Leo's favorite thing at CES was a kit to build an Apple 1 computer, endorsed by Steve Wozniak. And it was $99. What'a fun gadget.
Richard wants to know if the technology in his very ancient cell phones expires or not. Leo recommends calling directly since the functionality is specific to the carrier.
Richard is also curious about Rich Demuro's iOS book, and Leo suggests the modern edition since Richard should be running the latest iOS anyway.
With the launch of Apple's new high priced AirPods Pros, a sales record of over $4 BILLION dollars for the recent quarter was announced. Not the year, mind you. BUT THE QUARTER. It's a good holiday for Cupertino.
Meanwhile, Samsung tried to brag that they had sold over a million Samsung Galaxy Fold phones, but when called on it, they pulled the number back. Embarrassing.
If you have an iPhone battery swelling up and expanding, it's best to take the cell phone to your nearest Apple Store to get the battery replaced. The store may replace the battery for free since a bad battery can become a hazard (causing a phone to catch on fire or explode). Alternatively, an authorized Apple repair store could help fix the issue. For more on phone battery risk & safety information, check out Leo's recent episode of Ask the Tech Guy at https://youtu.be/LRfvgTFE9zk
Bob is buying the new Apple MacPro. He was thinking of getting the XTR monitor, but he's not high on paying $1,000 for a stand. Leo says that the monitor is really a color reference monitor for professional colorists. It's a beautiful work of art, but it's also $6,000. So for 99.9% of us, it's not necessary. But if you're doing video, you're going to want a very color-accurate monitor. Apple will likely continue to sell the LG UltraFine 5K monitor as well. It's expensive as well, but not nearly as much as the Apple monitor.
Mark wants to know if Apple's Pro AirPods are worth the $250 price tag. Leo says that what makes them so expensive is that they are active noise-canceling headphones. But Leo prefers in-ear monitors because they are passive canceling, better audio, and more comfortable to wear. Leo also says that Apple didn't design them to replace the batteries, so when the batteries die, he can only throw them away. That's wasteful. Look at Amazon's EchoBuds. They are just as good and only $129. Leo says they are just as good for 1/2 the price.
Dale has an iPhone 6s Plus and the battery isn't keeping a charge like it's used to. He's also noticing that his screen feels like it's starting to bulge. Leo says that Dale needs to take it into Apple because the battery is starting to swell and that's a hazard. And Apple may replace it for free. They'll at least replace the battery for $99. If he can't go to an apple store, an authorized Apple repair store will suffice. Or he can try and do it by mail.
Apple recently announced a new 16" MacBook Pro, which marks the return of the 2015 mechanical keyboard, an escape key, faster processors, and a better cooling system. Leo says that it's also a little heavier and thicker with a better battery. Has Apple been chastened by consumers and are now starting to listen? Leo thinks that may be the case.
Max has an iPhone SE, and he recently upgraded to iOS 13. He bought a second one to keep, just in case. Will it work when he needs it? Rich suggests unboxing the phone and keeping it up to date as new updates occur. He doesn't know what may happen in the future. But the update runway may not be all that long. Still, if he waits to update it, the phone may not be able to connect to the update servers a year or two from now. So keep it updated.