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  • Apple’s virtual reality ambitions made clear thanks to new patent

    Ah Apple. The once-desktop computing company now jack-of-all-trades is sinking its leathery finger into its next big pie — virtual reality (VR). That’s right, cars isn’t quite enough for Cupertino as it has won a patent from the US Patent Office for what seems like an iPhone headset that’ll plunge its user into pools of virtual goodness. We’ve seen this particular play from Apple before though. While companies like Oculus take the initial risk in forging new audiences for new technologies, Apple waits, absorbs the zeitgeist and develops its own popular contraption. But it should be said, this “Head-Mounted Display...

  • It’s official: the Apple Watch will be unleashed in April

    While Apple revealed its latest earnings today, celebrating a huge milestone for its iPhone sales, CEO Tim Cook amped up the event by announcing that the long-awaited Apple Watch launch would happen in April. The launch date debunks previous rumours that the watch would be released in March, with production issues getting in the way of everyone’s party. As heard via the grapevine, production was delayed due to issues relating to the Apple Watch’s battery life. Earlier this week, reports suggested that the smartwatch would carry an average (unimpressive) battery life of around two days — something the Cupertino giant really wanted fixed. Read more: Apple Watch...

  • Apple Watch battery will last you an average 19 hours of mixed use

    The all so notorious battery issue is still holding back the all so trendy smartwatch movement. Recent reports suggest that the much anticipated, pretty-looking Apple Watch’s battery will only last us around 19 hours of mixed use. 9to5Mac reveals that Apple’s smartwatch will carry juice that will power it for either two or three days in sleep mode. That’s pretty much the same as all the other major smartwatches on the market today. Between Samsung, Microsoft, Motorola, LG and Apple, all seem to fall short when it comes to battery life. Both the LG G Wear Moto 360 only last two...

  • iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to feature faster RAM, iOS 9

    It’s January and already the world has its first iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus rumours. The current iPhone range is just over four months old but already this smartphone obsessed planet wants to see their upgrades as soon as possible. The new report, coming from Forbes, suggests that 2GB RAM is par for the “s” models which doubles the temporary storage currently available in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus at present. What’s more, it will be LPDDR4 RAM which presents a much broader bandwidth than the current and much cheaper LPDDR3 standard. The phones will allegedly also sport iOS...

  • Original Apple Mac gets modern design refresh, power boost

    Apple’s Macintosh wasn’t exactly dropped from an unidentified spacecraft late at night over the skies of Cupertino. If anything, the machine that now boasts hardware that pushes the limits of style and design has been some 30 years in the making. It has evolved since then, but the original 1984 can still take a geek’s breath away. A German design company (and an enormous Apple fan) CURVED/labs has made a loving hat-tip to Apple’s original living-room conquering machine, creating an Apple Mac in the same stylistic vein as its forefather. The subtle curve of the body props up a touchscreen...

  • Apple’s new Macbook Air is so thin, it could ditch USB ports

    Apple is taking drastic measures as it prepares to release a slimmed down 12-inch version of its already very slim Macbook Air. The most severe of these measures could see it ditching the USB and other ports that we’ve all become so accustomed to in recent years. According to Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac, the 12-inch Macbook Air won’t just slot neatly between the 11 and 13-inch models, but will also dump USB ports, MagSafe connectors, and SD card slots in favour of a thinner body and a higher resolution display. Size-wise the new model won’t be all that different from its...

  • Apple’s OS X Yosemite update does nothing to solve WiFi issues

    Citing users’ complaints about the rubbish WiFi connectivity, Apple has issued an update to OS X Yosemite. Labeled as update 10.10.1, the patch hoped to fix a host of issues, but primarily a bug that killed any established WiFi connection every few minutes. But has the patch done anything to solve this issue? Apparently not. We hope Apple has checked its forums today, because they are awash with users’ frustrations. The pick of the bunch by RichardX720 reads as follows: What kills me is that apple doesn’t seem to be giving ANY information out, no acknowledgement, and certainly no fix yet. I feel...

  • Gold Edition Apple Watch will cost at least $4000, report suggests

    During the usual post-September Apple lull, things get a bit stagnant in the world of Apple. Although the iPhone range, the iPad range and the Mac range have all seen some major updates of late, it’s still the Apple Watch spurning the most news. Why? Well, those desiring a gold or pink gold “Edition” example of Cupertino’s timepiece will need to fork out at least US$4000 (probably around R50 000, after import tax). We’ll give you a few seconds to count those coins. According to previous reports from Apple’s mouth, the range was slated to begin at a modest US$349 (probably around...

  • iPod Classic axed ’cause costs and lack of parts says Apple CEO Tim Cook

    This is a quick story, but a good one. Want to know why the iPod Classic was discontinued? We’ve got the answer right from Apple CEO Tim Cook. Well, a tweet that quotes Cook at the WSJD event held earlier this week. Tweet is at the bottom of the article. Tim Cook: iPod Classic was discontinued because they couldn’t get the parts. And not worth designing a whole new one. — Benedict Evans (@BenedictEvans) October 28, 2014 Fascinating stuff but it’s horrible for public relations. As The Verge says, Apple could force any company to keep producing parts for it but Cook...

  • iPad Air 2 meta-review: extremely powerful, thin and probably the best out there

    As soon as the iPad Air 2 hit the stores and shores of the US, it became judgement day. If you scan the headlines, you’ll see phrases like “best tablet ever” being flaunted around a lot. Is Apple’s latest, thinnest iPad as good as our fellow reviewers make it out to be? We’ve rounded up some of the web’s most popular gadget sites. As ever, The Verge paints the Air 2 in a stunning light. “At the most basic level, the iPad Air 2 is a monumental achievement in the field of iterative improvement,” writes Nilay Patel. Apart from the...

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