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All posts tagged "Apple"

  • Huawei’s quickly closing the global phone sales gap to Samsung

    Huawei, Xiaomi and Oppo -- the big three Chinese smartphone makers -- just can't stop selling devices. This according to global sales data from Gartner. The research firm, in its Q3 2018 smartphone sales report, revealed that the trio helped push global smartphone sales to beyond 389-million units. While Samsung remained the world's biggest smartphone seller, pushing 73.3-million units in the quarter, its overall market share fell by 3.4% year-on-year. Huawei saw substantial growth, from owning 9.5% of the global market share in Q3 2017 to 13.4% in Q2 2018. It sold more than 15-million more units during this period than last. "The...

  • Wireless-charging Airpods, charging case rumoured for 2019

    According to a report by 9to5Mac, Apple is set to release an updated version of its AirPods in 2019. Speaking to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who often gives insight on Apple products, the website reports that the new AirPods will feature wireless charging and an updated AirPods case. Kuo also believes that the AirPods will be charged via the case, and that Apple may sell the case separately for those who don’t want to buy the new earphones. Other features, such as design or integrated apps, are still unknown. However, Kuo believes that the AirPods will include Bluetooth-related updates. Feature image: screenshot via Apple

  • Apple reveals iPad Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini at October event

    Apple hosted its October event this week at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the US, revealing a range of new devices. As expected, this included the new iPad Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini. The iPad Pro According to Apple “the only thing that hasn’t changed is the name” with the all new iPad Pro. With a 5mm width and no home button, the device is slim and almost frameless, featuring Liquid Retina technology that gives it a more enhanced, accurate and natural colour display. “And thanks to the lowest reflectivity in the industry, the display is clear and readable wherever you take...

  • Apple iOS 12.1 update brings Group FaceTime, other features

    Apple’s iOS 12.1 update is finally available for iPhone and iPad users all around the world and it brings with it long awaited features. One of these includes Group FaceTime. “Now with Group FaceTime, it’s easy to chat with more people than ever before — from 2 to 32 people,” the company revealed on its website. Though 32 people might seem like a crowd, Apple also added a few additional updates to FaceTime to make things a bit more understandable. “FaceTime uses on-device intelligence to display the most prominent speakers on the call, automatically highlighting the current speaker by bringing them to the...

  • Pre-Apple event rumours suggest big iPad Pro redesign

    With Apple’s launch event just around the corner, there are rumours abound regarding the products set to launch. The iPad Pro is one such device, and according to a report by 9to5Mac, the device will exclude its once iconic home button. The rumour is based on the iOS 12.1 iPad icon which “shows an iPad with rounded corners, no Home button and no notch”. “Another interesting detail is that the sleep/wake button is still at the top, while new iPhone models feature a side button that’s used to invoke Siri, take screenshots and shut down the device with button combinations,” the publication...

  • The cheapest new iPhone will cost R15999

    The new iPhone XR might be the cheapest of Apple's 2018's smartphone lineup, but it will still retail for R15 999 in South Africa. iStore today announced the new pricing and availability information of the device, which features a 6.1 inch LCD display, Apple's A12 Bionic chipset, and a single 12MP rear camera. Those who want to purchase the phone cash, will need to fork out around R3000 less for this particular model when compared to the iPhone XS. The iPhone XR is also cheaper than the R18 999 Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in South Africa, but comes in a few hundred...

  • The 256GB iPhone XS Max is Apple’s hottest new seller

    According to new information from everyone's favourite Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the 6.5 inch iPhone XS Max is Apple's most popular new smartphone. And by some margin at that. In a research note obtained by MacRumors, Kuo highlighted that the "demand for XS Max is better than expected". How much better? Three-to-four times that of the much smaller 5.8 inch iPhone XS. "The gold and space-grey colors are significantly more popular than the silver. 256GB is the most popular, and 512GB is subject to a serious shortage because only Samsung can currently ship NAND Flash well," he continued. Samsung, interestingly, also uses its...

  • Here’s how much Apple’s new iPhone range will cost in South Africa

    If you're looking to upgrade your iPhone in South Africa, you're going to need at least R21 999 to purchase a new XS. The iPhone XS and XS Max were revealed to the world earlier this month, and while we had a firm grasp on US pricing, the iStore today announced pricing for South Africa. The two models will arrive with three storage variations: 64GB, 256GB and 512GB. While users can pay off their devices over 37 months through the iStore's payment plan, it's the cash pricing that piqued our interest. The cheapest iPhone in the lineup -- the iPhone XS 64GB --...

  • Apple Watch Series 4 will start at R7999 in South Africa

    The Apple Watch Series 4 will be available for preorder in South Africa from 21 September, the iStore confirmed today. The Apple reseller announced that two face sizes -- 40mm and 44mm -- will also be sold. Additionally, two versions of the watch will also retail in South Africa: the standard Apple Watch Series 4 GPS, and the Nike+ Series 4 GPS. While the former will be available to purchase from 28 September, the latter will be sold from 5 October 2018. "Pre-ordering online on 21 September 2018 gives customers the benefit of reserving their purchase without having to queue and the...

  • 5 big features now available on Apple’s iOS 12

    After the launch of Apple’s iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max last week, the company has this week released the latest version of iOS. iOS 12 is now available for models as old as the iPhone 5S and iPad Mini 2. Apple calls it “the world's most advanced mobile operating system”, and it includes a number of notable updates for many of its apps and features. Here are five of the standouts. More creative camera options With this update, your iPhone will feature a bunch of stickers and filters in the built-in camera, along with Animoji and text effects. In fact, there...