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  • Samsung charging Apple $120 per OLED panel?

    By now, it's all but guaranteed that the most expensive iPhone to be revealed this evening will have an OLED screen and high screen/body ratio. Samsung is the world leader in mobile OLED marketshare and quality, so it stands to reason that the company is supplying Apple. Now, prominent analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed that the South Korean firm has the iPhone maker by the proverbial short and curlies. In a note obtained by Apple Insider, the analyst estimated that Apple is paying between US$120 and US$130 for each OLED panel produced by Samsung. The company apparently pays roughly US$50 for...

  • 6 Android features we’d like to see in iOS

    Android or iOS? I have my preference, but it's a debate that's gone on for far too long. Both platforms offer similar levels of functionality at their core, from WhatsApp and social media to web browsing and camera capabilities. But we'd be lying if we said there weren't a few things that Android did better and vice versa. Now, as Apple readies its latest iPhone, we pick a few Android features we'd like to see on iOS. Multi-user support This isn't so much a desired feature for iPhones as it is a wanted feature for iPad. Multiple user accounts would make it...

  • iOS 11 ‘golden master’ leaks: new software, iPhone features revealed

    Over the weekend, reports emerged that the 'golden master' of iOS 11 leaked out. The software held a treasure trove of information related to Apple products, most prominently, the new range of iPhones set for launch tomorrow. So what are some of the more notable features and leaks we've seen as a result? We pick a few prominent ones. Hexacore A11 chip confirmed? Developer Steve Troughton-Smith has been one of many leading the charge when it comes to this round of leaks, as spotted by MacRumors. The developer helped uncover the layout of the A11 chip, being a hexacore design. More specifically, we're...

  • Next iPhone: what should you expect tomorrow?

    Call it the iPhone 7s, iPhone 8 or (if the latest report is to be believed) the iPhone X. Either way, the latest generation of iPhones are set for launch on 12 September. We've been keeping our rumour roundup article updated on the regular. But here's what we know (or think we know) about the new lineup. Models The consensus seems to be that we're going to get three new iPhones at the launch. So how does it all work? There's the standard iPhone, the Plus-sized iPhone and then the expensive iPhone X or whatever it'll be called. The latter has seen loads...

  • 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.