iPhone 5

Should I buy an iMac Pro for my photography hobby?

Episode 1454

John from Savannah, GA
Apple iMac Pro

John is retired and photography is a serious hobby for him. Should he buy a new iMac Pro, and how much RAM should he get? Leo says that If John was a pro, then the iMac Pro would be a good idea. But the 2017 5K iMac is not only just as good, it can actually be faster using single core configurations. So why spend the extra money? He should go with the 2017 iMac and configure it to his budget. 32GB of RAM is plenty, but he should avoid the Fusion drive. They cause more problems than they are worth. He should get a spinning drive to plug into it for his data.

How can I move my old cell phone to a new carrier?

Episode 1188

Kris from Merced, CA
Apple iPhone 6

Kris would like to move her iPhone 4 from AT&T to Verizon. Leo says she can't. The phones are the same model, but the iPhone 4 on AT&T has a GSM radio, and the Verizon model uses CDMA. She could get it unlocked and use it on T-Mobile, though. But to go from AT&T to Verizon, she'll need an iPhone 5 or above. In fact, if she can go to Verizon and say she wants to leave AT&T. Verizon actually sells an unlocked iPhone due to a consent decree with the federal government. And then she could use it on any carrier.

Should I upgrade to the iPhone 6?

Episode 1143

Sharon from San Marcos, CA
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Sharon is finally upgrading from her iPhone 4, and she's wondering if the iPhone 6 is a bit too large. She can also get the iPhone 5 for free, so she's wondering what she should do. Leo says that the iPhone 5 really isn't free, she's just paying for it over time.

Sharon would probably like the iPhone 6 better. It's only $70 down. If she's paying for it over a two year contract anyway, she really should go with the iPhone 6. She'll have the Touch ID fingerprint reader for security, and a host of other features that make it worth it.

Should I switch from iPhone to the Motorola Moto X?

Brian from Charlotte, NC

Episode 1006

Brian has had to replace his iPhone 5 five times and is thinking of switching to the Motorola Moto X. Leo says that the Moto X is a great introduction to the Android world because it's a pure Google Android experience without a lot over extras or overlays. The screen is roughly the same, though slightly larger, than the iPhone. It even has similar Siri functions with Google Now.

Leo Gets His Mom a Smartphone

Episode 969

Leo has gotten his mom two different smartphones to try out -- an iPhone 5 and a Samsung Galaxy Note II -- to see how she does with each and determine which one is best. The experiment was to see if a novice and a senior could adapt and learn, and which OS would be best. So far, she's had a good experience. She's spending one week with each of them. So it should be interesting to see which one she chooses. She has an iPad as well, but Leo worries about the iPhone's small screen, even though she can make the text larger.

How can I unlock my Sprint iPhone?

Episode 956

Bob from San Diego, CA
Sprint MiFi

Bob wants to know where the best place to get a SIM card is for his Sprint iPhone when he's in Europe. Leo says that Sprint uses CDMA, not GSM, which is what's required for a SIM card. However, the iPhone 5 is a world phone, meaning it has both CDMA and GSM options. With Sprint, however, the GSM slot is locked. He could go to Sprint and explain to them that he's going to Europe and ask if they'll unlock it. Then he could buy a local SIM while he's in Europe. The chatroom says that if he's a customer in good standing, Sprint should unlock it.

Why won't my Mac calendars sync to my iPhone? (Part 1)

Episode 948

Adam from Putnam Valley, NY
iPhone 5

Adam and his wife have iPhones and iCal doesn't sync with their iPhone calendars. Leo says it may be due to turning off iCloud that prevents it from syncing. Leo avoids the whole problem by using Google as his main calendar option. He syncs Calendar on his Mac with Google via Exchange and it syncs just like it should to his phone. Then he never has to connect his phone to the computer to sync.