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  • iPhone X contract pricing: here’s how much you’ll pay

    The iPhone X launches in South Africa today, coming in at R20 499 for the 64GB model and R23 999 for the 256GB model. That's a hefty price to pay, so what about contract pricing? The iStore has you covered, publishing pricing from various networks. Want a 64GB iPhone X? Well, Telkom Mobile is cheapest, coming in at R899 a month for a 1GB FreeMe contract. Meanwhile, the cheapest 256GB iPhone X contract on the list is also from Telkom Mobile, at R999 a month. Check out the table below.

  • iPhone 8 Plus review: a refined 7 Plus with wireless charging

    Apple's plus-sized iPhone used to be the belle of the ball. Packing a larger battery, improved camera hardware and a dual-camera setup (as of the iPhone 7 Plus), it clearly had plenty of advantages over the smaller device. But the iPhone 8 Plus is in a weird predicament, as Apple positions it as the Johnnie Walker Black of the smartphone world. Sure, it's got the Johnnie Walker name on it, but it's not the iPhone X's Johnnie Walker Blue, is it? Nevertheless, the iPhone 8 Plus looks like a respectable if unspectacular upgrade on paper over the iPhone 7 Plus. Let's start...

  • Apple HomePod release date slips to ‘early 2018’

    The HomePod was one of the biggest Apple announcements of the year, as the Cupertino company joined Google and Amazon in developing a smart speaker. Apple sought to differentiate the HomePod by positioning it as a premium sound system -- hence a steep US$349 price tag. But you're also getting Siri integration, the ability to daisy chain HomePods and the ability to analyse your room to create the best audio experience. The company was originally targeting a December 2017 launch date. Now, Apple has issued a statement to US media, revealing an "early 2018" release date instead. "We can't wait for people to...

  • Apple’s Face ID ‘thwarted’ with mask by researchers

    At September's iPhone event, Apple went to great lengths to claim that its Face ID feature was a secure authentication method. In fact, the company said the facial recognition system could distinguish between human faces and masks. Now, Vietnamese security firm BKav has apparently cracked the authentication system, using a mask to do so. The firm's researchers created a 3D printed base then fleshed it out from here. "We used a popular 3D printer. (The) Nose was made by a handmade artist (sic). We use 2D printing for other parts (similar to how we tricked face recognition nine years ago). The skin was also...

  • Apple working on AR headset for 2020 – report

    Augmented reality (AR) is on everyone's lips this year, as the technology experiences a resurgence of sorts. Now, a new report claims Apple is working on an AR headset of its own. Bloomberg, citing "people familiar with the situation", says Apple is hoping to have the tech ready by 2019, with a view to shipping a full-fledged product in 2020. It's claimed that the new headset would have its own display (presumably akin to Google Glass) and run on a new chipset and operating system. The latter is apparently called "rOS" for now, or "reality operating system", being based on iOS. Apple's...

  • iPhone X: what are the reviews saying?

    The iPhone X release resulted in several publications rushing to post their "reviews", only spending a day or two with the product. Now that the dust has settled, we rounded up some of the proper reviews to get an informed idea of what to expect. Ars Technica The publication's Samuel Axon distilled the iPhone X allure to three key factors, namely the OLED screen and new format, the facial recognition system and associated features and the polished AR capabilities. In the screen department, Axon noted that the notch was a little strange at first, but said you'll soon forget about it. The reviewer praised the OLED screen...

  • Tested: Apple’s Portrait Lighting feature is DEFINITELY in beta

    The iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X both step up the use of machine learning to improve photos. We saw these smarts used for portrait mode, but Apple has since turned its algorithms loose on 'Portrait Lighting'. The Cupertino company makes a point of slapping the beta tag on the feature -- at least on its website -- and it certainly shows. We took a few shots with our iPhone 8 Plus review unit, using all the Portrait Lighting options at our disposal (natural light, studio light, contour light, stage light and stage light mono). The results? Check my awkward mug out below (click on...

  • iPhone 8 sales sluggish, consumers waiting for iPhone X?

    Apple's iPhone 8 went on sale last month and you'd expect sales to be fantastic. But reports find that the 2017 models just aren't selling as well as the iPhone 7. A report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) found iPhone 8 and 8 Plus sales to account for 16% of US sales for the quarter ending 1 October. How does that stack up to previous sales? "On the other hand, in the same time frame last year, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus together accounted for 43% of sales. Two years ago, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus represented 24% of sales....

  • 7 iPhone 8/X features you can expect to see on rival phones

    When Apple adopts technology or a feature in its iPhone, chances are good that the rest of the industry will follow. Don't believe us? Then look at the 64-bit processor, fingerprint scanners and earphone jacks (or the lack thereof). So, a few weeks after the iPhone 8/X event, here are a few features we'd bet on coming to rival phones... Advanced facial recognition Android may have done facial recognition back in 2011 or so, but it was very easy to spoof with even a photograph. We've seen Samsung introduce a similar feature as well, but it's not much better. Apple's solution, which uses...

  • iPhone 8 Plus: what does pro photographer think of it?

    Smartphone photography continues to make great improvements year on year, with the top dogs doing some amazing things. The iPhone range has traditionally been one of the devices to beat, with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus being released last month. Sure, the average consumer and tech reviewer can give insight into improvements at a surface level. But what about a pro photographer? Austin Mann did just that, taking the iPhone 8 Plus to India for his review. For starters, Mann praised the inclusion of Portrait Lighting effects, giving a variety of studio-style lighting options for Portrait Mode. "After shooting 100...