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Apple launches iPhone 5 battery replacement program

Published by on Sep 1st, 2014, 2 Comments

iphone5The bane of any smartphone user’s existence must surely be the ever constant need to charge your device. In the world of power hungry smartphones there exists no place for faulty batteries which decreases your already limited amount of battery life. Unfortunately these mistakes do happen and have happened to a small amount of unlucky iPhone 5 owners. Apple have launched a program which will replace certain faulty batteries in the iPhone 5 free of charge, their statement reads:

“Apple has determined that a very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently. The affected iPhone 5 devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and fall within a limited serial number range. If your iPhone 5 is experiencing these symptoms and meets the eligibility requirements noted below, Apple will replace your iPhone 5 battery, free of charge.”

Here is what you have to do. (more…)

China Telecom accidentally leaks iPhone 6 image on Weibo

Published by on Aug 26th, 2014, 5 Comments

iPhone 6 leak Weibo

Well isn’t this a fortunate accident. According to various Chinese reports, China Telecom has accidentally leaked an official looking image of the iPhone 6 on Weibo – China’s version of Twitter.

The image is the first of the supposed official iPhone 6 images. And while there is (naturally) still speculation concerning the image, it is the most official looking picture we’ve ever seen.

Adding fuel to the flame that it is, in fact, an official image, is the fact the China Telecom subsequently deleted the post. Obviously, they realized their mistake, and tried to cover it up.

However, as we all know, once you put something up on the internet, someone will always find a way to save it.  (more…)

Report: Apple plans reversible USB cable for iPhone 6

Published by on Aug 19th, 2014, 5 Comments

Reversible USB port

We all know that USB plugs can be annoying. There is only one ‘right side up’ and more often than not, we get frustrated by first having to figure our which side up is the right side, before you can plug your device into a USB port.

Apple is reportedly looking to eradicate this frustration, by making their Lightning cable for the iPhone 6 reversible.

This means that the cable will be able to plug into any USB port form any orientation – thus eliminating the struggle of having to figure out which side is ‘up’.  (more…)

TMZ releases photos of alleged ‘smuggled’ iPhone 6

Published by on Aug 18th, 2014, 2 Comments

TMZ iphone 6

It seems that everyday there is a new iPhone 6 rumour or supposed leaked image. That is because there is. And now, even celebrity gossip website, TMZ, has jumped on the iPhone 6 rumour train.

Yes, the hype around the upcoming iPhone 6 is so big that TMZ – famed for exposing celebrities’ dirty secrets – has released images of a alleged ‘smuggled’ iPhone 6.

The website reports that the phone was “smuggled out of a Foxconn factory in China” and photographed by a friend of an ex-Foxconn employee. While most people know that iPhones are manufactured at Foxconn in China, this unfortunately doesn’t mean this photo is legitimate.

The phone in the photos looks quite similar to other leaks we have seen over the last couple of weeks. The phone has a bigger body, bigger screen and more rounded edges.  (more…)

More leaked photos of iPhone 6 shows alleged phone in its packaging

Published by on Aug 12th, 2014, No Comments

iPhone 6?

With the iPhone 6 allegedly being released on September 9 at Apple’s reported “big media event”, speculation and rumours have definitely gone up a gear as the anticipation just becomes too much for some to bear.

And while rumours are just that – hearsay – it’s the hard evidence (read: photos) that really grabs our attention. This is why we thought this latest bout of ‘leaked’ iPhone 6 images are something to write home about. It also features the alleged phone in a way we haven’t seen before; in it’s retail packaging.

Posted by Tech Radar yesterday, the images show the alleged iPhone 6 in it’s Apple retail box. The box, which looks exactly like iPhone boxes from years past, distinctly says ‘iPhone 6’ on the side.

According to Tech Radar, their source attributes the photos to an Apple beta tester, but has given no more information than that. (more…)

Report: Apple to hold media event on September 9th

Published by on Aug 6th, 2014, 1 Comment

Tim Cook iPhone

Finally, we have a (possible) date for the much anticipated iPhone 6 launch event – that is if these reports are to be believed.

According to various news sources, Apple has scheduled a “big media event” for September 9th and, by looking at all their previous September media events, this might be the day that we finally get introduced to the new iPhone 6.

The possible event was first reported by Re/code and quickly followed up with reports by Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal. Now, as we know, these sources are usually on the ball when it comes to rumours.

However, nothing is set in stone unless Apple officially confirms – which, as you may have guessed, they haven’t.  (more…)

It’s Siri vs Cortana in new Windows Phone 8.1 ad

Published by on Jul 31st, 2014, 2 Comments

Siri vs Cortana

It seems Microsoft has taken a cue from Samsung and went with the ‘comparison angle’ for their latest Windows Phone 8.1 commercial.

This time around, however, the ad focuses on Cortana, the Windows Phone version of Apple’s Siri – and they’re out to prove that Cortana is much smarter (and perhaps friendlier) than Siri.

This is one of the first advertisements for the Windows Phone 8.1, so we’re not entirely sure if the tired ‘let’s compare our product against another’ theme is appropriate.

In the ad – which pits a Lumia 635 against an iPhone 5S – Cortana completes requests and handles an array of different tasks that Siri seemingly can’t. (more…)

You can now pre-order a 24-karat gold iPhone 6

Published by on Jul 30th, 2014, No Comments

Brikk iPhone 6

No date has even been set for the iPhone 6 launch and Apple hasn’t said a word, but, you can now pre-order a solid gold iPhone 6 – if you have the cash to burn.

Los Angeles-based luxury retailer, Brikk, has announced on their website that they are now taking pre-orders for either gold or platinum plated iPhone 6 models.

Those who seek more than functionality when it comes to their smartphone, can order a 24-karat yellow or pink gold iPhone 6 or, if you don’t want to be as flashy but still ensure top luxury, you can also order a pure platinum iPhone.

Then there is the ultimate in luxury plated iPhones – and one we’re sure Paris Hilton will like to get her hands on – the diamond encrusted, 24-karat gold iPhone 6.

Along with the solid gold plating, you can also request Brikk to have the Apple logo of your iPhone encrusted in 1.068 carats worth of sparkly diamonds. This gold plated, diamond encrusted iPhone 6 will set you back a mere $8,400 (or R89,139,12 – but who’s counting?) (more…)

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