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All posts tagged "Apple"

  • iPhone 7 rumour roundup: could you wait until 2019 for your next iPhone?

    iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, whatever. All we know is that there's a new iPhone arriving this year and there are plenty of things flying around about it. The world isn't small enough nor is it big enough to render Apple fan's squeaks inaudible, so while the company ripens in the Cupertino sunshine, the rumours will flow. That's why we've decided to introduce an entirely new iPhone rumour roundup article, encompassing what is likely to be the new iPhone 7 series. Of course, there's no real way to know in all certainty that Apple is planning an iPhone 6S upgrade, so...

  • 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 MacBook rumours: new Pro to boast secondary screen, TouchID

    Apple's latest MacBook (that's simply MacBook now) is rather thin for a laptop at 12.7mm, but the company wants its top level MacBook Pro to be as thin, if not thinner than that. Expected in Q4 2016, the upcoming MacBook Pro will take many of its design cues and features from the company's 12-inch MacBook launched earlier this year. This comes from 9to5Mac and KGI Securities' Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (who tends to be right more often than not). Along with the lighter and thinner body, the MacBook Pro will also get TouchID support, and likely Force Touch support as well,...

  • Houdt launches swanky wooden 2016 MacBook covers

    Houdt, a South African accessory marque noted for its love of wood, has announced a new series of 2016 MacBook covers. "Inspired by the functional beauty of nature, the Houdt MacBook Cover range is designed to protect the top of your MacBook from everyday spills, bangs, bumps and scratches," the press release reads. The company's not exactly foreign to draping Apple products in wood either, as it has previously crafted covers for iPhones, as well as Samsung and Huawei devices too. The new MacBook covers though is perhaps the most expensive device the company has gone for thus far. Sizes covered range from 11.0-inches to the 15.0-inch...

  • Meet Gboard, Google’s keyboard for iPhone users

    Apple took a page out of Google's playbook when it announced support for third-party keyboards on iOS 8. This of course meant that fan-favourite keyboards Swiftkey, Swype and more were no longer the sole domain of Android. One notable omission has been Google's native keyboard, but the Mountain View company has now released a rather feature-filled app in the form of Gboard. The biggest feature is integrated Search functionality, which should make for a more streamlined approach, the company said in a blog post. Google said that until now, users had to leave the communications app and then open Google Search to find relevant...

  • Samsung sells more phones than Apple in the US, LG comes in third

    I think we can now say that 2016 has been a pretty torrid year for Apple. After its woes with the FBI, the timid introduction of the iPhone SE, and its recent legal dispute in China, the company has now relinquished its top sales step in the US to its main rival -- Samsung. After close to a year in second place, Samsung has finally sold more of its smartphones in the United States than Apple, a feat that we don't see all that often in the modern era. According to Hong-Kong based research company, Counterpoint Research (spotted by Business Korea),...

  • Apple updates Macbook line with rose gold option, new chips

    Your grey Macbook not garish enough for you? Well, Apple has stepped up to the plate with its refreshed Macbook line, now including a rose gold colour option. Apple announced the Macbook refresh late yesterday, which brings several more features beyond the loud colour. Firstly, the new laptop features Intel's latest Core M chips as well as faster RAM. Speaking of RAM, Apple has also moved to make 8GB the standard across all models, moving on from 4GB of RAM. What else has the company brought to the table? "New Intel HD Graphics 515 deliver up to 25% faster graphics performance, and faster PCIe-based...

  • Here’s where you can get the iPhone SE in South Africa [update]

    We'll be sure to regularly update this piece as more information is made available, and as more stores stock the device. Today's a big day if you've been waiting for a small phone. The 4.0-inch iPhone SE will hit stores tomorrow, 15 April, and stores will undoubtedly be crammed with Apple fans just itching to touch its smooth metal face. But before we wax lyrical about Cupertino's latest handset, we round up the list of stockists where you can get hold of one and do it yourself. Digicape The reseller earlier this month allowed users to pre-order the iPhone SE, with the 16GB...

  • What can you buy instead of an Apple Pencil or an iPad Pro?

    Local Apple retailer Digicape has released pricing for the latest range of iPad Pro 9.7-inch tablets. All of them will more than likely cost you several years of credit card debt to have one of these new devices. Here at Gearburn, we've put together a handy guide of alternative items you can purchase for the same price as the 256GB WiFi and cellular model, as well as the Apple Pencil. Prepare to be shocked, amazed, and rethink your life choices. Apple's iPad Pro 9.7-inch was shown off a few weeks ago to much farfare, we think. The device is the latest...

  • The SA pricing for the iPad Pro 9.7 is ludicrous

    Digicape has revealed pricing for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, but you might want to swallow your coffee first. The Apple reseller announced a price of R11 899 for the entry-level model (32GB/WiFi-only), which has a US price of US$599 (R8885 as a straight conversion). Have more money than sense? Then the top-end iPad Pro (256GB/LTE) is for you, with a R20 499 price tag. Apple sells the top-end model for US$1029 (R15 244) on its US website. Don't forget the extras! Adding salt to the wound is the fact that you still have to splash out R2199 on an Apple Pencil - which has...