iphones

Can I Use an Old iPhone With My SIM?

iPhone 3G

Episode 1826

Harold from Santa Barbara, CA

Harold can't get his old iPhone to work with his SIM. Leo says that Verizon used GSM back then, and the iPhone would probably not work anyway because it used G2 towers that were turned off long ago. And they're turning onf 3G as we speak, so older 3G phones are about to go offline. But you could use it as an iPod. How can I get the data off it? Leo says to get iTunes for Windows on your computer, connect that old iPhone, and then it'll copy everything off onto your hardware. Leo also recommends uploading the photos to Google Photos. That way it doesn't matter what phone you have. 

Should I Wait Until Windows 11 to Buy a New PC?

Windows 11

Episode 1818

Mike from Pillar Point, NY

Mike wants to know if he should wait to buy a computer until Windows 11 comes out. Leo says no. It's largely cosmetic. And any computer customers buy today will be able to upgrade to Windows 11. What about the new iPhone? Leo says that the new iPhone 13 will be announced next month, so it may be worth it to wait a few more weeks, especially if the existing iPhone is a few generations old. But even next month, the improvements won't be all that substantial. 

How Can I Get Data Off an Old, Dead iPhone 6?

iPhone 6

Episode 1804

Spencer from Chino, CA

Spencer has an old iPhone and wants to get the data off it. But it won't start up. He also wants to make sure she has her own separate Apple ID but has access to his 50GB iCloud backup. Leo says to add her to the family plan. That will give her access. She can also get the Apple 1 plan to have access to everything.  Leo says to check her iCloud account to see if the phone has been backed up. If so, she's golden. If not, she can take it to a local phone repair place and see if they can get the data off. Apple may even be able to do that.

Is There a Browser for the Apple Watch?

Apple Watch

Episode 1799

G. Scott from Finland, MN

G. Scott recently bought his wife a new Apple Watch. It can do just about anything, but it has no browser.  Leo says that's what the iPhone is for! You really wouldn't want to browse with that tiny watch screen. And even if it did, it would be limited without the iPhone attached to it.  Don't think of it as a separate computer; it's more of a companion.

What Wireless Printer Should I Buy?

Episode 1709

Max from Newport Beach, CA

Max is looking for a small and simple wireless printer that's easier to use. Leo says that most printers are wireless these days, connecting to the network. An inkjet is probably the best if one needs color, but understand that they'll need to use it regularly in order to keep the ink flowing without getting the heads clogged. If one seldom uses it, a color laser printer is the best bet, but the colors aren't bright and not for printing photos. 

The Giz Wiz Gets Synched

Dick

Episode 1661

Most folks know the iPhone 11 & 11 Pro take spectacular photos, but, being of the phone, the flash is limited. This new Anker MFi flash accessory uses the Lightning connector for tight synchronization with the iPhone rear camera & works with the native camera app and 3rd party apps. Anker says it helps illuminate objects at 2x the range and 4x brightness. It ships with a detachable diffuser and a soft carry pouch. 10,000 shots per charge. Enables off-axis and direct fill flash lighting effects both with and without the detachable diffuser.

Why is My iPhone Battery Bulging?

iPhone

Episode 1648

Dale from Clio, Michigan

Dale has an iPhone 6s Plus and the battery isn't keeping a charge like it's used to. He's also noticing that his screen feels like it's starting to bulge. Leo says that Dale needs to take it into Apple because the battery is starting to swell and that's a hazard. And Apple may replace it for free. They'll at least replace the battery for $99. If he can't go to an apple store, an authorized Apple repair store will suffice. Or he can try and do it by mail.