Apple market share in South Africa

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%.

iOS 10 is now available as free download

Apple unveiled iOS 10, the next-generation operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, on 13 June. Apple CEO Tim Cook described iOS 10 as the “biggest release ever” for iOS users, and the operating system includes major updates for a wide variety of apps, services, and features, including Messages, Siri, Photos, Maps, Apple Music, News, Apple Pay, Control Center, and more.

iOS 10 features a redesigned Lock screen with 3D-touch enabled notifications that offer up more information, a more easily accessible camera, and a new widgets screen that houses widgets formerly located in the Today section of the Notification Center. There’s a redesigned Control Center, also with support for 3D Touch, and a new Raise to Wake feature wakes up the screen without bypassing notifications.

Siri can do a lot more in iOS 10, thanks to a Siri SDK that allows developers to build Siri support into their apps. You can now ask Siri to do things like summon an Uber or send a message in WhatsApp.

Messages has been overhauled with new features like background animations, bubble effects, rich links, and Digital Touch, the sketching feature first introduced on the Apple Watch, allowing users to create drawings and annotate photos and videos. Handwritten notes, hidden “invisible ink” messages, quick “Tapback” replies, and bigger emoji are new in Messages, and there’s even a predictive emoji feature that will suggest words that can be replaced with emoji.

Messages has its own Messages App Store, so developers can create apps that can be used in iMessages. Apps add almost unlimited capabilities to Messages, from sending stickers and GIFs to making payments to making collaborative dinner orders.

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A dedicated “Home” app is available for HomeKit devices, and it’s now possible to delete almost all pre-installed apps that are unneeded. Photos features impressive facial and object recognition capabilities, which power a new Memories feature for rediscovering forgotten moments.

Both Maps and Apple Music have been redesigned with cleaner interfaces that are simpler to use, with Maps gaining proactive suggestions and integrated third-party apps and Apple Music gaining better content discovery and a new focus on lyrics. Apple News has also been overhauled with subscriptions, breaking news notifications, and better organization.

Apple’s QuickType keyboard is smarter in iOS 10 with contextual predictions, and Apple Pay is available on the web. Game Center has been largely eliminated, and many other apps, like Notes, Clock, and Phone have been updated with new features.

To update your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to iOS 10 go to Settings > General > Software Update.

iOS 10 is available on the following devices:

  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 4
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPod Touch 6th generation

Why The Time Is Always Set To 9:41 on Apple Ads

There’s a reason for everything at Apple. And that even includes the time displayed on the devices in promotional materials.

It even extends to print ads and television commercials.

Original iPhone displaying 9:42am
Original iPhone displaying 9:42am

That time used to be 9:42. You could see it across various commercials, print ads, and even on Apple’s website. The explanation was simple: That’s the time in the morning that Steve Jobs announced the very first iPhone in 2007. Around 42 minutes into his keynote address, he said, “Today Apple is going to reinvent the phone.”

And a picture of the iPhone, displaying the time 9:42, popped up on the screen behind him.

But that all changed in 2010, when the very first iPad was released. When that was revealed, it displayed a different time: 9:41.

But why did the time change? It’s all very simple, according to former iOS chief Scott Forstall, who happened to divulge the secret to Australian-based app developer Jon Manning of Secret Lab.

We design the keynotes so that the big reveal of the product happens around 40 minutes into the presentation,” Forstall said. “When the big image of the product appears on screen, we want the time shown to be close to the actual time on the audience’s watches. But we know we won’t hit 40 minutes exactly.

— Scott Forstall

You can see the time displayed on all promotional images from Apple.

iPhone 6 displaying 9:41am
iPhone 6 displaying 9:41am
Mac OS Sierra promotional image displaying 9:41am
Mac OS Sierra promotional image displaying 9:41am

“And there you are — the secret of the magic time,” Forstall told Manning. 

Apple’s iPhone 7 event will only start at 10:00am, 7:00pm South African time. Therefor Apple should announce the iPhone 7 at 7:41pm South African time.

Apple Adds New 2TB iCloud Storage Tier for R299.99 Per Month

Apple quietly added a new iCloud storage tier, offering customers 2TB of data storage space at a price of R299.99 per month in South Africa. Apple now offers four iCloud storage tiers at prices that start at R14.99.

The new 2TB iCloud storage option comes just over a week ahead of the company’s September 7 event, where versions of the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch are expected to debut alongside new operating system updates.

Perhaps the biggest reason for the jump in iCloud space is a new desktop syncing feature coming to macOS Sierra. In the new operating system, all files stored on the desktop or in the Documents folder of a Mac are automatically uploaded to iCloud to make them available across a wide range of devices.

A comparison of the US iCloud storage pricing and the South Africa iCloud options reveals that about is working on an conversion rate of $1 = R15. At the time of writing this article the exchange rate is $1 = R14.42

Capacity US South Africa Conversion Rate
50GB $0.99 R14.99 $1 = R15.14
200GB $2.99 R44.99 $1 = R15.05
1TB $9.99 R149.99 $1 = R15.01
2TB $19.99 R299.99 $1 = R15.01

If the South Africa Rand loses any more value we could see these prices increase in the next few weeks.

Apple Invites Media to iPhone 7 event

Apple has sent out media invites for an iPhone 7 event that will be held on Wednesday, September 7 at 10:00 am at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. Media invites offer up a first look at the theme of the event and feature the simple tagline: “See you on the 7th.”

The iPhone 7 is rumoured to feature improved cameras, better processors, and improved water resistance, implemented through the removal of the headphone jack and the introduction of a new flush, pressure-sensitive home button. Both devices are said to look similar to the iPhone 6s, with the same general size and shape, but with relocated antenna bands that no longer span the back of the devices.

Apple will also use this opportunity to reveal some new iOS 10 features as well as update us on the ones already revealed.

iOS 10 is likely we be available to the public on 14 September 2016

Siri coming to South Africa…

During Apple’s WWDC keynote address it was revealed that Siri would be coming to South Africa. No further information was provided leaving most people wondering what it actually meant.

MacOS Sierra has revealed some clues. If you are using a developer beta you will notice that the Siri Preference Pane has options to change the Language to South Africa and the voice to South Africa.

After some listening to Siri South Africa we started to wonder if it was the same person that did the Telkom voice… What do you think?

OS 10 lets you delete Apple apps you don’t want

The days of having a junk folder full of Apple-made apps you don’t want is finally coming to an end.

It appears that Apple made its first steps toward allowing iPhone and iPad users to delete stock apps today by making them available to download via the App Store.

The company didn’t announce the changes during its WWDC keynote, but after installing the first beta build of iOS 10, developers have discovered that apps like Maps, Contacts, Stocks, and others can now be deleted.

Here’s which apps are now on the chopping block:

Calculator
Calendar
Compass
Contacts
FaceTime
iTunes Store
Mail
Maps
Music
Notes
Podcasts
Reminders
Stocks
Tips
Videos
Voice Memos
Watch
Weather

In a new tutorial posted on its support site, Apple says that if you uninstall the Contacts app you won’t lose your contact information because it’s still stored in the Phone app. The News app will be removable in a new version of iOS 10.

Siri coming to South Africa in iOS 10

Apple announced iOS 10 at it’s WWDC keynote on Monday. Apple highlights the major features of  iOS 10 but did reveal some other features on a word cloud screen when summing up iOS 10.

Upon closer inspection you will see Siri for South Africa in the lower right corner.

It has been officially confirmed that Siri will be coming to South Africa in iOS 10

iOS 10, the stuff Apple didn’t mention

iOS 10 includes a number of changes that Apple neglected to mention in greater detail on stage during its WWDC 2016 keynote, including a new Wake Alarm in the Clock app, individualized read receipts, a new option in the Music app to optimize storage, and many other features outlined below.

Remove Stock Apps

iOS 10 enables users to remove the following built-in apps from the Home screen on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch: 

 

• Calendar
• Compass
• Contacts
• FaceTime
• Find My Friends
• Home
• iBooks
• iCloud Drive
• iTunes Store
• Mail
• Maps
• Music
• News
• Notes
• Podcasts
• Reminders
• Stocks
• Tips
• Videos
• Voice Memos
• Watch app
• Weather

The apps are now available as standalone downloads on the App Store, meaning that Apple can issue updates for each app independent of iOS updates. 

If you have an Apple Watch paired with your iPhone, removing an app from your Home screen also removes that app from your Apple Watch. 

Removing apps can unsurprisingly impact related functionalities such as CarPlay and Notification Center widgets.

Wake Alarm

A new Bedtime tab has been added to the Clock app with a Wake Alarm function that can help you go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. When enabled, the recurring wake-up alarm will remind you when it is time to sleep, track how many hours you slept, and provide detailed sleep analysis. 

Individual Read Receipts

Read receipts can be toggled on a per-person or per-conversation basis on iOS 10, rather than be simply turned on or off entirely. 

Music Storage Optimization

Other Stuff 

• New wallpaper 
• Game Center has been removed
• “Avoid Tolls” toggle in Apple Maps 
• Control Center now supports 3D Touch 
• Settings has new 3D Touch shortcut for Cellular Data
• Tweaked “back to” icon in Status Bar

Apple Previews iOS 10

Apple previewed iOS 10, the biggest release ever of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, featuring a huge update to Messages that delivers more expressive and animated ways to message friends and family, like stickers and full-screen effects. iOS 10 introduces the ability for Siri to do more by working with apps, beautifully redesigned Maps, Photos, Apple Music and News apps, and the Home app, delivering a simple and secure way to manage home automation products in one place. iOS 10 opens up incredible opportunities to developers with Siri, Maps, Phone and Messages.

iOS 10 is our biggest release ever, with delightful new ways to express yourself in Messages, a native app for Home automation, and beautifully redesigned apps for Music, Maps, and News that are more intuitive and more powerful, making everything you love about your iPhone and iPad even better. iOS 10 adds Siri intelligence into QuickType and Photos, automates your home with the new Home app and opens up Siri, Maps, Phone and Messages to developers — while increasing security and privacy with powerful technologies like Differential Privacy.

— Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering

Personal & Expressive Messages

Messages is the most frequently used iOS app, and with iOS 10 it is more expressive and fun with animated and personalized ways to message friends and family. Messages includes powerful animations, such as balloons, confetti or fireworks that can take over an entire screen to celebrate a special occasion, invisible ink to send a message only revealed after a friend swipes over it, and for added personalization, handwritten notes. Automatic suggestions make it easy to replace words with emoji, Tapback creates a quick and simple way to respond with just a tap and rich links let you see content inline and play media without ever leaving your conversation.

iOS 10 brings the power of the App Store to Messages, opening up new opportunities for developers to create fun new ways for users to communicate in a thread, including stickers to be peeled and pasted into conversations, the ability to quickly personalize GIFs or edit photos, send payments or schedule dinner or a movie, all from within Messages.

Siri Opens to Developers In iOS 10

Siri can be extended into major new areas and do more than ever by working with the apps you love to use. For the first time, developers can build on the intelligence Siri offers and let users interact directly with apps using just their voice. SiriKit™ helps developers easily design their apps to work with Siri for messaging, phone calls, photo search, ride booking, personal payments and workouts, or use Siri to control CarPlay® apps, access climate controls or adjust radio settings within automakers’ apps.

Beautifully Redesigned Maps

Maps in iOS 10 gets a beautiful redesign that makes it even simpler and more intuitive to use. Now open to developers with new extensions, apps like OpenTable can integrate bookings right into Maps, and services like Uber and Lyft can make it easier for users to book a ride, without ever leaving the Maps app. Maps is even smarter with new intelligence that proactively delivers directions to where you most likely want to go next, based on your routine or appointments on your calendar. Once a route is planned, Maps can search along the route for gas stations, restaurants, coffee shops and more and provides an estimate of how the stop impacts the length of your trip.

Rediscover Memories in Photos

Photos in iOS 10 helps you rediscover favorite and forgotten occasions from your photo library by automatically surfacing them in Memories. Memories scans all your photos and videos and finds favorite and forgotten events, trips and people, and presents them in a beautiful collection. A Memory also contains the Memory Movie, an automatically edited movie with theme music, titles and cinematic transitions.

Memories uses advanced computer vision to group the people, places and things inside your images into albums with on-device facial, object and scene recognition. This intelligence brings Memories and related photos to life in a way that’s personal and meaningful to you, while maintaining your privacy.

Home App for Simpler Home Automation

The Home app is deeply integrated into iOS, delivering a simple and secure way to set up, manage and control your home in one place. Accessories can be managed individually or grouped into scenes so they work together with a single command and can be controlled by using Siri. They can be managed remotely or set up for home automation with Apple TV®, and can respond with automatic triggers set by time of day, location or action.

Support for HomeKit continues to expand globally with nearly 100 home automation products adopting HomeKit this year, bringing support for thermostats, lights, window shades, door locks, video cameras and more to the Home app. Later this year, leading home builders, including Brookfield Residential, KB Home, Lennar Homes and R&F Properties, will begin integrating many of these HomeKit devices into new homes.

All-New Design for Apple Music & News

Apple Music has an all-new design, bringing greater clarity and simplicity to every aspect of the experience. It uses a new design language that allows the music to become the hero and a new structure that makes it easy to navigate and discover new music. The Library, For You, Browse and Radio tabs have been completely redesigned to provide an even greater sense of place, and we’ve added a Search tab to make finding music even easier. All of these changes come together to create a design that is clear and intuitive. iOS 10 features a redesigned News app with a new For You, organized into distinct sections that make it easier to find stories, support for breaking news notifications and paid subscriptions.

iOS Experience In iOS 10

Accessing the information you need is easier and quicker than ever. Raise to Wake automatically wakes the screen as you raise your iPhone®, making it easier to view all your notifications at a glance, right from the Lock screen. Notifications, Today view and Control Center are accessible with just a swipe or a press, and deeper 3D Touch™ integration with iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus makes interacting with apps even easier.

Additional iOS 10 Features

Siri intelligence brings new QuickType features, including contextual predictions to surface relevant information based on location, calendar availability or contacts; and predictive typing supports multiple languages without switching keyboards. Phone adds integration for third-party VoIP calls, voicemail transcription and a new caller ID extension for spam alerts. Built-in app updates include Safari® split-view for iPad®, Notes collaboration and Live Photos™ editing. Apple Pay® can now be used to make easy, secure and private purchases on participating websites using Safari, in addition to paying in-stores and within apps. Bedtime Alarm in the Clock app lets you set a regular sleep schedule and receive bedtime reminders. Privacy in iOS 10 Security and privacy are fundamental to the design of Apple hardware, software and services. iMessage®, FaceTime® and HomeKit use end-to-end encryption to protect your data by making it unreadable by Apple and others. iOS 10 uses on-device intelligence to identify the people, objects and scenes in Photos, and power QuickType suggestions. Services like Siri, Maps and News send data to Apple’s servers, but this data is not used to build user profiles.

Starting with iOS 10, Apple is using technology called Differential Privacy to help discover the usage patterns of a large number of users without compromising individual privacy. In iOS 10, this technology will help improve QuickType and emoji suggestions, Spotlight® deep link suggestions and Lookup Hints in Notes.

Availability The developer preview of iOS 10 is available to iOS Developer Program members at developer.apple.com starting today, and a public beta program will be available to iOS users in July at beta.apple.com. iOS 10 will be available this fall as a free software update for iPhone 5 and later, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini 2 and later, and iPod touch 6th generation.