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Apple Pay launching on Monday, October 20

Published by on Oct 17th, 2014, No Comments

Apple Pay

Last night’s Apple event might not have been as exciting as their September event, but the company still introduced us to a new line of iPads and a beautiful, 5K display iMac.

They also announced the launch date of the highly anticipated Apple Pay payment system, which is set to revolutionize the way we pay for products and services.

Tim Cook & Co. announced that Apple Pay will launch on Monday, October 20th on conjunction with the roll out of iOS 8.1.

iOS 8.1 may even been more anticipated than Apple Pay after the software update was plagued with numerous bugs in its first update. iOS 8.1, however will bring the Apple Pay service to certain devices with the update.

Along with announcing the launch date of the service, the company also announced they have successfully signed up an additional 500 banks which will support Apple Pay – a further testament to the service’s unique lure.  (more…)

Up to R5000 cashback when you trade-in at iStore

Published by on Oct 16th, 2014, 1 Comment

istoreSo we are edging closer to October 24th and the official unveiling of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in South Africa. I am sure fans from across the country are going to have their tempers and patience tested trying to get their hands on Apple’s latest smartphone. With the variety of different shops you can visit to either upgrade or purchase a new iPhone, which one is the best? Well, the South African iStore may have a very enticing offer. (more…)

China poised to surpass the US as Apple’s largest iPhone market

Published by on Oct 15th, 2014, No Comments

apple-china_think-differentLove them or hate them it seems as though Apple is making inroads into one of the largest smartphone markets in the world. The new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has the technological media and consumers polarised, on the one hand this will probably be the most successful iPhone in history and on the other end the device is plagued by issues like “bendgate”. But as with any potentially successful product, the proof is in the pudding, or the sales figures for that matter. The Cupertino company has always had a firm footing in the US, but now it seems as though they might just take the largest market of them all. (more…)

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus SA launch date confirmed

Published by on Oct 14th, 2014, No Comments

iPhone-6

Finally, we have confirmation from Apple about their plans for further roll out of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. On Monday, 13 October Apple announced a further 36 countries that will be receiving the latest blockbuster from Apple, with South Africa one of them. (more…)

iPhone 6 prototype fetches more than $100 000 on eBay

Published by on Oct 7th, 2014, No Comments

iPhone 6 Prototype

If you are into technology at all, then you’ll surely know that prototypes of new smartphones are like the Holy Grail of devices. The are also extremely hard – in fact nearly impossible – to come by.

This is exactly why an alleged prototype version of the iPhone 6 has fetched more than $100 000 (yes, that’s 5 zeros) on eBay.

A seller from Beverly Hills has put up a 64GB iPhone 6 prototype device on the popular auction website – obviously in the hopes of making a pretty penny off this prized possession. However, we’re sure that he never imagined the device would fetch that much.

The seller claims that Verizon shipped him the device by accident when he upgraded his contract. And to prove that it is the real deal, he included several photos of the device, switched on, which clearly shows that it is not a standard iPhone 6.

As one can see form the photos, the device is not running iOS 8. Instead, according to the seller, it’s running software called ‘SwitchBoard’ – an internal testing app, that is supposedly only meant for Apple to have access to.  (more…)

Kids are purposefully bending iPhones in Apple stores

Published by on Sep 30th, 2014, 7 Comments

Bending iPhone 6 Plus

Just as you may have thought that Apple’s ‘Bendgate’ saga is finally dying down, it actually takes a turn for the worse. A very idiotic turn, that is.

‘Bendgate’ has been hanging over Apple’s head like a dark, dreary cloud this past week. With numerous reports by users claiming that their iPhone 6 Plus bends when in their pockets, the internet blew up with these latest claims.

While there may only be a handful of iPhone 6 Plus users whose phones actually bent, naturally, people will take matters into their own hands. And when it’s a ‘scandal’ that burdens one of the biggest companies in the world, people tend to take things a little too far.

Numerous videos have popped up online of people intentionally bending iPhones in an effort to establish whether or not it will bend if it is in your pocket. The problem is, that these tests are intentional. It’s not a true representative of everyday wear and tear.

Apple also took notice of the hundreds of videos aiming to prove that the iPhone 6 Plus is bendable. So much so that they let the media into their rigorous iPhone testing lab to see what the iPhone goes through, testing-wise, before it is shipped and sold.

But, as is the case with all things internet related (and especially those that go viral) there will be some idiot out there that pushes the envelope in the wrong direction. (more…)

Apple’s intense iPhone testing centre revealed in light of ‘Bendgate’

Published by on Sep 29th, 2014, No Comments

iPhone testing

With every new phone released there is a whole lot of praise, but it is almost always accompanied by a whole lot of scandal. And for Apple and their new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the past week was rather rough when it comes to scandal.

Besides the fact that iOS 8 and it’s first update, 8.0.1, caused some serious problems for certain users, Apple had to deal with yet another scandal that rocked the pristine world in Apple-land – the so-called ‘Bendgate’ scandal.

If you have been following any tyoe of tech news as of late, you would of most certainly have heard of Bendgate – the alleged report that some iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices bends when in users’ pockets. Naturally, this is not  good look for Apple.

A mere 20 days after the iPhone 6 and it’s bigger brother the 6 Plus was released, people began reporting that the phone literally bends in their pockets. How much of this is true (or how many devices it has affected) is still unknown, but enough people made a hoo-ha about the bending scandal for it to attract a lot of media attention. And it also caught the attention of Apple.

In light of ‘Bendgate’ Apple did something that they rarely do. They let a reported from The Verge into their enclosed iPhone testing centre, to show us just how much new iPhones have to endure before they can be labeled consumer ready. (more…)

iOS 8.0.2 released to fix 8.0.1 disaster

Published by on Sep 26th, 2014, 4 Comments

iOS 8

iOS 8 users, rejoice! Apple has released an update to the disastrous iOS 8.0.1 and it seems that all is good and well again in iOS land.

After the dreadful roll out of iOS 8.0.1 on Wednesday – the first update to Apple’s new iOS 8 – Apple really had to scram to fix numerous bugs that severely upset iOS 8 users, especially those with either the new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

Complaints of debilitating bugs associated with the iOS 8.0.1 update started surfacing on Twitter and Facebook almost as soon as the update was released. In mere minutes, thousands of iOS users were crying out to Apple about the bugs that effectively rendered their phones unusable.

Reports claimed that the bugs associated with the iOS 8.0.1 update caused users to lose all cellphone signal and also affected the TouchID – making it completely unusable.

However, these complaints did definitely not fall on deaf ears, as Apple removed the 8.0.1 update a mere hour after it was released from the Developer Centre. The company also hurried to disable the over the air download of the update.  (more…)

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