The Geek Bar

If you have a problem with a Mac or iOS device, try this. Introducing, the Geek Bar! Simply post your problems in the comments below. I'll try to find a solution. I may not be able to keep up if this gets popular, but I'll try my best. I currently cover topics like iOS*, Mac*, Windows 8, Pinterest, Excel 2010, and Kindle Fire. The community (that's you) can also answer questions and go cross platform to other things like Android. Feel free to post any tips too! If you wish, you may also post anonymously. Thank you!

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  1. My iPod will not download apps.

    Steve

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  2. Hi Alex,

    I'm a friend of your Uncle's who referred me to you as an Apple expert. I have a couple of old iPhones (4 and 4s) that are now used by my kids as iPod Touches. I was told by the guys at the Apple store that they are not to be plugged into my computer (otherwise it will try to register as my new phone). That's been fine until now. I can't figure out how to delete previous tv shows and movies I've downloaded onto the old phones. I need to make space for new stuff and have run out of space. There's no 'edit' option and I can't make the icons squiggle to delete. Any ideas?

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    1. Well, if you want to delete ALL of the movies and TV shows, there is a simple solution (assuming that both devices are running iOS 5 or later; the iPhone 4S is running iOS 5 or later).

      Go to the Settings App > General > Usage and it is here you will find apps taking up space (sorted by most to least). Find the Videos app and select it. You can delete all of the videos by tapping the delete button. Note that this will delete all of the videos in the app.

      Another way to conserve space is by deleting unnecessary apps at the top of the list. Unexpected apps such as Facebook take-up a significant amount of space (I've seen cases up to as much as 500 MB).

      My final tip for conserving space is by connecting your iPhones into their original computer that set them up (if you didn't set an iPhone up on a computer, you can connect it to any computer; otherwise, you must connect your iPhone to the same operating system [Mac OS X, Windows, etc.] as it was set up with), and look for the preferences on iTunes. Preferences can be found by going to the top of the window and look for something that says "iTunes" next to something that should say "File". Click "iTunes" and then click "Preferences". Here you can adjust the quality level of media. Go to "Playback" and change "Preferred Video Definition" to "Standard Definition". This should cut video size in HALF! You shouldn't be able to tell unless you are a movie critic. If you do notice, change the quality as needed.

      I hope this helps! Sorry for the delayed response! I feel really bad about it. If you don't understand anything in this procedure or anything else, feel free to reply! Thank you for visiting the Geek Bar!

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  3. Hey Alex, do you have any experience in screen repair? I recently cracked my iPod touch and have looked into some 20$ DIY kits from amazon. I'm wondering wether I should spend 100 dollars to have it replaced by a professional or if I should save myself some cash and go with the 20$ DIY kit.

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    1. Well, I haven't had any experience with it, but, my dad has tried fixing his cracked touchscreen on his iPod Touch. There's a YouTube video that I know that helped him. Note that the inside of an iPod Touch is very fragile and should be repaired in a safe and clean environment. BTW, my dad's worked for awhile, but then he ended up buying a new one.

      Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOrFTa89sGA&feature=pyv

      Here's the link for the parts: http://www.digiexpress.us/ipod_touch_4g_parts.html

      I hope this helps. Thanks for stopping by The Geek Bar.

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  4. Do you plan on getting the Apple Watch?

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    1. The Magic iBall Says: Outlook is Promising

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  5. Hey Alex! I was wondering if you know of any flashcard apps that support the use of Apple Pencil (for handwritten cards) and split screen for my iPad Pro. I'd like to use my notability app and flashcard app to make handwritten flashcards with the Apple Pencil, which for me is much quicker than typing on an iPad. Thanks!!

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    1. From what I could find, there aren't any flashcard apps that are compatible with Apple Pencil. I do know that apps like Quizlet are compatible with split screen. My recommendation would be to either use an app that doesn't work with handwritten notes but has split screen compatibility, or use a drawing app that is compatible with both split screen and Apple Pencil (Tayasui Sketches does this and automatically copies your drawing to your clipboard when exiting the app), export the drawing, and upload it to a flashcard app or site (Quizlet requires a paid subscription for this.). However, both these methods are either tedious or make you compromise, so I would personally just use physical flashcards for this endeavor. I hope this helps!

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