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  • 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 X SA price revealed, get it next week

    The iPhone X might be the most eagerly anticipated high-end smartphone in South Africa (and globally), but with a 24 November launch looming, how much will it cost? Well, the iStore has delivered the goods, confirming that prepaid prices start at R20 499, topping out at R23 999. For the record, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro costs R17 999, while the Mate 10 Porsche model has a R26 999 price tag. "New cellular contracts and upgrades for iPhone X on Vodacom, MTN, and Telkom will be available at all iStores from the week of 24 November 2017," the iStore adds in a...

  • iPhone X’s Samsung-made screen is best – Displaymate

    Earlier this year, we saw the Samsung Galaxy S8 and then the Galaxy Note 8 claim top marks for screen quality from benchmarking firm DisplayMate. This is due to Samsung's expertise in crafting fantastic AMOLED screens, having come a long way from the original Galaxy S smartphone. Now, with Apple's iPhone X out of the door, the device's Samsung-made OLED screen has wrested the 'best display' crown from the Note 8. "The result: Apple has produced an impressive Smartphone display with excellent performance and accuracy... What makes the iPhone X the Best Smartphone Display is the impressive Precision Display Calibration Apple developed, which transforms the OLED hardware...

  • 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...

  • iPhone 8 sales sluggish, consumers waiting for iPhone X?

    Apple's iPhone 8 went on sale last month and you'd expect sales to be fantastic. But reports find that the 2017 models just aren't selling as well as the iPhone 7. A report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) found iPhone 8 and 8 Plus sales to account for 16% of US sales for the quarter ending 1 October. How does that stack up to previous sales? "On the other hand, in the same time frame last year, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus together accounted for 43% of sales. Two years ago, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus represented 24% of sales....

  • iPhone 8 gets contract pricing, here’s the damage

    The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus launch in South Africa today, coming just over a month after the initial reveal. Now, we've already delivered prepaid pricing, but what about monthly rates on contract? The iStore has delivered the goods, including iStore card rates. Of course, these are all 24 month contracts. Check out the lengthy table below.

  • iPhone 8 preorders kick off at iStore, starting at R13 499

    The iStore has announced that preorders have kicked off for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in South Africa, starting at R13 499 for the 64GB iPhone 8. The preorders are only for cash purchases however, it must be noted. Need more space? Then you'll want to spend an extra R3000 for the 256GB iPhone 8, coming in at R16 499. Want the iPhone 8 Plus? Then that'll cost R15 499 for the 64GB version and R18 499 for the 256GB variant. The iPhone 8 will be competitively priced compared to the Galaxy S8, Huawei P10 and other rivals The iPhone 8 and iPhone...

  • 7 iPhone 8/X features you can expect to see on rival phones

    When Apple adopts technology or a feature in its iPhone, chances are good that the rest of the industry will follow. Don't believe us? Then look at the 64-bit processor, fingerprint scanners and earphone jacks (or the lack thereof). So, a few weeks after the iPhone 8/X event, here are a few features we'd bet on coming to rival phones... Advanced facial recognition Android may have done facial recognition back in 2011 or so, but it was very easy to spoof with even a photograph. We've seen Samsung introduce a similar feature as well, but it's not much better. Apple's solution, which uses...