tablets

What Should My First Computer Be?

iPad

Episode 1788

Roger from North Hollywood, CA

Roger is approaching 70 and is about to buy his first computer. Has it passed him by? Leo says that often people who are math challenges, have a phobia when it comes to computers. It's more of a psychological limitation. Leo says that a computer isn't really difficult to understand or use. A gentle introduction helps, along with having a specific purpose. What does Roger want to do with it? That enables him to start learning with a targeted approach. When cooking, for instance, Leo likes to use an app called Paprika, which helps him look up recipes from its built-in browser.

How Can I Install a DVD Onto My Tablet and Still Have Menus?

DVD

Episode 1786

Brian from West Hartford, CT

Brian has a bunch of DVD files that he'd like to install onto his tablet, and still keep the DVD structure with menus, etc. Leo says it's really easy to do. He could copy the DVD as an ISO file but then would need a player that would understand that. VLC could help do all that. But it also depends on what tablet he is using it for. Infuse for iOS says it can do it. But Leo doesn't know if it will show the menus or just play the video. Most people just convert the video directly and install that on the tablet without the videos.

How Will Apple Be Improving Displays in the New iPads?

iPad Pro

Episode 1785

Tom from Riverside, CA

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. 

Is a Free Tablet Really Free?

Scratch from MIT

Episode 1780

Christian from Calgary, Canada

Christian got a free tablet from Caesar's Palace. Leo says it's possible that there's a gambling game on it that will pay for itself. So it's important to be "look a gift horse the mouth." There is no free lunch, and any device that gets on your network can "play with things." Even if all they are doing is selling your activity. So how legit can it really be? But Caesar's is a legitimate company, so it may just be worth it to send it to him. The more you play, the more money they will make. That's how gambling works.

What Computer Should I Get My Husband?

iPad Air

Episode 1773

Joyce from San Diego, CA

Joyce wants to get her elderly husband a computer. He spends most of his time in bed these days, and she wants to give him a portal to do research and have a world outside the bedroom. She wants to spare no expense, too. Leo says that an iPad is a wonderful choice for her husband since it's simple to use and very secure. The iPad Air is very light and thin and enjoys an 11" screen. The iPad Pro is a bit larger with a 12.9" screen. It also has better sound. But it's a little heavier at 1 1/2 pounds. So it depends on which one he would like best.

Should I Get an iPhone or iPad?

iPhone

Episode 1768

Tom from Riverside, CA

Tom is looking to get an iPhone or an iPad for work. He's never had one. Leo says to get an iPhone first. Get used to it. Then if he needs an iPad, he can go from there. He will also need an AppleTV if he wants to push the screen from the iPhone to the TV. It's called AirPlay. Plus, modern TVs can cast directly from the iPhone or iPad without an Apple TV because Apple TV is built-in. The Vizio Smartcast is a good one. 

How Can I Put Movies on an iPad Without My Apple ID?

iPad

Episode 1764

Kevin from Malibu, CA

Kevin wants to give a family member an iPad with movies on it for her stay in the hospital. But he doesn't want her to have his Apple ID. Leo says that Apple Family allows users to share data with up to 6 family members. Users can share music, apps, tv and movie purchases, iCloud, photos, the works. How about backing up with a simple drag and drop? Leo says that he's a fan of iMazing. It will allow him to easily transfer files that way.

Is there any way to control the iPad remotely? Leo says no. He can go from iOS to macOS, but not the other way.