Ann Marie wants to be able to childproof her iPad for her grandchildren. Especially on YouTube. Leo says that there's a lot of sketchy things on YouTube that are aimed at children, that parents wouldn't want them to see. Fortunately, iOS has parental controls to prevent access. It's under "screen time." Go into settings, then screen time. She can then create a parental passcode and set up restrictions. Also, there are YouTube Kids, which she can give them access to, instead.
Thomas is looking to get an iPad to supplement his iPhone and iMac. The 12.9" iPad Pro seems too big. So he's looking at the 11". Or should he get the iPad Air? Leo says to get the iPad Air. It has a true motion screen, can now use the Apple Pencil, and is a great first iPad. It's also just as fast or even faster. Not to mention a lot less expensive. It also has the A14 Bionic chip, which is essentially the M1 processor. The only real advantage the pro models have is storage. The Air only gets him 256GB. But that's enough.
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!
Tom wants to know more about the latest iPad Pro. Leo says he'll get his in about a week. It will have the same M1 chip as the MacBook Air, Mac Mini, Macbook Pro, and the upcoming iMacs. So it's a pretty big deal. It will also have up to 16GB of RAM and 2TB of storage. It also has an ultra-sharp display. The iPad Pro will also support Thunderbolt 3. So it's essentially a MacBook Air in tablet form. And it costs about the same, too. Leo wonders why Apple put out an iPad that is clearly overpowered for a tablet. Maybe more pro-grade apps for iOS that will appeal to younger users?
Leo ordered one of the new iPads, and it's almost as expensive as a MacBook. But it has 2TB of storage, has the best screen of any portable with miniLED backlighting, and it uses the same M1 processor. So it's just as powerful and just as expensive. Leo says that Apple is serious about people not treating the iPad as just a mobile toy anymore. It's a serious computing device.
Dennis is using GarageBand on the iPad and wants to know how he can use an external microphone and turn off the iPad's mic. The problem is how Dennis is connecting. Leo says to use a USB microphone like the Shure Motiv. The Microphone will be seen by the iPad and get used instead of the onboard mic.
Tom's iMac recently died and he needs to get a new one. His iMac's fusion drive has also died. Leo says Tom could put an SSD into the iMac, but it's not easy to do. So it's probably time to get a new one. Or he can run the OS off an external hard drive. It'll be a little slower, but it could work. The new iMac's are M1, but they are low-end and limited to what one can add to it. Meanwhile, the latest iPad will come with a new M1 chip. But it doesn't impress Tom.
If you have yet to buy your first computer, you will want to have a specific purpose upon finally receiving or buying one. Having a purpose will drive motivation, fun, and gratification while also building other computer skills in the process. A nice choice for a computer newbie would actually be an Apple iPad, which is only $329 and relatively easy to navigate. From there, your understanding can translate to other computer operating systems like macOS or even Windows. Avoid old laptops though, as troubleshooting and sluggishness will frustrate you more than necessary.
Roger is approaching 70 and is about to buy his first computer. Has it passed him by? Leo says that often people who are math challenges, have a phobia when it comes to computers. It's more of a psychological limitation. Leo says that a computer isn't really difficult to understand or use. A gentle introduction helps, along with having a specific purpose. What does Roger want to do with it? That enables him to start learning with a targeted approach. When cooking, for instance, Leo likes to use an app called Paprika, which helps him look up recipes from its built-in browser.
If you've got a Mac and are thinking about upgrading to a new model now, just wait a bit longer. Apple teased their next Worldwide Developers Conference for June 7, 2021. "WWDC21 will offer unique insight into the future of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS" according to Apple. So just hang on to see what new models wield the powerful M1 chip (which is currently only on the Macbook Air, Macbook Pro 13", and Mac mini) as well as a possible physical redesign. If speculation comes true, these new devices will be worth waiting for.