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  • Apple quietly introduces new 9.7-inch iPad

    In what could be a sign of its shifting priorities, Apple has stealthily announced an updated version of its 9.7-inch iPad. The company quietly revealed the new tablet on its website this week, being available in selected markets from Friday 24 March. Expect to pay US$329 for the 32GB WiFi-only model and US$459 for the 32GB WiFi and cellular variant. Want the 128GB model? It'll set you back US$429 for the WiFi-only model and US$559 for the cellular version. As for upgrades, the new iPad packs 2016's A9 processor, originally found in the iPhone 6s and the iPhone SE. So those expecting...

  • Apple to retain Lightning port on 2017 iPhones?

    A new report has refuted claims that Apple will be ditching the Lightning connector in favour of a USB Type-C port. Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal, citing "people familiar with the matter", reported that the Apple would use the Android and Macbook standard on its smartphone. "They said Apple would introduce other updates including a USB-C port for the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of the company's original Lightning connector," the publication was quoted as saying. At the time, we wondered whether this could mean an actual Type-C port on a new iPhone or on the power cable...

  • iPhone to drop Lightning in favour of USB Type-C – report

    A new report claims that Apple is expected to drop the Lightning connector on the iPhone in favour of USB Type-C connectivity. According to the Wall Street Journal (pay wall), citing "people familiar with the matter", the company intends to go with the standard used by Android phones and its Macbook line of computers. "They said Apple would introduce other updates including a USB-C port for the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of the company's original Lightning connector," read an excerpt. "The models would also do away with a physical home button, they said. Those updates would give the iPhone features...

  • 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...

  • Huawei who? Apple what? Oppo tops China shipments in 2016

    It wasn't that long ago that Apple, Huawei and Xiaomi were duking it out for the number one spot in China. But the latest figures show that Oppo has surged to the top. The mobile brand has always had a strong presence in its home market, but the IDC's statistics for Q4 2016 show that it claimed 18.1% of the market. This translates to 24.5 million devices shipped. In fact, the IDC claims that this represents year-on-year growth of 109.2% for Oppo. Meanwhile, Huawei claims second place, with 16.9% marketshare -- equivalent to 22.9 million devices shipped. And in third place? Another local...

  • 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...

  • MWC 2017: the smartphones to expect?

    We're just under a month away from this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC), being the world's biggest smartphone exhibition. Whether it's the biggest brands around or upstart manufacturers, the expo usually brings a ton of intriguing devices. Last year saw the likes of LG, Samsung, Sony and Xiaomi all launch high-end smartphones, but what does this year bring? Here's what you should expect at MWC 2017. Apple If there's one brand guaranteed to be missing at MWC, it's the Cupertino company, with the firm launching devices at dedicated events instead. The company generally launches its iPhones later in the year too, with the...

  • New Macbook Pro: thumbs up for Consumer Reports

    Apple's new Macbook Pro has finally received a thumbs up from Consumer Reports, after the tech firm issued a software update for the laptops. The consumer organisation initially tested the Macbooks in December, giving it a thumbs down for wildly variable battery life. One of the more inconsistent results occurred when testing the 13-inch model without the Touch Bar. Consumer Reports found that the model would run for 19.5 hours in one test and then run for 4.5 hours in the next test. The group shared the results and data with Apple, with the tech firm identifying a bug and crafting a fix. The new Macbook Pro...

  • Apple fixes dodgy battery bug in new Macbook Pro

    Apple has issued a software fix for its newest Macbook Pro laptops, coming just weeks after Consumer Reports failed to recommend the new computers. In December, the consumer organisation ran the new Macbooks through a series of tests to determine their battery life, revealing highly variable results. "For instance, in a series of three consecutive tests, the 13-inch model with the Touch Bar ran for 16 hours in the first trial, 12.75 hours in the second, and just 3.75 hours in the third. The 13-inch model without the Touch Bar worked for 19.5 hours in one trial but only 4.5 hours in...

  • 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...