Mark would like to sync his iPhone with a Microsoft Access database. Leo says there are several third party clients like Access Frog, Access Database Manager, ACCDB, and Pocket Access. He can also navigate to his Access database through his Safari browser. He'll need to configure his database so it can be read online, however, and that could be a security issue.
Leo says that with its 8 core A12x Bionic Processor and 7 core GPU, the iPad Pro is indeed the computer of the future. It's more powerful than 92% of all laptops sold this year. But iOS is simply too underwhelming to take advantage of all that power. Things you should be able to do, like add an external hard drive or keyboard, you still can't. Sure, some creatives will be able to harness the power, but for most, you'll end up paying a ton of money for what amounts to an overpriced Netflix machine.
Dale is worried that his older iPad isn't safe to use anymore since he's stuck at iOS 11. Leo says not to worry. The iPad is secure no matter the age. It's sandboxed and as long as Apple continues security updates, which it will, it's more secure than a desktop.
At this week's Apple Event in New York, Apple announced a new iPad Pro, which is faster than most MacBook Pros, and just about any laptop on the market. Leo says that proves that the future of computing for Apple is the mobile iOS platform. They're reluctantly updating Macs, and Leo thinks that Apple will not only abandon Intel entirely in favor of their own chips, but they will continue to be mobile centric. The Desktop is not long for this world. And Apple showed that both AutoCad and Photoshop can run on it with no trouble.
Mike would like to have an Android phone, but he needs to use one iPhone app. Leo says that in most cases, most big name apps are available on both platform. But unique apps, like a mixing board app, would probably be solely on one platform or the other. So in Mike's case, it's only available in iOS. All you can really do is pester the app developer to port the app to Android. You could get a low priced iPad for around $250-330 and dedicate it to that one use.
Andrew is thinking of switching from the iPhone to the Google Pixel 3. How's the camera? Leo says that he's seen images of the Pixel 3 and the camera is blowing him away. Google has really refined computational photography to the point where the images look very much like those shot with a DSLR. It feels great in the hand, too. People don't like the notch though. But Leo says he'll get used to it pretty quickly.
Henry wants to know what's a good iPhone app to identify the key of a song being played. Leo says that is a great idea. Google has song recognition capability. There's an app called Shazam, but that can't identify the key of a song. The chatroom says the app is called Keyfinder. It's manual though, not automated.
KeyDetect is another app.
App of the week - Slow Shutter Cam. It will allow you to create a longer exposure by merging several shorter exposures. Great in low light. Motion Blur. $1.99 iOS.
Charles has a thousand MP3s and he has multiple copies of all the songs, which is annoying. Leo says that in the iTunes settings, he can tell it to manage his music. But since he already has an iTunes folder with duplicates, Leo recommends taking it off his hard drive (to a thumb drive) and then restart iTunes and select the option to let iTunes manage his music. Then he won't have to deal with duplicates. iTunes is a terrible program for syncing music, especially in Windows.
Bob has all his passwords inputted in a spreadsheet. Is that secure? Leo says if it works for him, that's one step better than just using the same password over and over. But if someone gets ahold of that file, they have the keys to his kingdom. That's why using LastPass, which generates complicated and secure passwords is a good idea. Bob agrees, but he doesn't know how to use it to change his passwords. Leo says if he goes to LastPass's help desk, they describe step by step how to do it.