Macbook

What should I get to replace my iPad?

Apple MacBook

Episode 1257

Tom from Charlotte, NC

Tom needs to replace his MacBook and iPad with newer models and he's not sure he needs to replace both. Leo says it's a good idea to wait because Apple will be announcing new Skylake models soon. One thought though is that the new 12" MacBook would give him the portability of the iPad and the functionality of a MacBook. And it has a gorgeous Retina screen. But it's that Type-C connector that people don't like.

Is there a portable device for copying data off of my SD cards while traveling?

Digital Foci PHOTO SAFE II OTG

Episode 1241

Erik from Dusseldorf, Germany

Erik is looking for a small device to copy his camera SD cards to and print out pictures while traveling. Leo says it's called a "Photo Wallet" or "Photo Safe." It's essentially a hard drive with an SD card reader attached. Digital Foci is a great one. It's $150 for 500GB. But fewer and fewer are making them now because of the cloud.

Will Apple's Force Touch trackpad on the MacBook work with Windows in virtualization?

Apple MacBook

Episode 1180

Matthew from Ontario, Canada

Matthew is wondering if Apple's new Force Touch trackpad will work in virtualization with Windows. Leo says he hasn't tried it yet. Apple's new Force Touch trackpad uses a haptic engine instead of a physical "click." When you press down on the trackpad, it simulates the sensation of clicking the trackpad, and it's indistinguishable from how it feels when you actually click it. You can prove that it's a simulated click by turning the laptop off, and then trying to press the trackpad. Nothing will happen. When you turn it back on, it will have that familiar 'click.'

Should I fix my old MacBook or upgrade to a new MacBook Air?

MacBook Air

Episode 1180

Mike from Raleigh, NC

Mike called to ask Leo if he should put any money into his five year old MacBook or just upgrade. Leo says that it's high time to upgrade to a new Mac since he's going to want to move forward with Yosemite. If he can afford a new one, that's the best option. The connectors of a laptop can start going out after that time.

How can I find out if my Mac is recalled?

Apple MacBook Pro

Episode 1176

Walter from Holland

Walter wants to know if his Mac is covered under the recall. Leo says if he runs Mavericks or Yosemite, he can go into "About this Mac" and look at the last tab. It will search his serial number and tell him if his Mac is qualified under the current recall for video issues. Leo also thinks his issue could be a bad ribbon cable or screen. If that's the case, then repairs need to be made. But check for the recall first.

Apple's New Notebook Has Users Up in Arms

Apple MacBook

Episode 1171

Because of it's new USB-C adapter working as the sole connector for both power and data, Apple fans are upset with the new MacBook. One reason people are upset is that to use anything else, you'd have to pay an additional $79 for a dongle.

Still, it offers a 9 hour battery life, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD drive. But it's $1300, so it's not cheap. It's also lighter than a MacBook Air. Could the Air be not be long for this world? Leo says he likes the USB-C option and offers props to Apple for advancing the technology. But he's keeping his powder dry before he buys it.

What Mac laptop should I buy?

MacBook Pro

Episode 1055

Joe from Austin, TX

Joe is thinking of getting either the 13" MacBook Air or the 13" MacBook Pro. He also wants to get an external drive. The 13" MacBook Air has far better battery life, but the MacBook Pro has a much better retina display. So it really comes down to what he wants most. The MacBook Pro also comes with a 256 GB SSD. Leo says he should only use an external hard drive if he finds he's running out of space on the laptop. It's best to keep what he can on the internal drive, so he doesn't need to always rely on having an external drive plugged in.

Should I sell my Macbook Pro and get a new iPad?

iPad

Episode 888

Carl from San Bernadino, CA

Leo says that a real laptop is beneficial for students, because it's possible to have separate windows open. With the iPad, it's only possible to see one window at a time because all of the apps take the whole screen. Another disadvantage is that the iPad has no file system that he can get to, so he can't really download files from the internet. The iPad, however, is light, and when you toss in the cover/keyboard, it’s almost like a laptop. Leo says to try it with his old iPad for a week to see if he can live without that MacBook, then he'll know. A lot of schools are using tablets now.