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.

Core releases pricing of updated Macbook Air & 13 inch Macbook Pro’s

Core have released pricing for the recently updated Macbook Air‘s and 13 inch Macbook Pro’s. Overall there has been about R1 000 increase for the Macbook Air and up to R2 000 increase in the Macbook Pro’s. the price increase is most likely because of the weak Rand.

11″ MacBook Air 13″ MacBook Air 13″ MacBook Pro
Processor 1,6 GHz 1,6 GHz 1,6 GHz 1,6 GHz 2,7 GHz 2,7 GHz 2,9 GHz
RAM 4GB 4GB 4GB 4GB 8GB 8GB 8GB
Storage 128GB 256GB 128GB 256GB 128GB 256GB 512GB
Price R13 599 R16 499 R14 999 R18 499 R18 999 R22 499 R26 999

Along with the price increase Core also announced new prices for the previous Macbook Air’s and 13 inch Macbook Pro’s. The price decrease in in about R2 000 across the board with a R3 000 decrease on the top of the range 13 inch Macbook Pro. These model’s won’t be around for long as Core is most likely clearing their stock.

Older Models 11″ MacBook Air 13″ MacBook Air 13″ MacBook Pro
Previous Price R12 699 R15 699 R13 999 R17 599 R17 499 R20 999 R24 999
New Price R10 899 R13 499 R11 999 R14 899 R15 799 R17 999