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  • 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...

  • How much does the Apple iPhone SE cost to build?

    We all know that an iPhone doesn't really cost US$600 to build, as Apple has quite a profit margin on their smartphones. But how much does it cost to build the US$399 iPhone SE? Well, IHS Technologies did the hard work and came up with a figure of... US$160. Related: iPhone SE: the 4-inch iPhone 5S upgrade you’ve always wanted "The US version of an entry-level iPhone SE with 16 gigabytes of NAND memory carries a bill of materials of $156.20, which rises to $160.00 when the manufacturing cost is added, according to results from the IHS teardown of a phone purchased...

  • Setting your iPhone’s date to 1970 is not a good idea

    There's many ways to break an iPhone. Sitting on it used to be the most popular, until repairing the home button became the worst thing you could possibly do earlier this month. But now, there's an entirely new way to ruin your life, thanks to 4chan. Hilariously for some, the imageboard aired a purported Easter egg hiding beneath iOS's fragile exterior. Flipping the date back to the seventies will unlock a classic Mac theme. Sounds totally legit, right? Nope. Resetting your iPhone date to 1 January 1970 and restarting the phone effectively bricks the device, thanks to the various methods UNIX...

  • Apple iPhone 6S review: S for superb

    It's safe to say that the iPhone has a decorated reputation among tech enthusiasts and beyond. Actually, you could call it the Bruce Wayne of the smartphone world: it's stately on the outside, but dig into its true nature, and you'll discover why millions around the world idolise it. That's not to say its as interesting as Batman and his ol' bag of tricks, because no one is as interesting as Batman and his ol' bag of tricks. However, Apple has been sure to load the S version of its biggest selling device ever with an even bigger sack of...

  • iStore Card programme ensures South Africans ‘can get a new iPhone every year’

    One of the principle Apple resellers in the country, iStore South Africa, has announced a new initiative to ensure those hardcore Apple fans will always have the latest device whenever a new phone leaves Cupertino's design table. Dubbed the iStore Card programme, the system allows users to get the latest iPhone each year for a predetermined price per month. "You can now get the latest iPhone every year through a monthly payment plan separate from your cellular network," the press release reads. "The payment plan is facilitated through iStore’s brand new credit card - iStore Card." Those interested in the iStore Card...

  • Broken phone diaries: a journey through iFix’s repair shop

    It happens to the best of us. A few months ago I was preparing for a night out on the town with friends and a few drinks. While waiting for my Uber, I idiotically balanced my phone on the sink while freshening up. Naturally, I knocked the device off onto the cold, cold tile floor. Silly me. The Samsung’s display was now completely black -- with only one tiny crack in the LCD. The Uber arrived nonetheless and heading back home, well, required hailing a cab like they did in the heydays. Needless to say, this was only one of the many...

  • Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana is coming to your iPhone, Android

    Microsoft is on a mission to create the most device-friendly operating system to date. Native Windows 10 apps like Cortana, the Phone Companion App, and Xbox Music are all going to be available to download on iPhones and Android devices. In competition with Apple's Siri and Android's Google Now, Cortana is a digital assistant that helps you set reminders, do search queries, check flights or weather information on your smartphone. In a blog post announcement, Microsoft explains that all changes made in Cortana’s notebook will be reflected across all your devices. These changes include tasks like taking photos, creating playlists, and so...

  • 5 ways smartphone manufacturers can win the budget phone battle

    There has been massive growth in smartphone sales in the past few years. Ever since the introduction of iPhone, Android, and smartphone applications like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Viber, even common people are experiencing a strong urge to use smartphones instead of feature phones. Granted, there are still a few number of feature phones being produced by the likes of Microsoft (the Nokia 215, above, is a good example), but smartphones are slowly becoming more affordable and more powerful lower down the economic spectrum. Due the popularity of smartphones among general consumers, efficiency in manufacturing required components, and a cut-throat competition...

  • Samsung will be the main producer of the iPhone’s next-gen A9 chip

    According to a report from South Korea's Maeil Business Newspaper, Samsung will be mainly responsible for the A9 chip -- Apple's next badass processor. Specifically, the same report notes that Samsung is responsible for 75% slice of orders for Apple's upcoming A9 chip. Last year, Apple relied on both Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing for its massive supply in iPhones, so this is a big win for the South Korean tech company. Read more: Samsung Galaxy S6 rumour roundup It's no real secret that Samsung has been behind some of the crucial hardware specs inside Apple's iPhone. But this news comes at the...

  • iStore offering up to R5000 off when trading in older iPhone for iPhone 6 or 6 Plus

    Local Apple reseller iStore has announced a guaranteed cash back for iPhone owners. iStore says iPhone owners (as part of a new upgrade, contract renewal or cash purchase at any iStore) are guaranteed cash back of up to R5000 when they trade their current iPhone for a new one. For a cash purchase, the value will be discounted from the price of the new iPhone. And thus commence, two months before the new iPhone arrives in South Africa, the game of wait Apple has perfected so well. The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that was launched yesterday evening will...