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All posts tagged "Apple"

  • iPod Classic axed ’cause costs and lack of parts says Apple CEO Tim Cook

    This is a quick story, but a good one. Want to know why the iPod Classic was discontinued? We’ve got the answer right from Apple CEO Tim Cook. Well, a tweet that quotes Cook at the WSJD event held earlier this week. Tweet is at the bottom of the article. Tim Cook: iPod Classic was discontinued because they couldn’t get the parts. And not worth designing a whole new one. — Benedict Evans (@BenedictEvans) October 28, 2014 Fascinating stuff but it’s horrible for public relations. As The Verge says, Apple could force any company to keep producing parts for it but Cook...

  • Dacuda’s 3D camera app turns your phone into a 3D scanner

    Software developers and cellphone makers are rushing to bring holographic and 3D display technology to your smartphone. Already, several devices and prototypes exist that offer such features, albeit with limited functionality. So far, the undisputed 3D king is Nintendo’s 3DS handheld console that features stereoscopic cameras that take stunning 3D images and provide a 3D gaming experience unlike anything else currently on the market (virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus are not yet available to consumers, and remain confined in the hands of developers) There is also the HTC EVO smartphone, whose two stereoscopic cameras take fairly decent 3D...

  • iPad Air 2 meta-review: extremely powerful, thin and probably the best out there

    As soon as the iPad Air 2 hit the stores and shores of the US, it became judgement day. If you scan the headlines, you’ll see phrases like “best tablet ever” being flaunted around a lot. Is Apple’s latest, thinnest iPad as good as our fellow reviewers make it out to be? We’ve rounded up some of the web’s most popular gadget sites. As ever, The Verge paints the Air 2 in a stunning light. “At the most basic level, the iPad Air 2 is a monumental achievement in the field of iterative improvement,” writes Nilay Patel. Apart from the...

  • Apple launches iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, 5K Retina Display iMac and new Mac Mini

    Apple kinda launched this event on us with little notice. Today marks the release of the iPad Mini 3 and iPad Air 2. Their components may not even be that much of a surprise this time, as information regarding both the new Apple tablets have been seemingly leaked by the company itself. Here’s an image, as obtained by 9to5mac. It can almost be certain that both will have the TouchID fingerprint recognition sensor, as well as Burst Shot mode. It’s not a revolution, but we also expect much more from camp Apple. Also, we’ll learn more about OS X Yosemite....

  • The next Apple event preview: Gold iPads, skinnier MacBooks and OS X Yosemite

    What’s coming from Apple‘s 16 October event? Wouldn’t you like to know? So would we, that’s why we dug around for everything that’s possibly coming from camp Cupertino. iPads We all know the deal by now. The new iPad Air will be thinner, lighter, faster and most likely feature TouchID. There’s also some hope that there will be new colours for the iPad Air 2, especially Champagne Gold. Please let there be Champagne Gold. According to the leaks, the iPad Air 2 will only be 7mm thin and will sport a design that’s extremely similar to the iPhone 6 and 6...

  • Will.i.am launches smartwatch this week: makes calls, plays music, don’t need no smartphone

    We’re really not sure what to make of Will.i.am (or William Adams Jr., of Black-Eyed Peas fame) and his technology fetish any more. After co-developing Beats with Jummy Iovine and Dr. Dre all these years, launching his custom 3D-printer, designing a bespoke Lexus NX and selling a good few million records, Adams has now set his sights on the enormous wearables market and, more specifically, smartwatches. Hilariously, as a face-slap to Beats’ new owner Apple, Adams plans to launch the watch on 7Digital’s network at the same time as Apple’s iPad launch this Thursday. Best of luck trying to compete...

  • 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...

  • Vertu Aster: the $9100 snake-skin Android smartphone for poor rich people

    Although Apple will stake a claim in making gorgeous premium-level phones for its adoring customers, it can’t hold a candle to British-based manufacturer Vertu. You know, the company that builds phones covered in snake skin? Speaking of which, the company’s new Aster is its latest mid-range offering, setting buyers back a cool US$9100. Okay, so not that mid-range then, but the quality of design and internals is second to none. Built mostly from spaceship-grade hardened titanium and sporting a 117 carat Sapphire screen up front, the phone seems virtually unbreakable — that’s peace of mind should the owner act upon a...