Ask The Nice Guy - MacKeeper, Retina iPad mini, Find My iPhone

This is the 12th post in a series called Ask The Nice Guy. In this series I will attempt to provide answers to the various questions I get asked throughout the week.

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in this blog post, boiled down to five word (or less) summaries.

  1. MacKeeper
  2. Retina iPad Mini
  3. Find My iPhone

QUESTION 1: Should I Purchase MacKeeper?

I keep seeing ads for a product called MacKeeper. Is this something that I should purchase and be using?

MacKeeper is a suite of applications that promise to keep your Mac secure, clean, and running fast. I wouldn't recommend it to my clients.

Most of the the applications that come with MacKeeper duplicate functionality built in to your Mac. The Mac was designed to handle most of these tasks just fine on its own. I rarely get a call from a Mac user asking me to come out and "clean up" their Mac, but find myself receiving those calls on a regular basis from PC users.

I would advise saving your money by not purchasing MacKeeper. I have heard from numerous people that have downloaded it that it caused more issues than it was worth.

QUESTION 2: iPad mini and Retina Display?

I intend to replace my iPad with an iPad mini and was waiting for the next generation with the Retina Display.
I read on Macworld that it may be awhile and it really doesn’t make that much difference. What do you think?

It is hard to say what Apple will do when it comes to the next iPad mini. It might not be technically feasible to get the size, weight, battery life combination that they are looking for in the iPad mini while adding a Retina Display. I have used Britta's iPad mini and while I do like the size of it, I am spoiled with the Retina Display on my iPad and iPhone and everything looks incredibly blurry on the iPad mini. I think the Retina Display makes a huge difference especially when you have experienced it on previous devices.

I would recommend waiting until early fall to see what Apple comes out with. It sounds like the full size iPad will find itself shrinking a bit while still maintaining the same size screen. I think that will be an attractive product and Apple may just surprise us with a Retina Display on the mini.

QUESTION 3: Find My iPhone?

Can you tell me what I need to do and the steps to take if my iPhone is lost? I’m going on vacation in a couple of weeks and definitely would like to have this info.

Try watching this video! I think it covers the subject fairly well.

The video is great. Questions — if my daughter (who also has an iPhone 5) and I both download the free app could we help each other out using our phones instead of having to go onto a computer if one of us happens to misplace our phone? In other words, if I lose my phone can she find it by using the app on her phone? And, if we can do this, is there a distance factor — if she is in Minnesota and I am in the state of Virginia?

Yes, if you lost your iPhone you could have your daughter login to your iCloud account in the Find My iPhone app on her iPhone. There is no distance factor.

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