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.

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%.

Apple quietly updates iPad storage and drops prices

Apple quietly updated its lineup of older iPads, increasing the minimum storage on the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 4, and the iPad mini 2 and lowering the prices of the maximum storage tier. The iPad Pro has also been updated with new pricing options, with Apple making storage increases more affordable.

It is unclear when this prices will become available in South Africa.

The iPad Air 2 is now available in 32 and 128GB configurations, priced at R7 599and R9 599, respectively, for the WiFi only models. Previously, Apple offered a 16GB model for R7 599 and a 64GB model for R9 599. 

The iPad mini 4 is now available in 32GB and 128GB configurations, priced at R7 499and R9 499 respectively, for the WiFi only models. Apple previously sold a 16GB iPad mini 4 for R7 499, a 64GB model for R9 599, and a 128GB model for R1 499. 

The iPad mini 2 is now only available in a 32GB capacity, priced at R4 999. Apple has done away with the 16GB model and has dropped the price of the new 32GB model to the price the 16GB model used to be sold at. 

As for the iPad Pro, Apple has dropped the prices on higher storage tiers by up to R1 800. Pricing on the iPad Pro is as follows: 

12.9-inch
32GB – R14 999
128GB – R16 999
256GB – R18 999
128GB Cellular – R 19 499
256GB Cellular – R21 499

9.7-inch
32GB – R11 499
128GB – R13 499
256GB – R15 499
32GB Cellular – R13 999
128GB Cellular – R15 999
256GB Cellular – R17 999

 

iPad Pro 9.7-inch now available in South Africa

The 9.7 inch iPad Pro is now available in South Africa.

iPad Pro can do things a PC can do. And a whole lot of things a PC can’t. Featuring the A9X chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture and the most brilliant Retina display Apple has ever made, it sets a new standard. Yet for all its performance, iPad Pro weighs less than 500 grams and offers up to 10 hours of battery life.1 Add the pixel-perfect precision of Apple Pencil and the incredibly slim Smart Keyboard,2 and iPad Pro becomes even more versatile. With ultrafast wireless, iOS 9, and amazing built-in apps plus a million more on the App Store, iPad Pro is the most powerful and personal way of doing everything you love. 

Here are the iPad Pro prices in South Africa:

iPad Pro 9.7 inch

Wifi only

32GB – R11 899

128GB – R14 899

256GB – R17 899

iPad Pro 9.7 inch

Wifi and Cellular

32GB – R14 499

128GB – R17 499

256GB – R20 499

Apple Introduces 9.7-inch iPad Pro

Apple today introduced the all-new 9.7-inch iPad Pro — at just under one pound it features a new pro Retina display with greater brightness, wider color gamut, lower reflectivity, Night Shift mode and introduces new True Tone display technology to dynamically adjust white balance. The new iPad Pro delivers incredible performance with the 64-bit A9X chip that rivals most portable PCs, along with a four-speaker audio system that is twice as powerful, new 12-megapixel iSight camera for shooting Live Photos and 4K video, 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, and faster wireless technologies. And iPad Pro includes support for the breakthrough Apple Pencil and a new Smart Keyboard cover designed to fit the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

iPad Pro is a new generation of iPad that is indispensable and immersive, enabling people to be more productive and more creative. It’s incredibly fast, extremely portable, and completely natural to use with your fingers, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. And now it comes in two sizes. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a new Retina display with True Tone technology, four-speaker audio system, blazing fast A9X chip, 12-megapixel iSight camera, 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, faster wireless, and support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. It is the ultimate upgrade for existing iPad users and replacement for PC users.

— Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

Designers, illustrators and businesses have quickly adopted iPad Pro and it’s changing the way they work:

People don’t realize how much hand drawing is needed to produce computer animation. iPad Pro and Apple Pencil are the closest we’ve ever been able to get in the digital world to actually drawing on paper.

— John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

I’ve done everything including designing the latest cycling collection on iPad Pro. It goes with me everywhere, and has not only replaced my laptop, but my paper notebook as well. For the Rapha design team, iPad Pro will become standard issue.

— Alex Valdman, Head of Design for Rapha

At Citi, iPad Pro is truly transforming how we work. iPad Pro and Apple Pencil have played a huge part in the new Citi Design team’s work to create new innovative customer experiences. We use iPad Pro for sketching out new design concepts, presenting our work, answering our emails, working with our design files on Adobe Creative Cloud and participating in FaceTime meetings with our other design teams all over the world.

— Stephen Gates, U.S. Head of Design for Citi Global Consumer Banking.

Pro display

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro features advanced display technologies, including a True Tone display, which uses new four-channel sensors to dynamically adjust the white balance of the display to match the light around you for a more natural and accurate, paper-white viewing experience. The advanced Retina display is 25 percent brighter and 40 percent less reflective than iPad Air® 2, making content even easier to see indoors and out. It uses the same wider color gamut as the iMac® with Retina 5K display, delivering 25 percent greater color saturation¹ for more vivid colors. A custom timing controller, photo alignment and oxide TFT deliver incredible color, contrast and clarity. Night Shift in iOS 9.3 uses iPad Pro’s clock and geolocation to automatically adjust the colors in the display to the warmer end of the spectrum after dark and may even help you get a better night’s sleep.

Pro performance

The new iPad Pro is just 6.1mm thin and weighs just under one pound, yet delivers groundbreaking performance, connectivity and versatility so you can tackle the most demanding tasks wherever you go. The powerful A9X chip with third-generation 64-bit architecture provides performance that rivals many laptops and console-class graphics, while also delivering all-day battery life. Ultrafast wireless connectivity keeps you connected wherever you go with 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO technology, support for even faster LTE Advanced with up to 50 percent faster cellular connectivity and the most LTE bands supported by any tablet. Now with Apple SIM embedded directly in the new iPad Pro, it’s even easier to connect to wireless data plans right from your device when traveling in more than 100 countries and territories.

iPad Pro has an advanced 12-megapixel iSight camera sensor featuring Focus Pixels for fast focusing, an Apple-designed image signal processor, advanced noise reduction, third-generation local tone mapping and better face detection, all resulting in sharp, detailed images, 63-megapixel panoramas and Live Photos. A True Tone flash improves low light shots and document scanning. The new iSight camera shoots 4K video, making the new iPad Pro the perfect device to shoot, edit and share pro-quality video. The improved 5-megapixel, front-facing FaceTime HD camera makes the new iPad Pro perfect for videoconferencing or connecting with loved ones.

Pro audio

The four-speaker audio system provides powerful, clear and rich stereo sound for more than twice the audio output.¹ Built-in sensors automatically adjust and optimize the audio no matter which way you’re using it. iOS 9.3 also adds support for playing video encoded with Dolby Digital Plus audio streams with support for multichannel output using the Apple Lightning® Digital AV Adapter.

Pro accessories

Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, available for purchase separately, bring breakthrough levels of precision and utility to iPad Pro. Advanced sensors in Apple Pencil measure both pressure and tilt for a natural drawing, annotating and note-taking experience. A new Smart Keyboard is custom-designed for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, offering a thin yet durable keyboard that never needs to be charged or paired over Bluetooth and is easily foldable into a protective Smart Cover®. The new Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader and Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter make it easy to download photos and videos from a digital camera to iPad Pro, while a new Lightning to USB-C Cable and Apple’s 29W USB-C Power Adapter enable faster charging.

Pricing & Availability

The 9.7 inch iPad Pro should reach South Africa some time in May.

South Africa estimated Price:

32GB – R11 499

128GB – R14 199

256GB – R16 999

Apple ‘Let Us Loop You In’ Event – 21 March 2016 Live Blog

Live Blog of Apple ‘Let Us Loop You In’ Event on 21 March 2016.

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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.

iPad Pro now available online

You can now order your iPad Pro online through iBar…

iPad Pro Wifi

iPad Pro Wifi + Cellular

iPad Mini 4 now available online in South Africa

The iPad Mini 4 is now available online in South Africa from iBar Online.

Apple updated the iPad Mini at it’s recent media event when apple announced the iPhone 6s, the all new Apple TV and the iPad Pro.

iPad Mini 4



iOS 9’s WiFi Assist could be using all your data

If you have data plan with a cap, it’s probably a good idea to dive into iOS 9’s Settings and turn off WiFI Assist.

The feature switches an iPhone’s data connection to the mobile carrier when it’s experiencing shoddy WiFi. If you have an unlimited data plan, it’s great –it ends the need to turn off WiFi when the local connection goes south and you can no longer load that hilarious goat video you found. It’s not so great, however, when you have a pretty low data cap and it switches from WiFi to cell without your knowledge.

If you’re part of the latter group, head to Settings > Cellular then scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to turn off WiFi Assist to keep your mobile carrier from taking all your money on your next bill.