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This week, Apple announced four new iPhones around the iPhone 12 moniker. Starting at 128GB. The big thing is that the phones will support 5G access, which Leo says is limited in range and available only in select cities. It's going to be at least a year before 5G is nationwide. So while you're paying for 5G, you're not getting 5G and won't for a while.
But what Leo is really excited about is the iPhone 12 Pro Max camera, which can shoot 4K60 HDR video in DOLBY VISION. And it will really show how Apple Silicon is going to be a game-changer.
Alan is a doctor and would like to find an app that will be able to read his terrible handwriting and sync it to his computer. Alan uses Color Note, but unfortunately, it doesn't sync. Leo says that Microsoft OneNote can do it, and it'll sync to the cloud. Google Keep does it as well, and it's free. There are hundreds of apps for this. Just find one you like.
There's also a feature of Android called "Your Phone," which will enable Alan to see his handwritten phone apps on his computer.
Joe has a Samsung Galaxy S10 and recently his contacts "came unglued" while text messaging. He couldn't see who he was texting in the middle of the conversation. Leo says that Samsung has its own apps for messaging, plus the Google versions. Leo would recommend replacing Samsung messages with Android Messages. That'll make it less confusing.
Apple had their "Hi Speed" iPhone event Tuesday, confirming four new iPhones including the new iPhone Mini. But Leo says that they left a few things hanging including when the new Apple Silicon Macs will be announced. Leo says it's likely going to be a seperate event around the middle of November. Tuesday, all Apple talked about is the new Homepod Mini, an intelligent voice assistant/speaker running Siri. The important thing about the HPMini is the price. $99 putting it closer in line with Amazon's Alexa and the Google Home Assistant.
Steve wants to know how to make a ring tone. Leo says there are two ways he does it - first use Garage Band to make it and then export it out as an m4r file. You may need to save it as an m4a file and then just rename it. It has to be no more than 40 seconds. The second thing is to use iTunes. Import it into iTunes or Music if you're using a current Mac. In Windows, though, it's still iTunes. Import your clip and select the 40-second clip. Then save it as an m4r file and move it into the TONES folder. Then sync it to your phone via USB. Not iCloud.
Leo says that this coming Tuesday, Apple will announce four new iPhones, including the smaller 5.4" iPhone Mini. There will also be a 6.1" iPhone 12, and iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7" iPhone 12 Pro Max. Prices will start at $799. That's the rumor, anyway. There will be six different colors and Dual cameras for the smaller iPhones and three cameras for the pro versions. The pro versions will also have Gold, Silver and Graphite blue colors. Lidar will also be added for augmented reality, which Leo says nobody needs or wants.
Bonnie is having issues sending texts via Google Voice. It's been intermittent lately. Leo says that Google Voice is an internet-based text messaging service. That requires a gateway, usually provided by carriers to send out the actual text. Not every company will pass Google Voice texts along consistently. It depends on who is supporting it and who isn't. Since Bonnie is a teacher, it may be that new parents are using a service that doesn't support it.
Coming Tuesday, Apple is having another event, hinted by the title "Hi, Speed." Leo says the event is believed the launch of Apple's new 5G capable iPhone 12. There will be four new models, including a new "iPhone Mini," all supported with 5G, even though Leo says that 5G doesn't matter. This is because there's low band 5G, which isn't any faster than LTE, and then mid-high range 5G. Leo says that it will be at least a year or two before 5G will be widespread in this country. Until then, 5G is just marketing.
The camera in Google's new Pixel 5 now offers in-camera facial retouching in real-time. But Leo says users can turn the feature off, and that's important because people shouldn't be caught up in the Instagram quest for perfection.
Jim has a ZTE cellphone and it's running out of storage space. He's tried uninstalling apps, but he gets warned that it could cause problems. Leo says he'll always get that warning, but that doesn't always mean it'll happen. Leo recommends doing a Factory Reset first. That'll clean things up. Then carefully reinstall only the apps you need.