• BURN MEDIA
    • Memeburn
      Tech-savvy insight and analysis
    • Motorburn
      Because cars are gadgets
    • Ventureburn
      Startup news for emerging markets
    • Jobsburn
      Digital industry jobs for the anti 9 to 5!

Apple

  • Setting your iPhone’s date to 1970 is not a good idea

    There's many ways to break an iPhone. Sitting on it used to be the most popular, until repairing the home button became the worst thing you could possibly do earlier this month. But now, there's an entirely new way to ruin your life, thanks to 4chan. Hilariously for some, the imageboard aired a purported Easter egg hiding beneath iOS's fragile exterior. Flipping the date back to the seventies will unlock a classic Mac theme. Sounds totally legit, right? Nope. Resetting your iPhone date to 1 January 1970 and restarting the phone effectively bricks the device, thanks to the various methods UNIX...

  • Listen up, Apple: 4 features we’d love to see on the iPhone 7

    Many would argue that the Apple iPhone 6S, or 6S Plus for that matter, is the perfect phone. The zenith of smartphone technology. The absolute pinnacle of mobile engineering. To that we'd reply "there's absolutely no such thing as a perfect phone." Even though it's probably the best phone you can purchase right now and I absolutely loved my review device, it has its flaws; flaws that are preventing older Apple users from jumping ship, and flaws that make other phones from other marques seem a lot tastier. So, what are they, and how can Apple right these wrongs in time for...

  • iPhone 6C or iPhone 5SE: Does a baby iPhone make any sense in 2016?

    This week was a big one for Apple. It's first not-all-positive earnings report was released, which saw the company's sales figures drop for all major device families. It's the first time that this bad news extends to the iPhone, which suggests that Apple's suffocating stranglehold on the smartphone space is slowly losing its grip. Growing at just 0.4% year-on-year, it's safe to play the troll here and suggest that the iPhone hype is slowly starting to fizzle out. Or is it? Try saying that with a straight face while reading this next section: it still managed to push 74.8-million handsets out...

  • New iPhone 5Se slated for March 2016 launch – report

    Here's an interesting rumour. At this point, we should probably make it clear that this doesn't concern the iPhone 7 at all, but rather another addition to Apple's smartphone family. The iPhone 5Se (a ridiculously clunky name for an Apple product) will reportedly launch in March and will effectively take the form of an upgraded iPhons 5S, according to 9to5Mac. Read more: iPhone 7 rumour roundup It might not be the most revolutionary idea, but the iPhone 5Se will feature the iPhone 6's internals -- note, that's the iPhone 6, not iPhone 6S. So the Apple A8 processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.2MP front...

  • iPhone 6S hit with battery percentage bug, Apple investigating

    A new iPhone 6S bug has surfaced which disables battery percentage updates in certain cases, according to Apple. While the company is well aware of the bug and are in the process of "investigating the cause and a solution", the bug will affect users of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus who travel across time zones quite often. According to some Reddit users, the iPhone 6 Plus is also affected. "If you change the time on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus manually or change time zones when traveling, you might notice that the battery percentage doesn't update,"...

  • Apple iPhone 6S review: S for superb

    It's safe to say that the iPhone has a decorated reputation among tech enthusiasts and beyond. Actually, you could call it the Bruce Wayne of the smartphone world: it's stately on the outside, but dig into its true nature, and you'll discover why millions around the world idolise it. That's not to say its as interesting as Batman and his ol' bag of tricks, because no one is as interesting as Batman and his ol' bag of tricks. However, Apple has been sure to load the S version of its biggest selling device ever with an even bigger sack of...

  • iStore Card programme ensures South Africans ‘can get a new iPhone every year’

    One of the principle Apple resellers in the country, iStore South Africa, has announced a new initiative to ensure those hardcore Apple fans will always have the latest device whenever a new phone leaves Cupertino's design table. Dubbed the iStore Card programme, the system allows users to get the latest iPhone each year for a predetermined price per month. "You can now get the latest iPhone every year through a monthly payment plan separate from your cellular network," the press release reads. "The payment plan is facilitated through iStore’s brand new credit card - iStore Card." Those interested in the iStore Card...

  • iPad Pro available in South Africa

    The steady stream of Apple devices continue to filter through into South Africa and the latest device on the cards is the iPad Pro. The iStore today announced that Apple's large Microsoft Surface competitor, the iPad Pro, will be available to purchase in all stores across the country tomorrow, 27 November 2015. Launched at Apple's annual September shindig, the iPad Pro was met with mixed receptions thus far, but there's no denying that it's one of the most visually impressive devices to be carted out of Cupertino headquarters in quite some time. The 12.9-inch screen features 5.6-million pixels, and along with the...

  • 5 essential productivity apps for your new iPhone 6S

    After waiting for a good while, you finally have your hands on a new iPhone 6S. While you probably bought it for its style, ease of use and photography prowess, it's also an office workhorse just waiting to help make that nine-to-five even shorter. In that case, perhaps your boss bought it for you, in that case we suggest that you give your boss a hug. Either way, chances are you're going to want to install some apps on it immediately, right? But what do you need? We have a look at a gaggle of apps that will not only make...

  • We unbox the new Apple TV [video]

    It's not often that South Africans get hold of Apple products so soon after launch, but 2015 seems to be a red letter year. Hot on the heels of the iPhone 6S and company, the Apple TV is the next device to land in South Africa. Although it looks a lot like the old device, there's a ton of new things to enjoy, including a 64GB wad of storage along with an Apple A8X processor and Apple's updated Siri-friendly tvOS. Read more: New Apple TV coming to South Africa early November More interesting is the Siri Remote as well, which features a touch...