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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Yes, iTunes is coming to Windows Store

    Microsoft's Windows 10 S is a rather interesting take on the platform, essentially being an entry-level Windows 10 variant. The biggest problem however, is the fact that Windows 10 S only allows apps from the Windows Store. That immediately got us thinking about legacy apps that Microsoft needed on the Windows Store. And iTunes was one of the first examples we could think of, being essential for iPhone owners and multimedia consumers. Now, Microsoft has announced that Apple's program is indeed coming to the Windows Store by the end of the year. iTunes is coming to the Windows Store, being one of the first...