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  • WWDC 2017 kicks off today: how to watch?

    Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) takes place this week, with today's keynote address being the most important session for consumers. Usually, the company announces software updates for its various platforms, but it seems like WWDC 2017 is focused on hardware as well. In any event, you'll want to visit the Apple website to watch the stream, kicking off at 10am PDT/7pm SAST. It's worth noting though that the stream predictably uses Apple's proprietary streaming tech, which "requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or...

  • Apple readying Siri Speaker to take on Echo, Google Home

    Smart speakers have become the latest tech phenomenon lately, starting with the Amazon Echo and continuing with the Google Home. The speakers are marketed as helpful, voice-controlled assistants for the entire household, allowing you to ask queries, create shopping lists, play music and even get traffic alerts. Now, Bloomberg, citing "people familiar with the matter", reports that Apple is creating a Siri Speaker to jump on the bandwagon. As the name implies, the speaker would be controlled by Apple's Siri assistant, ostensibly granting a similar level of functionality as you'd have on an iPhone. A Siri Speaker would see Apple joining Google and...

  • Apple confirms WWDC date, but what will they show?

    Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) has been running for years now, primarily being devoted to (you guessed it) developers. Now, the company has announced the date for this year's edition, taking place from 5-9 June. It might be a developer conference, but that doesn't mean consumers are left out in the lurch. WWDC often plays host to Apple's operating system news, with last year seeing Apple fully reveal iOS 10, a renamed OS X (MacOS) and the accompanying Sierra update, TVOS 2 for Apple TV and a new version of its Watch OS. In other words, those watching WWDC 2017 should expect...

  • Apple is making Macs out of old iPhones

    Apple has released the latest edition of its annual environmental responsibility report, covering the 2016 fiscal year. And the company has set some lofty goals for itself. The company has a few long-term ambitions, such as stopping mining altogether and getting its entire supply chain to switch to 100% renewable energy, for one. But Apple's efforts are already underway, with some impressive steps to be had. For starters, it said that seven major suppliers have pledged to power their Apple production line with 100% renewable energy by the end of 2018. It also revealed progress in the packaging department. "To preserve precious resources,...

  • New iPhone to have wireless charging? Apple joins key group

    Wireless charging is a feature available on numerous smartphones, but what about Apple and its iPhone? Well, the firm has recently joined the Wireless Power Consortium... The consortium pushes the Qi wireless charging standard, making it likely that an upcoming iPhone will use the technology. "After several years of increasing rumour, Apple's membership with the Wireless Power Consortium points strongly to the expectation that the next iPhone will include wireless charging technology," IHS Technology analyst Vicky Yussuff wrote in an emailed statement. Yussuff added that wireless charging could be set for a massive boost, given Apple's effect on the market. "The world market...

  • LG 5K display, sold by Apple, affected by WiFi signals?

    An LG-manufactured 5K display, sold on Apple's online store, reportedly needs to be placed at least two metres from a router. According to Ars Technica, the LG UltraFine 5K Monitor starts to flicker when placed near the router. Move it right next to the router and the display becomes black and "unusable". It also appears that the monitor, when near a router, could cause Mac computers to freeze, necessitating a reboot. Customer reviews on Apple's website have largely been scathing, with many reporting freezing and crashing issues. "My Mac now constantly crashes, reboots and has strange issues connecting to the new LG 5K...

  • New Macbook Pro: thumbs down for Consumer Reports

    Consumer Reports has refused to recommend the latest range of Macbook Pro laptops for purchase. The influential consumer organisation said that seriously unpredictable battery life was the main reason for users to delay their purchase. "The laptops did very well in measures of display quality and performance, but in terms of battery life, we found that the models varied dramatically from one trial to another," read an excerpt from their website. "Apple says that these computers should operate for up to 10 hours between charges, but some consumers in Apple's support forums reported that they were only able to use their laptops for...

  • iOS 10.1: Portrait Mode now available for iPhone 7 Plus

    After a short beta period, Apple has finally pushed out iOS 10.1 to all, bringing minor fixes like improved transit directions and a signal fix for some networks. However, the biggest feature is Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 Plus, a Huawei P9-like feature that creates pleasant depth-of-field effects for portrait snaps. The mode uses a combination of dual cameras, machine learning and more to get the best results. And much like Huawei's efforts, the photos are rather pleasant, although it's occasionally prone to blurry edges as well. Still, even if the feature is late for the iPhone 7 Plus launch, it's good to see...

  • Apple iPhone 7 SA launch date, price set

    Update: For a look at prepaid pricing in South Africa have a look at our price roundup here. The iStore has announced that it will be launching the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in South Africa on 14 October. As for a price, the chain revealed that pricing will start at R12 999 for the 32GB iPhone 7, R14 999 for the 128GB model and R16 999 for the 256GB variant. Prefer the Plus-sized iPhone? Then you'll be spending R15 499 for the 32GB model, R17 499 for the 128GB variant and R19 499 for the 256GB option. The store chain will also...

  • iPhone 7: how much does it actually cost?

    Another iPhone has launched in the form of the iPhone 7 range, so that means another teardown to reveal the "true" cost for the smartphone. IHS Markit has conducted a thorough inspection of the 32GB iPhone 7 and its parts, revealing a bill of materials (BOM) cost of US$219.80. This rises to US$224.80 when US$5 in manufacturing costs is added to the total. The new phone also carries a higher bill of materials cost than last year's iPhone 6s had at the time. "This preliminary estimated total is $36.89 higher than the final analysis of the iPhone 6S published by IHS in December 2015," IHS wrote...