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All posts tagged "Apple"

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 6 smartphone trends that need to be stopped right now

    Smartphones have evolved at an amazing pace, going from single-core Symbian devices with 2MP cameras to today's octacore, dual-camera-toting superphones. Despite this rapid evolution, we also see a few trends that really don't need to happen. We look at a few that just need to stop. Removing the headphone jack Okay, look... we get it. You prefer Bluetooth anyway. Or maybe you don't mind the switch to Lighting/USB Type-C wired accessories. Whatever the case may be, you can still use Bluetooth or USB Type-C/Lightning headphones if your phone has a 3.5mm jack. They are not mutually exclusive. Firms claim that it's one less...

  • 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...