UPDATE: DiGi reveals its iPhone 5S/5C plans with early bird promo. Available at midnight of 31st October.
DiGi has jumped on the bandwagon by opening its registration of interest for the iPhone 5C & iPhone 5S. Interestingly DiGi will be offering both iPhones on 31st October which is similar to Apple Malaysia’s Online Store. It looks like we are getting the iPhone 5C/5S a day earlier than what was announced by Apple’s PR.
In terms of options, DiGi is offering Gold, Space Grey & Silver colours for the iPhone 5S with a choice of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. For the iPhone 5C, DiGi is offering only White & Yellow colours with 16GB and 32GB storage options.
To register your iPhone 5C/5S interest, head over to DiGi.
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UPDATE: Celcom has updated its teaser that it will be bringing the iPhone 5C & 5S on 31st October as well.
UPDATE 2: Celcom offers the iPhone 5S from RM1,638 with 24 months contract.
With no time to waste, Celcom has put up a teaser assuring consumers that they will be one of the first to offer the iPhone 5C & iPhone 5S in Malaysia. The two new iPhones will be officially available on 1st November as announced yesterday and Apple Malaysia has indicated that it will be offered on its online store starting on 31st October.
So far there’s no pricing or plan details on Celcom’s iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C pages. We would be expecting the other 2 telcos – DiGi & Maxis to offer registration of interest and possibly pre-orders in couple of days before October is out.
Thanks Rayden for the alert in the comments.
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UPDATE: Malaysia Apple Online Store reveals official iPhone 5C price from RM1,999 and iPhone 5S price from RM2,399. Full pricing details here.
The iPhone 5C & iPhone 5S is officially available in Malaysia on 1st of November. However it is recently discovered that the Apple Online Store for Malaysia would be offering the two new iPhone models a day earlier beginning 31st October.
So far there’s no pricing details for both iPhone 5C & iPhone 5S yet but for those ordering online through Apple’s Online Store might need to factor a couple of days for delivery. If you’re looking to get an iPhone on launch day itself, you probably would consider getting them from the telco roadshows or through authorised retailers such as SenHeng.
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UPDATE: Apple Malaysia to offer iPhone 5C/5S on its Online Store on 31st October.
If you’ve been waiting to get an iPhone 5C or iPhone 5S in Malaysia, mark your calendar this November 1st. Apple has just announced its next two phase of iPhone 5C/5S availability and us folks in Malaysia will be getting it under 24 days.
At the moment, a couple of retailers have started selling imported units of the iPhone 5C from RM1,915 and the iPhone 5S from RM2,849. In terms of official unit pricing, the iPhone 5S pricing shouldn’t stray too far away from the iPhone 5 pricing when it was launched last year however due to fluctuating currency exchange between USD and RM, a slight increase might be expected.
On November 1st, we would expect the 3 big telcos – DiGi, Celcom and Maxis to offer the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S simultaneously on contract and for those who want to purchase outright, there’s always the Apple Online Store and authorised retailers such as Senheng.
This time around, the new iPhone 5C/5S arrives quicker in Malaysia in just 51 days since its announcement on September 11th. As comparison, the iPhone 5 took 91 days to reach Malaysia on 14th December 2012.
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Tom Dickson of Blendtec needs no introduction and it’s time for another round of Will it Blend? This time he manages to get his hands on just not one but a variety of coloruful iPhone 5C and a gold colour iPhone 5S.
Watch the iPhone blending carnage after the break.
UPDATE: As we come closer to imminent iPhone 5C & iPhone 5S launch in Malaysia, iPMart has reduced its pricing with the iPhone 5C 16GB going for RM1,915 followed by iPhone 5S 16GB at RM2,849, 32GB at RM3,249 and 64GB at RM3,449.
UPDATE 2: It’s official. iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S Malaysia launch happening on 1st November.
UPDATE 3: Malaysia Apple Online Store reveals official iPhone 5C price from RM1,999 and iPhone 5S price from RM2,399. Full pricing details here.
The iPhone 5C & iPhone 5S has officially rolled out in a several first wave countries including Singapore. While the new iPhones have yet to reached Malaysia officially, a couple of online retailers including a group buying site have started offering the iPhone 5S and 5C locally. If you can’t wait to buy one, read on.
Local retailer IPmart has listed the colourful iPhone 5C 16GB units at RM2,149 while the higher spec iPhone 5S is listed at RM2,999 for the Black 16GB model and RM3,399 for the White 32GB unit. Alternatively, Groupon Malaysia is also offering the iPhone 5C at RM2,199. For more bling, Lazada is selling the Gold iPhone 5S at a hefty RM4,199 for 16GB and RM4,299 for the 32GB model.
Obviously these are considered grey-import / AP set units. So for warranty claims, you would need to send your iPhones back to the place you’ve gotten from. If you think these prices are crazy, that’s the cost to bear as an early adopter in Malaysia which gives you the pleasure of holding an exclusive phone for a couple of months before it is officially rolled out in Malaysia. Last year, the iPhone 5 was launched in Malaysia in December and it is very likely that we would be getting the 5C/5S much earlier than that.
According to some industry sources, the iPhone 5C & iPhone 5S might be rolled out as early as late October or early November. We reckon it is more worth while to wait for a couple of months for Malaysian units.
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Earlier on we’ve seen a drop test for the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Now here’s another torture test but this time with the Motorola Moto X and Galaxy S4 in the mix in a series of drop, slide and dunk test into water. Surprisingly the American made Moto X was a clear winner among the 4 as it survived all 3 tests rather well. The Galaxy S4 disappointingly died in both drop and dunk test which is a huge contrast to what we’ve seen in Samsung’s official torture test video.
Check out the torture video after the break.
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The Touch ID on the iPhone 5S is rather amazing, making biometric security easier than what we’ve seen on computers. While this seems to be the best security yet, the Touch ID was easily bypassed by a group of biometric hackers from Chaos Computer Club.
All they needed to get started is a high resolution photograph of the owner’s finger print on a glass surface. According to them, the iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner is much secure than most scanners out there due to its higher resolution of 2400 dpi. In order to bypass, they had to up its “fake” fingerprint resolution in order for it to work. It seems easy from the video but the process of faking a fingerprint is rather tedious. You can check out the step by step instructions here.
Obviously this is not easy to replicate in real life scenario unless of course you have an obsessive partner that is adamant about peeking into your phone’s contents. Nevertheless, the Touch ID is still a better option compared to Android’s Face Unlock.
Watch the video of the iPhone 5S Touch ID being bypassed after the beak.
The iPhone 5S and 5C has gone on sale officially in US, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore and the UK as part of the first wave countries. While most buyers are excited with their new purchase, it is also time for another round of drop test from Android Authority.
This time, it is a double drop with both aluminium clad iPhone 5S and the new polycarbonate iPhone 5C. While the iPhone 5S has a similar body construction as the iPhone 5, it is interesting to see how would the new iPhone 5C fare against drops at various heights. Is it as tough as the polycarbonate Nokia Lumia?
Watch the drop test video after the break.
The new iOS 7 is finally here and iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users in Malaysia had started downloading the update since 1AM this morning. Announced couple of months back, it gives a refreshing experience with flat design approach, skinnier fonts and Apple had revamped in some areas of usability. You can read more on the iOS 7 enhancements in our earlier post here.
To get accustomed with the new changes, check out the 2 and a half minute video from LifeHacker shown above. Just like previous iOS updates, don’t be surprised if some of the features are missing from your device. Some of them such as AirDrop and in-Camera Filter is only applicable with the current generation models such as the iPhone 5. You can check out the comparison of iOS 7 features by models here.
For those who have yet to make the move, we recommend that you backup your current device using iCloud or iTunes. Updating to iOS 7 over the air (OTA) is rather easy and you can get right to it under Settings > General > Software Update. For those who have upgraded, what do you think of iOS 7?
Watch the official iOS 7 promo and features walk through video after the break.