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Apple Unveil's new MacBook Pro's with Touch Bar

Michael Robert

 

Apple has announced the all-new MacBook Pro, confirming that the new computer will come in 13-inch and 15-inch sizes, in both Silver and Space Gray colour options. The MacBooks are thinner and lighter than their previous generations, come with a Trackpad that's larger than the ones on the previous MacBooks, and have a redesigned keyboard for better typing.

Apple calls it "the most powerful MacBook Pro ever," and the 13-inch model features a 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage. The 15-inch version has a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz, 16GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage. Both computers reach "up to 2.3 times the graphics performance" of the previous generation.

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The 15-inch MacBook Pro features Radeon Pro discrete graphics, while the 13-inch model has Intel Iris Graphics. Each edition includes SSDs with sequential read speeds over 3GBps, and the ability to drive a 5K display through a single Thunderbolt 3 port thanks to the technology's consolidation of data transfer, video bandwidth, and charging abilities.

For the display, that means Apple has created "the brightest, most colorful notebook display" ever, with images that are more vivid and lifelike thanks to the screen's 500 nits of brightness. In total, that means the new screen is now 67 percent brighter than the previous generation MacBook Pro, has 67 percent more contrast, "and is the first Mac notebook display to support a wider colour gamut." The company said that none of this negatively affects battery life, because with power saving technology in the MacBook -- including a larger pixel aperture, a variable refresh rate and more power-efficient LEDs -- the display now consumes 30 percent less energy.

Regarding ports, the MacBook Pro now has four Thunderbolt 3 ports, any of which can be used to charge the laptop, and Apple has officially done away with MagSafe charging on its MacBook Pro line. The enclosure of the MacBook Pro features an entirely new design and all-metal unibody construction, and the 13-inch model is 14.9 mm thin while the 15-inch option is 15.5 mm thin.

In comparison to the last edition of the MacBook Pro, the 13-inch model is 17 percent thinner and has 23 percent less volume, while the 15-inch is 14 percent thinner and 20 percent less volume. In terms of weight, the 13-inch is 3 pounds and the 15-inch is 4 pounds, both devices coming in at nearly half a pound lighter than their previous iterations.

Of course, the biggest addition to the MacBook Pro is the new "Touch Bar," which sits atop the keyboard and officially replaces the function keys on the laptop. As was rumored, Touch Bar is application specific and adapts to what's on screen, be it scrolling through months in Calendar, choosing an album in Photos, selecting emoji in Messages, and many more, including third-party apps like Microsoft Office.

Another advantage is Touch ID, which comes integrated into the power button on the new MacBook Pro. Once a user enrolls their fingerprint into the Touch ID system on MacBook, they can unlock the computer with the simple press of a finger, switch user accounts, and even make purchases with Apple Pay's new integration on the web.

A second generation butterfly mechanism in the keyboard provides more responsive typing. Below the keyboard, Apple expanded the Trackpad to be 50 percent larger in the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and twice as large than previous models on the 15-inch MacBook Pro. The speakers got an overhaul, too, with louder, more true-to-life sound that have double the dynamic range and improved bass.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is expected to cost about R34 999 in South Africa, while the 15-inch is expected to cost about R45 999, and both devices are expected in South Africa in January.

Apple has also decided to not create a new "Air" model, instead introducing an entry-level MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar that is expected to cost about R28 499 in South Africa and should be available in the middle of November.


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Apple market share in South Africa

Michael Robert

A survey of 12,000 office workers in South Africa by Inspiration Office has detailed which operating systems local workers prefer.

The survey focussed on the “bring your own device” trend, but touched on other aspects of office workers’ IT experiences.

The results showed that 52% “needed” a smartphone at work, while 38% preferred a tablet.

When it comes to a desktop computer 80% prefer Windows and 11% prefer an Mac Mini, iMac or a Mac Pro.

When is comes to Laptops 79% prefer Windows, while 15% prefer a Macbook, Macbook Air or Macbook Pro.

When it comes to smartphones 50% prefer Andorid while 41% prefer iOS. While Android has a larger market share than iOS there are many more Android devices compared iOS only running on the iPhone. We could estimate that iPhone has 41% market share in the work place.

The iPad is a clear winner in the tablet market with 49% and Android only having 37%.


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Apple Invites Media to 'Hello Again' 27 October Mac-Centric Event

Michael Robert

Apple sent out media invites for a Mac-centric event that will be held on Thursday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. (South African Time) at Apple's Cupertino campus. 

The October event is expected to focus on the introduction of new Macs, headlined by a much-rumored and highly anticipated revamped MacBook Pro. According to rumors, the new MacBook Pro will feature the first redesign to the machine since 2012.

A thinner, lighter body is expected, with a wider, pressure-sensitive trackpad and a flatter MacBook-style keyboard with the same butterfly key mechanism. The MacBook Pro will be available in the same 13 and 15-inch size options, and will feature USB-C with USB 3.1 support for faster transfer speeds, Thunderbolt 3, and Touch ID

Touch ID is expected to be built into a new OLED touch panel built into the top of the MacBook Pro, where it will replace the physical function key row. The OLED touch panel is said to feature contextual buttons that will change based on each app that's in use. A leaked chassis suggests it will feature four USB-C ports and a headphone jack, but no HDMI port, no USB-A ports, no MagSafe connector, and no SD card slot.

A refreshed 13-inch MacBook Air with USB-C ports has also been rumored, but it is not clear if other internal changes will be made to Apple's low-cost machine. It's possible the 13-inch MacBook Air will be a standalone product going forward, based on rumors suggesting the 11-inch model will be discontinued

Apple is also said to be working on updated iMacs with AMD graphics chips, which could be introduced at the event, and we might possibly see the debut of a rumored 5K Retina display with an integrated GPU. Apple discontinued the original Thunderbolt Display earlier this year, but an updated product has been in the works and it makes sense to release it alongside refreshed Macs if it's ready to launch. 

Apple's Mac Pro and Mac mini are in dire need of refreshes, having been updated last in 2013 and 2014, respectively, but it is not clear if these machines will also see updates at the event.


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iPhone 7 Price on MTN

Michael Robert

If you getting an iPhone 7 on contract with MTN, Good Luck. MTN contract and pricing is so complicated and confusing!

MTN Airtime SMS Data iPhone 7 iPhone 7 Plus
32GB 128GB 256GB 32GB 128GB 256GB
MTN Minute 100 100 Minutes 200 500 MB R669 R739 R809 R769 R839 R909
MTN Minute 200 200 Minutes 300 500 MB R789 R859 R929 R889 R959 R1029
MTN Minute 350 350 Minutes 500 1GB R859 R929 R999 R959 R1029 R1099
MTN Minute 500 500 Minutes 500 1GB R979 R1049 R1119 R1079 R1149 R1219
MTN Minute 1000 1000 Minutes 500 2GB R1339 R1409 R1479 R1439 R1509 R1579
MTN Anytime 200 Top-up R210 Airtime 25 - R659 R729 R799 R759 R829 R899
MTN Anytime 350 Top-up R370 Airtime 50 - R779 R849 R919 R879 R949 R1019
MTN Anytime 500 Top-up R525 Airtime 50 - R889 R959 R1029 R989 R1059 R1129
MTN Anytime 750 Top-up R800 Airtime 100 - R1099 R1169 R1239 R1199 R1269 R1339
MTN Anytime 1200 Top-up R1300 Airtime 100 - R1519 R1589 R1659 R1619 R1689 R1759
MTN Anytime 1500 Top-up R1600 Airtime 100 - R1749 R1819 R1889 R1849 R1919 R1989
MTN Sky Lite Unlimited Unlimited 3GB R1499 R1599 R1699 R1599 R1699 R1799
MTN Sky Medium Unlimited Unlimited 15GB R1989 R2089 R2189 R2089 R2189 R2289
MTN Sky Max Unlimited Unlimited 25GB R2259 R2359 R2459 R2359 R2459 R2559

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iPhone 7 Price on CellC

Michael Robert

Cell C Airtime SMS Data iPhone 7 iPhone 7 Plus
32GB 128GB 256GB 32GB 128GB 256GB
Pinnacle 150 150 minutes 150 150MB R599
Pinnacle 250 250 minutes 250 250MB R699 R799 R879 R799 R899 R959
Pinnacle 400 400 minutes 400 400MB R799 R899 R979 R899 R999 R1059
Pinnacle 600 600 minutes 600 1000MB R899 R999 R1079 R999 R1099 R1159
Pinnacle 1000 1000 minutes 1000 2000MB R1099 R1199 R1279 R1199 R1299 R1359
Pinnacle Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 3GB R1369 R1449 R1539 R1479 R1559 R1639

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iPhone 7 Price on Telkom

Michael Robert

Telkom have revealed their pricing for the iPhone 7. It appears that Telkom will not be offering the 256GB option of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and they will not have the Jet Black option.

Telkom Airtime SMS Data iPhone 7 iPhone 7 Plus
32GB 128GB 256GB 32GB 128GB 256GB
Smart Plan 100 100 Minutes 5 for 50 - R699 R799 R799 R899
Smart Plan 150 150 Minutes 5 for 50 300MB R749 R849 R849 R949
Smart Plan 250 250 Minutes Unlimited 500MB R879 R969 R969 R1049
Free Me 1GB - Unlimited 1GB R649 R799 R799 R899
Free Me 2GB - Unlimited 2GB R749 R849 R849 R949
Free Me 5GB - Unlimited 5GB R899 R999 R999 R1099
Free Me 10GB - Unlimited 10GB R999 R1099 R1099 R1199
Free Me 20GB Unlimited Unlimited 20GB R1199 R1299 R1299 R1399
Free Me Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited R1599 R1699 R1699 R1799

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iPhone 7 from Dion Wired is a rip off

Michael Robert

Dion Wired have opened pre-order for the iPhone 7 but the real question is who is going to buy the iPhone 7 from them when you can get it for more than R2 000 less at other stores?

iPhone 7 128GB from Dion Wired - R17 390

iPhone 7 128GB from Dion Wired - R17 390

iPhone 7 128GB from iStore R14 999

iPhone 7 128GB from iStore R14 999

Here is a complete list of iPhone 7 pricing from Dion Wired compared to other stores.


Suggested Retail Price Dion Wired Price
iPhone 7 32GB R12 999 R13 499
128GB R14 999 R16 350
256GB R16 999 R19 700
iPhone 7 Plus 32GB R15 499 R16 790
128GB R17 499 -
256GB R19 499 -

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App of the week South Africa: Blackbox - think outside the box

Michael Robert

"Clever, well thought out, unique, and could drive you insane. My husband is afraid to try it."

Tilt, shout, click, snap, and hike your way to success.
Expand your creative thinking.
Ponder through colorful visual clues.
Discover secrets along the way…

66 unique challenges and counting.

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○ "Utterly diabolical and utterly brilliant" —CNET

○ “Unlike anything you’ve ever played before” —App Advice

○ “Undeniably unique” —Todays iPhone

○ “Devilishly clever” —Six Colors

○ “Could be this week's sleeper hit” —Pocket Gamer UK


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BEAUTIFULLY CLEVER

With ample satisfying "ah hah!" moments and puzzles as artful and clever as they are challenging, Blackbox is as delightful to play as it is to look at and hold.

SATISFYINGLY SURPRISING

Frustrating, fun, and full of surprises… There’s more to Blackbox than meets the eye. Can you find all the meta challenges?

HINTS

Every challenge has been tuned to be on the cusp of maddening but always solvable. Some challenges take time, perseverance, and perspective to understand, but if you’re really stumped rest assured there are hints. To enjoy the game to it’s fullest, only use them as a last resort!

LEVEL PACKS

Blackbox is jam-packed with 45 free challenges. Get far enough and you'll get the option to pay to unlock more advanced challenges and support the game's future development (and keep it ad free)!

Good luck,
~Ryan

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iPhone 7 pricing on Vodacom

Michael Robert

Cellucity had revealed the pricing of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on Vodacom.

The iPhone 7's overall design is similar to that of the iPhone 6S, but with new color options, added water and dust resistance, a new capacitive home key, and most notably, the removal of the device's 3.5 mm headphone jack (an adapter for attaching wired headphones via the Lightning port, as well as earphones that connect via Lightning, are included with the phone). The devices' internal hardware also received upgrades, including a heterogeneous quad-core system-on-chip with improved system and graphics performance, upgraded cameras (including 12 megapixel rear-facing cameras with optical image stabilization on both models, and an additional telephoto lens on the iPhone 7 Plus model to provide enhanced zoom capabilities).

Vodacom Airtime SMS Data iPhone 7 iPhone 7 Plus
32GB 128GB 256GB 32GB 128GB 256GB
Vodacom Smart S 75 Minutes 200 200 MB R679 R779 R879 R779 R879 R979
Vodacom Smart M 120 Minutes 300 300 MB R779 R879 R979 R879 R979 R1079
Vodacom Smart L 250 Minutes 500 500 MB R929 R1029 R1129 R1029 R1129 R1229
Vodacom Smart XL 400 Minutes 800 800 MB R1049 R1159 R1249 R1159 R1249 R1349
Vodacom Red Advantage 700 Minutes Unlimited 1 GB R1199 R1299 R1399 R1299 R1399 R1499
Vodacom Red Premium 700 Minutes Unlimited 1 GB R1699 R1799 R1899 R1799 R1899 R1999
Vodacom Red VIP 700 Minutes Unlimited 1 GB - R2099 R2199 R2099 R2199 R2299

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Google announce Pixel, The best iPhone Google has ever made.

Michael Robert

Google has announced the Pixel Phone. You can be forgiven for mistaking the Google Pixel for an iPhone.

Google Pixel Phone

Google Pixel Phone

iPhone 6s

iPhone 6s

Google fans have been raving about how amazing the Google Pixel is and what awesome features it has. The most prominent feature, Google Assistant, is just a new name of Google Now. Everything Google Assistant can do Siri can do. In fact the Google advert for Google Assistant sounds just like the Siri advert.

The Pixel phone comes with:

  • Antenna bands, just like the iPhone 6 from 2014
  • Google Assistant, just like Siri from the iPhone 4s in 2011
  • Google Duo video calling, just like the iPhone 4 from 2010
  • Smooth surfaces, just like every iPhone ever made
  • Easy-to-grip curved edges, just like the iPhone 6 from 2014
  • Pixel Imprint, just like the iPhone 5s from 2013
  • 2 sizes, just like the iPhone 6 from 2014
  • 3 colours, just like the iPhone 5 from 2012
  • 32GB and 128GB options, just like the iPhone 6 from 2014

All in all I think Google have made a revolutionary phone and really thought outside the box when it comes to design.


PS: Samsung did the same thing last year when they announced the Galaxy S6


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iPhone 7 Telkom pre-orders open 7 October

Michael Robert

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus coming soon

Telkom will offer iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the best, most advanced iPhone ever, featuring new advanced camera systems, the best battery life ever on an iPhone and water and dust resistance, and will also provide even more value to iPad customers beginning on Friday, 14 October 2016.

Customers can pre-order iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus beginning on Friday, 7 October 2016 at https://secure.telkom.co.za/today/campaign/apple-iphone-7-and-7-plus-pre-order.

iPhone 7 Telkom

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iPhone 7 MTN pre-orders now open

Michael Robert

MTN have opened pre-orders for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Pre-order your iPhone 7 with MTN.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are splash, water and dust resistant, and were tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP67 under IEC standard 60529. Splash, water and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Do not attempt to charge a wet iPhone; refer to the user guide for cleaning and drying instructions. Liquid damage not covered under warranty.

The high-gloss finish of the jet black iPhone 7 is achieved through a precision, nine-step anodisation and polishing process. Its surface is equally as hard as other anodised Apple products; however, its high shine may show fine micro-abrasions with use. If you are concerned about this, we suggest you use one of the many cases available to protect your iPhone.

All battery claims depend on mobile network, location, signal strength, feature configuration, usage and many other factors; actual results will vary. Battery has limited recharge cycles and may eventually need to be replaced by an Apple authorised service provider. Battery life and charge cycles vary by use and settings. Battery tests are conducted using specific iPhone units.

Selling Features:

  • 12-megapixel wide angle camera with 4K video recording
  • 7-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Retina HD display with 5.5-inch LED-backlit widescreen
  • Splash, water, and dust resistant (IP67)


Will be available in Black, Jet Black, Rose Gold, Gold and Silver depedant on stock.

iPhone 7 MTN

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iPhone 7 Vodacom pre-orders

Michael Robert

Vodacom have opened pre-orders for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Pre-order your iPhone 7 with Vodacom.

iPhone 7 features an all-new 12 MP camera with an ƒ/1.8 aperture for great low-light photos and 4K video. Optical image stabilization.

The longest battery life in an iPhone. Immersive stereo sound, splash and water resistant, and iOS 10.

A 4.7-inch Retina HD display with wide color and 3D Touch. An A10 Fusion chip for up to 2x faster performance than iPhone 6. Touch ID. 

Vodacom iPhone 7

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App of the Week South Africa: ScanDex

Michael Robert

Simply the best scanning app on the appstore

No need for scanner when you can simply download ScanDex and concert any document or image into pdf and simply share!

ScanDex offers the best and most sophisticated software for you to take a photo in angle and for it to be able to convert into PDF and look exactly like a nicely scanned document or image.

You can easily sign documents with your finger, save it and email it share it!

There are many more features so download now and make your life easier with ScanDex!

Features:

- Image Detection
- Image Perspective Correction
- PDF Conversion
- OCR text detection (OCR text can be edited)
- Document Sign
- Draw
- Image enhancement

And many more!

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iPhone 7 pricing revealed

Michael Robert

With the announcement that the iPhone 7 will be available in South Africa on the 14 October, iStore have revealed the pricing of the iPhone 7.

iStore Price
iPhone 7 32GB R12 999
128GB R14 999
256GB R16 999
iPhone 7 Plus 32GB R15 499
128GB R17 499
256GB R19 499

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iPhone 7 available in South Africa on the 14 October

Michael Robert

Digicape have confirmed that the iPhone 7 will launch in South Africa on the 14 October.

iStore Price
iPhone 7 32GB R12 999
128GB R14 999
256GB R16 999
iPhone 7 Plus 32GB R15 499
128GB R17 499
256GB R19 499

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Apple Watch series 2 available in South Africa on the 14 October

Michael Robert

Digicape have confirmed that the Apple Watch series 2 will launch in South Africa on the 14 October. No additional information is available.

Apple Watch South Africa

Apple Watch series 2 Price South Africa

Series Size Material Price
Apple Watch series 2 38mm Aluminium R6 899
Stainless Steel R9 999
White Ceramic R22 999
42mm Aluminium R7 499
Stainless Steel R10 999
White Ceramic R23 999
Apple Watch series 1 38mm Aluminium R4 999
42mm Aluminium R5 999

Official Apple Watch bands can be expensive. Why not check our selection of affordable Apple Watch Bands


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How to change your Apple Watch Band

Michael Robert

One of the great things about the Apple Watch is it's versatility. With so many Apple Watch Bands available your watch can be customized to match whatever you are wearing.

Going out for a run? Put on your Apple Watch Sports Band.

Going to work? Put on your Apple Watch Milanese Band.

Now that you have a number of bands how to you change your Apple Watch Band? It is really very simple.

Apple Watch Band

Hold down the band release button, then slide the band across to remove it.

Apple Watch Band

If the band doesn't slide out, press the band release button again and make sure that you hold it down.

Apple Watch Band

Make sure the band is facing the right way, then slide the new band in until you feel and hear a click.


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App of the Week South Africa: To Do Matrix 2

Michael Robert

To do Matrix 2 : To-do app with time management matrix
"First Things First" - Stephen Covey

TodoMatrix2 more powerful and more efficient than TodoMatrix.

TodoMatrix2 helps you to...
- Get things done
- Do important things first
- Do urgent things first
- Do important ones & More

Applying the Eisenhower methodology, Priorities helps you sorting tasks into the right category, depending on their urgency and importance. 

Set reminders to never miss an important deadline
Start now & before you know it, you'll be doing your best.

Let's do it!

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iPhone 7 prices leaked by Vodacom (Rumour)

Michael Robert

A Vodacom price list was sent to MyBroadband, which revealed the iPhone 7’s recommended retail pricing will start at R14 669, while the entry-level iPhone 7 Plus will cost R17 389.

I don't believe these prices are accurate for two reasons. Firstly, Who sells a phone for R17 389? That is a very specific number! Apple pricing in South Africa normally ends with 999 or 499. Secondly Vodacom have leaked fake pricing in the past. I am not sure if they are trying to generate interest or if they are trying to mislead their competition but whatever it is it is not working.

Here is a price list reflecting our estimates and Vodacom's leaked prices:

iGenius Prediction Vodacom Leak
iPhone 7 32GB R13 999 R14 699
128GB R15 999 R16 929
256GB R17 999 R19 199
iPhone 7 Plus 32GB R15 999 R17 389
128GB R17 999 R19 639
256GB R20 999 R21 899

If we assumed that Vodacom pricing is correct the Vodacom are working on about $1 = R22,60 conversion rate on the iPhone 7 32GB. On the iPhone 7 256GB that conversion rate goes up to R23,55. At the moment the conversion rate of iPhone's is between R21,20 - R21,50 with the exception of the iPhone 6s Plus 128GB being just over R22.

Will have to wait as see when pricing is revealed but I cal this on False!


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