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

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 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

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How to change your Apple Watch Band

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.

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

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

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

Apple Announce Apple Watch Series 2

The new model is called Apple Watch Series 2. Adding to the splash proof feature of the original model, the new Apple Watch is actually swim proof. Apple Watch Series 2 adds swim tracking to the Workouts app including pool swimming and open water swimming. The Apple Watch speaker is the only unsealed part of the casing and it intelligently ejects water after a workout.

Apple Watch Series 2 features a new S2 chip with a faster dual-core processor and a new GPU with 2x graphics performance. The new display is also 2x brighter at 1000 nits, the brightest for any Apple display.

Built-in GPS is also included for outdoor running and walking without iPhone. Apple Watch Series 2 improves the pace and distant tracking and displays routes on the iPhone even when you don’t bring it along.

Apple Watch Series 2 adds a new ceramic (white) build option in addition to aluminum and stainless steel. Hermès is also introducing two new bands with Series 2.

Apple Watch Series 2 is also available in a new Nike+ version with a special version of the Sports band paired with the aluminum model watch. Nike+ Apple Watch is offered in four color options.

Apple also noted that its the #2 watch maker in the world in terms of revenue (behind Rolex) and #1 smart watch maker.

Apple Watch Series 2 is expected start at R5999 in South Africa.

Apple Watch Series 1 is expected start at R4499 in South Africa

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off June 13 in San Francisco

Apple today announced that it will hold its 27th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), hosting the creative talent behind the world’s most innovative apps, from June 13 through 17 in San Francisco. At WWDC, Apple’s developer community comes together from all corners of the globe to learn about the future of Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS.

Monday’s kickoff events, including the keynote address, will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The rest of the week’s conference sessions will take place at Moscone West.

“With four innovative operating systems and a new, intuitive programming language powering over 1 billion devices worldwide, there has never been a more exciting time to bring our developer community together,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “WWDC 2016 is going to be a landmark event for developers who are coding in Swift, and building apps and products for iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS. We can’t wait for everyone to join us — in San Francisco or through the live stream.”

Developers can apply for tickets via the WWDC website (developer.apple.com/wwdc/register/) now through Friday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. Tickets will be issued to attendees through a random selection process, and developers will be notified on the status of their application by Monday, April 25 at 5:00 p.m. PDT. For the second consecutive year, there will be up to 350 WWDC Scholarships available, giving students and STEM organization members from around the world an opportunity to earn a ticket to meet and collaborate with some of the most talented developers of Apple’s ever-growing app ecosystem (developer.apple.com/wwdc/scholarships/). Additionally, this year, we will provide travel assistance to up to 125 scholarship recipients to ensure aspiring developers with financial limitations have an opportunity to participate.

WWDC 2016 activities include: over 1,000 Apple engineers supporting more than 150 hands-on labs and events to provide developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS technologies in their apps; access to the latest innovations, features and capabilities of iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS, and best practices for enhancing an app’s functionality, performance, quality and design; the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS developers from around the world — last year, 80 percent of developers attended for their first time, and in total, more than 70 countries were represented; a series of get-togethers for attendees focused on particular topics with special guest speakers and activities; engaging and inspirational lunchtime sessions with trailblazers and influencers from the worlds of technology, science and entertainment; and the Apple Design Awards which recognize iPhone®, iPad®, Apple Watch®, Apple TV® and Mac® apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design. Worldwide Developers Conference sessions will be streamed live throughout the week via the WWDC website (developer.apple.com/wwdc/live/) and through the WWDC app, giving developers around the world access to the week’s news and events.

Apple Drops Apple Watch Price to $299, (a $50 drop in Price)

Apple today announced a price drop for Apple Watch, now starting at just $299 for 38 mm. This represents a $50 price drop from the launch $349 price for Apple Watch Sport 38mm.

The Apple Watch Sport 42 mm now has a starting price of $349.

This represents almost a R1 000 drop in price for Apple Watch in South Africa which will be a welcome relief after the recent drop in value of the Rand.

Apple also announced new Nylon Apple Watch Bands.

Apple Sends Invites for ‘Let Us Loop You In’ Media Event on 21 March

Apple sent out invites for a media event that will be held on Monday 21 March at the company’s Town Hall auditorium located on its 1 Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, California. As with most Apple media events, it will kick off at 7pm in South Africa.

Several products are expected to be showcased at the event, including the new 9.7-inch iPad, the 4-inch iPhone SE, and new Apple Watch bands. There’s also a possibility that some Mac refreshes could be announced as the time is right for updates, but there have been no rumors confirming that is the case.

Headlining the event will be the 4-inch iPhone SE and a new 9.7-inch iPad. Rumors suggest the iPhone SE will look nearly identical to the iPhone 5s, but it will include new internal hardware that brings it in line with newer Apple devices. It is rumored to have an A9 chip, an improved camera, and NFC support for use with apple pay.

The new 9.7-inch iPad has been referred to as the iPad Air 3, but recent rumors have suggested it may instead be branded as an iPad Pro. The device is said to include many iPad Pro features, like a four-speaker design, a Smart Connector for connecting accessories, and display improvements for Apple Pencil support. It may also be the first iPad to feature a rear LED flash.

Apple also plans to introduce new Apple Watch bands at the event. Existing bands will likely be available in new colors and there may be new product lines, such as a rumored nylon band and a Space Black Milanese Loop.

Apple will be live streaming the event on its website and through the Apple TV.

Apple Watch Price in South Africa

The Core Group has released the Recommended Retail price for the Apple Watch in South Africa.

Model Band Size Price
Apple Watch Sport Silver Aluminium White Sport 38mm R5 899
42mm R6 799
Orange Sport 38mm R5 899
42mm R6 799
Blue Sport 38mm R5 899
42mm R6 799
Space Gray Aluminium Black Sport 38mm R5 899
42mm R6 799
Rose Gold Aluminium Lavender Sport 38mm R5 899
Antique White Sport 38mm R6 799
Gold Aluminium Stone Sport 42mm R5 899
Midnight Blue Sport 42mm R6 799
Apple Watch Stainless Steel White Sport 38mm R9 299
42mm R9 999
PRODUCT(RED) Sport 38mm R9 299
42mm R9 999
Milanese Loop 38mm R10 999
42mm R11 799
Saddle Brown Classic Buckle 38mm R10 999
42mm R11 799
Black Classic Buckle 38mm R10 999
42mm R11 799
Stone Leather Loop 42mm R11 799
Midnight Blue Loop 42mm R11 799
Midnight Blue Modern Buckle 38mm R12 599
Soft Pink Modern Buckle 38mm R12 599
Link Bracelet 38mm R15 999
42mm R16 999
Space Black Stainless Steel Black Sport 38mm R9 299
42mm R9 999
Space Black Link Bracelet 38mm R17 999
42mm R18 499

Apple Watch available in South Africa on the 23 October

 iStore has announced that Apple Watch will be available at all iStores nationwide from Friday 23rd October 2015. Both the Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch range will be available at launch, together with a full range of accessories.

With Apple watch, you can receive and respond to notifications in an instant. Track your daily activity and control your music using only your voice. Important information and essential features are always just a raise of the wrist away.

Free Apple Watch with Discovery Vitality

Discovery has announced that its Vitality members will receive a free Apple Watch if they would like. The Apple Watch will remain free as long as the member achieve their weekly goals.

The free Apple Watch is part of the recently launch Vitality Active Rewards program. The program requires members to achieve 4 weekly goals to keep the Apple Watch for Free. If the member does not achieve the weekly goals they will they have to a repayment for the Apple Watch. Below is a table showing the repayment amounts:

Weekly Goals Repayment
4 FREE
3 R100
2 R175
0-1 R250

Vitality Active Rewards gives a personalised fitness goal to each member. The members can then earn weekly rewards, like a free drink at Vida e Caffè or Kauai, for achieving their goal. They can earn another reward if two or more of their friends also reach their fitness goals.

Vitality is a rewards program linked to Discovery Life and Discovery Medical Aid. To be a Vitality member you will need to have a Discovery Life or Discovery Health Policy. If you would like to take out a policy with Discovery to join Vitality please fill out the form below.