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Apple’s news and video subscription services: What we know so far

Apple's scheduled an event for 25 March, and at it we're expecting to see the company unveil both a subscription news service, Apple News, and a TV streaming service (name still to be confirmed/leaked). Rumours of the new subscription services have been dropping like case-free smartphones, along with others that suggest we probably won't see the highly-anticipated next-gen AirPods or the rumour...[Read More]

Apple looking at altering how iPhone prices are set internationally

Every year we get a new iPhone. Well, every year Apple releases a new iPhone. You can get it, if you want or if budget allows. But every year we also get a price increase for said iPhone, a phenomenon that prompted Apple to start releasing explicitly cheaper editions of their mobile phone. But, if Apple’s Tim Cook is to be believed, we could experience something strange soon. The price of an...[Read More]

Apple could have four new iPads and a 7th-gen iPod Touch headed our way soon

It’s only been a few short months since Apple’s last iPad announcement, and even shorter since they were launched here in SA, but we may be in for another iPad reveal soon. One consisting of four new iPads (well, possibly just one or two variants) and even a new, 7th-generation iPod Touch. The folks over at MacRumours first reported on the handful of iOS 12.2 beta references revealing ...[Read More]

Apple disables group FaceTime (for now) over bug that lets callers eavesdrop – even if you don’t answer

A bug was discovered in Apple's FaceTime services yesterday evening and news of its existence has rocketed around the world. The bug allows members of a group FaceTime call to eavesdrop on what's happening with other users -- before those users have answered or even if they've declined the call. The bug is so easy to replicate for users of iOS 12.1 that Apple has taken group FaceTime offline for n...[Read More]

Upcoming Apple iPhone could know when you want to take a selfie

We’re still on the fence about the reasoning behind tech leaks. Do companies purposefully leak information to create buzz, or are there just genuinely scaly people working for these companies? Either way — we’ve got new inside information about this year’s Apple iPhones. According to reports on AppleInsider, Apple quietly filed a patent detailing how new iPhones will be able to tell that you...[Read More]

Apple wound up replacing 11 million iPhone batteries in 2018

Apple recently announced that it was expecting revenues to take a hit, as a result of several factors. Economic slowdown and increased competition from China were blamed but another cause seems to be the company’s discounted battery replacement program. Apple may have been expecting to replace between one and two million batteries for the year but things didn’t work out that way. Accor...[Read More]

Triple the fun? Apple is planning three iPhones this year

Apple thinks it’s found the recipe for Tim Cook’s happiness, and will release three new iPhones to the world in 2019. This year we’ll likely see another ‘budget’ device like the iPhone XR — something many users were looking forward to in 2018 (especially in the harsh South African economy). Apple will also continue the newly acquired tradition of offering multiple sizes at multiple price poi...[Read More]

After a stratospheric 21-year run, gravity has finally caught up with Apple’s share price

Wow. After a charmed 21-year stratospheric run, gravity has finally caught up with Apple’s share price. It has grown steadily since Steve Jobs took over in 1997, and became not only the most valuable listed company in the world, but the first to hit the unprecedented US$1-trillion mark last August. Until last week. In a 1,400-word letter to investors, CEO Tim Cook that Apple was expecting a ...[Read More]

Apple’s reduced revenues are about more than economic slowdown – it’s about the competition

If you’re still in holiday mode, eschewing all forms of tech (and thus reading this late), you may not realise that Apple’s value took a bit of a knock in the last week. The result of the first decline in revenues for the company in sixteen years, the news that Apple was not going to reach its estimated target of $89 to $93 billion for the past quarter wiped $55 billion off the value o...[Read More]

Apple announces best iOS apps of 2018

Apps are a human’s best friend, and we’ve reached the part of the year when everyone decides which apps reign over the others. In Apple World that’s a big ask. iOS has consistently delivered some of the best apps we’ve ever seen. So when Apple throws out an award it’s for what is literally the best of the best. There were some surprises for the mobile iOS games of the year — we w...[Read More]

When to expect the first 5G-enabled devices in South Africa

Before you get too excited, it’s safe to say that 5G is still quite a way off for South Africa. The problem is two fold. First, in order to roll out commercial 5G services mobile network operators need access to the radio frequency spectrum 5G requires. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is responsible for making that happen, but is bogged down in arguments about how ...[Read More]

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