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  • iPhone 6 launches in South Africa, Greenland, Romania and 36 other countries before October ends

    Big news: the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are coming to countries like South Africa, Israel, Kuwait and others before October ends. It’s South Africa we’re most interested in and, come 24 October, iPhone lovers can grab the new and bigger smartphone from various retailers. Apple’s recently announced it, and here are the countries plus their respective launch dates: - Friday, October 17: China, India and Monaco – Thursday, October 23: Israel – Friday, October 24: Czech Republic, French West Indies, Greenland, Malta, Poland, Reunion Island and South Africa – Thursday, October 30: Bahrain and Kuwait – Friday, October 31: Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Estonia,...

  • Apple to unveil new iPads, iMacs, OS X Yosemite at 16 October event

    Apple‘s at it again. After the massive launch that saw the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus unveiled, the Cupertino company is rumoured to be throwing another party Gatsby would be proud of come 16 October. But what does it have up its sleeve this time? According to Re/code at least, it will be a relatively mundane affair compared to September’s big bash (boohoo), but the world will be introduced to a new TouchID iPad, Retina iMacs, OS x Yosemite (finally!) and perhaps a Macbook or two, but Re/code makes no particular mention of the latter. What it does say however, is...

  • Samsung to manufacture Apple’s A9 chip for next-gen iPhones

    Samsung and Apple have a strange relationship. While the Korean tech giant builds many of the iPhone’s components, it’s also quick to launch marketing attacks on the company too. And while Apple tries its utmost to sever its reliance to the company, it inevitably draws ever nearer. Take this for example — according to ZDNet, Samsung has won the contract to manufacturer Apple’s A9, 14nm processors. The current A8 SoC that finds its home in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models is co-produced by Samsung and TSMC, with the latter manufacturing around 70% of the production volume. But the...

  • iPhone 6 bending issues caused by thinner, lighter frame

    In a press release post-launch, Apple lauded the design of its new iPhone 6/Plus duo, noting how it “scrutinized every element and material. That’s how we arrived at a smooth, continuous form.” Hilariously, this seems quite fallacious considering that there are now a good spread of iPhone models currently bending in the rear quarter pockets of its users’ overly tight jeans. This isn’t just a one-off report either. Vloggers and international sites from Marques Brownlee to CNN have tested this phenomenon, and found it to be absolutely true. Although some degree of stupidity and wanton aggression is needed: Brownlee makes sure...

  • Lead us not into temptation: diamond-encrusted iPhone 6 costs $2.7-million

    When the iPhone 6 launched about ten days ago, people’s reactions were timid. It’s a pretty phone, but it’s rife with software issues. Although we like the HTC-cum-Samsung look of the handset, we feel that it deserves just a little more sparkle. And that’s exactly what jewelry designer Alexander Amoso has given it. Initially, the US$2399 24-carat Gold iPhone 6  stole the limelight — a phone so glitzy and glamorous it could release a pop album by itself and sell a few million. But now, even it has been eclipsed in both price and sex appeal. Image: bt.com Enter the US$2.78-million, 51.29...

  • Dropped an iPhone 6 Plus recently? It’s easy to mend, proves iFixit

    iFixit, the site that just wants to watch the world burn, and repair it again, has found its latest smartphone victim — the iPhone 6 Plus. The large-screen variant of the new Apple duo has gone under the knife, and subsequently revealed all of its internal secrets. Although none of us would dare disassemble a US$700 smartphone, the team at iFixit seem to enjoy tearing things apart. And as far as previous phone adventures go (like iFixit’s attempt at destroying an Amazon Fire phone, for example) this rather large handset is relatively easy to dismember, with the screen easily removed first....

  • Want to record 4K video on iOS? That’ll be $1000 please

    Are you sick of iPhone 6 stories yet? Good, because we aren’t, especially if they remain as insane and mind-splitting as this. Apple’s first 4K iOS app, Vizzywig 4K, will strip nearly US$1000 from wallets across the world and that’s nearly US$300 more than an actual iPhone 6 and the price of around three iPhone 5s’. Then why does it cost an arm and a leg, and then some? Because it’s quite a smart little app. At 53MB, it’s not exactly a small download, but it allows iOS 7 users (iPhone 5 and up) to capture 4K video, a feature previously unavailable...

  • The iPhone 6 and Apple Watch: should you even bother?

    Additional words by Andy Walker We kind of like Apple, Andy and I, and after last night’s launch, we were filled with opinions. Is the Apple Watch worth buying, and has the iPhone finally gone and copied Android outright? We puzzle over some of life’s toughest questions. Is it justified to have a bigger iPhone? Steven: I say yes. The 5.5″ iPhone 6 Plus fills the gap between smartphone and tablet, and is Apple’s first “phablet” (I truly loathe that word). Phablets are trendy, and sell well — combine this with the selling power of the iPhone brand and Apple has a licence...

  • Quality and performance: the anti-hater’s guide to Apple Watch

    The Apple Watch is Tim Cook’s defining moment, a product he helped develop from beginning to end, a product that will either secure his legacy as the rightful successor to Steve Jobs or solidify the unspoken fear shared among fans the world over that Apple is no longer relevant. With the Apple Watch, Tim Cook‘s triumph is confirmed, and fans should rejoice over Apple’s continued ability to innovate, refine, and pioneer. Haters will immediately point to Apple’s history of taking existing products and merely improving them. This is an absurd point given Apple’s record of not just improving existing product...

  • iStore offering up to R5000 off when trading in older iPhone for iPhone 6 or 6 Plus

    Local Apple reseller iStore has announced a guaranteed cash back for iPhone owners. iStore says iPhone owners (as part of a new upgrade, contract renewal or cash purchase at any iStore) are guaranteed cash back of up to R5000 when they trade their current iPhone for a new one. For a cash purchase, the value will be discounted from the price of the new iPhone. And thus commence, two months before the new iPhone arrives in South Africa, the game of wait Apple has perfected so well. The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that was launched yesterday evening will...