Jerry watches youtube videos from Louis Rossman who fixes Apple products. Apple wants to just sell new products and replace them, not repair them. Leo agrees that people have a right to repair their property, but it's more complicated than that. There are security issues and intellectual property issues. But what Apple does to prevent third-party repair is terrible. People should always get a second opinion.
With five bills before the House, Congress is poised to reign in Big Tech, and a breakup may be required for Big Tech to continue to do business in the United States. The Big Nine - Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Apple, Google, and IBM, plus Ali Baba, Tencent/TikTok, and Babu are so dominant in our society, that Congress is starting to be concerned that Big Tech has too much power, and they may require some of those firms to break up into smaller companies.
Apple was subpoenaed by the Trump Department of Justice to provide information on several key government figures and then was issued a gag order not to talk about it until late May of this year. True to Apple's commitment to privacy, they only provided metadata and no actual personal data.
According to the metadata for Apple's WWDC Presentation on Tuesday, Apple may have been poised to announce new M1X MacBooks, and an M1X Mac Pro tower, but may have decided not to at the last minute. The tags had listings for both inserted into the metadata of the keynote on YouTube and at Apple.com. But Leo says that according to The Supply Chain, production won't begin until Q2, making both ready for the Holiday shopping season. So look for announcements this Fall.
Beware of the Apple AirPods Max, especially if you're tempted to get them! They just are NOT worth the expensive $549 price tag for the average consumer. The main issue is the audio quality, as lossless audio doesn't seem to be supported even when the product is plugged in with a Lightning-to-3.5mm cable. The headphones should've supported an option for Airplay. The noise-canceling is pretty good thanks to the processors in both ears, so the AirPods Max makes sense for plane travel. But there are simply cheaper, competent alternatives out there.
Carolyn wants to know what's the safest way to get a prepaid VISA card to use on her daughter's iPad and Apple Account. She doesn't want to use her credit card as Apple requires. Leo says she can get them at most stores and they are perfectly safe, but Apple doesn't allow them. There's the Privacy card from privacy.com. You can even set a spending limit. There's also MySudo.com. Does a similar thing.
Kevin just bought an Apple Watch. Should he have waited until after next week's event? Leo says no, Kevin is safe. The next Apple Watch won't be out until the fall.
Kevin also works for cruise lines as a comedy performer and he travels a lot. He wants to know what's the best tablet for watching movies. Leo says the iPad, hands down. The 12.9" iPad Pro has the best screen with miniLED. Better than most TVs. Get the Apple surround sound headphones!
Bob got a new Mac and wants to know how to transfer data from his old one. Leo says it should ask if the user wants to transfer from the old Mac at Setup. It's called the Migration Assistant. It may even do it via WiFi. But definitely over USB. And it could take a while. But it can get stuck, so if it doesn't move after a few hours, Bob may need to quit it. But he'll get most of the data.
Another Apple event is coming June 7th, and that means as of now, it's a terrible time to buy a new Apple product. Leo advises that if you're in the market for an Apple device, to WAIT until you find out what's being announced.
Amazon plans to use their Echo neighborhood network to making finding geotags accurately. The idea is to compete with Apple AirTags.