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Poll shows Apple users would prefer a thicker iPhone with more battery power

Published by on Feb 26th, 2015, No Comments

apple_batteryAh battery life, the bane of a smartphone user’s existence. Clearly classified as a first world problem, but can give you grey hairs and increased blood pressure any day of the week. A recent poll of over 3,100 9to5Mac readers indicates that most are not satisfied with current-generation iPhone battery life.

Although the iPhone 6 has come a long way since the almost continuously tethered iPhone 5, it is still miles behind something like the HTC One M8 which can easily last up to two days. (more…)

Opinion: the iPod is now history

Published by on Feb 15th, 2015, 2 Comments

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In the early noughties, the dashing playboy conglomerate Apple launched a revolutionary product. In totality, it was a fairly simple device; a white brick of musical power that brought the tones of divas and the raw power of guitars to the masses. It was called the iPod, and everyone had to have one.

There was a whiff of rebellion in the air; a new challenger to the then-bloodless gadget throne, and the supporters of this rebellion not only clamoured behind their rectangular champion, but adorned themselves with a distinctive mark: the timeless set of white earphones.

Plainly, the iPod has ever – and will never – hit that peak again. Like an older Rocky Balboa, the iPod is the device people love to root for but are quick to forget. Rocky’s son has since entered the ring – in the form of the iPhone – and standing toe-to-toe, the iPod is a dated piece of technology that lacks a purpose and direction in its twilight years.

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Apple may release a 4-inch iPhone again… in 2015

Published by on Dec 5th, 2014, 2 Comments

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Is it just me, or does Apple not completely know what they want to do these days? Before the iPhone 6 was released, their mantra has been for years that “the phone needs to be the perfect size for one-handed use,” which in their eyes meant “4 inches at the most.” Then the iPhone 6 was released amidst a lot of pressure from fans, critics and investors alike saying that the market has moved on to larger screens.

Now we get some rumours that Apple may be back-tracking a bit in terms of the perfect screen size. Was 4-inches the perfect size, which we saw on the iPhone 5? (more…)

Future iPhones to feature drop protection glass

Published by on Dec 4th, 2014, 3 Comments

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Apple’s investment in bringing sapphire technology to the iPhone proves that the company is interested in improving the durability of its smartphone lineup. Surely the company’s plans came to an abrupt after the whole GT Advanced fiasco, but that isn’t the only case where we’ve seen Cupertino bet its cards on durability. (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…)

“Apple killed our two biggest industries” – PM of Finland

Published by on Oct 14th, 2014, 2 Comments

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My first reaction when reading about the Finnish Prime Minister saying that Apple has killed off the Scandinavian county’s two biggest industries was “What is the second?” Of course, Apple had a big role to play in the downfall of Nokia (although it wasn’t the only contributing factor), but in my ignorance I couldn’t think of another industry Apple could affect so adversely. (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…)

Amazing: YouTube artist makes dance hit with iPhone sounds

Published by on May 27th, 2014, No Comments

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Many people (read: ‘artists’) have tried incorporating everyday sounds into catchy, up beat songs – especially that of cellphones, as they are some of the most recognizable sounds in our lives. However, not many of them can pull that off successfully, mainly because they aren’t MetroGnome.

MetroGnome is a famed YouTube artist, perhaps best known for his remixes of famous songs; usually with an emphasis on pop culture, or songs and things trending at the moment.

One of his biggest hits was his amazing remix of the Breaking Bad theme song – complete with infectious guitar and everything. This time around, however, he turned to the very epitome of pop culture and technology – the iPhone.  (more…)

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