Steve is looking to get an iPad Mini, but he doesn't want to use the Cloud. Can he avoid accessing his data on the internet? Leo says that because Steve is using Quickbooks, he'll need Windows for it. Leo advises going with the Microsoft Surface Pro or Lenovo Yoga. It'll also be beneficial for word processing.
Corrine has an iPad Mini that she uses with Airplay and Apple TV. She upgraded to iOS 8, but she can't see it. Apparently there is a mirroring issue with the Mini after a recent update. Leo says it's important to also update her Apple TV when she updates her iPhone. If she does that, chances are, it'll work.
The chatroom also says she has to scroll deeper into the menu to see it. Leo says she can go into her contacts application in the Mac, merge all of her contact duplicates and it'll merge them on the next sync.
Dale is thinking about waiting until the larger iPhone 6 comes out and then buying it refurbished after people return it for being too big. Leo says that's a great idea. His patience will always be rewarded and even with this, Apple will likely lower the price on the iPhone 5 or 5S after the 6 comes out. Leo says that with the size of the iPhone 6 being 5.5 inches (rumored), it may end up cannibalizing the iPad Mini.
Jim is an amateur photographer who reviews his pictures on the camera to delete the ones he doesn't like. For Christmas, he got an iPad Mini, and would like to preview the images on his camera card. Leo says that the iPad Mini doesn't have a set file system like that. Jim understood that and returned it. Leo says Jim didn't have to do that, he could've gotten the camera connection kit which would allow him to plug in an SD card.
Frank is looking to get a tablet that his kids can use. Leo says that the iPad has great software for kids. And for young kids, the iPad Mini is an ideal option. Leo also recommends getting a good sturdy rubber case for it.
Apple surprised everyone on Tuesday by releasing the iPad mini with Retina display. At midnight Cupertino time, Apple quietly made the new iPad mini available for purchase.
iPad mini with Retina display on sale now starting at $399…
Juan's girlfriend wants an iPad mini, but he's been thinking about a Chromebook instead. Leo says that the Google Nexus 7 would be a better choice for games and internet. Chromebooks won't really play games. Leo says they're underpowered, too. The Chromebook does have a keyboard, but he can also get a bluetooth keyboard to use with a tablet.
Leo got his iPad Air this week and he's very happy with the weight. Leo says that at 1.0lb, it feels considerably lighter, without being too light. He also says that with the reduced bezel, iPad Air is about a 1/2" smaller. The Air is very comfortable in portrait mode, and you can type with your thumbs, which you couldn't do with the older models.
Invitations went out this week for another Apple Event on October 22nd, this time at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. The larger venue usually points to several announcments, and Leo says it's likely that the 5th Generation iPad and iPad Mini 2 will be announced. Leo is skeptical that the Mini will get a Retina display this time around, even though it sorely needs one. What else could it have? A larger battery, and a more powerful processor. But if it doesn't have a Retina screen, will it be a flop?