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All posts tagged "iPhone"

  • From the 3GS to the 6S: a brief history of Apple’s iPhone

    It's hard to imagine a world without smartphones, and it seems strange that they have only actually been with us for a few years. But no matter how many new models we can choose from these days from numerous manufacturers, there is one phone that started it all: the iPhone. Since the first iPhones released in 2007 and 2008 to the latest iPhone 6S, Apple has constantly led the way when it comes to power and performance. With a new model surely only a few months away from being released, now is a good time to look at the history of...

  • Apple to ditch 16GB iPhone in favour of 32GB model – report

    If there's been one major complaint from Apple and Google fans alike, it's that the entry-level iPhone lacks storage space. Although 16GB of storage was considered relatively sufficient several years ago, the era of huge apps and high-quality video means that users run out of space in no time flat. In fact, a 16GB iPhone 6s will run out of space after 30 minutes of 4K video recording. It doesn't help that, unlike many Android phones, iPhones lack microSD slots. So you're pretty much stuck with 16GBs for the life of the phone. Yes yes, there are cloud storage services, but these are reliant on large...

  • 3 ways flexible glass will enhance tech of the not-too-distant future

    In the game of tech, you innovate or die. Over the past few years, tech companies have struggled to come up with the next exciting advancement in personal computing, hoping to ignite consumer excitement the way the first iPhone did (and the iPod before that). So far, the results have been mostly underwhelming. Many attempts have been made -- both in advancing the form factor of the now traditional “candybar” smartphone and in introducing brand-new device categories. But no company, not even Apple, has managed to create something that has captured consumers’ imaginations as much as the touchscreen smartphone did back in...

  • WWDC 2016: What’s coming to iOS 10?

    Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote is over and, as you'd expect, there was a big focus on iOS 10. The tenth iOS update isn't quite as full-featured on the surface as the likes of iOS 7 and other versions, but there's still plenty to like. In fact, there was even some locally relevant news as Apple quietly revealed Siri for South Africa. Notifications, lockscreen and third-party support Raise-to-wake is Apple's response to Microsoft/Samsung/LG's Glance screen efforts, allowing you to lift your phone to see lockscreen notifications. Speaking of the lockscreen, Apple is delivering more 3D Touch actions for lockscreen widgets/notifications, as well...

  • 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...

  • 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...