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All posts tagged "Apple"

  • Digicape now offers iPhone battery replacements in SA too

    Earlier this week, news broke that the iStore chain of  retailers would be offering battery replacements to affected iPhone owners, falling in line with Apple's own battery replacement programme. The programme came after it emerged that Apple was stealthily throttling older iPhones with depleted batteries, eliciting scorn from Apple users around the world. Now, Digicape has joined the iStore in offering battery replacements at a reduced price in South Africa, coming in at R430 too. "If you suspect that the battery of your iPhone SE, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7 or 7 Plus may need to be replaced, bring your device in...

  • Now Xiaomi has copied Apple’s gestures

    Xiaomi gained a reputation in its early years as a company that heavily copied Apple, from hardware design and product names to the look of its MIUI Android skin. The company has come a long way since then, revealing innovative wares like the Mi Mix range. But the most recent addition to the MIUI skin is a blatant copy of Apple's iPhone X gestures. Called Full Display Gestures and coming to the MIUI 9 beta, it offers virtually identical gestures to the OLED iPhone. "In the newly introduced full display gestures, if you want to go back to the Home screen, you...

  • Watch these 5 smartphone brands in 2018

    2017 was a year for tall screens and itsy bitsy borders, delivering high-end smartphones with a distinctive look compared to years prior. Apple, Samsung, LG and others got on this bandwagon, offering a host of other features as well. But what could we expect from these players next year? We look at a few mobile brands you should be watching in 2018. Apple Let's start with the juggernaut. The company enjoyed both a tick and a tock year, offering the otherwise safe iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (review) devices. But it was the iPhone X that really stood out, serving up that...

  • Apple cracks down on lootboxes, devs now have to disclose details

    Lootboxes have become one of the most contentious issues in the gaming industry in recent times, as everything from PC and console titles to smartphone games offer the feature. Whether it's an endless running game or a blockbuster action title, "randomised" item drops have become a key fixture in games. And developers have allowed users to actually buy these item drops too, making for a key avenue of cash. Now, Apple has decided to step up to the plate, Polygon reports, issuing a new set of guidelines for App Store developers that implement lootboxes. "Apps offering 'loot boxes' or other mechanisms that...

  • Yes, Apple is basically throttling older iPhones (but here’s why)

    The iPhone has hit the headlines for some interesting reasons this week after a reddit thread and testing by respected developer Primate Labs. Primate Labs, the developer of the GeekBench benchmark tool, as well as redditors, pointed out that iPhones with degraded batteries saw throttled performance. In fact, the reddit thread saw the user run a Geekbench test, replace their old battery with a new one, and then re-running the test. "I did a Geekbench score, and found I was getting 1466 Single (core) and 2512 Multi (core). This did not change whether I had low power mode on or off. After changing my...

  • 5 good 2017 smartphones that just missed out on greatness

    We've already looked at a few smartphones that you should certainly avoid, but what about solid or good smartphones that just miss out on greatness? Whether it's a significant flaw or a few missteps in an otherwise solid package, here are a few good smartphones that don't quite reach giddy heights. LG G6 I really enjoyed using the LG G6, representing a return to form of sorts for the company. The improved wide-angle camera, water-resistant design and tall screen all came together to make a lovely package. The phone felt rather durable too, while endurance was solid enough for a full day of...

  • Apple HomePod release date slips to ‘early 2018’

    The HomePod was one of the biggest Apple announcements of the year, as the Cupertino company joined Google and Amazon in developing a smart speaker. Apple sought to differentiate the HomePod by positioning it as a premium sound system -- hence a steep US$349 price tag. But you're also getting Siri integration, the ability to daisy chain HomePods and the ability to analyse your room to create the best audio experience. The company was originally targeting a December 2017 launch date. Now, Apple has issued a statement to US media, revealing an "early 2018" release date instead. "We can't wait for people to...

  • 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...

  • Apple’s Face ID ‘thwarted’ with mask by researchers

    At September's iPhone event, Apple went to great lengths to claim that its Face ID feature was a secure authentication method. In fact, the company said the facial recognition system could distinguish between human faces and masks. Now, Vietnamese security firm BKav has apparently cracked the authentication system, using a mask to do so. The firm's researchers created a 3D printed base then fleshed it out from here. "We used a popular 3D printer. (The) Nose was made by a handmade artist (sic). We use 2D printing for other parts (similar to how we tricked face recognition nine years ago). The skin was also...

  • Apple working on AR headset for 2020 – report

    Augmented reality (AR) is on everyone's lips this year, as the technology experiences a resurgence of sorts. Now, a new report claims Apple is working on an AR headset of its own. Bloomberg, citing "people familiar with the situation", says Apple is hoping to have the tech ready by 2019, with a view to shipping a full-fledged product in 2020. It's claimed that the new headset would have its own display (presumably akin to Google Glass) and run on a new chipset and operating system. The latter is apparently called "rOS" for now, or "reality operating system", being based on iOS. Apple's...