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Apple Introduces The Best iPod Touch Yet

Apple Introduces The Best iPod Touch Yet

Apple today introduced the best iPod touch yet and unveiled a new lineup of colours for all iPod® models, including space grey, silver, gold, pink and blue. The ultra-portable iPod touch features a new 8 megapixel iSight® camera for beautiful photos, an improved FaceTime® HD camera for even better selfies, the Apple-designed A8 chip with 10 times faster graphics performance for a more immersive gaming experience, and even better fitness tracking with the M8 motion coprocessor. With the newly launched Apple Music™ service, members can enjoy playlists curated by the most talented music experts from around the world, stay in-the-know on music culture with a global 24/7 broadcast on Beats 1℠ radio, and comment on or like backstage photos and videos shared directly by their favourite artists on Connect.

“iPod touch gives customers around the world access to Apple Music, the App Store and iOS, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, starting at just $199,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone, iPod and iOS Product Marketing. “With big advancements like the A8 chip and the 8 megapixel iSight camera, customers can experience next-level gameplay, take even more beautiful photos and enjoy their favorite music, TV shows and movies.”

With the A8 chip, the same used in the revolutionary iPhone® 6, users can play even more immersive games for hours at a time, all the while with great battery life. iPod touch has become one of the world’s most loved mobile gaming experiences — its 4-inch Retina® display and rich collection of gaming titles are further enhanced with incredible graphics performance and thousands of Metal-optimized games. With the advanced iSight and FaceTime HD cameras, iPod touch owners, for the first time, can have fun with popular features including slo-mo and burst mode, while capturing memories and everyday moments with gorgeous photos and videos. Three times faster Wi-Fi lets customers stay in touch with friends and family through FaceTime calls, and download movies and TV shows with ease.

The App Store on iPod touch, available in 155 countries, gives users access to 1.5 million apps across 24 categories. iPod touch is also the perfect way to carry your music collection in your pocket. iTunes® boasts the world’s largest music catalog, and with Apple Music, customers have access to the revolutionary streaming music service, Beats 1, Apple’s first ever live radio station, and Connect, where artists can communicate directly to fans. Apple Music is available on iPod touch through the Music app — users are invited to a 3-month trial, after which a $9.99/month membership fee will apply. There is a family plan providing service for up to six family members available for just $14.99/month.

iPod touch comes with iOS 8 and a collection of powerful built-in apps. Send unlimited voice and video text messages through iMessage® over Wi-Fi, quickly make edits to your photos with the Photos app and keep track of your fitness and wellness with the Health app. With Family Sharing, up to six family members can share purchases from iTunes, iBooks® and the App Store, along with photos and calendars. Parents can also create Apple IDs for children which includes Ask to Buy where parental permission is required for all purchases.

The new iPod touch starts at $199 (US) for the 16GB model, $249 (US) for 32GB and $299 (US) for 64GB, and the entire iPod family in its five new colors is available starting today through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. For the first time, iPod touch is available in a 128GB model for $399 (US)

The updated iPod’s should be available in South Africa during August.

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App Store prices set to increase in South Africa

App Store prices set to increase in South Africa

Apple have sent an email to developers informing them that there will be a price increase in four countries including South Africa. Below is the email Apple sent out.

“Hi [Developer],

We sometimes need to update prices on the App Store whenever taxes or foreign exchange rates change. Within the next 36 hours, prices will increase in the following App Store territories:

  • Mexico
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Turkey

Because of the price increases, customers with auto-renewable subscriptions on the South African, South Korean, and Turkish App Store will need to resubscribe. However, although the prices are also changing for subscriptions on the Mexican App Store, we won’t interrupt those.

We’ll send an email to your subscribers in these territories shortly before their subscription renews to let them know that the price of their existing subscription will increase. The email also has a link that will let customers resubscribe, or in Mexico, turn their subscription off.

In addition, we’re also adding two new low-price tiers, Alternate Tier A and Alternate Tier B, for the Indian, Indonesian, Mexican, Russian, South African, and Turkish App Store. We’ll update prices for existing apps and In-App Purchases that already use the Alternate Tier A and Alternate Tier B price tiers on the Chinese App Store.

You’ll be able to review the new prices in the updated price-tier matrix in Rights and Pricing in My Apps within the next 36 hours.

The App Store team

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Apple Launches Apple Music and Beats1 Radio

Apple Launches Apple Music and Beats1 Radio

Apple has released iOS 8.4 update with the launch of Apple Music and Beats1 Radio in over 100 countries.

People with a South Africa iTunes account can get Apple Music for R59.99 per month.

A Family plan is also available for R89.99 per month, offering access to the streaming service for up to 6 people.

iTunes users on Windows or Mac will have to ensure that they are running the latest version of Apple’s software to access the new music streaming service. An update is expected later today.

Android support for Apple Music will be coming “this fall” (September – November 2015).

iTunes Radio is still available under the radio tab in the music app.

iTunes Match is still a service offered by Apple for customers who aren’t interested in Apple Music. 

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What to expect from Apple’s Media Event

What to expect from Apple’s Media Event

With a few hours left before Apple’s iPhone media event we though we would give some predictions about what to expect from the event.

Opening

Apple always spends the first 15 minutes giving an update. It’s so easy to predict what they will give updates on but our guess is that they will talk about the iTunes Music Festival which is currently happening in the UK. Also expect some news about Beat By Dr Dre to come up and possible something special around this. Recent rumours suggest that U2 will be involved in some way in this media event. Maybe a Product (red) Beats by Dr Dre earphones? Highly unlikely.

iPod

The current iPod line up hasn’t received an update since 2012 except for the iPod Touch which received a minor upgrade in June this year. iPod sales have been declining as people are more interested in iPhone and iPad. iPod touch accounts for 50% of iPod sales so don’t expect Apple to discontinue the iPod Touch.

Many people have been predicting that Apple will kill off the iPod but why kill something that makes $20 million a year? Many developers are using iPod touch for testing as it is cheaper than buying iPhone’s. If Apple introduce the iWatch then it is most likely that it will take the place of the iPod Nano. Maybe Apple will redesigned the iPod Nano to look like an watch at a cheaper price and developer will be able to use it to test their iWatch applications.

We have no idea what Apple will do with the iPod line up but expect some updates.

iWatch

The hype around the watch has been massive but with very little information and leaked parts it is unlikely that Apple will have the iWatch ready before the end of the year. Expect Apple to give an advanced preview of what the iWatch will look like and some features but don’t expect to much information. Apple like teasing the public and creating media hype. The did this with the Mac Pro last year.

iPhone 6 / iOS 8

The one we have all been waiting for. Apple with announce two new iPhone 6’s one with a 4.7 inch screen and the other with a 5.5 inch screen. Rumours suggest the 5.5 inch screen will be called the iPhone 6 Plus or possible the iPhone 6 Air.

iPhone 6 4.7 inch Specs:

  • A 4.7 inch screen
  • Colours: Space Gray, Silver, Gold
  • Slimmer design: around 7mm — with rounded chassis and relocated sleep/wake button.
  • Scratch resistant sapphire crystal display?
  • Improved camera optics with image stabilisation and a protruding lens on the back of the device.
  • Improved Touch ID sensor.
  • A8 chip with 1GB RAM plus updated motion co-processor.
  • Revamped speaker.
  • Storage capacity: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.
  • 1810mAh or 2100mAh battery which could offer a slight battery life bump.
  • Improved LTE speeds, potentially as fast as 150 Mbps.
  • NFC

iPhone 6 4.7 inch Specs:

  • A 5.5 inch screen with 16:9 aspect ratio.
  • Colours: Space Gray, Silver, Gold
  • Slimmer design: around 7.5mm — with rounded chassis and relocated sleep/wake button.
  • Scratch resistant sapphire crystal display?
  • Improved camera optics with image stabilisation and a protruding lens on the back of the device.
  • Improved Touch ID sensor.
  • A8 chip with 1GB RAM plus updated motion co-processor.
  • Revamped speaker.
  • Storage capacity: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. Apple could drop the 16GB
  • 2915mAh battery capacity.
  • Improved LTE speeds, potentially as fast as 150 Mbps.
  • NFC

During the reveal of the iPhone 6 Apple will revisit iOS 8. They will give a brief run down of what they announced at WWDC and will move on to some special features which will only be available to iPhone 6 users. This could include a Mobile Payment solution but don’t get your hops up to much that it will work in South Africa. Expect some news here about the Health App and it’s integration with iWatch.

At the end of this all Tim Cook will summaries the whole keynote in under 2 minutes and we will be left waiting till November for the iPhone 6.

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iTunes: The Lego Movie Available For Pre-Order

iTunes: The Lego Movie Available For Pre-Order

The Lego Movie is now available for Pre-Order in South Africa and will become available on the 7 July 2014.

The first-ever full-length theatrical LEGO movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

The Lego Movie Purchase Price:

HD – R149.99 (3.41GB)

SD – R129.99 (1.57GB)

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Games now available on South African iTunes Store

Games now available on South African iTunes Store

Apple has finally opened up the Games category on the South African iTunes Store. Locals have been requesting the feature for a long time now, it was only a matter of time before opened up the games market in South Africa. 

South African iTunes

The listing includes popular titles like Plants vs Zombies, Angry Birds, Real Racing 3, and more. Clicking on the links for those games shows their information pages inside the browser, along with rand pricing for the games and/or their in-game purchases. Clicking on a purchase button in the web browser loads the game’s purchase page in iTunes, from where it is possible to purchase the game.

Visiting the App Store from iTunes or from your iPhone or iPad’s App Store will not show a games section. However, searching for games from iTunes or from the App Store on your iOS device will return results. We were able to find a handful of games, including the latest Angry Birds title, Angry Birds Star Wars 2. It is listed for R7.99.

Using a South African iTunes account is now a great option for many and the idea of having to create a US or UK iTunes account is no longer needed.

If you want to keep your US and UK iTunes account you can purchase Gift Cards from getitunesgiftcard.com. The US and UK iTunes account still offer access to more Movies, TV Shows and apps that are still not available in the South Africa iTunes store.

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Apple Updates iPod’s

Apple Updates iPod’s

After yesterday’s media event where Apple announced the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, Apple quietly updated the colour options of it’s iPod line up by removing the “Slate” option and adding the “Space Grey” option. 

iPod Shuffle with Space Grey option
iPod Shuffle with Space Grey option

Although this might seem like a minor update it does give us some insight into things at Apple. For the last few years we have known that Apple’s iPod business made the least amount of money. Every year in September Apple updates it’s iPod line up at a special Media event.

This year however they have made a minor update without making an announcement which means there will be no iPod media event this are and no new iPod’s.

iPod Nano's with Space Grey option
iPod Nano’s with Space Grey option
iPod Touch with Space Grey option
iPod Touch with Space Grey option
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Apple Launches New 16 GB iPod Touch With No Rear Camera

Apple Launches New 16 GB iPod Touch With No Rear Camera

Today Apple quietly made an update to it’s iPod line up, launching a new 16 GB fifth-generation model without a rear camera. The new iPod is only available with a black front cover and replaces the fourth-generation iPod touch that Apple had continued to offer since the introduction of new models late last year.

iPod Touch, Apple, South Africa

The new model should reach South Africa within a month and carry a price tag of about R2699

Beyond the loss of a rear camera, the new entry-level iPod touch also omits Apple’s “Loop” wrist strap introduced on the fifth-generation models last year. 

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What Will Apple Do In 2013?

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.

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