iPhone X coming to South Africa

iPhone X coming to South Africa

The Core Group have confirmed that the iPhone X will be available at iStore on Friday 24 November 2017

Pricing has not been confirmed.

iPhone X coming to South Africa

Apple’s vision has always been to create an iPhone that is entirely screen. One so immersive the device itself disappears into the experience. And so intelligent it can respond to a tap, your voice, and even a glance. With iPhone X, that vision is now a reality. Say hello to the future.

Design and Display

It’s all screen.


iPhone X coming to South Africa

iPhone X coming to South Africa
  • Super Retina


With iPhone X, the device is the display. An all‑new 5.8‑inch Super Retina screen fills the hand and dazzles the eyes.¹

iPhone X coming to South Africa
  • Innovative

  • The display employs new techniques and technology to precisely follow the curves of the design, all the way to the elegantly rounded corners.

iPhone X coming to South Africa
  • OLED Designed
    for iPhone X

  • The first OLED screen that rises to the standards of iPhone, with accurate, stunning colours, true blacks, high brightness, and a 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio.

iPhone X coming to South Africa
  • TrueDepth

  • A tiny space houses some of the most sophisticated technology Apple has ever developed, including the cameras and sensors that enable Face ID.

iPhone X coming to South Africa
  • All-New Design

  • The most durable glass ever in a smartphone, front and back. Surgical‑grade stainless steel. Wireless charging. Water and dust resistance.²

iPhone X coming to South Africa

  • Intuitive

  • Familiar gestures make navigation natural and intuitive. Instead of pressing a button, a single swipe takes you home from anywhere.

Face ID

A revolution

in recognition.

iPhone X coming to South Africa
iPhone X coming to South Africa
  • Secure

  • Your face is now your password. Face ID is a new way to unlock and authenticate — and it’s as secure as Touch ID.

iPhone X coming to South Africa

  • Facial Mapping

  • Face ID is enabled by the TrueDepth camera and is simple to set up. It projects and analyses more than 30,000 invisible dots to create a precise depth map of your face.

TrueDepth Camera

Front facing.

Forward thinking.

iPhone X coming to South Africa
iPhone X coming to South Africa
  • Portrait Mode

  • Create beautiful selfies with sharp foregrounds and artfully blurred backgrounds.

iPhone X coming to South Africa
  • Portrait Lighting

  • A new feature in Portrait mode, Portrait Lighting produces impressive studio‑quality lighting effects.³

iPhone X coming to South Africa
  • Animoji

  • The TrueDepth camera analyses more than 50 different muscle movements to mirror your expressions in 12 Animoji. Reveal your inner panda, pig or robot.

Dual 12MP Cameras

The art of photography.


iPhone X coming to South Africa

iPhone X coming to South Africa
  • Improved

  • A larger and faster 12MP sensor. A new colour filter. Deeper pixels. And a new telephoto camera with OIS.

iPhone X coming to South Africa
  • Portrait Lighting

  • Depth-sensing cameras and precise facial mapping create striking studio‑quality lighting effects.³

iPhone X coming to South Africa
  • Dual OIS

  • Both rear cameras have optical image stabilisation and fast lenses for outstanding photos and videos even in low light.

iPhone X coming to South Africa
  • Optical Zoom

  • The wide‑angle and telephoto cameras on iPhone X enable optical zoom, as well as digital zoom of up to 10x for photos and 6x for videos.

A11 Bionic



iPhone X coming to South Africa
iPhone X coming to South Africa
  • Neural Engine

  • Introducing A11 Bionic. The most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone, with a neural engine that’s capable of up to 600 billion operations per second.

iPhone X coming to South Africa
  • Faster CPU

  • The four efficiency cores in the all‑new CPU are up to 70 percent faster than A10 Fusion. And the two performance cores are up to 25 percent faster.

iPhone X coming to South Africa

  • Adaptive

  • Machine learning lets Face ID adapt to physical changes in your appearance over time.

iPhone X coming to South Africa
  • Power Efficiency

  • A second-generation performance controller, and a custom battery design that lasts up to two hours longer between charges than iPhone 7.⁴

iPhone X coming to South Africa
  • Apple-Designed

  • The new Apple‑designed three‑core GPU is up to 30 percent faster than A10 Fusion.

iPhone X coming to South Africa
  • Augmented

  • A11 Bionic powers extraordinary augmented reality experiences in games and apps.

Wireless Charging

Wireless Charging

for a wireless world.

iPhone X coming to South Africa

  • Wireless Charging

  • With no charging cable required, iPhone X is truly designed for the future of wireless.⁵

iPhone X coming to South Africa

  • A Wireless

  • Charge with wireless charging stations and mats in hotels, cafés and airports around the world.


A groundbreaking iOS

for a groundbreaking


iPhone X coming to South Africa

iPhone X coming to South Africa
  • Designed for
    iPhone X

  • A phone that’s all screen required an entirely rethought OS with new capabilities and gestures.

iPhone X coming to South Africa
  • New with

  • Send Animoji in Messages. Make Siri your personal DJ. And discover new music with friends in Apple Music.⁶

iPhone X coming to South Africa
  • Augmented

  • Experience mind-blowing AR games and apps on the world’s largest platform for augmented reality.


Apple reveals iPhone X

Apple reveals iPhone X Apple

Ten years ago, the world got much bigger and much smaller, all in one fell swoop. Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone, the first internet-connected smartphone that put user experience above all, finally executing on the idea of a full touchscreen handset. This ushered in the rise of constant social networking, an application economy, and a complete dependence on our smartphones for just about everything.

Today, Apple has introduced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. But in true Apple fashion, Tim Cook promised us “one more thing.”

Today, ten years later, Apple is introducing the iPhone X. And, by the way, it’s pronounced “Ten.”

So what does a decade of iPhone innovation look like?


Apple’s iPhone X, like the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, comes with a brand new design, ditching bezels and opting for a glass front and back. Apple says there is a deeper strengthening layer in the glass that makes it the “most durable in a smartphone.”

Thanks to this new design, the iPhone X is sealed for water and dust resistance.

It’s made from surgical-grade, stainless steel and comes in two finishes: space grey and silver.

Apple reveals iPhone X Apple


Following the current trend in smartphones, Apple has done away with the bezels on the iPhone X, offering an edge-to-edge 5.8-inch display. In fact, Apple is upgrading quite a bit in that department, offering an OLED display for the very first time, calling it the Super Retina Display. This brings with it all the standard benefits of OLED, including more accurate colors, better image uniformity across the screen, etc.

The iPhone X Super Retina display supports 2046×1125 resolution, with 455 PPI, and HDR in both Dolby Vision and HDR.

The company is reportedly paying around $125 per panel, which is part of the reason for the reports of a more expensive iPhone.


This is also the first iPhone that will not have a home button, with the new screen reaching across the entire front of the device. Users can wake up their device by picking it up or swiping across any part of the screen. To close an app, simply swipe up on the screen and throw it away. Users can also reach Siri by simply saying “Hey Siri” or by pressing the side button.

Given that the home button has historically been central to the iPhone’s security, the replacement comes in the form of a depth-sensing front camera which will unlock the phone by detecting the user’s face. Apple is calling it FaceID.

Apple reveals iPhone X Apple

This means that the iPhone will know what your face looks like from all angles and can unlock the phone while it’s, say, lying on a table. It also means that the feature shouldn’t be susceptible to trickery, such as unlocking for a two-dimensional photo of you instead of the real thing. Apple says the chances that someone can trick FaceID and break into your phone are 1 in a million.

“You’re wearing glasses, or wear a hat, or do it up any way you want to do it…” FaceID still works, day or night, according to Phil Schiller.

Apple reveals iPhone X Apple

FaceID is enabled by a True Depth camera system, equipped with an infrared camera, flood illuminator, dot projector and more all packed into the top of your iPhone.

The feature is used for Apple Pay now, as well as a new feature called Animojis for messaging. Animoji’s use FaceID to lay your facial expressions into emojis, giving them your own unique take. You can pick from a dozen different animated emojis.


As far as cameras are concerned, the iPhone X is about as locked and loaded as one can get. The rear camera features a 12-megapixel sensor, with dual-lenses at f1.8 and f2.8 apertures (which is brighter than the 7 Plus telephoto). It comes with dual-image OIS quad-LED TrueTone flash.


Apple reveals iPhone X Apple

Because of the combination of the new A11 Bionic and the enhanced camera, Apple is introducing a new Portrait Lighting, letting users select their lighting effects. These aren’t filters, but rather a real-time analysis of the light hitting the subject’s face, and these lighting effects can be added before and after the photo is taken.

Video is vastly improved as well. Combined with that A11 processor, video can be captured at 60FPS in low-light mode, with faster frame rate support and 4K capture. Slo-mo videos shot in 1080p will have 240 FPS.

The front-facing camera is powered by that True Depth camera system that supports FaceID. But the big news here is that Portrait mode and Portrait lighting is now available on the front-camera.


The iPhone X, as well as the other new iPhones announced today, comes with wireless charging capabilities, thanks to that new glass back. Wireless charging is supported by Qi, which is considered as the standard in the wireless charging industry.

Plus, battery life is two hours longer than the iPhone 7, with most of the improvement coming by way of software enhancements. But because Apple likes to take things to the next level, the wireless charging on the new iPhones is coming with a new accessory called AirPower. It’s a larger mat that lets users charge their iPhones, Apple Watch and AirPods all at the same time.

Apple reveals iPhone X Apple

The iPhone X is packed with the new A11 Bionic processor: 64-bit design, six cores, two high performance processors that are 25 percent faster than the A10 and 4-high efficiency cores (two more than the A10) that are 70 percent faster. The GPU is 30 percent faster.

Part of the bigger news here is improved photographs. As Panzarino noted in the live blog, “The Apple ISP is one of its secret weapons in photography. If you’ve loved an iPhone picture you’ve ever taken then thank the image processor inside the phone for that result.”

Pricing and Availability

iPhone X is mostly likely only going to be available in South Africa late December or in 2018.

Here is the expected pricing:

iPhone X 64GB R19 999
256GB R21 999

Apple Reveals iPhone 8 (Expected South Africa Price)

Apple Reveals iPhone 8 (Expected South Africa Price)

Apple just unveiled the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus at its press event. It looks a lot like the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but with a glass back. The iPhone 8 still has a single camera while the 8 Plus has a double camera.

It comes in silver, space grey and a new gold finish that looks like a mix between gold and rose gold. These phones are sealed to be water and dust resistant. There’s a new retina HD display. It has true tone technology like the most recent iPad Pro. It adapts to ambient light.

Speakers are 25 percent louder and have deeper bass. Inside, it has an A11 Bionic chip. It is a 64-bit chip with two high performance cores that are 25 percent faster than the A10 in the iPhone 7, and 4 high-efficiency cores that are 70 percent faster than the ones in the A10 (the A10 only had two high-efficiency cores too). The GPU part is 30 percent faster.

The camera sensor and processor are band new. It works better in low light condition, it has some noise reduction technology. The two sensors on the back of the iPhone 8 Plus are f1.8 and f2.8 apertures — it is brighter than the iPhone 7 Plus. There are new color filters too, which should make colors pop more according to SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller.

Apple then explained portait mode. It detects depth so that it can intelligently change the lighting effect on your face independently of the background. When it comes to video, it supports faster frame rates. You can expect 4K videos at 60 frames per second. For slo-mo videos, your 1080 videos will have 240 frames per second. So it should be even slower motion.

These cameras and the A11 Bionic chip have been calibrated for augmented reality. Schiller demoed the MLB At Bat app. Now, you can point your phone at the field and it’ll tell you who’s playing right now in front of you. Directive Games showed a demo of a tabletop game that takes advantage of ARKit. You can move your phone around to see the game unfolding on the table in front of you.

The iPhone 8, just like many Android phones out there, now supports wireless charging. It should work with many third-party wireless chargers as Apple is using a common standard.

The iPhone 8 comes with either a 64GB capacity or a 256GB capacity.

iPhone 8 is likely to be available in South Africa during October.

iPhone 8 64GB R13 499
256GB R16 499
iPhone 8 Plus 64GB R15 499
256GB R18 499

Apple Invites Media to iPhone 8 event

Apple Invites Media to iPhone 8 event

Apple sent out media invites for its annual iPhone-centric event that will be held on Tuesday, September 12 at 10:00 a.m. at the Steve Jobs Theater at the company’s new Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California. The media invites offer a first look at the theme of the event and feature the tagline: “Let’s meet at our place.”

Apple Invites Media to iPhone 8 event

Apple’s fall 2017 event will be its most significant in years thanks to the debut of a radically redesigned iPhone that features an edge-to-edge display, a vertical rear camera, facial recognition capabilities, a much improved processor, and wireless inductive chargingfunctionality. The new iPhone features a display similar in size to the display of the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, but with a body closer in size to the 4.7-inch iPhone 7.

Along with a nearly bezel-free display, the device includes a glass body and is promised to be the most advanced, most revamped iPhone we’ve seen since the introduction of the iPhone 6 Plus in 2014. We expect the OLED iPhone, which is rumored to be more expensive than traditional iPhones, to be sold alongside two 4.7 and 5.5-inch LCD models that more closely resemble existing devices.

Apple Invites Media to iPhone 8 event

The upcoming 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhones have not been heavily featured in rumors, but they too are said to feature glass bodies, support for wireless charging functionality, and improvements to the processor, camera, and other components.

The iPhones aren’t the only upgrades Apple will unveil at the event. Rumors suggest Apple will introduce a third-generation Apple Watch with an LTE chip that allows it to be decoupled from the iPhone. There’s been some talk of a potential redesign, but it’s sounding like the third-generation Apple Watch will look a lot like the Apple Watch Series 2.

At the event, we may hear more about upcoming products like the iMac Pro and the HomePod, and there could be one other major hardware surprise in store for us – a new 4K Apple TV. Hints of such a device have been spotted in firmware leaks and we’ve known Apple has had a new Apple TV in the works for some time.

As for other hardware, many iPads and Macs were refreshed in June, so we are not expecting any updates to the Mac and iPad lineups, but expect to see new Apple Watch bands and new iPhone cases.

The next-generation operating systems including iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, tvOS 11, and watchOS 4  are often released just ahead of new iPhones, while macOS updates tend to come somewhat later. tvOS 11 is such a minor update that it isn’t clear when it’ll be released, but it could come alongside the other updates. One thing we may not see — an Amazon Prime Video app. There’s one in the works, but word is it won’t be ready in time.

In line with past events, Apple’s 2017 iPhone unveiling will kick off at 7:00pm South African Standard Time. Apple will stream the event live on its website and on the Apple TV.

Sony Unveils New Innovations at IFA 2017

Sony Unveils New Innovations at IFA 2017

At the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Germany, scheduled to begin from Friday, September 1, Sony Corporation is set to showcase an array of its latest products.

At the Sony press conference held on Thursday, August 31 (local time) in advance of IFA’s official opening, Shigeru Kumekawa, President of Sony Europe introduced the company’s newest digital imaging and audio products. “By continuing to deliver revolutionary products that resonate at a deep emotional level, Sony stands at the “last one inch” between our customers and the experiences they seek. We are achieving steady profit growth in our electronics business here in Europe by focusing on the high value-added market, and are well positioned for the remainder of 2017 and beyond,” Kumekawa said. Hideyuki Furumi, EVP, Global Sales & Marketing, Sony Mobile Communications Inc. then took the stage to introduce the latest products from the Xperia™ X smartphone series.

Digital Imaging

The RX0 is a new digital camera that continues to feature the high-quality imaging capabilities that Sony has achieved over years with the RX series, while also boasting a robust*1, *2, *3 and waterproof*3, *4 design — all in an ultra-compact body. This enables users to capture high-quality photos and videos in any shooting conditions including the rain, underwater, in sandy or dusty environments or in a scene where impact force is applied to a camera body. It also has the super slow motion recording capability*5 to capture and replay fleeting moments of action in an impressive way. The RX0 opens up entirely new imaging possibilities, and inspires an unprecedented scope of expression from all who take it in hand.

In addition to using it as a single camera, multiple units can be combined to allow for multi-perspective shooting. Multiple-unit solutions, that stimulate creators’ imaginations, can be realized using wireless connectivity*6 for a high degree of freedom, or wired connectivity*7 for even greater reliability.

The RX0 features 1.0-type stacked 15.3 MP (approximate effective megapixels) Exmor RS™ CMOS image sensor, and a ZEISS® Tessar T* 24mm F4 fixed wide-angle lens, enabling high resolution images to be captured. It is waterproof in depths of up to 10 meters*3, *4 , shockproof for heights up to 2.0 meters, and can withstand a 200kgf/2000N load.

Sony is also showcasing its other latest digital imaging products at the venue, including the α9, α6500, RX10 III, RX100 V, the G Master™ brand FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS mid-telephoto prime lens and FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS telephoto zoom lens, each of which were honored at Europe’s renowned EISA Awards 2017-2018.

Audio & TV/Smart Home

Sony also unveiled its latest Hi-Res wireless noise canceling stereo headphone models, succeeding the MDR-1000X, which was announced to great acclaim at IFA 2016. Three new types of headphone model will be launched: the headband style WH-1000XM2, the behind-the-neck style WI-1000X, and the truly wireless WF-1000X. Each of these three 1000X series models boast industry-leading noise-cancellation levels for Bluetooth® headphones. They also come equipped with the world’s first “Adaptive Sound Control”, which recognize the user’s actions and automatically switch the noise cancellation feature on or off, in accordance with the usage situation. Customers can choose one of three styles, all of which overcome the inconvenience of having to constantly remove the headphones in order to adjust the volume, instead allowing users to fully immerse themselves in the high-quality audio experience. Also on display will be Sony’s new h.ear headphones, which come in an array of new colors to match every lifestyle and fashion choice. The colors also match Sony’s latest Xperia™ and Walkman® products, allowing for any number of eye-catching color combinations.

Sony also announced the launch of its new 77-inch 4K OLED BRAVIA® A1 series in Europe. It delivers a ground-breaking visual experience thanks to Sony’s unique 4K HDR processor X1™Extreme as well as Acoustic Surface™ technology that vibrates the display, and enables sound to be output directly from the TV screen.

At the booth, Sony will be demonstrating the spread of the 4K HDR world by showcasing the X1 Extreme-equipped 4K LCD BRAVIA XE94/XE93 series, together with PlayStation® 4 Pro (PS4® Pro) and other 4K HDR products. Visitors will be able to experience the realistic and powerful images and sound of 4K HDR and the latest Dolby Atmos® audio quality, through Sony’s UBP-X800 Ultra HD Blu-ray™ player and HT-ST5000 Soundbar.

Also on display will be the LF-S50G, Sony’s first wireless speaker with the Google Assistant built-in, set to make its way to markets in the United States, UK, Germany, France, and elsewhere, enabling users to enjoy high fidelity music and 360-degree sound from any corner of their room. The “Gesture Control” feature allows you to adjust the volume or skip to the next track without directly touching the speaker, and simply by waving hand nearby. With JIS-compliant IPX3 splash-proof capabilities that make it suitable for use even in the kitchen, the LF-S50G reflects Sony’s commitment to audio quality and ease of use. Additionally, BRAVIA models will also be updated with built-in Google Assistant functionality by the end of the year. Simply by speaking to the Assistant on your LF-S50G or BRAVIA remote control, you can initiate audio or video playback, keep up with the latest news, and even control audio devices, lights, and other wi-fi connected IoT devices that work with the Google Assistant.

There will also be a smart home demonstration on the show floor centering on Sony’s lineup of high-quality, interconnected audio and video products. It will introduce different ways of using the LF-S50G, BRAVIA, and other Sony products alongside compatible devices from other companies. Several examples of potential user experiences will be on display, including multi-room music playback in the living room and kitchen, as well as recipe and restaurant information search and display via BRAVIA.

Xperia™ Smartphones

Sony Mobile Communications announced three new smartphones: Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact in its flagship range, and Xperia XA1 Plus in the super mid-range. All models will be available globally from Autumn 2017.

Xperia XZ1 incorporates a host of premium features made possible using Sony’s advanced technologies, including its latest Motion Eye™ camera system, HDR 5.2″ Full HD display and Hi-Res Audio.

A new breakthrough feature is 3D Creator, Sony Mobile’s unique in-house solution for fast and easy scanning of 3D objects. There are many playful options to enjoy with 3D Creator, such as creating an avatar for use in the camera AR effects options, setting a live wallpaper, sharing on social media with your friends as a 3D sticker, or sending to a 3D printer to make it into a memorable keepsake.

Xperia XZ1 Compact packs the power of Xperia into a compact form with a 4.6″ display and premium features including Motion Eye camera, Hi-Res Audio, innovative 3D Creator, and additionally features a new super wide-angle front camera which extends the field of view to 120 degrees.

Both Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact are powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platforms for high-speed Internet connections and fast and efficient performance.

The new Xperia XA1 Plus features a premium 23MP rear camera, 5.5″ Full HD display and impressive audio performance. Additionally you can be confident of all day battery thanks to its large 3430mAh capacity.

4K Home Theater Projectors

Sony will be expanding its lineup of 4K HDR capable home theater projectors with the launch of three new models incorporating its unique native 4K SXRD panels. The compact design VPL-VW760ES features a built-in laser light source and reproduces highly fidelity, high contrast images that allow users to enjoy stunning 4K HDR images, even during the darkest and brightest scenes

Also to be launched are the VPL-VW360ES, with an adjustable image quality function to suit various types of viewing content, and the high cost-performance model VPL-VW260ES, that enables users to enjoy immersive and authentic 4K HDR images.


Game & Network Services

PlayStation® VR (PS VR), a virtual reality system that takes the PlayStation® 4 system to the next level of immersion, will be showcased at the Sony booth. Visitors will be able to enjoy a host of VR content, including Farpoint, in which players can use a weapon type controller called PS VR Aim Controller to battle through an extraterrestrial world, and find their way back home against an onslaught of hostile enemy lifeforms.

How to get Telkom LIT_ streaming

How to get Telkom LIT_ streaming

LIT_music Streaming

You can stream music from Apple Music, Google Play or Simfy Africa. Create and share your own playlists, or download tracks to listen to offline. Get uninterrupted music with no ads, so subscribe to FreeMe now.

All you need is a FreeMe 2GB, 5GB, 10GB, 20GB or Unlimited Telkom mobile contract.  If you’re already a FreeMe subscriber your LIT_ music service will be activated automatically, you don’t have to do anything.

LIT_video Streaming

With LIT_ Video, if you are on a FreeMe 5GB, 10GB, 20GB or Unlimited plan, you’ll also have the benefit of being able to stream video to your Cellphone, Laptop or Tablet.

If you’re already a FreeMe subscriber on any of these plans, you’ll have to activate LIT_.

How to Get LIT_music Streaming:

Step 1
For LIT_ music all you have to do is subscribe to a FreeMe 2GB, 5GB, 10GB, 20GB or Unlimited contract. This qualifies you to stream music without using up the data in your monthly plan.

Step 2
For new or existing FreeMe plan subscribers, your LIT_ music service will be activated automatically for you, so all you have to do is choose a service provider.

Step 3
You have a choice between Apple Music, Google Play or Simfy Africa – select the one you prefer, or more than one, and register for the service. Once you’ve done this, you can start music streaming immediately.

If you’re unsure of which service to choose, the service providers do offer free trial periods, so you can test a service before committing. To find out more you can visit their sites: Apple Music, Google Play Music, Simfy Africa.

You’ll be able to choose a payment option – your subscription will be paid directly to the service provider.

How to Get LIT_video Streaming:

Step 1 
For LIT_ video all you have to do is subscribe to a FreeMe 5GB, 10GB, 20GB or Unlimited contract. This qualifies you to stream video without using up the data in your monthly plan.

Step 2
If you’re a new customer, or you choose to upgrade to a FreeMe plan, your LIT_ video  service will be activated automatically for you, so all you have to do is choose a service provider.

If you’re an existing FreeMe plan subscriber on one of the qualifying plans mentioned in step 1, you’ll dial *180# and then simply follow the step-by-step instructions to activate your service.

Step 3

You have a choice between Google Play Movies,

Netflix South Africa or Showmax. You can select one or two, or all three – but you’ll have to register for each. Once you’ve done this, you can start video streaming immediately.

If you’re unsure of which service to choose, the service providers do offer free trial periods, so you can test a service before committing. To find out more you can visit their sites: Google Play Movies, Netflix South Africa, Showmax.

Step 4
You’ll be able to choose a payment option – your subscription will be paid directly to the service provider.

Telkom LIT_ free music and video streaming

Telkom LIT_ free music and video streaming

Telkom has launched its ground breaking new entertainment offering. LIT is a first-of-its-kind streaming service giving its customers access to on-demand movies, series, online video and music through some of the world’s most popular online content providers.

Telkom on Thursday announced the imminent launch LIT TV, offering Unlimited ADSL, Fibre and LTE SmartBroadband customers the Telkom LIT TVC 100 media box which allows customers to transform their TV into a smart TV, with pre-loaded content channels from their content providers.

Telkom Consumer CEO Attila Vitai said the company’s strategy is to take the lead in the data market with the goal of offering customers a compelling entertainment proposition. He said LIT Video and LIT Music was offering zero rated video and music streaming to select content partners for its FreeMe 2GB and up customers.

“Last year, we revolutionised the mobile industry by launching FreeMe, giving South Africans access to data at a cost that was previously unimaginable. This year, we launched Unlimited Home, giving fixed-line consumers unlimited data and higher speeds”. “We have already focused on disrupting the data market. Now, we are upping our game to provide our customers with a compelling proposition for all the data we’ve given them. Our LIT offer enables South Africans to access world-class, on demand, streaming content, without incurring additional data costs. We believe this is a game changer,” said Vitai.

Vitai said this innovation aimed at really transforming the way South Africans consume digital entertainment. By removing the worry of additional data costs they are putting unlimited entertainment in the hands of our consumers. Although subscription costs for content providers were not included, they could be deducted directly from the customers’ Telkom account through their reverse carrier billing option with certain of our content providers.

“We are excited to be offering free YouTube streaming particularly as this is a free content platform. The popularity of YouTube is unparalleled – we believe that this offer as well as our zero rated music streaming offers will be a huge drawcard for new customers”. “Today marks the first step in Telkom’s content offering. We already have more content partners in the pipeline and our ambitions in this space extend beyond today’s significant announcement,” said Vitai.

LIT Video and LIT Music will be available from 1 September 2017.

Samsung Reveals Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Reveals Galaxy Note 8

At its “Unpacked” event in New York City today, Samsung unveiled the all-new Galaxy Note 8 smartphone, following months of speculation about the device’s August debut. The event began with a recap video of the Note line’s history, including user testimonies following the Note 7’s fire-catching scandal and how they continued to support Samsung during the recall.

Looking forward at the new device, the Galaxy Note 8 has a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED “Infinity Display,” with an edge-to-edge screen that represents the largest screen ever on any Note device. The display has an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, which allows users to see more content than ever before, according to Samsung. This includes access to a new multitasking feature called “App Pair,” which lets users create custom pairs of their favorite apps on the Edge side panel, simultaneously launching two apps to interact with them at once.

Samsung Reveals Galaxy Note 8

The Galaxy Note 8 comes with a new and enhanced S Pen with a finer tip and improved pressure sensitivity. When using the S Pen, users can send “Live Messages” to handwrite text messages — and add in special effects — within the text message app. An enhanced screen-off mode lets users quickly jot down notes when the smartphone is turned off, and then save the note to view later.

On the photography side of things, the Galaxy Note 8 has one 8MP front-facing camera and two 12MP rear cameras, and includes optical image stabilization on both of the rear cameras. The rear-facing cameras include one wide-angle f/1.7 lens and one telephoto f/2.4 lens, while the front camera has an aperture of f/1.7.

A “Live Focus” mode lets users take a picture and control the depth of field of everything surrounding the main subject of the image, so users can adjust the bokeh effect before and after the photo is taken.

Expanding the ecosystem of the Note smartphone line, Samsung also introduced “Samsung DeX,” which lets the smartphone communicate with a user’s PC to seamlessly transfer between working on the go and at home or in an office.

Additionally, the Galaxy Note 8 is water and dust resistant (IP68), includes fast wireless charging, a 3,300 mAh battery, and various biometric authentication options (iris and fingerprint scanning). Samsung’s new smartphone has 6GB of RAM, a 10nm processor, and 64GB/128GB/256GB of internal storage, depending on market and carrier availability. The device also keeps the standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

A few websites have already gotten to go hands-on with the Galaxy Note 8, including The Verge, Engadget, CNET, and USA Today. Many sites pointed out the similarities of the device’s dual-lens camera system to that of the iPhone 7 Plus, with Engadget noting, “Samsung has a camera setup excellent enough to make iPhone owners consider switching.”

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will launch in South Africa on 22 September at a recommended retail price of R18,499.

Pre-registrations for the device have already opened at Cellucity, with pre-order customers getting their devices from 15 September.

Pre-orders are open on the Samsung website, and pre-order clients will get 6 months of Samsung Mobile Care included.

Nokia 8 available on the 7 September in South Africa

Nokia 8 available on the 7 September in South Africa

Cellucity have confirmed that the Nokia 8 will be available in South Africa through Vodacom on the 7 September 2017.

The Nokia 8 will cost you R9 499 outright and is also available on contracts.

You can pre-order your Nokia 8 from Cellucity today.

Nokia 8 available on the 7 September in South Africa   Nokia 8 Specs

  • Display: 5.3″ 2K IPS LCD touchscreen
  • OS: Android OS, v7.1.1 (Nougat)
  • CPU: Octa Core processor
  • Memory: 64GB (up to 256 GB support)
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Camera: 13MP front and rear cameras with ZEISS optics
  • Video: 4K 30fps
  • SIM: Nano SIM
  • Hardiness: IP54 certified – dust and splash resistant
  • Extras: Zeiss optics & Nokia OZOTM spatial 360o audio