Mobile Phones

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Apple Announces the iPhone 11

 iPhone 11

Episode 1626

Apple announced the next-generation iPhone 11 this week, in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. There's also the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, with the Max going up to 512GB. And Leo says that Apple is offering up to $400 off on a trade-in of an old iPhone X.  The iPhone 11 has two lenses, like the iPhone X, while the Pro models have three lenses. Leo says that the one thing that the iPhone can do, through FiLMiC Pro, is to record separate streams from at least two cameras at the same time. And Apple has also invented the "Slowfie!" A slow-motion selfie.

Why won't my phone play music after an update?

Samsung Note 8

Episode 1627

Alex from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Alex has an Samsung Note 8 mobile device, and after an operating system update, he's lost the abilty to stream music. Leo says that some updates will cause some apps to stop working, and if you used an app that is no longer supported, like the Milk streaming service, then you will lose the ability to use that app. Leo also says that Verizon often doesn't give updates in a timely manner. So it's not surprising. But you may also want to check to be sure that your app is still supported or updated. Or try another app.

What low cost service should I get my new phone with?

Mint Mobile

Episode 1627

Jeff from San Diego, CA

Jeff wants to get a new iPhone (he's using an iPhone 4) but he doesn't wait to pay a lot for data. Leo says to go with Mint Mobile (who is a sponsor on the TWiT Network). It's an MNVO (mobile virtual network operator) and you can pay $300 a year and get 12GB annually. That's a pretty good deal.  Another option is Google Fi. It requires one of their phones, but you can pay as you go and it's very affordable. Plus you get access to multiple networks: it's great for international travel. 

Chris Marquardt ... Not buying on the iPhone 11

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1627

Chris joins us and says he's not buying the iPhone 11 because he believes that the phone is in the "tock" cycle, and there's going to be a much better phone next year. So he's going to wait. Having said that, he thinks that the three lens camera on the iPhone is a two stage upgrade. The three cameras are matched, so they have the same colors and calibrated to make it a seemless shot. And the night shot mode is interesting as an answer to Google's Night Sight. It takes up to nine photos at various aperture and shutters speeds and then uses computational photography to fuse them together.

How do I download podcasts?

Podcast

Episode 1627

Noland from Los Angeles, CA

Noland has an iPhone 7 and he can't download podcasts. How does he do that? Leo says that you use a podcast app like Apple Podcast and then subscribe to a podcast. Then check "automatically download new episodes." But these days, most stream, rather than download, so it's not on by default. Another option is an app called PocketCast. If it's still not downloading, try unsubscribing, delete the feed, then re-add the feed. 

How do I transfer an old iPhone to a friend?

iPhone 2018

Episode 1627

Neil from Phoenix, Arizona

Neil bought a new iPhone and wants to give his old iPhone X to a family member. How can he transfer the phone and number to them? Leo says that since Neil has Verizon, he has to have the phone unlocked, and they will do it with a request. But it's as simple as taking the SIM out: you'll want it with your new phone anyway. Then, you'll also want to erase the phone and restore it back to the factory settings.

Tuesday is Apple Day - New iPhone Coming

Apple Event - September 10th, 2019

Episode 1625

Tuesday is Apple's next event and Leo is expecting the latest iPhone 11 (or whatever it'll be named). After the announcement, users will be able to order it starting Friday, the 13th. Leo says that gone are the days where people would wait for a week in line to be the first to get it. Now they just go online at midnight and place their order.

Other expected announcements include another update to the Apple Watch. Rumor has it that Apple will be offering ceramic versions again, along with titanium models. But Leo says that the cheapest is just as good. it's what he gets.

How Can I Stop Robocalls?

 AT&T

Episode 1624

Charles from Colton, CA

Charles wants to know how he can stop robocalls. Leo says robocalls have become an epidemic and up to 80% of all your calls are now spam calls. It's ridiculous. But there are efforts underway to do away with them. AT&T is working on a new technology called "Shaken and Stir" which will authenticate the caller before people even get the call. AT&T also has an app called AT&T Call Protect.