Prices dip in Israel, New Zealand
Apple is raising iOS and Mac App Store prices in several countries, according to an email memo sent to developers. The hikes will impact Australia, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and South Africa. Apple blames the change on fluctuations in exchange rates, which the company adjusts for on a regular basis.
3D scenery gradually becoming more universal
Apple has added two new cities to the areas covered by Maps' Flyover feature, users note. These include Helsinki, Finland and Cape Town, South Africa. The official list of cities with Flyover support has yet to be updated, but Apple hasn't made any changes to it in some time, despite constant service improvements during 2013.
Developers allowed to submit lucrative apps in new market
App developers can now submit games for sale at Apple's South African App Store, reports say. Correspondingly, a "Games" banner has appeared at the storefront, advertising the initial selection. By default, though, any game cleared for sale in the country will automatically go live there, meaning that most developers won't have to take any action to pull in the extra revenue.
Should cost about 1,099 rand
The Apple TV will go on sale in South Africa this Friday, local Apple distributor Core Group has announced. The set-top should typically cost 1,099 rand, or about $125 US. Pricing may vary through, as resellers like iStore, Digicape, and Makro are allowed to set their prices individually.
Russia, Turkey, India, Indonesia get video
Following some early premieres, Apple has officially opened access to the iTunes Music Store in 56 more countries. While the company isn't providing a full list, it does highlight Russia, Turkey, India, Indonesia, and South Africa. Of the new countries, only Russia, Turkey, India, and Indonesia are getting access to movie rentals and purchases as well.
India biggest among new regions
Apple has once again expanded sales of the third-generation iPad. The tablet is now available in another nine countries, the biggest of these being India. Colombia, Estonia, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, South Africa, and Thailand are also on the list.
Brazil, Russia, South Africa among major regions
The iPhone 4S is now available in over 20 more countries, checks show. A list includes Bahrain, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, the Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. The expansion coincides with expansions of the iTunes Store and iTunes Match.
Plans range between R249 and R925 per month
The South African branch of Vodacom is launching the iPhone 4S on December 16th, a Twitter post confirms. People interested in buying the device can visit a registration page to leave their name, phone number, upgrade status, and desired model. Vodacom cautions, though, that the form is "no guarantee" that a person will get a 4S, as "stocks are extremely limited" and a person's credit needs to be checked.
Raid is 1st arrest in the world for PS3 pirating
Police in South Africa have raided a residence in Parktown, Johannesburg after receiving criminal complaints from the South African Federation Against Copyright Theft (SAFACT). The police seized original PS3 games and numerous jailbreak USB devices, which are used to defeat security features and allow pirated games to be played. Authorities believe the games were used as master copies. The police also seized PS3 consoles, computers, hard drives, circumvention software packages, documentation and copies of PS2 games.
To end country's exclusivity
South Africa will get the iPhone 4 on Wednesday, September 22nd, a national business site reports. Two carriers are said to have confirmed launches, namely Vodacom and MTN. Vodacom sources say the company is planning a midnight launch party at its Vodaworld campus in Johannesburg; MTN may also be planning a midnight launch, but it will neither confirm nor deny the fact.
iPhone out in South Africa
The iPhone 3G is now officially on sale in South Africa. As announced, the phone is being carried there through Vodacom (Vodafone), which is selling 8 and 16GB phones at prices starting from R1,799 and R2,899, respectively. These prices apply only to the iPhone 500S package however, and increase if people choose a cheaper contract option. All contracts last two years.
Aussie, SA iPhone dates
Dates for the Australian and South African iPhones have allegedly been confirmed, according to a site in the latter country. The South African phone is said to have been announced for July 20th, sold by Vodacom, in which international carrier Vodafone is a majority shareholder. In May Vodafone announced plans to launch the iPhone in 10 new countries, including South Africa amongst the likes of Italy, Portugal, Greece and India.