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  • Preview: today’s Apple education event could intro cheaper iPad

    There's an Apple event on today, but it's not WWDC or a big iPhone launch. Instead, the tech giant is set to launch a new education-focussed offering in the form of a budget iPad. The event won't be at Cupertino's Steve Jobs Theatre either. Instead, Apple's constructing a temporary mini-stage outside a Chicago high school. Yeah, we know, it's not even in California. As for what's expected, it could be anything from the aforementioned iPad competing against the likes of the US$329 Acer Chromebook Tab 10, and other Chrome OS and Windows offerings -- an unlikely "budget" sub-US$1000 MacBook, or an education...

  • Apple’s WWDC set for 4 June, but what will be revealed?

    Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) is one of the key tech events of the calendar, as the company shows off its latest software and hardware updates. Now, the company has announced a 4 June date for the conference, set to take place in San Jose. "Developers can apply for tickets from now through 22 March at 10 am PDT via the WWDC website. Tickets are issued through a random selection process, and developers will be notified of application status by 23 March at 5 pm PDT," Apple added. The big mystery is what Apple will actually be announcing at the conference. It's...

  • Apple Homepod review roundup: what do critics think of speaker?

    Whether they want to admit it or not, the Apple HomePod is the company's first foray into the smart speaker arena, slapping Siri on a high-end speaker. The device is going up against the Google Home and Amazon Echo range. So what do critics think of Apple's debut smart speaker? Phone Arena The website's John Velasco praised the speaker's design, but noted that it was bigger than the Google Home and could be mistaken by your cat for a scratching post. However, the reviewer bemoaned the power cord, which "isn't meant to be user-detachable". Moving to actual usage, Velasco says that setting the...

  • Apple HomePod: which music streaming services are supported?

    The Apple HomePod is the firm's long-overdue foray into the smart speaker market, even if they're branding it as a high-end audio speaker instead. Nevertheless, music lovers will appreciate the tech going into the device, but what about supported music services? Apple has updated its HomePod spec page (h/t: Ars Technica) with "audio sources", specifically listing Apple Music, iTunes music purchases, Podcasts, iCloud Music Library, Beats 1 Live Radio and Airplay from other Apple devices to the speaker. In other words, it looks like Google Play Music, Spotify, Deezer and other third-party music streaming services aren't properly integrated into the HomePod then. You'll...

  • You can now get authorised iPhone screen repairs in South Africa

    Core Group has announced the availability of authorised iPhone screen repairs via the iStore and Digicape from 29 January. Previously, users had to swap out their device in the event of a damaged screen, Core Group's Linda van der Nest told Gearburn. "This is the first time local iPhone users will have the peace of mind that their screen replacement is completed by an Apple Authorised Service Provider, with a genuine Apple replacement screen, ensuring full functionality is retained and the manufacturers warranty remains valid -- often at a lower cost than current non-authorised repairs," read an excerpt of the distributor's...

  • Qualcomm paid Apple for exclusivity, fined €997m, EU rules [Update: Qualcomm to appeal]

    Chipmaker Qualcomm has been fined €997-million (US$1.2-billion) by the European Union for paying Apple to turn down cellular chips from rival companies. "Qualcomm illegally shut out rivals from the market for LTE baseband chipsets for over five years, thereby cementing its market dominance. Qualcomm paid billions of US dollars to a key customer, Apple, so that it would not buy from rivals," the European Commission's Margrethe Vestager was quoted as saying in a statement. "These payments were not just reductions in price -- they were made on the condition that Apple would exclusively use Qualcomm's baseband chipsets in all its iPhones...

  • Apple HomePod gets release date – but nothing for SA yet

    The Apple HomePod represents the Cupertino company's foray into the popular smart speaker sector, currently dominated by the likes of Amazon and Google. We were originally supposed to get a December 2017 release, but the company decided to shift the launch to 2018. Now, Apple has given us a release date, launching on 9 February and being available to order online from 26 January. You'll need to splash out US$349 for the speaker. The launch countries are a pretty short list, being the USA, UK and Australia, but expect France and Germany to join the party in "spring". So that means no...

  • Expect two OLED iPhones, one LCD iPhone in 2018 – report

    The iPhone X was undoubtedly the star iPhone of last year's range, packing a high screen/body ratio and a gorgeous OLED screen from Samsung. But what should we expect from 2018's models? According to KGI Securities (spotted by 9to5 Mac), we can expect two OLED iPhones in the form of an iPhone X successor and an iPhone X Plus. It's believed that the new iPhone X will maintain the 5.8-inch screen size, while the plus model will offer a mammoth 6.5-inch screen size. But Apple is also expected to offer a 6.1-inch LCD model, using a similar design to the iPhone...

  • Digicape now offers iPhone battery replacements in SA too

    Earlier this week, news broke that the iStore chain of  retailers would be offering battery replacements to affected iPhone owners, falling in line with Apple's own battery replacement programme. The programme came after it emerged that Apple was stealthily throttling older iPhones with depleted batteries, eliciting scorn from Apple users around the world. Now, Digicape has joined the iStore in offering battery replacements at a reduced price in South Africa, coming in at R430 too. "If you suspect that the battery of your iPhone SE, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7 or 7 Plus may need to be replaced, bring your device in...

  • iStore details iPhone battery replacement programme for SA

    Apple courted controversy recently after it confirmed that it intentionally slowed down iPhones that had degraded (and not so degraded) batteries. The company announced that it would be reducing the cost of battery replacements in the USA for older iPhones. But what about the iStore? The South African retailer has announced that the battery replacement programme would be available here too. "Following Apple’s iPhone battery replacement statement, iStore today announced its replacement price and process for iPhone users," the company wrote in an emailed press statement. The retail chain wrote that "in accordance with the official Apple battery replacement programme", the cost...