tablets

How Can I Turn an iPad Mini Into a Mobile Phone?

iPad Mini 2021

Episode 1834

Nuss from Del Rey Beach, FL

Nuss wants to know if there's a way to turn his iPad Mini into a phone. Most phones he sees aren't big enough for him. Leo says you want to make sure your iPad has LTE built-in. But that's data only. But you can then use a service like TalkATone, which gives you an actual phone number. It has texting, voicemail, the works. But you also have to have a deal with a cellular phone company for the VOIP service. Leo would recommend using Google Fi because it's the same price no matter where you are.

Apple’s Victory Is More of a Tie in Epic Legal Ruling

Epic Games

Episode 1828

Apple declared victory this week as a judge ruled that the app store is not a monopoly, but it fell short in prohibiting Epic from offering sales outside of the app store. The judge ruled that while Apple technically won the argument, Epic has the right to direct their customers to their own website to sell digital assets, thereby avoiding paying Apple a 30% fee on any in-app purchases. But Apple can also ban Epic and Fortnite from the app store, so don't look for the app to return any time soon.

How Can I Restore a Company-Owned iPad?

iPad Pro

Episode 1824

Jeffrey from New York City, NY

Jeffrey recently left his work and he got to keep the iPad Pro. But it's locked with Microsoft intune. What can he do? Leo says that you can probably unenroll it. It requires a certificate to support Apple's MDM (mobile device management). So delete the iTunes certificate and then delete the app.  If you can't get into the iPad, try booting into DFU mode. You can do that by googling your iPad model and DFU, and you can get step by step on how to do that. DFU will then restore the iPad to factory defaults. 

How Can I Monitor My Granddaughter's Online Activity on My Tablet?

iPad Pro

Episode 1807

Travis from Rector, AK

Travis wants to be able to see what his granddaughter is doing on his tablet. Leo says you can't really monitor everything she's doing, but you can use parental controls to determine what she can and cannot do. It's built into the OS. Settings. Family. Parental Controls. You can also set a PIN so she can't buy anything. You can also set an age level on YouTube. You could also download YouTube for Kids and lockout regular YouTube. 

Why Is the Volume on My Android Devices so Low?

Samsung Adapt Sound

Episode 1807

Dave from Greenville, MI

Dave bought a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, and the volume isn't all that loud. Same with his phone. Leo says to look in the settings. Most headphone volumes have built-in limits to prevent damage to your hearing. But they can be overridden in your device's operating settings. There are also third-party equalizer apps that could help. But Samsung also has a feature called Adapt Sound which can help you dial in your sound according to your hearing preference.

Do Other Phone Carriers Support Numbersync Like AT&T?

AT&T

Episode 1807

Patrick from Austin, TX

Patrick is a rideshare driver, and he uses Number Sync to connect his iPad to his mobile phone. It's from AT&T. Do other carriers do it? Leo says that it's exclusive to AT&T. TMobile does have its own called "Digits." So check that out. Either way, it allows you to make and receive calls on any compatible device. But it isn't perfect.

What iPad Should I Buy?

 iPad Air

Episode 1801

Thomas from Detroit, MI

Thomas is looking to get an iPad to supplement his iPhone and iMac. The 12.9" iPad Pro seems too big. So he's looking at the 11". Or should he get the iPad Air? Leo says to get the iPad Air. It has a true motion screen, can now use the Apple Pencil, and is a great first iPad. It's also just as fast or even faster. Not to mention a lot less expensive. It also has the A14 Bionic chip, which is essentially the M1 processor. The only real advantage the pro models have is storage. The Air only gets him 256GB. But that's enough.

What Tablet Should I Buy for Travel?

iPad Pro

Episode 1801

Kevin from Ontario, CA

Kevin just bought an Apple Watch. Should he have waited until after next week's event? Leo says no, Kevin is safe. The next Apple Watch won't be out until the fall. 

Kevin also works for cruise lines as a comedy performer and he travels a lot.  He wants to know what's the best tablet for watching movies. Leo says the iPad, hands down. The 12.9" iPad Pro has the best screen with miniLED. Better than most TVs. Get the Apple surround sound headphones!

Why Does Bluetooth Sound So Bad on My Tablet?

Bluetooth

Episode 1800

Michael from LA, CA

Michael has a Samsung Galaxy Tablet and when he connects via Bluetooth to his headset, the audio quality really drops.  Leo says to try removing the device and then repairing it. It's also possible that the profile Michael is using is the wrong one. The sad part is, Michael may not have a choice to use a different one. So he may be stuck. He will want to use a profile suitable for music, like Aptex or A2DP. But it sounds like the tablet may be older, and thus relies on an older headset spec that doesn't support stereo and won't sound good.