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  1. In the last 3 months, one of our bigger carriers surprised the market with a never-seen-before mobile data offering. Well, it was more than data: it was 100 "off-net" minutes, 10,000 "on-net" minutes, 100 SMS, 2GB data, 30GB promo once-off data and 50GB bonus data. That's 52GB of data every month for 24 months. Well, the market exploded. Most people couldn't care less about the minutes and just wanted the data. With a cheap handset I personally got this for the equivalent of $17 a month! I also sold the handset for $75 which further sweetened the whole deal. Have you guys ever had such deals in the U.S? P.S. Using an exchange rate of R13.41 to 1 USD for this thread. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. iPhone 8, 8+, X announced

    I personally love every aspect of the X. Face ID. The Notch. The stainless steel band. The new swipe gestures. The amazing camera. It is blazing fast coming from a 6s. The battery performance also has a nice performance bump. (I wouldn’t expect less of 2 batteries!) I’ve been on iPhone since the 4s and I’ve had virtually every model since, bar the 7. This is my favourite iPhone to date and the best phone I’ve ever owned. (I’ve also owned Samsung Galaxy phones and HTC’s) I’m not as critical of carrier performance as the folks on S4GRU are. I’ve got zero complaints. If I had to be super critical...it’s quite heavy. The 6s is light as a feather next to it. Funny how a just a few grams makes such a difference. With all that’s crammed into it, plus the material composition, it’s to be expected.
  3. iPhone 6S/6S Plus User Thread

    In a *very* pleasing turn of events, my “old” 6s 64GB was repaired today for $100. It turns out that the power management IC was at fault. Further investigation seems to suggest this is a $12 - $15 part but a lot of skill is required so I’m happy with the price. This also included a new battery. I’ve been using my 6s today and can’t stop smiling.
  4. iPhone 6S/6S Plus User Thread

    I ended up getting a Griffin Survivor Core case and a Body Glove screen protector. With iCare. And household insurance, just in case.
  5. iPhone 6S/6S Plus User Thread

    The authorised distributor in South Africa... They masquerade themselves as iStore but aren’t the real thing. I would have happily paid $299...
  6. iPhone 6S/6S Plus User Thread

    Formal note of my exit of this thread and joining the X thread. On Xmas day my 6S died a sudden death while sitting by the Xmas tree and taking photos! The local repair centre took all of 5 minutes to assess and then sent that assessment to Apple. I got a $445 written quote for a replacement (not much details) which I rejected. One month out of extended warranty and this happens...thanks Apple. Upside...the X. P.S. Happy New Year, everyone!
  7. So I've run into a wall with my 6S 64GB and get pop-ups ten times a day telling me that I'm out of storage. I'll clean up a bit but soon I'm back to being out of space. Part of the reason may be because I choose to keep original photos on my iPhone instead of "optimized" copies - where the original is on iCloud and my iPhone downloads a light-weight copy. The issue with this is that I found that data access was too frequent/heavy and I'd always be waiting for a photo to download (so not a fan). Now as far as I'm concerned, there is a complete lack of backup options outside of iCloud and a MacBook. I'd like to be able to access and view photos not on my iPhone just as easily when backed up. This *includes* keeping the metadata intact. Buying a MacBook just to backup photos isn't viable; an Apple Time Capsule isn't designed for iPhone/iPad; iTunes does a complete backup that cannot be accessed short of a restore. What other options are there? This is a seemingly simple thing that is evading me and I must be missing obvious solutions out there? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Backing up photos outside of iCloud

    Maybe it's improved? Perhaps it's worth a try again and could be an easy solution to my problem since I have 200GB iCloud storage. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Backing up photos outside of iCloud

    Not FaceBook. Not ever. As for Google Photos, I tried it and loved it...until I found that all metadata was lost. I like Dropbox but it's expensive. I only have 10GB total storage space (free account). I'll check out Box, thanks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Backing up photos outside of iCloud

    Hmm, looks like I will be trying phototransferapp.com this weekend. Photo Transfer App - Easy backup of photos+videos by Bitwise Software SL https://appsto.re/za/SQ8Wv.i Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Backing up photos outside of iCloud

    Well let's see what the others say. If I do find a lekker (South African for "cool") solution on my own, I'll post it here. This is the first time since my switch to iPhone and Apple that I've been stumped. Granted I've not put a lot of effort into finding a solution because I've also been hamstrung by not having a laptop for 2.5 years. That changed a week ago. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. iPhone 6S/6S Plus User Thread

    Ugh. A day like this kills me. My no-roaming strategy has been debunked. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Insane Mobile Data Offering

    Hi @mirskyc. Yes, MTN in South Africa. To be honest, this particular deal is the only reason that a lot of people would go with MTN. Look at Telkom and Cell C as well. Both of these carriers are the underdogs and offer far better deals. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. iPhone 6S/6S Plus User Thread

    Got this result over the weekend which I was quite impressed with: If it's a software issue then I'll have to patiently wait. I certainly don't want to exchange the device again if it's of no real use to do so. (Still have iCare until November 2017) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Apple iPad Air 2 Owners Thread

    For the first time since I switched to Apple from Samsung, I am without an iPad. I traded it up for my son's Mini. It kinda fell into complete disuse. Between a phone, tablet and a laptop, it's a lot of duplication. What I do plan to do, however, is get an iPhone Plus next time. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. Insane Mobile Data Offering

    Any time! I wish I had more on topic stuff to contribute! So regarding the deal, a lot of people felt like they were selling their souls. This carrier does not offer good customer service and their billing system is a train wreck. You can already see my account sitting at $48, instead of $17, in the screenshot above. I've queried it and the replies are less than intelligible. I haven't been charged yet, though... There were fears of throttling as well but, by all accounts, the 50GB data is full speed. This deal has repeated four times now since Black Friday - yes, retailers are now jumping on the bandwagon (and I won't complain) I've signed up my mom, sister and-brother-in-law too! I think 2016 was the first time we got anything big for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. Weak Lightning cables

    I didn't find a topic about this but I'm sure it's something most Apple users have experienced: charging cables that disintegrate at the ends. I refuse having to spend hard-earned dollars on a new cable and I'm not a fan of third-party ones either. The solution? The super awesome Dremel Versatip and 6.9mm heat shrinkable tubing. It's just a pity that I couldn't get white tubing as it is listed as an available colour on the packaging. I wonder when Apple is going to solve this problem? It's a non-issue with the micro USB charging cables out there. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. Weak Lightning cables

    I've done a couple more of these repairs recently. Below is the worst one I've seen to date. Before: After: Any opportunity to play with heat-shrink tubing LOL. I love using it in satellite projects too (what you guys call "cable"). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. iPhone 6S/6S Plus User Thread

    Taken a while to find time to experiment. What I did was force my phone to roam permanently on the stronger sister network so no more low signal reports. Also no roaming back and forth. I managed 10 hours all in all, 4 of which were actual usage. Do you guys think this is acceptable or do I still have a possible issue on my hands? It just seems unlikely that swapping out my phone *again* would yield different results. I went back and reviewed my old posts and can see how bad things were before. I forgot about the old phone switching off at 20%. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. iPhone 6S/6S Plus User Thread

    @Steve Dean thanks for the reply! Your observations are correct. My primary network is Telkom but I also roam to MTN. Telkom LTE signal at my workplace is almost nonexistent so I get 3G for most of the day. I'll get 3 bars at best. If move away from my window desk, things get interesting with my phone fighting to stay on Telkom 3G but eventually relenting to roam on MTN. Once I leave work, I have mostly full Telkom LTE. Hey Anthony! That's an affirmative. However, it has improved since last year for whatever reason. I don't get any "low signal" stats when using the Battery menu. Edit: just checked and a few apps are showing low signal. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. iPhone 6S/6S Plus User Thread

    Small update: I'm getting 4-5 hours use with Background Refresh permanently off. I've also noticed battery drain at night e.g. 13% left when I turn in and the phone is dead when I wake up. I'm really starting to struggle. Today I stated work at 9am and by 2pm my phone had died. Can other 6S users please post screenshots of their battery usage? This will give me more ammo when I go back to my local Apple store. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. iPhone 6S/6S Plus User Thread

    I've now turned off Background Refresh permanently for testing. It made no difference. I'm continuously getting 6 hours standby and 4 hours usage... Do I return the phone *again* or just resign myself to crappy battery life until I can't stand it anymore and upgrade? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. So I've almost crossed this bridge several times but always stop short. Last time I heard rumors of the Mini going end-of-line. That doesn't seem to be true anymore with yet another new model set to be announced next month. (Mini 5?) My 3-year old loves using his mom's iPad (and mine for that matter). His mom's is an older (but serviceable) iPad 4 but it's rather heavy. I'm wondering if an iPad Mini isn't just the "right" device for those little hands... Of course it would still need to serve Pinterest, YouTube and e-mail duty for mom. My son primary uses the YouTube Kids app and the Videos app for a half-dozen iTunes movies favorites. We are not iPhone Plus users so the phablet debate doesn't apply... Anyone had similar ideas? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  24. Apple iPad Mini as a child's device

    At the current U.S. exchange rate, the equivalent of $561. (Sounds expensive, I know) A Mini 4 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular would have cost me $791 so stuck to the Mini 2. I was also keen to stick to the old Home button as my boy already "broke" the TouchID button on my iPhone. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  25. iPhone 6S/6S Plus User Thread

    Tapatalk @ 28%. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk