3 ways tech companies are making it impossible for South Africans to upgrade

Its a great time to be a tech user and gamer.

There always seems to new and exciting on the horizon and we are genuinely excited for some releases in the next couple of months.

Having said that, 2016 seems to be the year where everything has fallen apart, with continuous reports of new gadgets not living up to their name.

We looked at three ways tech companies have made it impossible for us to upgrade:



The iPhone 7 Plus is around the corner but many remain hesitant to upgrade after how poorly Apple dealt with the launch of iOS 10.

While the excessive battery drain was expected due to previous updates, the fact that the new firmware has also bricked phones hasn’t exactly endeared users to the OS.

Add to this you can’t use your expensive headphones with your brand-new phone because of a missing 3.5mm jack and you can see why some are frustrated.

Samsung aren’t much better, with the Galaxy Note 7 quite literally blowing up in people’s faces.



There’s nothing technically wrong with either the upcoming PlayStation 4 Slim or Xbox One S.

It’s almost impossible to make the jump however, knowing that there are new consoles coming within the next year that will be better in nearly every possible way.

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In truth, Nvidia and AMD’s new cards are incredible pieces of tech and offer a clear performance gap over the previous generation of cards.

If only they weren’t so damn expensive in South Africa compared to the rest of the world.

This isn’t helped by the fact that last year’s graphics prices have dropped through the floor, meaning a “sidegrade” is much easier on your wallet than an upgrade.

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