Apple Watch

Apple to Announce New iPhones on September 9

Episode 1215

Leo says that the upcoming Apple event will likely feature new generation iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 6C. This is an off year which means "fins," like improved camera with rumored 4K video capability. Force touch. Faster processor and maybe better graphics chips. We may also see, finally, a new refreshed Apple TV, iOS9 and an updated operating system for the Apple Watch, which isn't selling as well as everyone hoped. Leo also says the whole wearable thing hasn't performed as well as expected.

US Watch Sales Drop in the Last 7 Years

Apple Watch

Episode 1210

Citing the release of the Apple Watch, US Watch sales have been reportedly declining in the last seven years. Leo says it's silly to blame Apple for the sales downturn, and it's likely that saturation with customers is blamed. Even Apple admits that the high priced Apple Watch hasn't done as well as they had hoped. Most people have a smartphone and that took the place of a wrist watch for most people long before the Apple Watch came on the scene.

Does the Apple Watch have good accessibility features?

Apple Watch

Episode 1196

Julian from Los Angeles, CA

Julian is looking at the Apple Watch but heard that Leo thinks it's "dopey." Leo says that it is, but that's true with all smart watches right now. If Julian has a purpose for it, then it can be useful. But it's really more of a status symbol, even if it does have some interesting features.

Julian is blind, and he likes the accessibility features of interacting with his phone because the watch can talk as well. He likes that it can interface with Siri and Voiceover helps to read the time. It's an ideal solution for accessiblity and limited mobility.

Does Apple TV offer accessibility features for the blind?

Apple TV

Episode 1193

Tom from Charlotte, NC

Tom is visually impaired and wants to know if the new Apple TV will have accessibility features. Leo says that nobody knows. It's not going to be announced this week at WWDC as hoped, casting doubt if it'll even be out this fall. But Netflix does have audio playback on titles and descriptions. And the AppleTV does support that feature.

What about the Apple Watch. Is it worth buying? Leo says no. It's very expensive, and the icons are tiny. It isn't really accessible or useful.

Should I wait to buy an iPhone 6 Plus?

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Episode 1193

Mark from Riverside, CA

Mike just got a new Apple Watch but he's wondering if he should wait on buying the iPhone 6 Plus. Leo says the next iPhone will come out in September, and will likely have a faster processor and memory. There may also be an improved camera. There's also speculation that there will be some haptic Force Touch features on the screen. There's a lot of speculation, but in the end we don't really know. Leo says there's no real need to wait unless he really wants to. Another option is to get an iPhone 5 and then pick up the iPhone 6 Plus when it's available.

How can I make the heart rate monitor in the Apple Watch more accurate?

Apple Watch

Episode 1188

Greg from Santa Monica, CA

Greg trains athletes and he's not a fan of the heart rate monitor of the Apple Watch. Leo says that nothing is going to beat a breast strap that monitors heart rate. But in time, maybe. The Watch is close accuracy wise, but it's not going to replace a Garmin for more serious, higher performance activity. His best bet is patience at this point. It's early days still. Give it time and it'll not only be more accurate, but it will have more features. Polar straps are supported by the Apple watch via Health Kit, however.

How can I use a smartwatch as a remote for my camera?

LG Watch Urbane

Episode 1188

John from Pasadena, CA

John has a Panasonic Lumix camera that he uses for his photography hobby. He's been shooting since the 70s. But he wants to know how he can link it to his smartwatch and use it as a trigger remote. Leo says that both the Apple Watch and Android Smartwatches can do that with the phone camera. He can even see what the phone sees from the watch. This allows him to remote trigger and even do a self timer option.

The Problem with Smartwatches

Apple Watch

Episode 1184

Leo has worn just about every smart watch there is, dating all the way back to the first Pebble watch and he's finally figured out what's wrong with them -- they're too small! A watch is great for telling time, but there's just not enough screen real estate to be able to do anything useful, especially when exercising. Sure, it can be used to answer calls, but you look like an idiot talking into your watch.