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Lori wants a simple smartphone for her mother that visits limited sites online and just make phone calls. Is there one that has loud speakers, voice recognition, big buttons and screen? Leo suggests giving her an iPad for the websites, so she can see it. Then you can get a flip phone from Jitterbug that can handle the phone calls. A smartphone will be too small for her to use. You can also give her an LTE iPad that can make calls as well.
Rick wants to know if he can stop the stereo from muting the audio when the phone gets a text or turn direction. Leo says that's called ducking and it does that so you can hear the notification. But if it doesn't restore the audio afterward, then it sounds like there's a setting in the phone that has changed.
Randy wants to know when the 5G iPhone be announced? Leo says it was expected this week, but Apple didn't. Nor did they hint it would be coming soon. But in the last quarterly results phonecall, Tim Cook said the iPhone 12 would be delayed. But the word on the street is, that Apple will announce it next month. Just in time for the holiday season.
September 20th was supposed to be the day that Chinese social media companies TikTok and WeChat were supposed to be turned off if both weren't sold to a US company. In the eleventh hour, ByteDance, which owns both companies, has managed to avoid the shutdown thanks to a tech partnership with Oracle and Walmart. The new company, dubbed TikTok Global, will also have a 40% minority stake in US investment, plus a 19% stake to Oracle and Walmart. That's a majority that pleases the commerce department and the White House. So the shut down has been delayed for a week.
Rene doesn't have a computer or WiFi. She relies on her mobile phone for her internet. Her phone is four years old and she is looking at the Samsung Galaxy S10E. Leo says that it's a year old, but there's nothing wrong with it. The latest model is the Galaxy 20, but there's no "E" model. Will it be difficult to transfer data? Leo says no. There is an app that will copy data from one phone to another, and it's really easy. She'll just have to be sure her Samsung Account is logged in and the backup is turned on. It'll be in the backup and reset settings.
David has a Samsung Galaxy S8, and recently his GPS started lagging and losing connection with some of his IoT devices. So he bought a new Galaxy S20+. But it's doing the exact same things. Leo says that GPS is a line of sight technology, and you can lose connectivity when the signal is blocked. It'll work better from your windshield dash. When you get into a new area, it could take some time to connect. After this, it builds an almanac of connections that the phone can rely on. So for those first visits, it could take a few minutes.
This Tuesday at 10am PDT, Apple will be streaming an event called "Time Flies," and Leo says it hints at a new, sixth-generation Apple Watch. Leo wonders though, just how much more you can do with a smartwatch. And he also thinks that maybe it'll be the release of a new version of watchOS 7. Other new features will include an expanded sleep feature and more software additions. But he also thinks there really isn't much more you can do hardware-wise. We are in essence at peak watch.
Leo got the Microsoft Surface Duo Android device this week, the first Android phone that Microsoft has ever produced. The oversized "phablet," has dual screens and opens up like a paperback book. Both screens can work in concert or independently, and Leo says with the Kindle App, it's the best digital reading experience he's ever had. It has also given him all-day battery life, so it's quite usable.
But the Duo has its buggy issues. It can crash and freeze up, forcing one to reboot. Microsoft has pushed out an update, but it hasn't really helped. It also has a terrible camera.
This Tuesday's upcoming Apple Time Flies event hints at a new Series 6 Apple Watch, a new WatchOS, and even an update for iPads. But Apple has already said that the next iPhone 12 is delayed due to issues pertaining to the Covid19 pandemic. So Leo suspects there will be no iPhone announcement. But he does think we'll get iOS14 shipping, as well as the next version of MacOS.
Other possible announcments include new Apple Silicon laptops, and perhaps new iPads.
Benny is getting a warning that his old iPhone storage is almost full. What can he do? Leo says you can back it up and then delete anything you don't really need. Older iPhones were woefully undersized for storage. So what Leo recommends is back them up to your computer. But also download the Google Photos app and then upload the photos to your Google Photos account. Once you do, you can delete everything automatically (it's in the settings). You can also do that with video.