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  • New iPhone to have wireless charging? Apple joins key group

    Wireless charging is a feature available on numerous smartphones, but what about Apple and its iPhone? Well, the firm has recently joined the Wireless Power Consortium... The consortium pushes the Qi wireless charging standard, making it likely that an upcoming iPhone will use the technology. "After several years of increasing rumour, Apple's membership with the Wireless Power Consortium points strongly to the expectation that the next iPhone will include wireless charging technology," IHS Technology analyst Vicky Yussuff wrote in an emailed statement. Yussuff added that wireless charging could be set for a massive boost, given Apple's effect on the market. "The world market...

  • Huawei who? Apple what? Oppo tops China shipments in 2016

    It wasn't that long ago that Apple, Huawei and Xiaomi were duking it out for the number one spot in China. But the latest figures show that Oppo has surged to the top. The mobile brand has always had a strong presence in its home market, but the IDC's statistics for Q4 2016 show that it claimed 18.1% of the market. This translates to 24.5 million devices shipped. In fact, the IDC claims that this represents year-on-year growth of 109.2% for Oppo. Meanwhile, Huawei claims second place, with 16.9% marketshare -- equivalent to 22.9 million devices shipped. And in third place? Another local...

  • LG 5K display, sold by Apple, affected by WiFi signals?

    An LG-manufactured 5K display, sold on Apple's online store, reportedly needs to be placed at least two metres from a router. According to Ars Technica, the LG UltraFine 5K Monitor starts to flicker when placed near the router. Move it right next to the router and the display becomes black and "unusable". It also appears that the monitor, when near a router, could cause Mac computers to freeze, necessitating a reboot. Customer reviews on Apple's website have largely been scathing, with many reporting freezing and crashing issues. "My Mac now constantly crashes, reboots and has strange issues connecting to the new LG 5K...

  • MWC 2017: the smartphones to expect?

    We're just under a month away from this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC), being the world's biggest smartphone exhibition. Whether it's the biggest brands around or upstart manufacturers, the expo usually brings a ton of intriguing devices. Last year saw the likes of LG, Samsung, Sony and Xiaomi all launch high-end smartphones, but what does this year bring? Here's what you should expect at MWC 2017. Apple If there's one brand guaranteed to be missing at MWC, it's the Cupertino company, with the firm launching devices at dedicated events instead. The company generally launches its iPhones later in the year too, with the...

  • New Macbook Pro: thumbs up for Consumer Reports

    Apple's new Macbook Pro has finally received a thumbs up from Consumer Reports, after the tech firm issued a software update for the laptops. The consumer organisation initially tested the Macbooks in December, giving it a thumbs down for wildly variable battery life. One of the more inconsistent results occurred when testing the 13-inch model without the Touch Bar. Consumer Reports found that the model would run for 19.5 hours in one test and then run for 4.5 hours in the next test. The group shared the results and data with Apple, with the tech firm identifying a bug and crafting a fix. The new Macbook Pro...

  • Apple fixes dodgy battery bug in new Macbook Pro

    Apple has issued a software fix for its newest Macbook Pro laptops, coming just weeks after Consumer Reports failed to recommend the new computers. In December, the consumer organisation ran the new Macbooks through a series of tests to determine their battery life, revealing highly variable results. "For instance, in a series of three consecutive tests, the 13-inch model with the Touch Bar ran for 16 hours in the first trial, 12.75 hours in the second, and just 3.75 hours in the third. The 13-inch model without the Touch Bar worked for 19.5 hours in one trial but only 4.5 hours in...

  • New Macbook Pro: thumbs down for Consumer Reports

    Consumer Reports has refused to recommend the latest range of Macbook Pro laptops for purchase. The influential consumer organisation said that seriously unpredictable battery life was the main reason for users to delay their purchase. "The laptops did very well in measures of display quality and performance, but in terms of battery life, we found that the models varied dramatically from one trial to another," read an excerpt from their website. "Apple says that these computers should operate for up to 10 hours between charges, but some consumers in Apple's support forums reported that they were only able to use their laptops for...

  • Super Mario Run hit 40 million downloads in four days

    By now you know that Super Mario Run has become the latest mobile gaming sensation, but just how successful is Nintendo's first proper mobile game? The company revealed that the game has been downloaded over 40 million times in four days. "We are pleased to announce that we have exceeded 40 million downloads worldwide in four days. In addition, Super Mario Run ranks first in the App Store free game ranking in 140 countries and regions..." Nintendo of Japan announced (thanks, Google Translate).  Apple's Phil Schiller said that Super Mario Run broke the previous App Store download record, congratulating the company for the...

  • New Macbook Pro now in SA: what about price?

    The iStore has announced the availability of the latest generation Macbook Pro laptops in South Africa. The 13-inch Macbook Pro was launched on 28 November in the country, while the 15-inch model will be available "soon", the store chain wrote in an emailed statement. Most of the new Macbook Pro models come equipped with a "Touch Bar", being a touch-sensitive strip that replaces the row of function keys. The Touch Bar also includes a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, allowing users to authenticate purchases and lock down their device. The new Macbook Pro line isn't cheap, but the Touch Bar seems rather intriguing Don't care...

  • Global smartphone sales spike as Samsung, Apple lose ground

    China's smartphone makers are slowly eating into Samsung and Apple's global market share, this according to a new report by Gartner. Globally, smartphone sales increased by 5.4% year-on-year, with 373.2-million devices sold. Leading this charge was Huawei, Oppo and BBK (the company that owns the likes of Oppo, OnePlus and Vivo). The three manufacturers claimed 21% of the global smartphone sales market in Q3 2016, compared to Samsung's 23.6% and Apple's 13%. Samsung had its worst smartphone sales quarters ever, thanks in part to the Note 7 Notably though, most of these smartphone sales from Oppo and BBK were in China. The fall of...