iPhone 5s

Are Your Fingerprints Secure With Apple's Touch ID?

Episode 1017

Apple's iPhone 5s comes with a new security feature called Touch ID, which allows users to unlock their phones with their fingerprint. This struck a chord with many people concerned about privacy after the string of news stories about NSA surveillance, but the way Apple implemented this prevents fingerprints from being accessed by the NSA or any other entity. Apple does not store a picture of the actual fingerprint and doesn't upload anything to its servers.

Where should I get the new iPhone?

iPhone 5s

Episode 1016

Darlene from Torrance, CA

Darlene is looking to upgrade to the new iPhone 5c or 5s and and wants to know if she should buy at the Verizon store or the Apple Store? Leo says to avoid the 5c because it's just an iPhone 5 with colors. The iPhone 5S is a far better buy. Leo says as for where to buy it, it doesn't matter. He likes going to the Apple Store because they'll do stuff for him like transfer his data for free.

Apple Announces iPhone 5s with Touch ID Fingerprint Recognition

Episode 1013

This week, Apple announced the new iPhone 5S which comes with Touch ID fingerprint recognition, which Leo says is an innovation that explains why Apple never chose to use NFC (near field communications) into their phone. Leo says that Touch ID has the option of being a new way to make purchases. But privacy advocates says that Touch ID could cause people to incriminate themselves as fingerprints are not protected by the 5th amendment. So Touch ID does affect user privacy in a very fundamental fashion. Leo also doesn't see the virtue of a 64 bit iOS operating system.

Apple to Announce New iPhone on September 10

Episode 1011

Apple will be announcing a new iPhone at an event on the Apple Campus in Cupertino on Tuesday. It's going to be a cozy event, though, because the auditorium at One Infinite Loop only holds about 120 people. Leo is guessing it'll be called the iPhone 5S, it will be available in black, white, and champagne, it'll have a fingerprint reader and an upgraded camera. There will also be an iPhone 5C with colors and a plastic back, without a fingerprint reader, and will sell at a lower cost.

What should I get for my first smartphone?

Episode 1004

Jennifer from Laguna Nigel, CA

Jennifer doesn't have a smartphone, yet she's paying $80 a month! Leo suggests going to Verizon and getting a cheaper plan. Jennifer is due for a new phone though, so she's considering upgrading to a smartphone. She's never been an Apple user, having only used Windows on her computer. She's wondering if Android would be better for her, but there are so many options. There always seems to be something new. She's a professor at a community college and she doesn't want to look too "uncool." So she needs to get up to speed.