Apple

What MacBook should I buy?

Episode 1829

Gabriel from New Jersey

Gabriel is looking to upgrade their church tech for when it reopens. He's looking to get a new Mac laptop for it and wants the option to stream the service live online. Leo says that a lot of worship software is Windows based, but the Mac can play that tune as well. And the new M1X Macbooks are coming next month. But if you need one now, the M1 Macs come in three models ... the Mac Mini, the MacBook Pro, and the Mac Air. Leo got the MacBook Pro for its battery life. It's all day. Leo says that the MacBook Pro would have a fan to keep it cooler, but it's about as thin as the Air.

Apple's iPhone 13 Has Longer Battery Life, But ...

Episode 1829

Apple's new iPhone 13 is faster, has better graphics, an improved camera with macro, and even better battery life. But Leo says that while it's a great phone, should you rush out and buy one? Well, if you have an iPhone 12, it's not really necessary to buy one. But if you want all day battery life and are ready to upgrade, then it's a good one to get.

Meanwhile, a new Apple Watch Series 7 was also announced with about 40% more screen real estate. But it has the same processor as the Series 6. When you get it? No one knows.

Why Can’t I Backup More Than One iPhotos Library?

Apple iPhoto

Episode 1828

David from Ithaca, NY

David wants to know why iCloud won't backup more than one iPhoto library. Leo says that iPhoto morphed into Apple Photos and will only backup the main library by design. What he recommends is to merge the libraries together by importing. Press the option key and hold on the library you want to open. Then go into file, and then import. From inside the apple photos folder, there's a data folder. R/C and select show package contents. That will open the original folder. Then, drag them into your master Photos folder.

Should I Buy an iPhone XR?

iPhone XR

Episode 1828

Jenn from Tri-Cities, WA

Jenn is looking at either the iPhone XR or the iPhone 11. Leo suggests waiting until after Tuesday when Apple announces the new iPhone. They'll likely reduce the cost of phones down the line as well. Leo says the iPhone XR will only be supported until 2023/24, a five-year window. So you're better off going with the iPhone 11. Then again, it's twice as much. The XR is almost as good, actually. But if the iPhone 11 goes down to around $400 after Tuesday, that could make the difference.  And take a look at the iPhone SE.

Apple’s Victory Is More of a Tie in Epic Legal Ruling

Epic Games

Episode 1828

Apple declared victory this week as a judge ruled that the app store is not a monopoly, but it fell short in prohibiting Epic from offering sales outside of the app store. The judge ruled that while Apple technically won the argument, Epic has the right to direct their customers to their own website to sell digital assets, thereby avoiding paying Apple a 30% fee on any in-app purchases. But Apple can also ban Epic and Fortnite from the app store, so don't look for the app to return any time soon.

Why Am I Getting a Write Error in Time Machine?

Time Machine

Episode 1827

Mark from Tustin, California

Mark has been having issues where he can't do a time machine backup on his new M1 Mac. It gives him a "can't write a file" error.  Does he have enough memory for it? Leo says it's not related to memory. It's likely a Time Machine issue. One of the reasons why Leo doesn't rely on Time Machine. Leo uses SuperDuper or ChronoSync to do a backup. RSync is native to the Mac, which ChronoSync harnesses.  And SuperDuper is in beta on a bootable backup with the M1. So it's the way to go.

Apple Declares Victory After Judge Rules in Epic Case ... BUT

Fortnite

Episode 1827

A judge ruled in favor of Apple in the Epic app store lawsuit, causing Cupertino to declare victory. In the lawsuit, Apple pulled Fortnite from the app store after the software company pointed mobile users to their own site to buy tokens to play the game. So Fortnite will not return to the app store. HOWEVER, the judge also said that Apple must allow for alternative forms to purchase outside of the App Store. So while Apple won, Epic got what it wanted anyway.