The replica kings are at it again. Before the iPhone 6 is officially announced, its cheap imitation units have appeared looking like the leaked designs we’ve seen so far. Nobody knows for sure if the real iPhone 6 would look anything like this but it is convincing enough for the regular joe. At some photos, it looks badly put together with some screws being exposed at the bottom. On the surface, it appears to be running on iOS but you can be sure that it isn’t the real deal underneath.
Head after the break for more images of the iPhone 6 imitation unit.
If you’re planning to get a new iPhone 5S this Raya, Celcom is running a special promo where you can get the 2nd unit for half price. Retailing at RM2,399, the second iPhone 5S 16GB can be yours for as low as RM1,188.
The half price promo is only applicable if the first device is a iPhone 5S 32GB or 64GB purchased with 24 months contract. If you opt to get a iPhone 5S 16GB as the first unit, the second unit is offered at RM1,688.
In terms of plans, you get the option of Celcom First Premier or Elite with 5GB of bolt-on data for 24 months duration. Despite its half price offer, the second unit is also locked into contract with 24 months duration. Fortunately it is a lower data-only commitment plan of Celcom First mPro Plus at RM88/month. Overall, it is still a couple of hundred ringgit cheaper than getting another postpaid contract separately.
This offer is valid until 31st August 2014 and you can check out the plan details after the break. For more information, head over to Celcom’s promo page.
You’re a bad parent if you don’t have an iPhone. At least that’s what Apple is telling us with their iPhone 5S Parenthood ad that you can watch after the break.
Sure you can change a lot with the iPhone but that comes with the added cost of buying peripherals that are almost always overpriced.
Apple tells parents that they are more powerful than they think if they have an iPhone. We’d like to think parents are great with or without a smartphone.
Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 is due in a couple of months time and its alleged production unit has appeared online. According to the source, the images are credible as it was obtained from a reliable source in China.
The overall design follows the similar slim and rounded edge approach as their current iPad Air and iPad mini. From certain angles, it does look like the very first iPhone which came with a metal back. The TouchID fingerprint scanner that was introduced on the iPhone 5S is retained but the rear camera is seen with just a single instead of two LED assisted flash. As you would expect, the new model is expected to be bigger in display and comes with thinner bezels for better single handed use.
Apart from this “standard” iPhone model, Apple is said to be releasing a larger “Note” version which is rumoured to have a larger 5.5″ screen. If such speculation is true, they are doing very un-Apple things that certainly won’t be allowed during Steve Jobs era. Check out the rest of the pictures after the break.
The iPhone was introduced about 7 years ago by Steve Jobs which defined a new course for smart phones that we know today. Apple will be releasing a new iPhone model at the end of this year and they had just announced its latest iOS 8.
To showcase how iOS has progressed over the years, the Verge had compiled a highlight video from the very beginning when it was known as iPhone OS until the current iOS 8. Initially the iPhone OS was a very closed system and AppStore was only introduced in iPhone OS 2.0 where they finally open up to 3rd party app developers.
Copy and Paste function was lacking on the iPhone until it was finally introduced on iPhone OS 3.0. The mobile operating system then was renamed to iOS in 2010 when the iPad was first introduced.
We are not going to spoil the rest of the history lesson, so head after the break to watch the video.
The spotlight at WWDC 2014 was focused on two things – OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. While the number 8 represents a major release for iOS, the usability and interface hasn’t been changed radically but instead has been refined subtlety to give more room for extra features. If we can sum up the latest changes, the new iOS with its Mac OS X now offers better sharing and continuity no matter what Apple device you are on.
In addition, the new SDK opens up new possibilities for developers particularly in health, Touch ID and gaming. There was even a new programming language introduced called Swift which promises faster performance with less code. The new AppStore on iOS 8 now offers app bundles where users can purchase a collection of apps at a discounted price, which is good news for both users and developers. Read on as we highlight a couple of new iOS 8 features that were announced at WWDC.
If you’re up for it Apple’s WWDC is happening tonight. Ok, not technically tonight it’s more like in the wee hours of tomorrow morning. Apple’s annual developer conference will kick off at 1am and if you have an iOS device or a Mac computer you can watch the future of Apple’s product roadmap unfold right in front of your very eyes via the official live stream here (you’ll need Safari 4 or later on OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later. Streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 5.0.2 or later).
What can you expect from Apple at WWDC? Considering that the WWDC is a developers’ conference after all, it’s obvious that Apple will show off the future versions of its mobile and computer operating systems, so you will probably be seeing iOS 8 and and OS X 10.10 for the first time tonight. Whether you like it or not, expect to see OS X mimicking the overly simplistic look and feel of iOS to make the user experience between the two more seamless.
Along with the new version of iOS you can also expect improvements and new features applications like Siri and Apple Maps that will hopefully put the mobile OS on par in terms of features with its competitors.
Will we see the new iPhone tonight? We can’t say for sure but it doesn’t look like it, not for at least another couple of months.
Will Apple debut its wearable devices at WWDC? Don’t think so unless the iWatch — or whatever Apple’s wearable is going to be — works with mobile devices that’s not running iOS. The iWatch — if Apple is indeed making one — is almost certainly going to be a companion device for the iPhone and if this is indeed the case, Apple would want to unveil the iWatch and new iPhone together.
Are we going to see anything from Apple’s newest and biggest acquisition, Beats? Don’t think so, it’s too early for the two to have anything substantial to show.
Anything else? Well, to sum it up, expect tonight’s WWDC to focus on software with not much emphasis on really new hardware. Of course, we could be completely wrong so why don’t you come join us and let’s talk Apple tonight.
After releasing its iOS 7.1.1 update, a rather simple flaw has been discovered which affects iPhone and iPad users. The security bug allows anyone to access your device contacts even when your phone is locked. The culprit? Siri, your voice assistant which is a little too helpful in this case.
Someone has discovered that Siri would let strangers bypass the standard passcode and they could make a phone call, SMS or even send Emails. With the device being locked, all you need to do is ask Siri to Call or Message or Email then followed by typing in a random name or alphabet on the screen. Next it will reveal “Other” contacts option and by tapping that you will be able to see the entire contacts.
This however isn’t really a huge security concern as it doesn’t give access beyond that. So don’t worry about people prying into your apps, photos and other data. The best remedy for the time being is to disable Siri, especially if you don’t use it on a regular basis. Hopefully Apple is working on a new iOS update as we speak to address this.
Check out the video on how this is done after the break.
Apple acknowledges an issue with the iPhone 5, where its power/wake button would show signs of failure and possibly stop working altogether. According to them, this affects a small number of units that are manufactured from March 2013. If you do face such issues, the good news is that Apple is offering free replacements for the power button mechanism.
The replacement program has started in the US and Canada, while replacement elsewhere including Malaysia will start on 2nd May which is this coming Friday. You can check if your iPhone 5 is eligible for power button replacement over here. Just key in your serial number which can be found on Settings > General > About.
Apple highlights that this is only applicable if your device is listed and the power button is showing signs of failure. For Malaysia, you can send your iPhone 5 to most Apple on-ground retailers and you can find one closest to you over here. According to Apple, the replacement process will take 4-6 days from the time your phone is sent in to their service centres
At the footer of its recall announcement, Apple mentions that if you have paid for such repairs, you may contact them for a possible refund. If your iPhone 5 power button is working fine, take note that the replacement program will continue to cover the device for 2 years since its first retail purchase. Before sending the device over, make sure you’ve backed up your files to iCloud and it is recommended to erase all contents on the device. .
Recall and replacements are two words that we hardly hear from Apple when it comes to iPhone units in Malaysia. In the midst of iPhone 4 antenna-gate issue, the free bumpers were not extended to Malaysian buyers which later claims to be fixed with a software update. When the iPhone 5 was released, several units were found to have scuff marks out of the box which Apple refuses to acknowledge as a problem. With consumers getting spoilt for choice, it is no surprise that Apple is now concerned with customer retention, which is a good thing for consumers.
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If your current smart phone is holding you back from getting a new iPhone 5S, Maxis has an easier way to switch. Now they are offering a trade-in and trade-up program which lets you swap your current Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S III, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S for the latest iPhone 5S on contract.
As comparison, normally the iPhone 5S is offered at RM1,599 with 24 months contract of iValue 1. If you bring in your Galaxy Note II or iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5S can be yours at RM849, which effectively is RM700 trade-in value. For the Galaxy S III and iPhone 4, that’s equivalent of RM500 trade-in value.
The trade-in program is available nationwide at Maxis Outlets and Exclusive Partners. All you need to do is bring your device even without the box, chargers or cables.
For more information, head over to Maxis or you can check out the full trade-in list after the break.