iPad

Is there a Bluetooth keyboard that would let me type on my iPad in portrait mode?

Episode 1216

LeAnn from Los Angeles, CA
Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480

LeAnn just bought a new iPad Air 2 and she's trying to find a good external keyboard for it. Her old one allowed her to type vertically or horizontally with it. Can she get one that will do the same with iPad Air 2? Leo says that the down side of getting a new iPad is that it's thinner and she'll lose out on using other third party devices like external keyboards.

How can I change my iPhone's keyboard to alphabetic type?

Episode 1196

Guy from Ventura, CA
KidsKeyboard

Guy wants to change his keyboard to an ABCDEF type keyboard. Leo says that's not a good idea because QWERTY is the standard everywhere. But Leo can see why it would be beneficial from an accessibility point of view.

There is a site called AppleVis which talks about an ABCDEF keyboard for iOS devices and Apple just opened up iOS8 for third party keyboards. So it's only a matter of time before someone writes one.

Why does my old iPad 2 run so slow?

Steve from Costa Mesa, CA

Episode 1194

Steve has an old iPad 2 and it's slowing down a lot. Leo says that for an iPad 2 running iOS 8, the problem is that the demands on the iPad have gotten harder and it's not keeping up well. He could try resetting it and wiping out everything. But that may not help with the current iOS 8. The only real sure fix is to upgrade to a new iPad.

Some say that iOS 9 is going to be a leaner, more efficient OS, so it may be worth waiting until then. But at the end the day, it may be time to get a new one. Steve can try starting over first to see if that'll help for now.

Why can't I connect my iPad to my Wi-Fi network?

Garrett from Manhattan Beach, CA

Episode 1191

Garrett has an iPad 2 and he's having trouble connecting via Wi-Fi consistently. He'll connect and then when he goes into his room, it drops. Leo says that Wi-Fi is a radio signal and it has a range of about 100-150', but it can also be affected by what is in the walls. If he has metal in the walls, then he'll have issues connecting. Leo also says the connection may be congested by a crowded 2.4 GHz frequency band. Modern routers give the choice of 2.4 or 5 GHz.

How can I record images of games on my iPad?

Evan from Cary, NC

Episode 1188

Evan has a YouTube channel and he does video blogs. But now he wants to do "Lets Play" videos of video games. How can he do that? He's using an iPad Mini to play the games, but can he record at the same time? Leo says no. "Let's Play" videos are very popular. Could he jailbreak and do it? Leo says not to jailbreak the iPad. It will make it less reliable. In order for Evan to be able to record gameplay on the iPad, iOS would have to let two different apps talk to each other and Apple doesn't like that from a security point of view.

Boeing's New 787 Airline Requires a Reboot Every 248 Days

Episode 1183

Discovering a flaw in the computerized electrical system, Boeing has announced that their new 787 Dreamliner must be rebooted every 248 days or face a catastrophic failure that could cause the plane to crash. The flaw is wrapped around it's 32 bit operating system that can reset it's values to zero after a set time, causing the electrical system to simply shut off, which could cause the plane to fall from the sky. So until they can write a software patch to repair it, Boeing is just telling airlines to reboot their planes every 248 days.