June 29, 2007, twelve years ago, Steve Jobs announced the first iPhone. Apple hadn't invented the app store yet, so the original iPhone didn't really have but a few very basic apps. In fact, Steve Jobs thought everything would be done through websites, not apps. It was listed at $499 and people lined up three days before it launched to get one. But a smartphone wasn't really new, what did change the world was having a full-time connection to the internet in your pocket.
Fred wants to know why Apple hates the blind. Leo says that Apple doesn't. In fact, they lead the accessibility field with their accessibility in mobile devices. But Fred says that for him, most of those features are worthless. But Leo says that he knows many blind people who love the features in the iPhone, even though touch screen functions are a challenge. Steve Wonder uses his mobile phone with a braille screenwriter by Human Wear. Leo says it's great technology.
Irwin has been using a flip phone for most of his life, but now he is starting to text and texting is a royal hassle on a flip phone. Leo says yes it is! What is the simplest option for him? He doesn't need the latest and greatest. A few apps. Maybe the occasional photo. Leo says that the iPhone is a great first smartphone. Android phones tend to be cheaper, but you want to get a phone that is constantly updated, so you want to be sure your carrier will update regularly. For Android, the Motorola Moto G6 or G7 is a great affordable option. $200-400.
Mark needs to prove where he was to someone. Leo says that you can see where you've been by going to google.com/dashboard. Click on maps, then more, then timeline. If it's enabled in the application settings, you will see a history of where your phone has checked in within the network. It should go as far back as 18 months at least. If that isn't good enough, you could contact your carrier as they will have that information available. But that information is only available to law enforcement as they can get access to that information without a warrant. So using Google is your best bet.
Relying on a policy that no app can duplicate a function that Apple offers, Apple has removed 11 of 17 screentime and parental control apps. Some app makers have been shut down. OurPact, with 3 million downloads, was pulled, eliminating 80% of the developer's income. Kids Locks and Custodio have filed a complaint with the EU as a result. But Apple claims it's a privacy issue as the apps take too much personal information. Or are they just protecting their bread and butter? Leo says it depends on how you feel about it.
If you are scanning important, sensitive documents with your cell phone and sending those files over the internet, make sure to use an app from a reputable, reliable company. Do not use apps from relatively unknown developers, where images could potentially be intercepted. On Android phones, use Google Drive's scan option. On iPhone, open the Notes app and hit the + sign, then tap the "Scan Documents" option. Evernote Scannable is also a legitimate high-quality (free) scanning app.
Barbara has an iPhone 6, but she needs a new screen. Would the iPhone 7+ be a good upgrade? Or should she buy the newer iPhone XS Max? Rich says that the iPhone 7 is three generations back, so it could depend on the price. $425 seems a bit pricey compared to what the iPhone XR gets her. Also, a phone three generations back would have to still work with new apps that require more horsepower. So Rich says the iPhone XR is a better buy because she's putting her best foot forward for the future.
Mike has an iPhone and is using the Apple battery case. But he can never get the charge up to 100%. What gives? He took it to the Apple Store and the geniuses want him to reset, then set it up from scratch. Rich says always set up a phone from scratch, rather than restore the apps from iCloud. And if there's an app that's draining the battery, users are more likely to recognize it from scratch, rather than restoring from iCloud. But Rich also recommends looking to see if Mike's battery is affected by the recent recall.
Millie wants to know what the best mobile phone is. Rich says that the four best are the iPhone, the Samsung Galaxy S10, the One Plus, and the Google Pixel 3. Google's Pixel 3 has the best camera for all situations, but that's about where it ends. The iPhone is the best all around, followed by the Samsung Galaxy S10. More likely it comes down to what she really wants to do with it, and Rich recommends asking her friends and family what they have. Get what they have and she can always ask for help or interact with them easily.
Larry got a new iPhone XR for a great price and was able to trade in his old iPhone. Leo says that the iPhone XR is the best iPhone out there for battery life, power, and price. It's the sweet spot. He was also thinking of using the eSim feature for his carrier and then using the SIM for a second line for data. Leo says second line phones are very popular in Europe, and iOS has the eSim option as a result. But it's such a new technology that not even the carrier gets it. Leo recommends talking to the Apple Store geniuses who can set Larry up.