When the iPad 2 pricing was revealed in Malaysia, the pricing was the talk of the town with its starting price below RM1500 for its entry level 16GB WiFi model. This was a significant price reduction over the original iPad being RM50 cheaper for WiFi and RM100 cheaper for the 3G models. One of contributing factors would be the strengthening of Ringgit Malaysia against the dollar, which makes US goods supposedly cheaper.
So how are we are doing globally when most Asian countries start to offer the iPad 2 recently? The above is a simple comparison of its listed iPad 2 prices from Apple’s Store online. From this list, Malaysia is among the cheapest in the world for iPad 2 pricing. Do note however that these figures are taken directly from each respective website which is inclusive or exclusive of its local taxes required by its government. In the South East Asian region, Malaysians are getting it cheaper even compared to our Singaporean neighbour which they had to fork out about RM100 extra.
The White iPhone 4 has finally launched this week should attract attention from those that simply want a different type of iPhone. Surprisingly, colour is not the only difference between the White and Black versions. According to engadget and tipb, the White iPhone 4 is 0.2mm thicker!
First thing that came to our mind is whether existing iPhone 4 accessories would fit and are we expecting a different range of case just to fit this white colour version. According to tipb, they have tested a couple of skins, pouches, bumpers, cases & even mophie juice pack pro and found no issues installing them on the White iPhone 4. This could be due to some tolerance and additional margins in the case to fit the device.
Why is it thicker? It was mentioned that Apple need to add additional UV protection layer to reduce interruptions between the cover and components. It was shared that this UV protection layer also helped to make the White iPad 2 possible.
[ SOURCE ]
The highly anticipated iPad 2 was finally launched in Malaysia which attracted massive queues in all Apple retailers nationwide. This is not surprising considering the buzz and following it has created since its launch which is just under 2 months. This makes Malaysia among the earliest countries to get the iPad 2.
According to the buzz online, most Apple retail shops had long lines formed yesterday morning before its 10AM retail business hour. When the rolling shutter doors open, the iPad 2 starts to fill into the hands of hundreds of people. In just couple of hours, most retailers have already sold out by noon! You can check out the collection of Apple iPad 2 queue photos from yesterday here and Lowyat’s video coverage of Machines Midvalley here.
So how do you get your hands on one? According to Machines, new stock of iPads are coming next week which will replenish their stores. No ideas when exactly but we would expect it would be snapped up as quickly as well.
For those who are not into stock hunting, you can place an order from Apple Store Online. One of the benefits of ordering online is that you can request for custom engraving and delivery of the iPad is free. On the Apple Store, it shows that delivery takes between 1-2 weeks however we are informed that those who ordered is expected to receive their unit on 19th May as shown below:
Ordering online is the easiest way to purchase your iPad 2 but if you can’t wait to get one, you could take your chances on the new stocks that’s arriving at the retail outlets. For those that bought their iPad 2 yesterday, how was it? Was the iPad 2 as per expectation? Let us know by dropping us a comment below.
Special thanks to keithwoo for the image above!