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Can I use another monitor with my iMac?

Dell S2319NX Monitor

Episode 1720

Syd from Encino, CA

Syd has a 5 year old iMac, and her husband recently knocked it off the desk, cracking the screen. She's been using it still, but the crack continues to grow. Apple says it'll cost almost as much as a new iMac to fix it. Can she use another monitor? Leo says yes. You can consider your iMac monitor dead and use Thunderbolt 2 or HDMI to connect a second monitor to it.  But you'll also have to go into the display settings and select "mirrored" to put the video signal onto the new monitor.

Should I upgrade to a Mac Mini?

Mac MIni

Episode 1700

John from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

John needs to replace his 2007 iMac. He doesn't want to get one with a fusion drive though. Leo says that you can upgrade to the SSD drive. SSDs have dropped in price to the point where they are affordable to opt for in the customize section. And if you have a keyboard, mouse, and monitor, the Mac Mini is a great choice. It's easier to repair and upgrade, too. You'll also save a lot of money.  Check out iFixIt.com for repair guides though.

Can I Replace my Laptop Battery Myself?

Battery

Episode 1583

Chaz from Claremont, CA

Chaz recently upgraded to a new laptop  But his old laptop still works, and it just needs a new battery. Is that an easy repair? Rich says that it probably is. The best thing about the Internet is we can learn how to do just about anything. Also, a 10-year-old laptop often has an easier time with repairing/replacing components like batteries. Rich recommends iFixIt, where Chaz can input his laptop model and get instructions on how to do that. Of course, Youtube is also a great resource.

Apple Kills AirPower Two Years After Announcing It

Episode 1578

Two years after it announced the surfboard like Qi charging station known as AirPower, Apple announced today that it was cancelling the product, citing engineering issues. Leo says that according to iFixIt, Apple probably never would've been able to get it approved by the FCC.  Apple did release the AirPods 2, which now has wireless charging. So while you can't charge your iPhone and your AirPods at the same time, you can now charge both wirelessly. 

How can I change the battery in my MacBook Pro?

Apple MacBook Pro

Episode 1552

Cotton from Surprise Valley, CA

Cotton has a 2013 MacBook Pro, and recently had to buy a battery from MacSales.com because it began to swell. He also replaced the SSD. He had to remove the battery with acetone because it was glued in. But after installing it, the laptop was dead. Leo says to head over to iFixIt.com and check out their instructions on replacing the battery in his laptop. He may have missed a step. But it's also very possible that Cotton may have shorted out something like a fuse.

IFixIt Finds interesting things inside the iPhone Xs

Episode 1525

IFixit tears down mobile phones to see if they can be repaired and they found that the iPhone has a gigabit wireless antenna, and the IP68 rating is pretty legit. The taptic engine is better than any device out there. One thing that Apple didn't tell us, is that the Camera bump is even bigger than before. The cameras are bigger, and it likely means you'll have to get a new case, rather then try and use the older iPhone X case. How big are the batteries?

Why is my iPhone shutting down?

iPhones

Episode 1417

Brad from Los Angeles, CA

Brad and his wife both have iPhones and they shut down with 15% left. What gives? Leo says it's a software thing. In essence, the phone is making a guess and as a phone gets older, it has less capacity. So that estimate can get more inaccurate the older the phone gets. Batteries can be recharged about 500 times, and as it gets closer to that number, it gets more inaccurate. Brad doesn't want to buy a new phone, though, and Leo says he doesn't have to. He can go into Apple and request they replace the battery. It's about $100. Can he do it himself? Leo says maybe.

Why won't my iPad charge?

Episode 1230

Eric from Hollywood, CA

Eric has a first generation iPad that won't charge. Leo says that the original iPad needed a 10 watt charger and if he's using the smaller cube, that may be the problem. He should try a USB charger that's 5 volts and 2 amps. That should do it. If not, it's likely that the battery has reached the end of it's life and needs to be replaced. Apple will replace it for about $90, but if he's a hardy type, iFixit has directions and videos on how to do it.

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