FNB App – Helping you help yourself

It was about 4 or 5 years ago that I switched to FNB. The Steve adverts were very convincing and reminded me of the Switcher adverts that Apple ran in the early 2000’s. I really appreciate good marketing.

One of the best things about banking with FNB is that I almost never have to visit a branch. I can do 99% of my banking through the FNB Mobile App. The FNB app offer so much more than banking like renewing your car license, finding a home, getting a pre-approved home loan, buy lotto and powerball tickets and manage my shares. If I can’t find out how to do something or need some assistance I can chat with someone through the app.

Although the FNB app offers so much by far my best feature is the simplicity in which it does banking. So often banking can be complicated and difficult however FNB have found a way to make it simple and intuitive.

The other day I arrived at a coffee shop for a meeting and realised I had left my wallet at home. Normally this would be an embarrassing situation asking a client to pay for my coffee or asking the manager if I could return later to settle my account but not with FNB. I simply logged on to my FNB app and transferred some money to eWallet. eWallet allows you to transfer money to a cellphone number instead of a bank account. I transfer some money to my own cellphone number and received a OTP code to withdraw the money from any FNB ATM. Within minutes I had some cash in hand. It really is amazing how with FNB I don’t have to rely on someone else but can just help myself.

My favorite feature of the FNB app is the geopayment feature. Geopayments allow you to transfer money to someone else with the FNB Banking app without exchanging banking details. The transaction is safe and immediate. Recently we sold our dinning room table to someone on one of the Facebook second hand groups. I always get nervous about how payment will work especially when it is large amounts. My concerns we eased when the person confirmed that they bank with FNB. They arrived to collect the table, we loaded it onto the bank of their bakkie. We both opened our FNB banking app. Within 30 seconds the transaction was completed.

That is how FNB help you help yourself!

New MacBook Pro price for South Africa

iStore have revealed that the new MacBook Pro will be available in store on the weekend of the 17 and 18 June 2017.

If you are interested in the new MacBook Pro you might have to increase you bond.

The bottom of the range 13 inch will set you back a small R30 999 with the top of the range 15 inch increasing you bond by R46 499.

Macbook Pro South Africa

New iMac price in South Africa

The Core Group of South Africa have revealed the pricing of the new iMac in South Africa. The new iMac will be available at iStore’s on 17/18 June 2017.

The bottom of the range iMac is going to set you back R18 999 with a 2,3GHz processor and a 1TB hard drive. The top of the range at R30 499 with a 3,4GHz processor, 1TB hard drive and Retina Display.

iMac South Africa

Apple preview iOS 11

iOS 11

Apple’s senior VP of software, Craig Federighi, took to the stage at WWDC to give a preview of iOS 11, showing off new features like a smarter Photo Library and a redesigned Control Center.

iOS 11

Messages is set to receive a redesigned app drawer that makes it easier to use apps and stickers, while a more optimized device storage system will make Messages backups smaller and faster, with messages stored and synced across devices over iCloud. Beginning iOS 11, for the first time, Apple Pay is also integrated into the Messages app.

Siri is will become more naturally spoken, with a new voice powered by deep learning techniques. Also set to feature is a beta translation feature that will allow users to get live translations between English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. More languages are promised by Apple in the months to come.

Lastly for Siri, a new on-device learning system will enable the virtual assistant to understand what a user is likely to want depending on circumstances and time of day. User data will be synced across all devices on a user’s account with end-to-end encryption.

Control Center will be substantially redesigned to appear on a single screen and fill the bottom half of an iPhone’s display, implementing 3D Touch for sub-options within buttons, and sliders to adjust volume and brightness. The Lock Screen and Notification Center will be unified on a single screen, with a swipe up or down from the Lock Screen offering immediate access to notifications.

Apple Maps will include detailed shopping floor plans for shopping malls in Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, and London, with several other major cities also covered and additional ones to come. Major airports will also be included in the floor plans, while lane guidance and posted speed limits will be displayed during navigation.

iOS 11

Apple is introducing an optional Do Not Disturb While Driving feature in iOS 11 to prevent distracted driving. HomeKit will also support a new AirPlay 2 protocol for supporting speakers, with a Shared Up Next feature for the protocol where multiple connected users can edit a party playlist. A new MusicKit API will let third-party developers get full access to Apple Music in iOS 11.

New Report Suggests Apple Could Delay ‘iPhone 8’ Launch to October or November

Apple could delay its rumored high-end iPhone with a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge OLED display until October or even November, according to a new report out on Wednesday. 

In recent years, Apple has released its iPhone updates in September, but according to Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN), suppliers are encountering “technical issues” in the production of the upcoming “iPhone 8” because of differences in the display lamination process and challenges involved in integrating the 3D sensing front camera system.

The report tallies with a rumor that circulated last month suggesting the iPhone 8 may go on sale later than usual, due to the switch to an OLED display and the new technology needed. In such a scenario, the launch of an iPhone 7s and 7s Plus would go ahead in September as scheduled, with the higher-end iPhone 8 coming later in the year. 

Such a staggered release would be highly untypical of Apple, and it’s hard to imagine the company holding a September launch event for “S” cycle iPhones with no mention of the highly rumored OLED device. However, it is possible the higher-end phone could be revealed at the same time but launched in limited quantities or at a later date. Barclays analysts recently claimed that Apple will launch its “10th anniversary iPhone” in the usual September timeframe, albeit in short supply until a full stock arrives in the fourth quarter. 

Earlier this week it was reported that Apple has placed an order for 70 million OLED panels from Samsung, anticipating high demand. Samsung is preparing to be able to produce up to 95 million panels in 2017, said the sources. 

Market watchers are said to be analyzing the pull-in of orders for passive components from the iPhone’s supply chain to see whether production of the new iPhone devices is on track, according to EDN. Apart from the edge-to-edge OLED display, the “iPhone 8” is expected to include wireless charging, no physical Home button, and perhaps 3D facial recognition and/or iris scanning. In addition, rumors suggest that Touch ID could be embedded in or under a True Tone display.

Apple Expected to Announce New Products as Soon as Next Week, Supply Chain Sources Say

Apple is expected to announce new products later this month, most likely between Monday, March 20 and Friday, March 24, according to reputable supply chain analysts we spoke to who wish to remain anonymous. The analysts said the information is from its own sources and not based on other reports.

The research firm did not disclose which products it expects Apple to announce, but rumors have widely suggested at least a trio of new iPad Pro models will be unveiled as early as this month, including an all-new 10.5-inch model with slimmer bezels and updated 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch versions. 

The sources expecting an iPad refresh include, among others, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis, and Japanese blog Mac Otakara. The last of the three expects a new 7.9-inch model that would supplant the iPad mini 4, but other reports deny or fail to mention that particular claim. 

Last month, Mac Otakara said Apple will host a March event where it will debut its new iPad Pro lineup, a larger iPhone SE model with 128GB storage, and new Apple Watch bands. The report also claimed Apple will add a red color option for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which could be part of (PRODUCT)RED. 

Apple has yet to invite the media to an event this month, however, and those invites would be on shorter notice than usual if it is indeed planning to announce new products this way as early as next week. 

In each of the past two years, Apple invited the media to its March event roughly 11-12 days beforehand, including February 26 invites for a March 9 event in 2015 and March 10 invites for a March 21 event last year. 

There are three plausible scenarios if new products are in the cards: Apple is planning a March event, and invites will go out soon; Apple is planning a Spring event, but not this month; or Apple will share its announcements through a press release as it did when it dropped the price of the fourth-generation iPad to $399 in March 2014. 

A few reports have suggested the 10.5-inch iPad Pro could face shipping delays, so perhaps Apple will delay announcing it entirely. 

Apple has hosted March events four times in the past six years. In 2011 and 2012, it introduced new iPad models at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In 2015, it revealed Apple Watch pricing and release date information. Last year, Apple debuted the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and iPhone SE at its Town Hall. 

One rumor suggested Apple could be planning an event on April 4, but this date was based on Personal Pickup for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which is generally not a reliable indicator of an event. The in-store pickup date for 12.9-inch iPad Pro models is a rolling target, as evidenced by the April 10 date now shown. 

The all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro is expected to have slimmer bezels, and possibly no Home button, allowing it to have the same overall footprint as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. This design could foreshadow the rumored 5.8-inch iPhone. The tablet is also rumored to have a higher-resolution display and quad microphones. 

The updated 12.9-inch iPad Pro is said to feature a 12-megapixel rear camera and True Tone display like the current 9.7-inch model, using advanced four-channel ambient light sensors to automatically adapt the color and intensity of the display to match the light in the surrounding environment.

The icon is back, Nokia 3310!

Remember when you could leave the house without a charger? Well, with the new Nokia 3310, you can. It comes with a long-lasting battery, so you can talk all day, or leave the phone on standby for up to a month. When needed, a Micro-USB port makes charging simple.

The new Nokia 3310 takes the iconic silhouette of the original and reimagines it for 2017. The custom designed user interface brings a fresh look to a classic, whilst the 2.4” polarized and curved screen window makes for better readability in sunlight.

Play the legendary Snake. It’s back with a little update that makes it even more fun to play on the color screen. Do you still remember your high score? Think you can beat it?

Nokia 3310 is made to fit your style. It comes in four distinct colors: Warm Red and Yellow, both with a gloss finish, and Dark Blue and Grey both with a matte finish. What’s best, the color runs through the material, so it looks better for longer.

The Nokia 3310 is set to retail for $52. No news about it’s South Africa release or pricing.

The future of iGenius is in your hands

I originally started iGenius to provide people with news about Apple in South Africa. I dedicated a huge amount of time and effort to provide the information relevant to South Africas. It is this goal that has been my driving force since I started and has kept me going even when it has cost me money.

This year I have had to make a decision to either close the page completely or find a way to make it make some income. My original decision was to close it but I feel like I would be letting you all down.

So this is my plea: I am opening up some space for businesses to advertise on the website. If you have a business that believe would benefit from advertising on this site please consider it and if necessary contact me and lets talk.

+- 5000 unique visitors per month

During iPhone launch in September and October the site gets over 50 000 unique visitors per month.

Complete website branding: R15 000 per month

Post about your business: R1 000 once off