearing out?

Apple iPad

Episode 1380

Michele from Sierra Madre, CA

Michele is having issues with her iPad 2. The Wi-Fi is dropping out and her apps disappear and reappear. Is it wearing out? Leo says that what Michele is dealing with is a "Springboard crash." It may be corrupted. She should try to backup her iPad, which she should do regularly using iTunes. Once she's got it backed up, she should do a complete factory reset. It may even need to have a DFU reset.

What iPad Pro should I buy?

Apple iPad Pro

Episode 1373

Gene from Louis, DE

Gene has a refurbished iPad and it's getting slower, so he's thinking about going back and getting the iPad Pro. Should he get the 9.7 or larger? Leo says he should wait. The new iPads are going to be announced in about 3 weeks. We expect three new iPads with a new Pro-grade iPad Mini. There will also be a 9.7" that has a bigger screen with a smaller bezel.

Why does my tablet buffer when I stream?

TWiT YouTube Live

Episode 1357

Bret from Wood-Ridge, NJ

Bret says that watching the TWiT Stream on his tablet buffers while his desktop doesn't. Leo says that the tablet is likely not powerful enough and has to buffer. It fills up the memory with frames so he can stay ahead of the stream, and if he's watching a higher resolution stream, that takes up even more room. His PC has larger memory buffers to handle it with no hesitation, but it can buffer as well, depending on the network traffic. Both will also get dropped packets.