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iOS 8 is here!

Published by on Sep 18th, 2014, 4 Comments

ios8With the yearly launch of Apple’s latest smartphone we also get an update of the operating system iOS. This year Apple introduces iOS 8 and according to them it is “the biggest iOS release ever — for developers and everyone else”. Many would argue that the release of iOS 7 last year was the biggest change since the original, but iOS 8 does seem to bring a lot of features to the table. iOS 8 is officially available from today, although you might run into some errors as the most people will be rushing to be the first in line.

The iOS 8 update will be available for iPhone 4S and up, iPad 2 and up as well as 5th generation iTouch. Let’s see what Apple has in store with the new iOS 8…

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iPhone 6’s NFC is a one trick pony, for now

Published by on Sep 17th, 2014, No Comments

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As is usual with Apple, the NFC on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will initially not be opened up to developers.

Many people were hoping that we would see some interesting uses for the new addition to the iPhone, but that seems to be impossible, at least for the time being. (more…)

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus breaks pre-order record

Published by on Sep 16th, 2014, No Comments

iphone6So the iPhone 6 and 6 plus is literally “bigger” and better than before and its on its way to iStore in about 3 weeks. Apple finally caught up to the rest of the smartphone world when they announced that the iPhone 6 will be available in 2 sizes, a 4.7inch and 5.5 inch phablet. Over the past weekend the new iPhone went up for pre-order in most countries around the world and it seems as though the allure of the iPhone has not faded just yet. (more…)

New Samsung ads mock Apple’s new iPhone, watch and event

Published by on Sep 11th, 2014, 1 Comment

New Samsung ad

Less than 48-hours after Apple introduced the world to the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung has released a series of ads that, once again, mocks the competition.

Staying true to their advertising form, Samsung’s new ads unashamedly bashes almost everything that happened at Apple’s event on Tuesday. From the new iPhones to the watch and even the event itself – Samsung shows no signs of diverting from their mocking advertising formula.

The ads, which were released as a playlist entitled ‘It Doesn’t Take a Genius’ on YouTube yesterday, feature two guys in blue shirts – seemingly portraying Apple Store employees. It also has an accompanying hashtag; #NoteTheDifference.

The two guys are shown discussing Apple’s new devices as well as the keynote address.  (more…)

Apple’s iPhone design history

Published by on Sep 11th, 2014, 1 Comment

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With hype starting to die down after the Apple Live launch event on Tuesday, we have all had some time to digest what has been announced and what it means to the market.

The highly anticipated iPhone 6 has been launched and Apple have finally embraced the worldwide trend of ever bigger smartphones. That got me thinking: “How far has the iPhone come since the original?”

Let us start with the first of its kind, the original iPhone. (more…)

Apple Pay – All you need to know

Published by on Sep 10th, 2014, No Comments

Apple Pay

Apple really hit it out of the park with their event last night. Along with finally announcing the much anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as the swoon-worthy Apple Watch, the company also announced an all new service that will allow for mobile payments called Apple Pay.

Apple Pay is a mobile payment platform, that will in essence, allow you to make payments straight from your iPhone through the Apple Pay service.

The main goal with Apple Pay, as Tim Cook announced last night, is to make credit and debit card payments more secure – and of course easier and more efficient.

Cook started by saying that their goal is to eliminate the ‘fairly antiquated’ process of paying by card. He emphasized the fact that current credit or debit card payments are not as secure as we think. Magnetic strip cards are outdated and highly susceptible to fraud. While most of us have a chip card nowadays, these are also not as secure as they should be.

That is why the safest, most secure and most streamlined way of paying is mobile payments. As Cook said, with the current way of paying with physical credit cards, we are “totally reliant on exposed numbers”.

Apple Pay incorporates NFC technology to make the payments more secure. But besides the inner workings of Apple Pay, how it works (in layman’s terms to you and me) is quite simple.  (more…)

Larger iPhone 6 model to have iPad-like qualities?

Published by on Sep 9th, 2014, No Comments

iphone landscapeSo we are literally counting down the hours until the big Apple event today. And true to form there seems to be speculation around the proposed devices until the very end. Since the idea came about to create larger smartphone and phablet devices many of the companies simply increased the screen size and left it there. Only a select few took advantage of the increased size to add a level of additional usability. Apple and Samsung both received a lot of praise for their tablet lineups (iPad and Galaxy Note) but it looks like Apple might just take a step further… (more…)

Watch the 9 September Apple event live!

Published by on Sep 5th, 2014, No Comments

Apple-event2Tech sites, iFans and even a few curious Andriod die hards are eagerly awaiting Apple’s latest product release event next week Tuesday (9 September). Whether you are waiting to see whether Apple delivers fantastic products or to scoff at another disappointing launch you cannot deny the interest around the event.

Building on the hype Apple has decided to stream the whole event live on their website. The web page currently features a clock ticking down to next week’s event where Apple will reportedly introduce the new iPhone 6 (two models) as well as the long awaited iWatch. But there may be more… (more…)

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