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  • iPhone 7: how much does it actually cost?

    Another iPhone has launched in the form of the iPhone 7 range, so that means another teardown to reveal the "true" cost for the smartphone. IHS Markit has conducted a thorough inspection of the 32GB iPhone 7 and its parts, revealing a bill of materials (BOM) cost of US$219.80. This rises to US$224.80 when US$5 in manufacturing costs is added to the total. The new phone also carries a higher bill of materials cost than last year's iPhone 6s had at the time. "This preliminary estimated total is $36.89 higher than the final analysis of the iPhone 6S published by IHS in December 2015," IHS wrote...

  • These Apple devices won’t receive iOS 10

    Apple is ready to roll out iOS 10 tomorrow (13 September), bringing an array of features to the table. There's a rich notification system, lift to wake, proactive map suggestions and an Allo-style take on iMessage. Add invisible ink, expanded 3D Touch support, iMessage apps and web-based Apple Pay and you've got a pretty chunky update. Unfortunately, some devices will be left out of the lurch... Which devices won't make the cut for iOS 10? In the iPhone department, the new update is supported by the iPhone 5/5c and above. In other words, those with the iPhone 4s will be left on iOS 9. As for...

  • WWDC 2016: what else did Apple announce?

    Apple spent a lot of its time talking about iOS 10 and its notable features, but what else did the company reveal at its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) last night? The Cupertino firm spent some time on Apple TV, Watch OS and MacOS, delivering software news for everything, really. Expected new hardware? You're out of luck. MacOS The big news was the reveal that OS X has been renamed MacOS. And the latest version of the desktop operating system is called Sierra, making for a much better name than El Capitan, it must be said. One of the biggest bits of news...

  • WWDC 2016: What’s coming to iOS 10?

    Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote is over and, as you'd expect, there was a big focus on iOS 10. The tenth iOS update isn't quite as full-featured on the surface as the likes of iOS 7 and other versions, but there's still plenty to like. In fact, there was even some locally relevant news as Apple quietly revealed Siri for South Africa. Notifications, lockscreen and third-party support Raise-to-wake is Apple's response to Microsoft/Samsung/LG's Glance screen efforts, allowing you to lift your phone to see lockscreen notifications. Speaking of the lockscreen, Apple is delivering more 3D Touch actions for lockscreen widgets/notifications, as well...

  • Apple stealthily announces Siri for South Africa, Ireland

    Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicked off this evening, and there was plenty of news at the keynote. However, during the iOS 10 presentation, one interesting feature in a word cloud caught our eye, it must be said... Siri is officially coming to South Africa, an #iOS10 word cloud reveals. Have a quick screenshot. #WWDC2016 pic.twitter.com/jkpj4vBPOX — memeburn (@memeburn) June 13, 2016 Yep, if you look at the bottom-right of our admittedly blurry screenshot, you'll notice that Siri is officially coming to South Africa (as well as Ireland). The smart voice assistant can technically be accessed in the country, but official support from...

  • Will Apple’s new monitor deliver an integrated graphics chip?

    It's almost time for Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), so that means plenty of rumours are flying around. The latest one, from 9to5 Mac, suggests that Apple will be refreshing its external display in a big way this month. The website "heard" that stock of the old external Thunderbolt display is running out and that there are seemingly no plans to replenish it. Its own sources have shed light on a successor though, saying it would likely feature a 5K resolution (5120x2880) for starters. This brings it up to the same standard as the iMac 5K, of course. However, the boldest claim is that Apple...

  • Apple readying Google Home, Amazon Echo rival report suggests

    Well, that didn't take long. Less a week after Google announced its Home smart hub speaker system, rumours suggest that Apple's about to do exactly the same at its own developers conference, WWDC. The news comes courtesy of The Information and "a person with direct knowledge of the effort," Apple's competitor to Google Home and the originator Amazon Echo, will use Siri. The company is said to be working on an open SDK for the personal assistant too, which will allow third party companies and developers to craft additional features to the service. Additionally, it's not farfetched to imagine that Apple's...

  • Apple cuts Watch entry price, updates TV

    While everyone may have been at Monday's Apple launch event to see the new 4.0-inch iPhone SE, there were other announcements -- including a couple of neat updates to the Apple Watch and Apple TV. The Apple Watch got a couple of new straps, including a new woven nylon band. More importantly though, its entry price dropped to US$299. That'll make it a lot more enticing to people who were initially put off by the price and is bound to consolidate its position as the world's most popular smartwatch. Also at the event, company CEO Tim Cook announced a number of...

  • Apple to launch iPhone 5SE, smaller iPad Pro on 21 March – report

    If you can't wait to get your hands on Apple's upcoming iPhone, take a deep breath because you'll have to wait a little longer. According to a bevy of new reports, Apple is pushing back the announcement date of its iPhone 5SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro to 21 March. Sources from Korea, supported by the likes of Buzzfeed, have reported the change in date, which was originally thought to be 15 March. Related: iPhone 6C or iPhone 5SE: Does a baby iPhone make any sense in 2016? The iPhone 5SE -- the phone's current referential name -- will see Apple launch a...

  • Apple TV (2015) review: TV reimagined but not reinvented

    As someone who hasn't surrounded himself with Apple gadgets from a tender age, I was extremely excited to have access to the Apple Watch, iPhone 6S and Apple TV all at the same time. And to begin an Apple review of any kind without stating that "it's more about the experience within the ecosystem than the exorbitant price" would be wrong. Especially since that's largely correct. But still, does this apply to the company's media box as well? And is it worth forking out the same price for the new fourth generation Apple TV as some low-end Full HD television...