Edward is legally blind and wants to know if an iPad would be useful to him, especially with the keyboard. Leo says that an iPad has great accessibility features with voice dictation and screen reading. But the keyboard is digital and that could be a challenge for typing. But Apple has created a ton of features, and Edward can always connect a hardware keyboard to it via Bluetooth. But try turning on voiceover and rely on Siri to dictate within any text field. It's pretty good.
Chris has an iPad Air 2 and he's thinking of getting one of the new 11" iPads. Leo thinks it's a good idea but hold off the magic keyboard. It's too expensive. Logitech has a more affordable one called the Combo. It also has a case and function key row.
Apple's Spring Loaded event was this week, coming in at under an hour for the prerecorded stream for all their product announcements. Leo thinks that Apple has really streamlined the format and that they really like it. So this may be the way they will continue to do it from now on. New products included a new iPad with the M1 chip, a new M1 iMac in six different colors, an updated Apple TV with color correction through iPhone, and the Apple Air Tags. Leo says that Air Tags are exactly what people expect, at $29, or $99 for four.
This week's coming Apple Event is expected to announce new iPads with miniLED displays and LIDAR. The displays will provide better resolution, color gamut, and dynamic range, while the LIDAR will provide 3d information for creating 3d models, and do computational photography, as well as augmented reality.
Tom wants to know about Apple and the mini LEDs on their displays. Leo says that mini LEDs will offer a better screen with a greater dynamic range. They should be coming in new models of iPads and Macbooks. We should know more in the next few weeks on the iPads, and by June with the Macbooks. The latest iPad Air probably won't be updated, but the Pro is due for a refresh.
In addition to the upgraded A14X processor (which is the M1 processor for iPads), Apple is set to announce new iPads this month, and Leo says that they could also be bringing mini LEDs to their displays. Additionally, there may be 32" M1 iMacs coming by the Worldwide Developer's Conference in June. The new iMac is rumored to have up to 20 cores, 16 high performance, and 4 proficiency.
Patty is going on a Nile cruise and African photo safari. She wants to upload her photos every night. She doesn't want to bring a laptop. Leo says that Katie can use an iPad with a media dongle to plug in her memory cards. But Panasonic also has an app that she can use to connect to the camera via WiFi and move the photos over wirelessly. But she won't be able to do much photo editing. Leo brings his laptop with Adobe Lightroom on it, and plenty of memory cards. That way she can keep the cards as the originals, and upload for backup. So just swap out the cards every day.
Mark got a 2017 iPad Pro from a pawn shop for about $300, which Leo says that's a pretty good deal. Should he get an iPencil for the iPad Pro? He also wants to know how to wipe out the keychain password file. Leo says that he has an iPencil for his and he rarely uses it. If you sketch or annotate notes, then it's a good option. But if you don't, save yourself $100. Also, wipe the iPad completely so there will be nothing in the keychain. Turn on Keychain syncing and it'll sync to your Mac. Can he view his password list in the iPad?
Aaron broke his iPad and wants to know if it's worth repairing. Leo says probably not, and they're not really designed to be fixed. But they're getting cheaper all the time, so it's probably better to just buy a new one. Keep an eye out for sales, because consumers can get a new iPad for around $300.
Fiona is thinking of getting a tablet because she can add it for $20 a month to her cell phone service. Which should she get? Leo recommends the iPad. They start at $329, with Black Friday deals this week of under $200. She's retired and on a budget, though. Leo says she can go with Android, but any tablet under $200 is going to be pretty cheap. She should try and get an iPad on a Black Friday deal. They should be good through Monday. And she should pick up a Bluetooth keyboard, too. Anker makes one for around $25.00.