Apple has yet to released a low-cost version of its iPad and iPhone devices. For each new model they announced, Apple has still maintained the several generations old models with smaller storage capacities as their affordable option to own an iOS device. The cheapest official new iPhone you can purchase is the 8GB iPhone 4S that’s currently selling at RM1,499. If that’s not old enough, the iPad 2 is still selling at RM1,199 for the 16GB WiFi version.
Word has it that Apple will be retiring these old models tomorrow, giving a fresher alternative for those seeking to buy an official iPhone or iPad for cheap. The colourful iPhone 5C that’s spotted with 8GB capacity is now speculated to be the new entry-level iPhone. Meanwhile the iPad 2 is set to be retired and will be replaced by a lightning-connector friendly 4th generation iPad with Retina Display. The 4th gen iPad was initially discontinued right after the new iPad Air was announced last year.
The pricing of these new entry-level devices are speculated to be priced slightly higher than the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 that we are having right now. Let’s see what happens when the Apple’s Online Store gets refreshed tomorrow.
The latest iOS 7.1 update is now available for download on iPhone and iPad devices. It brings the latest support for CarPlay which allows seamless connectivity with CarPlay supported vehicles along with couple of new enhancements. For Siri, they have added more voices and the ability to manually speak to Siri in a Push to Talk fashion by press and holding the home button to speak. This allows Siri to react faster by releasing the button once you’re done.
Apart from that, there’s some minor improvements on iTunes Radio and Calendar usability along with a couple of bug and performance fixes as well. You can download the iOS 7.1 update Over The Air (OTA) using a WiFi connection. To get started, head over to Settings > General > Software Updates.
Thanks Abdul Muhaimin Jarni for the tip!
Samsung USA is at it again with their latest commercials that poke fun at their obvious competitor. The first video compares its latest Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1″ tablet with the iPad Air and it appears to be a wicked parody of their pencil ad.
It boasts the superiority of the Tab Pro’s ultra high definition 2560×1600 resolution display and the ability of showing multiple apps at the same time. We won’t be getting the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 in Malaysia yet as Samsung will be focusing on the top of the line Galaxy NotePro 12.2.
In the second video, they compared the 5.7″ Galaxy Note 3 with the iPhone 5S. As you would expect, the ad mocks the iPhone’s relatively small non-HD display.
You can watch both Samsung ads after the break.
Dong Nguyen might have pulled the plug on Flappy Bird but the craze isn’t cooling down anytime soon. As the app is no longer available to download on Google Play & Appstore, some enterprising sellers have started offering Flappy Bird pre-installed devices for a premium.
One fine example is an iPhone 5S which is listed for US$1,499 on ebay which is about RM4,984! A 16GB iPhone 5S is currently priced at RM2,399, which makes the “pre-installed” game a RM2,584 value. It’s not just iPhones as there’s listing for Flappy Bird pre-installed iPads, Galaxy S4, iPod Touches and HTC One.
If you’re slow to the Flappy Bird bandwagon, a cheaper alternative for Android users is to search for the Flappy Bird APK file that you can installed manually. Alternatively, you can play Squishy Bird.
Athletes competing at Sochi Winter Olympic in motherland Russia gets a Galaxy Note 3 courtesy of Olympic sponsor Samsung but Swiss athletes at the games claimed that they have been told to cover up Apple logos on iPhones if they use them at the opening ceremony – but both Samsung and the International Olympic Committee say that no such thing happened according to the Guardian.
“Samsung did not request any action of this nature from athletes attending the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. All commercial marketing around the games is overseen by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Samsung has not been involved in any decisions relating to branding of products used by athletes at the games.” said Samsung spokesperson when asked about the issue.
So the Guardian approach the International Olympic Committee for clarification on the matter, the IOC’s press office said: “it is not true. Athletes can use any device they wish during the Opening Ceremony. The normal rules apply just as per previous games. The Samsung Note 3 that were distributed are a gift to the athletes, so they can capture and share their experiences at the games, and the phones also contain important competition and logistical information for competing athletes.“
In any case, Olympic sponsors being anal about rival brands sharing their limelight at one of the biggest sporting event in the world is not uncommon. The 2012 Olympics had “branding police” making sure sponsors’ brands get all the exposure they paid for, as well as keeping a watch inside event locations to prevent “guerilla advertising” by non-sponsor brands.
So what do you think?
UPDATE: Samsung and IOC denies ordering athletics on branding cover up.
It was reported that each athlete were given a brand new Galaxy Note 3 but in exchange, they are told to hide or cover branding of their personal non-Samsung phones. The ruling apparently was revealed by the Swiss Olympic team and they were requested to cover Apple logos on their iPhones so that it won’t be seen during the opening ceremony that’s broadcasted live worldwide. Fortunately the branding cover up rule only applies to the athletes.
While this is seen to be a harsh move by Samsung, it looks like they are not giving any chance for competitors to hijack their well spent sponsorship at the Winter Olympics. International sports sponsorship is very expensive and usually it is limited to 1 brand per industry. In the past, there are countless of ambush marketing campaigns performed by non-Olympic sponsors prompting organisers to issue fines to those who tried to associate themselves with the games through unconventional means.
As for the athletes and telling them what to do with their personal belongings is just a little bit too much. Besides, most people would have been using covers and even if they don’t, people could tell its an iPhone from the shape anyway.
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A few days back, iPhone users on DiGi were pushed a new software updates which gives them 4G LTE support. Now Apple’s website finally confirms this and have listed DiGi under its list of supported telcos for their iPad & iPhone which includes the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPad Air & iPad mini with Retina display.
Unlike other 4G telcos such as Maxis & Celcom, DiGi’s 4G network is running solely on LTE Band 7 (2600MHz). Interestingly, Apple has listed DiGi being supported for the iPhone 5 and the 4th gen iPad with Retina Display which runs on LTE Band 3 (1800MHz). DiGi meanwhile has also confirmed on Twitter that its 4G network runs on 2600MHz.
At the moment, DiGi’s 4G LTE roll out is said to be in the testing phase and it is limited to the Klang Valley. Before you’re able to hook on to their 4G LTE network, DiGi says that you would need to switch to their USIM card which has a “U” indicated on the SIM.
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It appears that DiGi is one step closer in enabling 4G LTE for iPhones. If you’re an existing DiGi subscriber with an iPhone 5/5S, you should be getting a software update which enables LTE connectivity under Cellular settings.
However don’t get too excited just yet as DiGi’s 4G LTE service doesn’t seem to be working for smart phones right now. DiGi’s 4G LTE service is currently available for broadband & tablet use. In response, DiGi has tweeted that 4G LTE for smart phones would be coming soon but without mentioning when exactly.
When DiGi started its 4G LTE commercial service 6 months back, they were running only on LTE Band 7 (2600MHz). As comparison, the other LTE telcos such as Maxis & Celcom are running on both Band 3 (1800MHz) and 7 (2600MHz).
The latest iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C supports LTE on both 1800MHz and 2600MHz frequency while the previous iPhone 5 only supports 1800MHz. Ideally we hope DiGi would offer LTE on 1800MHz as well so that existing iPhone 5 users would get to enjoy 4G speeds too.
Apple will be holding a one day only sale this Friday, January 10 for its online stores across Asia. You can expect discounts and deals for Apple products and maybe accessories but no details have been released. What has been revealed is that shoppers can enjoy free shipping with purchases above RM250.
You can check out what’s on offer on sale day here.
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This is an old topic and one that has been discussed to death — we know — but this new video from Kirby Ferguson, the amazing talent behind the “Everything is a Remix” video series, offers a some new perspective on who copied who.