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  • Apple’s Red iPhone 8 series could make its bow later today

    Do you love the colour red? If you're a bull and deeply vested in the Apple ecosystem, the company might make purchasing an iPhone 8 a little more worthwhile on Monday. Rumours -- stemming from an internal Virgin Mobile memo -- suggests that a Red iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus could make their debut later today. According to AppleInsider, the memo suggests that Virgin will have stock of the devices as soon as the announcement breaks, but phones may only be available the following month. Notably, the notch-screen dual-camera iPhone X is not mentioned. Although the Red variant looks pretty damn snazzy,...

  • Here’s how much you’ll pay for the new 9.7-inch iPad in South Africa

    The new 9.7-inch iPad geared towards education will retail from R4999 in South Africa, the iStore confirmed to Gearburn. Marketed towards schools and students, the 9.7-inch iPad is a notable refresh from the outgoing model, sporting Apple Pencil support, the A10 Fusion chipset, and a host of education-orientated apps. The iStore is offering the device in three colours, namely silver, space grey and gold, and two storage options: 32GB and 128GB. Additionally, users can also opt for WiFi only and LTE and WiFi options. Read more: The new, cheaper 9.7-inch iPad now supports the Apple Pencil The most expensive version of the tablet,...

  • Apple Watch Series 4 may feature a 15% larger screen, more bells and whistles

    Hot on the heels of its refreshed 9.7-inch iPad announcement, rumours abound today suggest that the Apple Watch Series 4 will feature a number of tweaks and buffs over its predecessor. Debuting in September 2017, the third Apple Watch refresh featured LTE connectivity, and Apple Music on your wrist. But the fourth iteration is said to review the current Watch formula entirely. Everyone's favourite Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, cited by 9To5Mac, suggests that the Series 4 will be bigger in some aspects, last longer and boast improved health monitoring. The report isn't very granular, but the analyst does suggest 15% more screen real...

  • The new, cheaper 9.7-inch iPad now supports the Apple Pencil

    Surprise, surprise. Those rumours of a new, cheaper, education-aimed Apple iPad rumours were true. At a Chicago event on Tuesday, the Cupertino technology company launched its latest effort to prize students away from Google and Microsoft. The refreshed 9.7-inch iPad still looks like every one of its predecessors, and boasts practically the same specs on paper, just written in a different, curlier font. Its screen size remains a scintilla below 10 inches, with a 2048x1536 Retina panel. It also keeps its TouchID fingerprint reader, and the 1.2MP FaceTime camera up front. But it does have a few notable differences. Apple Pencil support There's no...

  • Preview: today’s Apple education event could intro cheaper iPad

    There's an Apple event on today, but it's not WWDC or a big iPhone launch. Instead, the tech giant is set to launch a new education-focussed offering in the form of a budget iPad. The event won't be at Cupertino's Steve Jobs Theatre either. Instead, Apple's constructing a temporary mini-stage outside a Chicago high school. Yeah, we know, it's not even in California. As for what's expected, it could be anything from the aforementioned iPad competing against the likes of the US$329 Acer Chromebook Tab 10, and other Chrome OS and Windows offerings -- an unlikely "budget" sub-US$1000 MacBook, or an education...

  • Apple’s WWDC set for 4 June, but what will be revealed?

    Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) is one of the key tech events of the calendar, as the company shows off its latest software and hardware updates. Now, the company has announced a 4 June date for the conference, set to take place in San Jose. "Developers can apply for tickets from now through 22 March at 10 am PDT via the WWDC website. Tickets are issued through a random selection process, and developers will be notified of application status by 23 March at 5 pm PDT," Apple added. The big mystery is what Apple will actually be announcing at the conference. It's...

  • Apple Homepod review roundup: what do critics think of speaker?

    Whether they want to admit it or not, the Apple HomePod is the company's first foray into the smart speaker arena, slapping Siri on a high-end speaker. The device is going up against the Google Home and Amazon Echo range. So what do critics think of Apple's debut smart speaker? Phone Arena The website's John Velasco praised the speaker's design, but noted that it was bigger than the Google Home and could be mistaken by your cat for a scratching post. However, the reviewer bemoaned the power cord, which "isn't meant to be user-detachable". Moving to actual usage, Velasco says that setting the...

  • Apple HomePod: which music streaming services are supported?

    The Apple HomePod is the firm's long-overdue foray into the smart speaker market, even if they're branding it as a high-end audio speaker instead. Nevertheless, music lovers will appreciate the tech going into the device, but what about supported music services? Apple has updated its HomePod spec page (h/t: Ars Technica) with "audio sources", specifically listing Apple Music, iTunes music purchases, Podcasts, iCloud Music Library, Beats 1 Live Radio and Airplay from other Apple devices to the speaker. In other words, it looks like Google Play Music, Spotify, Deezer and other third-party music streaming services aren't properly integrated into the HomePod then. You'll...

  • You can now get authorised iPhone screen repairs in South Africa

    Core Group has announced the availability of authorised iPhone screen repairs via the iStore and Digicape from 29 January. Previously, users had to swap out their device in the event of a damaged screen, Core Group's Linda van der Nest told Gearburn. "This is the first time local iPhone users will have the peace of mind that their screen replacement is completed by an Apple Authorised Service Provider, with a genuine Apple replacement screen, ensuring full functionality is retained and the manufacturers warranty remains valid -- often at a lower cost than current non-authorised repairs," read an excerpt of the distributor's...

  • Qualcomm paid Apple for exclusivity, fined €997m, EU rules [Update: Qualcomm to appeal]

    Chipmaker Qualcomm has been fined €997-million (US$1.2-billion) by the European Union for paying Apple to turn down cellular chips from rival companies. "Qualcomm illegally shut out rivals from the market for LTE baseband chipsets for over five years, thereby cementing its market dominance. Qualcomm paid billions of US dollars to a key customer, Apple, so that it would not buy from rivals," the European Commission's Margrethe Vestager was quoted as saying in a statement. "These payments were not just reductions in price -- they were made on the condition that Apple would exclusively use Qualcomm's baseband chipsets in all its iPhones...