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 Invites Media to ‘Hello Again’ 27 October Mac-Centric Event

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.

Apple Updates iMac Family, Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2

Apple today updated the entire iMac family, bringing a stunning new Retina 4K display to the 21.5-inch iMac for the first time and the Retina 5K display to every 27-inch iMac. The new Retina displays make photos and videos more immersive and true-to-life thanks to a wider colour gamut and spectacular image quality. The updated iMacs also feature more powerful processors and graphics, two Thunderbolt 2 ports and new storage options that make the high-performance Fusion Drive even more affordable.

Apple today also introduced a new lineup of wireless accessories including the all-new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2. The Magic devices have been redesigned to feel more comfortable than ever, and feature rechargeable batteries that completely eliminate the need for disposable batteries. The new Magic Trackpad 2 also brings Apple’s revolutionary Force Touch interface to the desktop, adding a new dimension to the iMac experience.

From the first iMac to today, the spirit of iMac has never wavered — deliver the ultimate desktop experience with the latest technologies, gorgeous displays and cutting-edge designs. These are the most stunning iMacs we’ve ever made. With our gorgeous new Retina displays, more powerful processors and graphics and all-new Magic accessories, the new iMac continues to redefine the ultimate desktop experience.

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

With Retina display, text appears sharper than ever, videos are unbelievably lifelike and you can see new levels of detail in your photos. The 21.5-inch iMac is available with the all-new Retina 4K display featuring an amazing 4096 x 2304 resolution and 9.4 million pixels, 4.5 times more than the standard 21.5-inch iMac display. Every 27-inch iMac features a Retina 5K display, the world’s highest resolution all-in-one display with a stunning 14.7 million pixels, 7 times more pixels than an HD display. With a Retina display now on the 21.5-inch iMac and every 27-inch iMac, iMac with Retina display is more affordable than ever.

The new Retina displays feature a wider color gamut that brings more brilliant and true-to-life colours to your desktop. With standard sRGB-based displays, many of the colors you see in real life never make it to your screen. The new Retina 5K and 4K displays feature a wider P3-based color gamut that provides a 25 percent larger color space, and with more available colors, images are more vivid, reveal even greater detail and appear more lifelike than ever.

Faster and more powerful than ever, the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display now comes with sixth-generation Intel Core processors and the latest AMD high-performance graphics that deliver up to 3.7 teraflops of compute power. The new 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display features a fifth-generation Intel Core processor and enhanced Intel Iris Pro Graphics. Two Thunderbolt 2 ports now come standard on all iMacs and deliver up to 20Gbps data transfer speeds for external drives and high-performance peripherals. And three stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi allows iMac to support up to 1.3Gbps wireless networking.*

Fusion Drive combines the large storage capacity of a hard drive with the high performance of flash to deliver shorter boot times and faster access to apps and files. Fusion Drive works in conjunction with OS X® to adapt to the way you use your iMac and automatically moves the files and apps you use most often to flash storage. The incredible performance of Fusion Drive is now more affordable with a new, lower-priced configuration that pairs a 1TB hard drive with 24GB of fast flash. Fusion Drive is also available with 2TB and 3TB configurations with 128GB of fast flash for more demanding workloads. For the ultimate in storage performance, optional all flash storage is available up to 1TB and is now up to 2.5 times faster.**

The all-new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2 are more comfortable, capable and environmentally friendly. Designed around a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery, all three accessories eliminate the need for disposable batteries and feature a noticeably more solid internal structure and quality feel. The new Magic Keyboard features a full-size keyboard in a sleek new design that takes up 13 percent less space on your desktop. With a new scissor mechanism and lower profile, the Magic Keyboard provides an incredibly stable, precise and comfortable typing experience. The new Magic Mouse 2 is lighter, sturdier and features an optimized foot design for a smoother glide. The new Magic Trackpad 2 features a 29 percent larger surface and brings Force Touch to the desktop for the first time. Force Touch enables a range of new ways to interact with your Mac, including the new Force click to quickly look up a word, preview a file or bring up a map from an address. The new Magic devices pair instantly with your Mac as soon as they are plugged in via the Lightning-to-USB charging cable, and can last about a month or more on a full charge.

The updated iMac’s, Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2 are expected to be in South Africa by mid November.

New MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina display and iMac 27-inch with Retina 5k display available in South Africa

Core Group has announced that the updated 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display will be available in iStore and Digicape from 2 June 2015, and other selected retailers soon.

The updated 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features the new Force Touch trackpad, longer battery life and faster discrete graphics, delivering even more performance and capabilities to the MacBook Pro line.The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display also has up to 2.5 times faster flash storage than the previous generation, with up to 9 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 9 hours of iTunes movie playback.

The 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display features a breathtaking 14.7 million pixel display, 3.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost Speeds up to 3.7 GHz and AMD Radeon R9 M290 graphics. The new iMac also includes 8GB of memory and 1TB of storage, as well as four USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolt 2 ports each deliver up to 20Gbps of bandwidth for external devices. 

Model Price
iMac 27-inch: 1TB hard disk drive R30,499
MacBook Pro 15-inch: 256GB flash storage R29,999
MacBook Pro 15-inch: 512GB flash storage R36,999

Next Apple Media Event: 21 October 2014

Although it hasn’t been confirmed we are taking a guess at when Apple next media event will be.

Apple traditional has done it October media event on the second last Tuesday of the month. This year that happens to be 21 October.

What to expect from this event?

We will see the final preview of OS X Yosemite which will become available to the public after the event.

It’s hard to say what will happen so far away but you can be sure we will see some updated iPad’s, iPad Mini’s and an upgrade to the iMac. There is a possibility of an upgrade to the Mac Mini or a completely new Apple TV

Let us know what product you would like to see updated in the comments section.

Apple Releases Cheaper 21.5 inch iMac

Apple today released a new model of iMac. These machines are considerably cheaper than their predecessors, priced at $1099. Previously, the cheapest iMac was priced at $1299

The new entry-level 21.5-inch iMac comes with a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel i5 processor, a 500GB hard drive, 8GB of memory, and an Intel HD 5000 Graphics chip.

The New iMac is available immediately in the US. The New iMac should be available in South Africa within the next two weeks.

New iMacs available in South Africa

iMac, South Africa

The Core Group have confirmed that the new iMac‘s which were released a few days after the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c have now reached South Africa and are available in all iStores nationwide. 

The updated iMacs have a Intel’s Haswell processors, faster PCI Express-based flash storage options, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. 

 

iMac 21.5-inch

LED-backlit display (1920 by 1080)

2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 processor

8GB (two 4GB) of 1600 MHz DDR3 memory

1TB hard drive

Intel Iris Pro graphics

Headphone/optical digital output

2 Thunderbolt ports, 4 USB 3 ports

1 SDXC Card slot  

PRICE | R16 999

 iMac 21.5-inch

LED-backlit display (1920 by 1080)

2.9GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 processor

8GB (two 4GB) of 1600 MHz DDR3 memory

1TB hard drive

NVIDIA GT 750M graphics processor with 1GB of GDDR5 memory

2 Thunderbolt ports, 4 USB 3 ports

1 SDXC Card slot

PRICE | R19 499

Buy iMac, iStore

Buy iMac, iStore

 iMac 27-inch

LED-backlit display (2560 by 1440 pixels)

3.2GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 processor

8GB (two 4GB) of 1600 MHz DDR3 memory

3TB hard drive

NVIDIA GT 755M graphics processor with 1GB of GDDR5 memory

2 Thunderbolt ports

4 USB 3.0 ports, 1 SDXC Card slot

PRICE | R23 499

 iMac 27-inch

LED-backlit display (2560 by 1440 pixels)

3.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 processor

8GB (two 4GB) of 1600 MHz DDR3 memory

3TB hard drive

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 755M graphics processor with 2GB of GDDR5 memory

2 Thunderbolt ports

4 USB 3.0 ports, 1 SDXC Card slot

PRICE | R26 499

Buy iMac, iStore

Buy iMac, iStore

Apple updates iMac

iMac South Africa

In a surprise move, Apple announced the launch of updated iMacs based on Intel’s Haswell processors, faster PCI Express-based flash storage options, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

iMac continues to be the example that proves how beautiful, fast and fun a desktop computer can be,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Inside its ultra-thin aluminum enclosure, the new iMac has the latest Intel processors, faster graphics, next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage.

 

New models: 

21.5-inch

 

  • 2.7 GHz quad-core i5 and Intel Iris Pro graphics – (Expected Price in South Africa – R16 499)
  • 2.9 GHz quad-core Intel i5 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 1 GB video memory –  (Expected Price in South Africa – R18 999)

 

27-inch

  • 3.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M with 1 GB video memory – (Expected Price in South Africa – R22 999)
  • 3.4 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M with 2 GB video memory – (Expected Price in South Africa – R25 999)

All standard configurations come with 8 GB of RAM and a 1 TB traditional hard drive.

These new iMac’s should reach South Africa by the end of October. 

 

iMac Supply Shortage

We have been hearing from many people that they are unable to get their hands on the new iMac in South Africa. According to the zastore.co.za website, which is the official Core Group distrubution for Apple in South Africa all models are currently unavailable.

Apple News has little knowledge of the Apple supply chain in South Africa and makes most estimations based on past history and information about the supply chain in America. In other words if Apple in America are having shortages it is most likely that the rest of the world will be excepriencing the same problems. In the same way as soon as the supply in America increases it is then expected to increase world wide within a few weeks.

Having said all of the above, Apple in America has had long delivery times for the new iMac but recently the delivery time has dropped to witihin 24 hours in the last few days. This doesn’t really mean anything for us in South Africa except that things are going to improve. Apple supply chain normally takes about a month to filter through to South Africa so it is our guess that within the next 4 weeks we should see an improvement in supply. We suspect that supply will still be low and we are lead to believe that demand is still high. Expect the stock to move off the shelves quickly if it hasn’t already been pre-ordered.

What Will Apple Do In 2013?

As 2013 rolls around it’s that time to make some predictions about what Apple will do in 2013.

These are our predictions and in no way mean that Apple will do any of the suggestions. These is mer speculation.

Mac Pro

Mac Pro

The Mac Pro has already be confirmed to be receiving an update early in 2013. We expect this update to happen in February or March. We are very interested to see what Apple has in store here as it has been a long time since there has been a major update to this product.

Our Prediction: New Design, Faster Processor and possibly Fusion Drive

This will be Apple’s insanely great product for the year!

iMac

The iMac normally gets updates at the end of the year and with the release of an all new designed iMac in 2012 don’t expect anything great here.

Our prediction: Retina Display, Minor spec updates

Mac Mini

This has to be one of the most secretly love products from Apple. The Mac Mini normally gets updates around the same time as the iMac so expect some updates toward the end of the year.

Our prediction: Major internal updates

MacBook Air

The MacBook Air received minor spec updates in 2012 so expect some major updates in 2013.

Our prediction: Fusion Drive, Retina Display, Faster Processor and a Bigger Hard Drive.

MacBook Pro

Macbook Pro

The MacBook Pro line became a bit complicated in 2012. Expect Apple to fix this and simplify the range completely.

Our Prediction: Drop MacBook Pro’s without Retina Display completely. 4 models available: 2 – 13 inch and 2 – 15 inch models. Minor internal improvements.

iPad

The iPad received 2 updates in 2012 so it would be very surprising if Apple released another iPad before October 2013. Apple may change the form factor as it has been the same since the iPad 2 was released in early 2011.

Our Prediction: Change in case design, Faster Processor, Better Camera

iPad Mini

The iPad Mini was only released late 2012 so an update should only come toward the end of 2013. We think the iPad Mini will just be a smaller version of the previous iPad.

Our Prediction: Smaller iPad (4th Generation)

iPhone 5s

iPhone 5s, South Africa

Is it going to be the iPhone 5s or the iPhone 6? We think that at some stage Apple is going to drop the number of the iPhone, they have already done it to the iPad. Don’t expect anything revolutionary here and 2013 will be all about iOS 7.

Our Prediction: Same Form Factor, Faster, Much better Camera, Possible inclusion of NFC but unlikely. If they do include NFC it will be BIG news! Apple won’t include it without making it useful to the masses.

iPods

iPod’s will be updated in September as they are every year.

Our prediction: Not much change. New colours added, iPod nano to run apps. iPod Shuffle to get big update. iPod Classic will either get a massive hard drive update or be discontinued. iPod Touch will be just like the iPhone 5s.

Software

Something that people make very little predictions about but we believe 2013 will have a major focus on is Software.

The software for the Mac. We can’t see anything revolutionary here. Expect major design changes to applications in OS X 10.9

iOS 7

iOS 7 is going to be one of the biggest updates to iOS ever. Expect a completely redesigned look. The fundamentals will not change but the look will. Expect applications like Calendar, Notes, Mail, Reminders to be redesigned.

One More Thing

Every year Apple is expected to release something new. Sometimes it is a major new product and other times it is a variation of an existing product like the iPad Mini. We think there are two things that could come out in 2013

Apple TV

Apple TV – There has been so much talk of Apple creating a full TV with on demand TV. The rumours have started already but we believe this product is still some time away. We believe Apple will update the current Apple TV to enable application and some other added features. This will be like a trial run for the full Apple TV in 2014

iWatch – This has been a rumour since the release of the square iPod nano in 2011 however we believe there is some very useful applications. It will come standard with Bluetooth, Wifi and a small hard drive (about 4Gb). It will run a version of iOS. It will have a power button and an audio jack that will be used for syncing.

iWatch

The iWatch will have a built in speaker that can be used as a bluetooth headset like device to accept and make calls from your iPhone. It will be a remote for your music via airplay as well as control your Apple TV. You will be able to read messages and reply by using Siri which will be built in.

The iWatch will run basic applications with iCloud integration. Contacts, Calendar, Alarm, Reminder, Notes, Radio, Music and Podcast.

We doubt Apple will do this but if they did we would definitely buy one.

What are your predictions for 2013? Leave your predictions in the comments.