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  • Apple cracks down on lootboxes, devs now have to disclose details

    Lootboxes have become one of the most contentious issues in the gaming industry in recent times, as everything from PC and console titles to smartphone games offer the feature. Whether it's an endless running game or a blockbuster action title, "randomised" item drops have become a key fixture in games. And developers have allowed users to actually buy these item drops too, making for a key avenue of cash. Now, Apple has decided to step up to the plate, Polygon reports, issuing a new set of guidelines for App Store developers that implement lootboxes. "Apps offering 'loot boxes' or other mechanisms that...

  • Yes, Apple is basically throttling older iPhones (but here’s why)

    The iPhone has hit the headlines for some interesting reasons this week after a reddit thread and testing by respected developer Primate Labs. Primate Labs, the developer of the GeekBench benchmark tool, as well as redditors, pointed out that iPhones with degraded batteries saw throttled performance. In fact, the reddit thread saw the user run a Geekbench test, replace their old battery with a new one, and then re-running the test. "I did a Geekbench score, and found I was getting 1466 Single (core) and 2512 Multi (core). This did not change whether I had low power mode on or off. After changing my...

  • Apple tipped to enjoy best year ever for iPhone, thanks to iPhone X

    The iPhone X has proven to be a critical hit, but could the model guide Apple to hitherto-unseen levels of success? Analytics firm IHS Markit certainly thinks so. In fact, the firm points out that the iPhone X already accounts for two percent of the active iPhone installed base in eight countries. "The leading countries for iPhone X adoption are markets with high gross domestic productper head such as Singapore, Denmark, Switzerland and Japan," IHS Markit points out. In another observation, the firm found that there was a strong correlation between the popularity of Plus-sized iPhones and the iPhone X. "Countries where 'Plus'...

  • iPhone X contract pricing: here’s how much you’ll pay

    The iPhone X launches in South Africa today, coming in at R20 499 for the 64GB model and R23 999 for the 256GB model. That's a hefty price to pay, so what about contract pricing? The iStore has you covered, publishing pricing from various networks. Want a 64GB iPhone X? Well, Telkom Mobile is cheapest, coming in at R899 a month for a 1GB FreeMe contract. Meanwhile, the cheapest 256GB iPhone X contract on the list is also from Telkom Mobile, at R999 a month. Check out the table below.

  • iPhone 8 Plus review: a refined 7 Plus with wireless charging

    Apple's plus-sized iPhone used to be the belle of the ball. Packing a larger battery, improved camera hardware and a dual-camera setup (as of the iPhone 7 Plus), it clearly had plenty of advantages over the smaller device. But the iPhone 8 Plus is in a weird predicament, as Apple positions it as the Johnnie Walker Black of the smartphone world. Sure, it's got the Johnnie Walker name on it, but it's not the iPhone X's Johnnie Walker Blue, is it? Nevertheless, the iPhone 8 Plus looks like a respectable if unspectacular upgrade on paper over the iPhone 7 Plus. Let's start...

  • Apple HomePod release date slips to ‘early 2018’

    The HomePod was one of the biggest Apple announcements of the year, as the Cupertino company joined Google and Amazon in developing a smart speaker. Apple sought to differentiate the HomePod by positioning it as a premium sound system -- hence a steep US$349 price tag. But you're also getting Siri integration, the ability to daisy chain HomePods and the ability to analyse your room to create the best audio experience. The company was originally targeting a December 2017 launch date. Now, Apple has issued a statement to US media, revealing an "early 2018" release date instead. "We can't wait for people to...

  • Apple’s Face ID ‘thwarted’ with mask by researchers

    At September's iPhone event, Apple went to great lengths to claim that its Face ID feature was a secure authentication method. In fact, the company said the facial recognition system could distinguish between human faces and masks. Now, Vietnamese security firm BKav has apparently cracked the authentication system, using a mask to do so. The firm's researchers created a 3D printed base then fleshed it out from here. "We used a popular 3D printer. (The) Nose was made by a handmade artist (sic). We use 2D printing for other parts (similar to how we tricked face recognition nine years ago). The skin was also...

  • Apple working on AR headset for 2020 – report

    Augmented reality (AR) is on everyone's lips this year, as the technology experiences a resurgence of sorts. Now, a new report claims Apple is working on an AR headset of its own. Bloomberg, citing "people familiar with the situation", says Apple is hoping to have the tech ready by 2019, with a view to shipping a full-fledged product in 2020. It's claimed that the new headset would have its own display (presumably akin to Google Glass) and run on a new chipset and operating system. The latter is apparently called "rOS" for now, or "reality operating system", being based on iOS. Apple's...

  • iPhone X: what are the reviews saying?

    The iPhone X release resulted in several publications rushing to post their "reviews", only spending a day or two with the product. Now that the dust has settled, we rounded up some of the proper reviews to get an informed idea of what to expect. Ars Technica The publication's Samuel Axon distilled the iPhone X allure to three key factors, namely the OLED screen and new format, the facial recognition system and associated features and the polished AR capabilities. In the screen department, Axon noted that the notch was a little strange at first, but said you'll soon forget about it. The reviewer praised the OLED screen...

  • Tested: Apple’s Portrait Lighting feature is DEFINITELY in beta

    The iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X both step up the use of machine learning to improve photos. We saw these smarts used for portrait mode, but Apple has since turned its algorithms loose on 'Portrait Lighting'. The Cupertino company makes a point of slapping the beta tag on the feature -- at least on its website -- and it certainly shows. We took a few shots with our iPhone 8 Plus review unit, using all the Portrait Lighting options at our disposal (natural light, studio light, contour light, stage light and stage light mono). The results? Check my awkward mug out below (click on...