Kenneth called in to say that he prefers Android's Talkback for accessibility over Apple's VoiceOver. All phones these days come with the software required for blind users, though.
Bob wonders if the iPhone will have an eclipse easter egg. He had an Apple Newton during the last eclipse and the Newton had a little animation for it. Leo remembers that in the Newton, but he's guessing that Apple hasn't done that in the iPhone. It would be fun if it did. There are some easter eggs in iOS, though, which can be found here.
Donna is looking to get a new mobile phone and she likes the Samsung Galaxy S8. But everyone else in her family wants her to get an iPhone instead. What should she do? Leo says that the advantage of getting an iPhone is that everyone can text her, and if she gets group messages, mixing Android and iOS can be problematic. Quality wise, they are the same. So if she goes with iPhone, she'll like it just fine.
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.
As Leo is winging back home from his South American Adventure, Jason Snell of SixColors.com pinch hits! Jason is the former Editor in Chief at MacWorld, and is all about Apple, so if you have any questions about iOS, macOS, WatchOS or anything Mac, give us a call!
Barry wants to know if he has to update his iPhone's OS. He's worried the update could brick his phone. Leo says that's always possible with updates, but the benefit of having the latest OS outweighs the slight risk that it could hurt the phone. He should always update because there are security patches and critical updates that are a must. Sometimes there's a bad update, but it's really rare, especially in the iPhone. There's new features in iOS 10 that make the phone run smoother as well.
Clarence is moving to an iPhone because he just can't get good coverage in his area with an Android phone. Leo says that's not really what's going on here. All phones are pretty much the same when it comes to connectivity. If he's losing his connection, it may be that his carrier doesn't have good coverage in his area.
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.
Shane isn't a big iOS fan, but he finds that the iPhone handles music and streaming much better than Android. Leo agrees, but says that Android has claimed they have finally solved their music latency problems. Even if they have, it's hard to beat how Apple handles their music. From higher resolution audio, to streaming from the cloud, to iTunes, it really is the top.
If you are having odd problems with your iOS device, there are some basic steps you can take first that might resolve the issue. First is to simply reboot the iPhone by holding down the power button and then "slide to power off." Then hold the power button again until it starts up with the Apple logo.
Next you can try a hard reset. You can do this by holding down the on/off button and the home button until the Apple logo appears.