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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
Apple announced a redesigned new MacBook on Monday March 9. It's just 13.1 millimeters thin, weighs 2 pounds, and has a 12 inch Retina display. It also has just one connector -- USB-C, which very well might be the future for all computers. That single connector can charge the MacBook, provides data transfer, and video output.
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.
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.