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All posts tagged "Apple"

  • 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...

  • What can the MacBook Pro Touch Bar be used for?

    Last week, Apple revealed its latest MacBook Pro lineup, complete with a Touch Bar replacing the row of function keys. "The Touch Bar places controls right at the user's fingertips and adapts when using the system or apps like Mail, Finder, Calendar, Numbers, GarageBand, Final Cut Pro X and many more, including third-party apps. For example, the Touch Bar can show Tabs and Favorites in Safari, enable easy access to emoji in Messages, provide a simple way to edit images or scrub through videos in Photos and so much more," Apple wrote on its website. But what else can you do...

  • You can’t directly connect your iPhone to new MacBook Pro

    Apple held its MacBook Pro event last night, revealing few surprises if you were keeping up with the rumour mill. In an interesting move, the new MacBook Pro laptops sport four USB Type-C ports, moving away from the single Type-C nonsense of the vanilla MacBook. These new laptops don't have full-sized USB ports however, which means you can't actually connect your iPhone directly to the MacBook. The solution is to splash out US$25 on a USB Type-C to Lightning cable, available from the Apple online store. The new MacBook Pro line has some lovely features, but iPhone users will be in for a tough time Fortunately,...

  • New Apple MacBook Pro: a laptop to save all laptops?

    Let's get real for a moment: laptops aren't the sleek and sexy devices they once used to be. In the early 2000s, it was hard to be cool if you didn't own one, and even less so if it wasn't an Apple product. With global laptop and PC sales on the slide, the new Apple MacBook Pro is Cupertino's latest effort to stem the tide. So, what has it brought to the fight this time? Read more: Apple’s new TV app is called ‘TV’ because some things never change If you missed Tim Cook and company's latest announcements tonight, here are some...

  • New Macbook Pro leaked with touchbar, Touch ID

    Apple is widely tipped to reveal a new MacBook Pro or two on 27 October, but it looks like they may have spoilt their own launch. According to MacRumors, the latest version of MacOS Sierra shows what appears to be the new MacBook Pro. What stands out in the image though? For starters, the rumours of a touch-enabled bar (replacing the function key row) seem to be true. The touchbar seems context-sensitive too, so imagine media controls appearing on it when playing a movie or editing options when typing a document. The New MacBook Pro seems to be a radical and long-overdue laptop, if the...

  • iOS 10.1: Portrait Mode now available for iPhone 7 Plus

    After a short beta period, Apple has finally pushed out iOS 10.1 to all, bringing minor fixes like improved transit directions and a signal fix for some networks. However, the biggest feature is Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 Plus, a Huawei P9-like feature that creates pleasant depth-of-field effects for portrait snaps. The mode uses a combination of dual cameras, machine learning and more to get the best results. And much like Huawei's efforts, the photos are rather pleasant, although it's occasionally prone to blurry edges as well. Still, even if the feature is late for the iPhone 7 Plus launch, it's good to see...

  • MacBooks set for Apple reveal on 27 October?

    Apple has scheduled a 27 October event, but what will the Cupertino firm be revealing then? According to MacRumors, citing respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is expected to unveil refreshed MacBooks. Kuo claimed that new MacBook Pro laptops would be the star of the show, offering an OLED touch bar for starters. This would replace the row of function keys and presumably be context-sensitive, so if you're watching a movie, the touch bar would potentially show media playback controls. An OLED touch bar is set to replace the function keys on some new MacBooks The new MacBook Pro models are also expected to pack...

  • iPhone 7: non-contract, prepaid pricing in South Africa

    It's iPhone 7 launch day in South Africa, and that means long lines outside stores and very slow online payments portals. But where can you buy an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus in South Africa, and how much will it cost you? Related: Should you buy an iPhone 7? Our handy flow chart might help And what will it cost if you don't want an annoying network provider in on the deal too? We take a look at all the available prepaid and non-contract options below. Digicape Digicape will offer seemingly all variants of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, with prices ranging...

  • Should you buy an iPhone 7? Our handy flow chart might help

    It's D-Day for the iPhone 7, as South Africa gets in on the Apple action as well. But before you go out to buy one, you might want to use our slapped-together flow chart to guide your decision-making process. As for the technical stuff, the iPhone 7 features a powerful A10 quad-core processor and the same screen resolution as previous models (albeit with a wider colour gamut). Should you buy the iPhone 7? Have a look at our flow chart below for help In the camera department, you've got a 12MP f/1.8 shooter on both models. However, the Plus model has joined the...