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All posts tagged "iPhone"

  • 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...

  • We’re liveblogging Apple’s iPhone 6 and iWatch launch, just for you

    Here we go. After months of speculation (mostly from us), Apple is finally launching… stuff. And by stuff, we mean a new iPhone, hopefully an iWatch and perhaps even a new iPad or two. Apple’s going to broadcast the entire event live on its official site, but for those without a decent connection or an OS X device to stream it from, we’ll be live-blogging the event for you. That means pictures, insights and the biting sarcasm you’ve come to love, or desperately hate. Either way, Apple’s launch is happening tonight at 7PM (CAT) and you can’t stop us. Unless...

  • The Apple’s out the basket: possible iWatch, iPhone announcement coming 9 September

    It’s official, Apple is planning something mega come 9 September, just 11 days away. Will it be the launch of Apple’s ultra-secretive iWatch, or the first official sighting of the iPhone 6? Hilariously, the first official announcement of the season inspires even more speculation than any clarifying factoids. But we kinda know what the new iPhone will feature. Have a look at our iPhone 6 rumour round up for a summary. Either way, we’ll likely get an announcement that it is in fact, a real device running iOS 8. But what of the iWatch? It’s a more speculative matter. For one, there...

  • Apple patents behaviour tracking software for added iPhone security

    Last week, Apple submitted a new patent application, “Generating Notifications Based On User Behaviour,” that continuously monitors and authenticates an individual’s use of his or her smartphone. Apple’s system is designed to compile a history of personal data ranging from input gesture patterns, commonly traveled locations, and motion sensor readings that will be compared to real-time patterns of behaviour for user authenticity. Even data associated with an individual’s unique grammar, vocabulary, and keyboard orientation preferences can be tracked, analysed, and stored. Based on this information, the moment the pattern recognition system determines a user is not the actual owner, your...

  • This ingenious device lets you send scents and odours from your iPhone

    If the world thought constant uploads of meals to the internet was a thing of the past, they may soon have to deal with more than just pictures. Cambridge-based start up Vapor Communications, has developed the oPhone, a device that literally allows its users to receive photographs with odours. The unique project this week launched on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, with inventors David Edwards and Rachel Field yesterday sending the first scent message across the Atlantic. The device is available to early backers for US$149. The oPhone reproduces scents tagged in an image sent from the device’s iPhone app – oSnap. Eight...

  • Apple planning bigger iPhones with metal chassis in 2014, says report

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is currently planning “an iPhone model with a screen larger than 4.5-inches measured diagonally,” as well as another model with a post 5-inch display. The anonymous sources also told the Wall Street Journal that Apple has finally decided to throw out the plastic chassis design for all its future iPhones. These iPhone phablets are meant to directly measure up against competitors who have, for the most of last year, been releasing popular flagships with post 5-inch displays. Samsung is the main culprit, riding on the success of both its so-called phablets namely...

  • China’s 2013 jailbreak rate plummets to 12%, legal sales to blame

    While this may sound like madness, the answer is actually quite simple: fewer iPhones are being jailbroken in China because they’re now available at substantially cheaper prices thanks to a deal with China Mobile (the world’s largest carrier by subscriber numbers). Before, many of those hungry for an iFruit were forced to import devices through shady means (grey importers). The iPhone jailbreak rate now, according to Technode, is a piddling 12.07%. A year ago, it was 34.30%. Look, we even have a graph that proves it. Distributors in China chalk it up to new channels, including the main telecoms, China...

  • Your iPhone in a nutshell: getting snug with ‘Houdt’ smartphone covers

    Houdt is a South African company which launched its first product range late last year and is responsible for the retro-looking wooden smartphone cases you see in the pictures. A few people here at the Gear office took some for a ride — slapping them onto their precious smartphones for a few weeks to see how they would fare. Ranging from Cherry and Rose Wood, to Bamboo, there is a bunch of different Houdt styles and colours available. Jason, one of our enthusiastic sales gurus took the iPhone 5 Leather Bamboo Flip Case (see picture below) under his wing. “I don’t think...

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