Apple Announces Apple TV 4K (Expected South Africa pricing)

Apple Announces Apple TV 4K (Expected South Africa pricing)

Apple today announced the “Apple TV 4K” during its keynote at Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California. Eddy Cue introduced the device, explaining that the new set-top box has “4K HDR,” which will deliver high-quality video content for users to watch. This even includes advancements to the Apple TV’s user interface and text fonts.

Apple Announces Apple TV 4K (Expected South Africa pricing)

The company played a clip from Spider-Man: Homecoming to show off the included A10X chip, the same chip that’s in the iPad Pro that has 4x faster graphics and 2x faster CPU performance. Cue said that the price of 4K HDR movies on iTunes will be the same price as HD movies, and if you’ve already purchased eligible HD movies you’ll get the 4K versions for no extra charge.

Apple TV 4K should be available in South Africa during the course of October 2017.

You can expect to pay R3 999 for the 32GB capacity or R4 499 for the 64GB option.

Apple expected to announce “Apple TV 4K”

Apple expected to announce "Apple TV 4K" Apple

The current Apple TV is nearly two years old. That’s why it’s not surprising to learn that Apple has been working on a new device for a while. This weekend, an upcoming build of iOS 11 for the next iPhone was leaked and contains a ton of information about unreleased products, including the next Apple TV.

A previous leak of the HomePod firmware already indicated that Apple was working on an Apple TV with 4K video support. The new device could also support various high-dynamic range standards, such as Dolby Vision, HDR10 and Hybrid Log-Gamma. The company could announce 4K videos on the iTunes Store as well as in the Netflix app.

And now, Steve Troughton-Smith discovered some of the technical specs of the next Apple TV. According to him, the media player is going to receive a major performance gain with a lot more computing power and RAM:

Apple first shipped the A10 with the iPhone 7 last year. The A10X is an updated version of this chip optimized for the most recent iPad Pro. It’s a surprisingly fast system-on-a-chip. It’s sometimes even faster than a MacBook.

The current Apple TV sports an A8 system-on-a-chip, the one that was developed for the iPhone 6. It’s a bit hard to grasp Apple’s progress when it comes to silicon. According to Geekbench, when you compare the A10X with the A8, the A10X is 1.7 times faster for single-core tasks, 2.8 times faster for multi-core tasks and 5.7 times faster for Metal-focused, GPU-intensive tasks. It’s a huge improvement overall.

This upgrade in particular is going to feel great when you’re trying to stream 4K videos. Skipping forward and backward should feel snappy. And your videos will never buffer, even if you’re trying to play 4K videos with 60 frames per second (the new iPhones should let you shoot 4K videos with 60 FPS).

In addition to a faster system-on-a-chip, Apple could also include 3GB of RAM instead of 2GB. This way, you’ll be able to cache a good chunk of the movie or TV show you’re currently streaming.

Apple could announce the new Apple TV as early as tomorrow during its annual September press conference. The company could also use this opportunity to showcase some new video games running on the Apple TV as it’s quite a capable device now.

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.

Samsung Smart TV Offers Shazam Music Service

Samsung Smart TV Offers Shazam Music Service

Samsung Electronics announced today the release of a new update for its 2017 Smart TV platform to support Shazam, one of the world’s most popular music apps. Shazam provides users with a customizable service and is available on Smart Hub of 2017 Samsung Smart TVs.

“We are thrilled to provide our Smart TV users with the ultimate music service through our partnership with Shazam,” said Hee-man Lee, Vice President of the Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “Smart TV capabilities are constantly evolving with the addition of innovative apps, and we are committed to continually delivering advanced technology through partnerships with highly capable software companies like Shazam.”

Shazam grants Smart TV viewers the ability to identify songs that are playing in TV shows or films easily and quickly. With a single click, users are able to access song titles, artists, lyrics and albums while watching content, whether it’s live TV or content delivered over HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface).

Users can also utilize voice recognition technology in the Samsung One Remote to identify songs. By speaking into the remote and asking, “What is this song?”, Shazam instantly provides information about the music being played.

Additionally, Shazam offers viewers the option to stream the music they identify and creates playlists that can be accessed at any time without having to run an external app. Samsung’s Smart Hub provides music content through streaming partners, including Spotify, Napster and Deezer, for those who subscribe to these services.

“We are excited to integrate Shazam’s functionality with another medium that’s enjoyed by so many people around the world, and we couldn’t think of a more fitting partner than Samsung,” said Fabio Santini, Shazam Chief Product Officer. “Smart TVs felt like a natural evolution for the Shazam experience, and Samsung has always been a leading innovator in the space. We can’t wait for viewers and Shazam users alike to try this new feature.”

Shazam is one of the most popular music-discovery apps across the globe, reaching hundreds of millions of mobile users. Shazam music service is available in Samsung’s Smart Hub in Korea, the U.S., the U.K., France and Germany.

MultiChoice launches new DStv WiFi Connector

MultiChoice launches new DStv WiFi Connector

MultiChoice launches new DStv WiFi Connector   MultiChoice has released its new DStv Wi-Fi Connector, which links your DStv Explora to your home Wi-Fi network.

This device allows users to access additional Internet-based services and online entertainment options through their decoder, said the company.

The new Wi-Fi Connector is smaller than the previous model and comes with a USB docking station.

“When we launched the DStv Explora in August 2013, we promised our customers that we will keep on enhancing the experience on this flagship platform. An easy-to-use DStv Wi-Fi Connector helps us to deliver on that promise,” said MultiChoice CTO Gerdus van Eeden.

The DStv WiFi Connector is a device that links your DStv Explora to the router in your home. It does so easily and wirelessly. By linking your DStv Explora to the internet, you get access to Connected Services – namely DStv Catch Up Plus and Remote Recordings.

Where can I buy a DStv WiFi Connector?

You can get a DStv WiFi Connector from any of the DStv Service Centres, DStv Agencies or at major retailers.

What does the DStv WiFi Connector come with?

The DStv WiFi Connector comes with Docking Station and a basic user guide.

What is the warranty on the DStv WiFi Connector?

The DStv WiFi Connector comes with a 12-month warranty from the date of purchase.

How do I connect my DStv Explora to the internet using the DStv WiFi Connector?

You can find full information on how to connect it here.

How much does a DStv WiFi Connector cost?

The recommended retail price at DStv Service Centres and DStv Agencies is R199.

Apple Releases Redesigned ‘Apple TV Remote’ App for iPhone

Apple Releases Redesigned 'Apple TV Remote' App for iPhone Apple TV

Apple has released an all new Apple TV Remote app for the iPhone, which is used to control the fourth-generation Apple TV along with older Apple TV models. Announced at WWDC, the new Remote app has been available for developers since June and was released to the public this afternoon. 

The new Remote app, which connects to an Apple TV via Bluetooth, mimics the exact layout of the physical Siri Remote for a navigation experience that’s streamlined across different input methods. Its design was inspired by the Siri Remote and is a significant improvement over the previous Apple TV remote app.

Apple Releases Redesigned 'Apple TV Remote' App for iPhone Apple TV

Apple Releases Redesigned 'Apple TV Remote' App for iPhone Apple TV

Apple Releases Redesigned 'Apple TV Remote' App for iPhone Apple TV

Apple Releases Redesigned 'Apple TV Remote' App for iPhone Apple TV

When content like movies or music plays, the Remote app features a full “Now Playing” view for control purposes, along with a dedicated Menu button and a Siri button. As with the physical Apple TV Remote, navigation through the iOS app is done using touch gestures. 

Entering text, like passwords and usernames, is much easier with the iOS Remote app because any text field automatically brings up a keyboard. Full Siri voice commands are supported, as is dictation. Because it includes the same gyroscope and accelerometer in the Siri Remote, an iPhone can be used as a dedicated game controller for playing games on the Apple TV. 

The Apple TV Remote app requires iOS 9.3.2 or later to install and it works with the current version of tvOS, 9.2.2. It can also be used to control Apple TV 2 and Apple TV 3 models. 

The Apple TV Remote app can be downloaded from the App Store for free.

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off June 13 in San Francisco

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off June 13 in San Francisco WWDC WatchOS tvOS Smartphone Smart Watch MacOS iOS

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off June 13 in San Francisco WWDC WatchOS tvOS Smartphone Smart Watch MacOS iOS

Apple today announced that it will hold its 27th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), hosting the creative talent behind the world’s most innovative apps, from June 13 through 17 in San Francisco. At WWDC, Apple’s developer community comes together from all corners of the globe to learn about the future of Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS.

Monday’s kickoff events, including the keynote address, will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The rest of the week’s conference sessions will take place at Moscone West.

“With four innovative operating systems and a new, intuitive programming language powering over 1 billion devices worldwide, there has never been a more exciting time to bring our developer community together,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “WWDC 2016 is going to be a landmark event for developers who are coding in Swift, and building apps and products for iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS. We can’t wait for everyone to join us — in San Francisco or through the live stream.”

Developers can apply for tickets via the WWDC website (developer.apple.com/wwdc/register/) now through Friday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. Tickets will be issued to attendees through a random selection process, and developers will be notified on the status of their application by Monday, April 25 at 5:00 p.m. PDT. For the second consecutive year, there will be up to 350 WWDC Scholarships available, giving students and STEM organization members from around the world an opportunity to earn a ticket to meet and collaborate with some of the most talented developers of Apple’s ever-growing app ecosystem (developer.apple.com/wwdc/scholarships/). Additionally, this year, we will provide travel assistance to up to 125 scholarship recipients to ensure aspiring developers with financial limitations have an opportunity to participate.

WWDC 2016 activities include: over 1,000 Apple engineers supporting more than 150 hands-on labs and events to provide developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS technologies in their apps; access to the latest innovations, features and capabilities of iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS, and best practices for enhancing an app’s functionality, performance, quality and design; the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS developers from around the world — last year, 80 percent of developers attended for their first time, and in total, more than 70 countries were represented; a series of get-togethers for attendees focused on particular topics with special guest speakers and activities; engaging and inspirational lunchtime sessions with trailblazers and influencers from the worlds of technology, science and entertainment; and the Apple Design Awards which recognize iPhone®, iPad®, Apple Watch®, Apple TV® and Mac® apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design. Worldwide Developers Conference sessions will be streamed live throughout the week via the WWDC website (developer.apple.com/wwdc/live/) and through the WWDC app, giving developers around the world access to the week’s news and events.

New Apple TV now available online

New Apple TV now available online South Africa Apple TV

The all New Apple TV in now available online in South Africa.



The all-new Apple TV brings a revolutionary experience to the living room based on apps built for the television. It's built from the ground up with a new generation of high-performance hardware and introduces an intuitive and fun user interface using the Siri Remote.

New Apple TV available in South Africa in November

New Apple TV available in South Africa in November Apple TV

Core Group has announced that the new Apple TV will be available in Apple Premium Resellers and selected Apple Authorised Resellers from early November.

Apple TV gives viewers access to an incredible selection of movies and music from iTunes, and content from YouTube. You can also share personal content onto a big screen via AirPlay, iCloud Photo Sharing, and iMovie Theatre.

The new Apple TV delivers an all-new experience with Touch and Siri, and powerful new hardware. 

Key features of the new Apple TV include:

  • With Siri and just your voice, it’s easy to find movies, navigate onscreen and control playback.
  • New Siri Remote with Touch surface makes navigating fast and fluid.
  • 3D effects make posters, icons and other images pop off the screen and come to life.
  • Supports popular Apple TV features such as Airplay and Family Sharing.
  • Available in 32GB or 64GB options to store apps for the whole family.

Apple TV 32GB

R2 499

Apple TV 64GB

R3 499


Apple TV Remote

R1 299

Apple TV Remote Loop

R299