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.

Mac Pro now available in South Africa – Limited Stock

The new Mac Pro is available in selected iStore’s in South Africa. Due to the limited stock The Core Group is not considering this the full launch in South Africa. Core previously said that it hoped to launch the Mac Pro during the first quarter of 2014.

Core has revealed a recommend retail price (RRP) for the new Mac Pro in South Africa but has said that due to the weakening Rand the price might increase.

Mac Pro – 3.7 GHz Quad-core – R38 999 (RRP)

  • Intel Xeon E5 processor;
  • 12GB 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory;
  • Dual AMD FirePro D300 with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM each;
  • 256GB PCIe-based flash storage;

Mac Pro – 3.5GHz 6-core – R50 999 (RRP)

  • Intel Xeon E5 processor;
  • 16GB 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory;
  • Dual AMD FirePro D500 with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM each;
  • 256GB PCIe-based flash storage;

Apple releases Mac Pro

Mac Pro, South Africa

At a Media Event on Tuesday Apple announced the release of the new Mac Pro. 

The new Mac Pro is our vision for the future of the pro desktop, everything about it has been reimagined and there has never been anything like it,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The new Mac Pro packs up to 12-core Xeon CPUs, dual FirePro GPUs, ultra-fast ECC memory, new PCIe flash storage, Thunderbolt 2 expandability and more into a radical new design that is one-eighth the size of the previous generation Mac Pro.

The Mac Pro features the latest Intel Ivy Bridge E Xeon processors with up to 12 cores, dual AMD FirePro GPUs, six Thunderbolt 2 ports, and PCIe-based flash storage with ECC memory, USB 3.0, and faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

The new Mac Pro will begin shipping in December in the US and will only reach South Africa by late January at the earliest. Here is our expected price in South Africa: 

Mac Pro, South Africa

Apple Sends Out Invitations for October 22 Media Event

Apple has just issued media invitations for its October 22 media event where the company is expected to introduce its next-generation iPad, iPad mini models, the all new Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks.

The event will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and will begin at 17:00pm South African Time. The invitation tagline reads “We still have a lot to cover.”

The event is expect to focus on the iPad but will include some Mac related announcements. 

Apple release Golden Master of Mavericks

Mavericks

Apple recently released the Golden Master of Mavericks to developers. This means that we are getting close to a public launch of Mavericks. Although there has been no word from Apple about when Mavericks will be released to the public ones the Golden Master has been released we know that Apple is about the go public.

Apple is expected to hold a media event as soon as this month where it could not only unveil new iPads but also officially launch the redesigned Mac Pro and perhaps other updated Mac models, offering an opportunity for a Mavericks release announcement there as well depending on timing.

Apple Care staff have begun training to support Mavericks and required to be finished training by the 11 October. Could we possibly see Mavericks on the 14 October? 

New Mac Pro

During WWDC, Apple did something they never ever do and that was give a sneak peak at a product they haven’t released. High end professionals have been asking for an update of the Mac Pro for years and Apple has remained silent until the end of last year when Tim Cook responded to an email saying that a new Mac Pro would be coming late in 2013. 

Mac Pro, New, 2013

Mac Pro, New, 2013

Apple did what only Apple can do and set out to reinvent the pro desktop.  The new Mac Pro is an incredible 25,5 cm tall and 1/8 the size of the current Mac Pro. Apple didn’t mention exact technical specifications and has said that the information they have published is subject to change.

Apple didn’t give a time frame for the release of the Mac Pro but our guess is that it will be released in October or November. South African will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on the new Mac Pro as new products generally take about 2 months to reach South Africa and in some cases like the iMac there is still a delay. 

The new Mac Pro will be available in South Africa toward the end of February 2014

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.