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All posts tagged "iPhone"

  • iPhone 8 rumour roundup: to Lightning or not to Lightning?

    The iPhone 7 range has barely been on the market for three months (at the time of writing), being well-received by critics for the most part. Still, there are always murmurings and leaks about the next iPhone -- even when the current one has just been pushed out of Apple's doors. So it's for this reason that we saw it fit to publish an iPhone 8 or iPhone 7S rumour roundup, gathering some of the more notable rumours and reports in one convenient location. We'll only really know what to expect when the phones are actually launched, but die-hard fans starved for...

  • 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...

  • Where are the Android apps for dual camera smartphones? [Column]

    Dual-camera Android smartphones have been out in some form or another since 2014. The Huawei Honor 6 Plus and HTC One M8 offered dual-camera functionality back then, although the latter used a "depth sensor" instead of a dedicated second camera, to be fair. In any event, we've seen half a dozen dual-camera Android smartphones being released in 2016, from Xiaomi and Huawei to LG. Heck, even the newer Chinese manufacturers are hopping on the bandwagon. In other words, Apple was definitely a few months late to the party at best, bringing the dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus in September 2016. So imagine my...

  • iOS 10.1: Portrait Mode now available for iPhone 7 Plus

    After a short beta period, Apple has finally pushed out iOS 10.1 to all, bringing minor fixes like improved transit directions and a signal fix for some networks. However, the biggest feature is Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 Plus, a Huawei P9-like feature that creates pleasant depth-of-field effects for portrait snaps. The mode uses a combination of dual cameras, machine learning and more to get the best results. And much like Huawei's efforts, the photos are rather pleasant, although it's occasionally prone to blurry edges as well. Still, even if the feature is late for the iPhone 7 Plus launch, it's good to see...

  • Should you buy an iPhone 7? Our handy flow chart might help

    It's D-Day for the iPhone 7, as South Africa gets in on the Apple action as well. But before you go out to buy one, you might want to use our slapped-together flow chart to guide your decision-making process. As for the technical stuff, the iPhone 7 features a powerful A10 quad-core processor and the same screen resolution as previous models (albeit with a wider colour gamut). Should you buy the iPhone 7? Have a look at our flow chart below for help In the camera department, you've got a 12MP f/1.8 shooter on both models. However, the Plus model has joined the...

  • Apple iPhone 7 SA launch date, price set

    Update: For a look at prepaid pricing in South Africa have a look at our price roundup here. The iStore has announced that it will be launching the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in South Africa on 14 October. As for a price, the chain revealed that pricing will start at R12 999 for the 32GB iPhone 7, R14 999 for the 128GB model and R16 999 for the 256GB variant. Prefer the Plus-sized iPhone? Then you'll be spending R15 499 for the 32GB model, R17 499 for the 128GB variant and R19 499 for the 256GB option. The store chain will also...

  • What’s the iPhone 7 Plus portrait mode like? Check these Instagram shots

    Apple has pushed out the iOS 10.1 public beta to those enrolled in the programme, delivering the much-hyped Portrait Mode to iPhone 7 Plus users. The mode, which resembles Huawei's aperture adjustment mode on the P9, allows users to take photos with a pleasant depth-of-field effect. However, Apple's execution differs in that it's been marketed as a tool for taking portraits. In fact, the company claimed that it uses machine learning, facial recognition and depth maps to accurately generate the effect. So what are the results like then? Well, Instagram is showing some great photos, with well-defined edges for the most part (the...

  • Is the iPhone 7 Plus camera any good? Photographer gives breakdown

    The iPhone 7 Plus sees Apple follow rival manufacturers with a dual camera setup, offering a traditional 12MP shooter and a 12MP telephoto camera. But does the phone deliver in the camera department as a result? Well, photographer Austin Mann took the smartphone to Rwanda and put the device to work. What did he think of it? For starters, Mann said alternating between the two cameras was "a blast" and changed the way he takes photos with the iPhone. The 2x zoom on the iPhone 7 Plus works in every mode "It works exactly as I hoped. It is super quick to switch between...