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  • Apple HomePod gets release date – but nothing for SA yet

    The Apple HomePod represents the Cupertino company's foray into the popular smart speaker sector, currently dominated by the likes of Amazon and Google. We were originally supposed to get a December 2017 release, but the company decided to shift the launch to 2018. Now, Apple has given us a release date, launching on 9 February and being available to order online from 26 January. You'll need to splash out US$349 for the speaker. The launch countries are a pretty short list, being the USA, UK and Australia, but expect France and Germany to join the party in "spring". So that means no...

  • Expect two OLED iPhones, one LCD iPhone in 2018 – report

    The iPhone X was undoubtedly the star iPhone of last year's range, packing a high screen/body ratio and a gorgeous OLED screen from Samsung. But what should we expect from 2018's models? According to KGI Securities (spotted by 9to5 Mac), we can expect two OLED iPhones in the form of an iPhone X successor and an iPhone X Plus. It's believed that the new iPhone X will maintain the 5.8-inch screen size, while the plus model will offer a mammoth 6.5-inch screen size. But Apple is also expected to offer a 6.1-inch LCD model, using a similar design to the iPhone...

  • Digicape now offers iPhone battery replacements in SA too

    Earlier this week, news broke that the iStore chain of  retailers would be offering battery replacements to affected iPhone owners, falling in line with Apple's own battery replacement programme. The programme came after it emerged that Apple was stealthily throttling older iPhones with depleted batteries, eliciting scorn from Apple users around the world. Now, Digicape has joined the iStore in offering battery replacements at a reduced price in South Africa, coming in at R430 too. "If you suspect that the battery of your iPhone SE, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7 or 7 Plus may need to be replaced, bring your device in...

  • iStore details iPhone battery replacement programme for SA

    Apple courted controversy recently after it confirmed that it intentionally slowed down iPhones that had degraded (and not so degraded) batteries. The company announced that it would be reducing the cost of battery replacements in the USA for older iPhones. But what about the iStore? The South African retailer has announced that the battery replacement programme would be available here too. "Following Apple’s iPhone battery replacement statement, iStore today announced its replacement price and process for iPhone users," the company wrote in an emailed press statement. The retail chain wrote that "in accordance with the official Apple battery replacement programme", the cost...

  • 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...