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  • Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch: A PC user’s review diary [Week Two]

    The last Apple Mac I used for any length of time was our tech's G5 machine for editing purposes. That was in 2008 and 2009. My only other notable experience with Apple Mac computers came from using a buddy's Mac G4 well over a decade ago. In other words, I'm essentially a Mac newbie then, having spent the vast majority of my time on Windows (with a few brief forays into Linux territory). So when an iStore representative asked if I'd like to review the 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro (no Touchbar, mind you), I figured why not? After all, there have...

  • Apple to invest $2bn in LG Display for OLED screens?

    Apple is widely tipped to announce an iPhone with an OLED screen later this year. But who will make the displays? Samsung has a monopoly at the moment, supplying the industry with the vast majority of OLED screens. But LG Display has also been mustering up resources to grab some of that pie. Earlier this year, it was reported that Google had offered LG almost US$900-billion to secure a supply of these OLED screens (presumably for the new Pixel phones). Meanwhile, reports also claim that LG's upcoming V30 smartphone will use an LG-manufactured OLED screen. Apple is apparently shelling out the big bucks to...

  • iOS 11 beta preview is now available for all to download

    At its WWDC 2017 event, Apple released the developer preview of iOS 11 to... well... developers. It promised that everyday users would soon get in on the action as well, with that day finally coming. Those wanting to get in on the action can sign up via this link, but, it's worth noting that the beta nature means that you might experience crashes and general instability. As for features, iOS 11 brings a one-handed keyboard, ARKit for augmented reality, peer-to-peer payments via Apple Pay, a file explorer, a Do Not Disturb mode while driving and a new App Store. Apple fans can...

  • After being dumped by Apple, Imagination puts self up for sale

    Imagination Technologies has supplied Apple with graphics hardware for years now, being responsible for the GPUs used in iPhones and iPads. However, news broke earlier this year that Apple was dumping the company to use its own in-house graphics hardware for future iPhones. The immediate effect of that news saw Imagination's shares tank by over 60%. But the saga doesn't end there, as Imagination has announced that it has put itself up for sale. In a press release on its website, the company notes that "over the last few weeks it has received interest from a number of parties for a potential...

  • ‘iPhone exists because Jobs hated Microsoft executive’

    Steve Jobs's hatred for a Microsoft executive drove him to create the iPhone and iPad, it has been claimed. "It began... because Steve hated this guy at Microsoft. That is the actual origin of it..." former iOS chief Scott Forstall told an audience at the Computer History Museum in California. "Steve's wife had a friend who was married to a guy who worked at Microsoft. Every time Steve had any social interaction with the guy, he'd come back pissed off," the iOS architect explained. The executive apparently boasted to Jobs that Microsoft had "solved" laptop and tablet computing, as well as stylus-driven computing. "Steve...

  • 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...