iPad

How can I get a video file directly from my camera to my iPad?

Sean from Dana Point, CA

Episode 1138

Sean recently bought an Water Wolf underwater video camera for fishing. He'd like to be able to download it directly to his iPad. Leo says to get the Apple Camera Connection Kit. That will give you access to it. But it may not work. An iPad really isn't designed for .MOV files. which is ironic. It could be a non standard .MOV compression that's having issues being read by the iPad. Try using a different app. VLC Video Client is a great option. It reads anything. So install that, launch it, and then plug in the camera to the connection kit. Maybe that'll solve it.

Can I downgrade to iOS 7?

Episode 1134

Walter from Huntington Beach, CA
Apple iPad

Walter wants to downgrade to iOS 7 but Apple says he can't. Leo says that's right. There's no going back. There used to be a loophole to restore to iOS 7, but it won't work because Apple stopped signing iOS 7 and he won't be able to activate it. Leo does recommend talking to a Genius at the Apple Store. They may know some "secret sauce." Otherwise his only option may be to jailbreak it.

How can I make room on my iCloud for backup?

Episode 1129

Nancy from Redding, PA
Apple iCloud

Nancy has an iPad 2 and now she's running out of room. She's downloaded all of her pictures, but she's worried about Apple deleting her iCloud backup if she hasn't backed up within 180 days. Leo says it's easy to just turn on iCloud backup on the iPad in the settings and it'll do it automatically. But if she has run out of space, then Leo advises to either go in to the settings and delete the iCloud backup, or pay $0.99 for 20GB. Then she won't get that warning.

Apple's iPad Air 2 Is Here, But Is it Worth the Upgrade?

Episode 1129

iPad Air 2

Leo got the new iPad Air 2 (in opulent Gold, nonetheless) and he says while it's nice and has some new features, you don't really need it. Save your money. Tablets are so mature these days that there really isn't a benefit from cashing in your old one and getting the new one. The only real benefit is that the SIM can be used for almost any carrier, so you can switch carriers on the fly. Other than that, there's no real need to buy a new one.

Should I buy Apple Care for my iPad?

Episode 1123

Roger from Lomita, CA
Apple iPads

Roger bought a new iPad and he's heard that Apple is going to announce an iPad Pro with a larger screen. Leo says nobody really knows because it's a rumor, but the rumors have been pretty accurate of late. If Apple does come out with it, should he buy Apple Care? Leo says only if he's prone to breaking things and he wants to get Apple Care Plus, which will offer replacements of broken devices. Regular Apple care will not. But if he's only going to use it at home, he probably doesn't need Apple Care.

How can I help my mother read books with technology?

Episode 1122

Roy from Orange County, CA
iPad Air

Roy's old mother has been looking at an electronic magnifying device to look at documents and photos. She won't use a tablet, though. Leo says that's a shame because they're very useful and she could reset the type to any size she wants. Plus she just wants to read the books she has. Leo says that's understandable. Leo says there's a program called Big Magnify for the iPad and iPhone will allow her to read a book by magnifying the image with the photo app.