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  • iStore reveals new iMac, Macbook Pro pricing for SA

    Apple used WWDC last week to reveal its latest software and hardware, with Apple's computers receiving plenty of time in the sun. Now, South Africa's iStore has announced the availability of the new iMacs and Macbooks. The iMacs sport 4K/5K displays, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, seventh generation Intel processors and upgraded graphics. Meanwhile, the Macbook and Macbook Pro lineup has also received various upgrades, most notably in the chip department. The iStore says it will offer these new models from "this weekend" at selected stores and online. What will you be paying though? Check out the table below.

  • WWDC 2017: 6 lesser-known features coming to iOS 11

    We already covered Apple's HomePod, as well as an array of software and hardware refreshes, but what else could we tackle? Why, iOS 11, of course. It's the tentpole platform for hundreds of millions of people around the world. We've already listed a few new features, such as a file explorer, QR code reader and drag and drop functionality -- but what else is worth noting? Screen recording We've seen Huawei introduce a native screen-recording feature a while back, with Samsung following suit too (at least in games). Now, it's Apple's turn to enable screen recording in iOS, allowing you to easily record gameplay,...

  • WWDC 2017: 7 things to know about HomePod

    We had known for a few weeks now that Apple was working on a smart speaker, informally called the Siri Speaker. Fortunately, the company used WWDC 2017 to reveal the product. So what should you know? Well, we already had a brief rundown in our WWDC live article, but here's all the important and not-so-important information. It's got some impressive audio chops (in theory) Apple says their new product has seven tweeters and a "high-excursion woofer with a custom amplifier". So it's plain to see that the company is positioning the product for its music, first of all. It analyses your room for the...

  • WWDC 2017: HomePod, iOS 11, new Macs, more

    Apple usually reserves the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) for its software updates, but we've seen all sorts of rumours in the run-up to the event. Now that WWDC 2017 is here, what's been announced? Check out our rolling coverage below! Amazon comes to Apple TV Amazon and Apple haven't been best buddies, but WWDC saw Apple make a key announcement. Yep, in a long overdue move, the company has announced that Amazon Prime Video is coming to Apple TV "later this year". Mac news The company also revealed MacOS High Sierra (its new MacOS update), delivering a variety of features. For one, the Safari browser...

  • ‘Foxconn insiders’ leak iPhone X, smart keyboard, more details

    Apple's WWDC event is around the corner, but a reddit thread has emerged, apparently shedding light on Apple's longer term products. Of course, you should take this information with a massive grain of salt, but it's getting plenty of attention anyway. The thread was verified by the r/apple subreddit's moderators, who said that "appropriate documentation and evidence" was given by the leakers. The tipsters, using the handle Foxconninsider, claimed to have information on Apple's glasses, a 2018 Macbook update and upcoming iPhones. Smart glasses might be a thing For starters, the tipsters delivered an apparent bill of materials for Apple's smart glasses project, which they're...

  • WWDC 2017 kicks off today: how to watch?

    Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) takes place this week, with today's keynote address being the most important session for consumers. Usually, the company announces software updates for its various platforms, but it seems like WWDC 2017 is focused on hardware as well. In any event, you'll want to visit the Apple website to watch the stream, kicking off at 10am PDT/7pm SAST. It's worth noting though that the stream predictably uses Apple's proprietary streaming tech, which "requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or...

  • Apple readying Siri Speaker to take on Echo, Google Home

    Smart speakers have become the latest tech phenomenon lately, starting with the Amazon Echo and continuing with the Google Home. The speakers are marketed as helpful, voice-controlled assistants for the entire household, allowing you to ask queries, create shopping lists, play music and even get traffic alerts. Now, Bloomberg, citing "people familiar with the matter", reports that Apple is creating a Siri Speaker to jump on the bandwagon. As the name implies, the speaker would be controlled by Apple's Siri assistant, ostensibly granting a similar level of functionality as you'd have on an iPhone. A Siri Speaker would see Apple joining Google and...

  • Apple confirms WWDC date, but what will they show?

    Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) has been running for years now, primarily being devoted to (you guessed it) developers. Now, the company has announced the date for this year's edition, taking place from 5-9 June. It might be a developer conference, but that doesn't mean consumers are left out in the lurch. WWDC often plays host to Apple's operating system news, with last year seeing Apple fully reveal iOS 10, a renamed OS X (MacOS) and the accompanying Sierra update, TVOS 2 for Apple TV and a new version of its Watch OS. In other words, those watching WWDC 2017 should expect...

  • Apple is making Macs out of old iPhones

    Apple has released the latest edition of its annual environmental responsibility report, covering the 2016 fiscal year. And the company has set some lofty goals for itself. The company has a few long-term ambitions, such as stopping mining altogether and getting its entire supply chain to switch to 100% renewable energy, for one. But Apple's efforts are already underway, with some impressive steps to be had. For starters, it said that seven major suppliers have pledged to power their Apple production line with 100% renewable energy by the end of 2018. It also revealed progress in the packaging department. "To preserve precious resources,...

  • New iPhone to have wireless charging? Apple joins key group

    Wireless charging is a feature available on numerous smartphones, but what about Apple and its iPhone? Well, the firm has recently joined the Wireless Power Consortium... The consortium pushes the Qi wireless charging standard, making it likely that an upcoming iPhone will use the technology. "After several years of increasing rumour, Apple's membership with the Wireless Power Consortium points strongly to the expectation that the next iPhone will include wireless charging technology," IHS Technology analyst Vicky Yussuff wrote in an emailed statement. Yussuff added that wireless charging could be set for a massive boost, given Apple's effect on the market. "The world market...