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  • What’s the iPhone 7 Plus portrait mode like? Check these Instagram shots

    Apple has pushed out the iOS 10.1 public beta to those enrolled in the programme, delivering the much-hyped Portrait Mode to iPhone 7 Plus users. The mode, which resembles Huawei's aperture adjustment mode on the P9, allows users to take photos with a pleasant depth-of-field effect. However, Apple's execution differs in that it's been marketed as a tool for taking portraits. In fact, the company claimed that it uses machine learning, facial recognition and depth maps to accurately generate the effect. So what are the results like then? Well, Instagram is showing some great photos, with well-defined edges for the most part (the...

  • 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...

  • Apple iPhone 7: the positives and negatives

    Apple may have unveiled the iPhone 7 last night, but the rumour mill hit the nail on the head in the lead up to the event. Nevertheless, there are plenty of cool features touted by the latest devices, as well as a few bone-headed decisions made by the Cupertino company. The iPhone 7's green ticks Water resistant design The last few iPhones have all featured some level of water resistance, but Apple has decided to actually implement proper water resistance and advertise the fact. At IP67, the iPhone 7 isn't quite at the IP68 level of the Galaxy S7 or the last few Xperia Z...

  • Apple Watch Series 2 debuts with swimmers in mind

    Catch all of our iPhone 7 launch coverage as well as additional Apple news here and here. Amid the James Corden tomfoolery and Nintendo news, Apple also unveiled the new edition of the Apple Watch. The smartwatch, which has pushed the Cupertino company to second in the world smartphone sales stakes, is now swim-proof -- waterproof for up to 50 metres. Additionally, the company's wearable now boasts a nifty little speaker water ejection system, which keeps fluid out of the Apple Watch Series 2's system. Apple Watch Series 2 now boasts a swanky ceramic edition Speaking of the system, the Apple Watch now...

  • The definitive iPhone 7 bingo game is here

    There have been a ton of leaks associated with the iPhone 7 launch, pegged for tonight at 7pm. Combine that with the predictable nature of Apple events and it makes for an interesting bingo or drinking game. Fortunately, Redditor TheMechanoids has come up with a rather excellent keynote bingo game for you to check out. Bored with Apple's samesy iPhone events? This bingo card from Reddit might help From "we think you're gonna love it" to "Jony Ive in video form", how many boxes will Apple tick tonight? Check out the iPhone 7 bingo card below. Be sure to keep track of all iPhone 7...

  • How to watch the Apple iPhone 7 launch in South Africa

    Apple's iPhone 7 event kicks off later today, where the company is expected to be revealing two models. We've already covered the rumoured specifications, but here's how to follow the event as it happens. Time and streaming link? The event takes place at 10am PDT (7pm SAST), with users being advised to visit Apple's event page for the streaming link. Got an Apple device? Those with Apple devices should be able to stream the iPhone 7 event via Apple Safari, but you'll need an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with iOS 7 or later. Got an Apple Mac computer? Then you'll need Safari 6.0.5 on OS X 10.8.5. Luckily, you can...

  • Apple iPhone 7 launch: here’s what to expect

    We know it'll be faster obviously. We know the camera will be better (why would it be worse?). But what do we really know about the iPhone 7 handsets? We sift through the rumours and leaks to figure out what to expect from the iPhone 7 ahead of tomorrow's reveal... No headphone jack This has been a heavy rumour for almost a year now, if not more. Numerous sources claim that Apple is ditching the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 in favour of using the Lightning connector. It's been claimed that Apple will ship an adapter in the box so people can still use their...

  • Apple iPhone 7 event confirmed for 7 September

    It's almost time for the annual iPhone reveal (likely to be called the iPhone 7) and yes, Apple has announced an event for 7 September... The company has published an event page on its website for the date, saying it will "see you on the 7th". "Join us here on September 7 at 10 am PDT to watch the keynote live," Apple added. The Cupertino company is widely tipped to reveal at least two new iPhones in the form of the (surprise) iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. But aside from the obvious "it's faster" claptrap (did you expect it to be slower?), what else should...

  • From the 3GS to the 6S: a brief history of Apple’s iPhone

    It's hard to imagine a world without smartphones, and it seems strange that they have only actually been with us for a few years. But no matter how many new models we can choose from these days from numerous manufacturers, there is one phone that started it all: the iPhone. Since the first iPhones released in 2007 and 2008 to the latest iPhone 6S, Apple has constantly led the way when it comes to power and performance. With a new model surely only a few months away from being released, now is a good time to look at the history of...