iPhone 5, Updated iPad South Africa Release Date

iPhone 5

Details have been released this week that the iPhone 5 will be launching in South Africa on the 14th of December 2012. This comes with the news Apple released that the iPhone 5 will be released in 50 countries this month. These countries include the likes of: Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Grenada, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Montenegro, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.

iPhone 5 SA ReleaseIn addition to these, the release of the iPhone 5 will be launched in Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Egypt, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St.Vincent & the Grenadines, Tunisia, Uganda and Vietnam on the 21st of December 2012.


The updated iPad with Retina Display will be found on our local shelves from this Friday, 7 December 2012. Changes to this iPad include a faster, “Dual-core A6X with quad-graphics” processor, retina display and the new “Lightning Connector” instead of the old 30-pin connector we are all used to. Other updates to the iPad include:

  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology
  • LTE
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • Video stabilization
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  • FaceTime HD camera
  • 5MP iSight camera
  • Dual-core A6X with quad-core graphics
  • 2048-by-1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi)

Possibly bigger news is that after a long wait, it’s official….

iTunes music and iTunes Match has hit the South African iTunes store!

Apple South Africa Website Home

What does this mean?… Well now you can buy music straight off of the iTunes store like those in the US and UK could.

iTunes Store Main View

Individual song prices range from R6.99 to R8.99 each and complete albums are available to purchase too. Why go down to the local music shop when you can purchase and download high quality songs for a couple “bucks” straight from the comfort of your own PC?

iTunes Album Purchase ScreenAlso important and notable in the iTunes Music Store is the large variety of local music… But I’ll let you go find all those.

iTunes Match

Included in the release of the iTunes Music Sore is the debut of iTunes Match for us South Africans.

What is iTunes match?

iTunes Match is a “match in iCloud”. It stores your entire music library in iCloud. This includes music from CD’s and lets you enjoy your music on any of your iOS devices, Computers or Apple TV, anywhere, anytime.

iTunes Match

iTunes 11

If you haven’t updated yet, I’d strongly recommend you download the latest version of iTunes, iTunes 11.

Besides the redesigned look, new features in the new iTunes 11 include:

  • Redesigned Player and Remodelled Store
    Remodelled Store
  • New library views
    New Library Views
  • Expanded View
    Expanded view
  • A New Mini Player
    A New Mini Player
  • Instant music recommendations and “What’s Next”
    Instant music recommendations and What's next

So what are you waiting for? Go fiddle, play around and enjoy the new iTunes 11 features while you peruse through the new iTunes Music Store as you eagerly await the iPhone 5 to officially land on our South African shores

Till later…

Always remember, give a jackass an education and you’ll have a smartass!

Signing out.


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