Before the iPhone 5 hits Malaysia next Friday, Apple has made a surprise unannounced move by making the iPad mini & 4th generation iPad with Retina Display (aka iPad 4) available today. It took Apple just 45 days from its official announcement to reach Malaysia.
If you don’t like queuing up at the local retailers today, you can also place an order on the Apple Online Store and have it shipped direct to you. The iPad mini is priced from RM999 for the 16GB WiFi only version and has an estimated shipping time of 2 weeks. Meanwhile the 9.7″ 4th gen iPad remains unchanged with its starting price of RM1,499 but it ships faster in just 1-3 working days.
Full pricing as follows:
16GB WiFi – RM999
32GB WiFi – RM1,299
64GB WiFi – RM1,599
16GB WiFi + Cellular – RM1,399
32GB WiFi + Cellular – RM1,699
64GB WiFi + Cellular – RM1,999
iPad with Retina Display (iPad 4)
16GB WiFi – RM1,499
32GB WiFi – RM1,799
64GB WiFi – RM2,099
16GB WiFi + Cellular – RM1,899
32GB WiFi + Cellular – RM2,199
64GB WiFi + Cellular – RM2,499
The full sized iPad in its 4th generation offers little difference externally. Apart from using the latest lightning connector, the iPad 4 comes with performance bump with its new A6X chip and a higher 1.2MP camera in the front that offers HD Facetime. For clearer comparison, do check out our post here.
To place your order, head over to the Apple Online Store.
UPDATE: Celcom iPhone 5 plans are finally revealed.
During previous iPhone launches if you wanted to get an iPhone and you’re out of towns like KL and PJ then you were out of luck because stores had to serve the surging demands in market centres first before letting distributing stocks to stores in non-market centres. Not anymore.
Celcom has started taking pre-orders for the iPhone 5 just seven days away from its scheduled release in Malaysia. A pre-payment of RM200 secures you an iPhone 5. You can choose to collect your iPhone 5 from any Celcom Blue Cube outlet in the country or if you want to you can collect the iPhone 5 from midnight of December 14 at selected outlers.
However due to the limited distribution of iPhone 5 units, some models may not be available at all stores so it’s best you check the listing before securing your pre-order. Also, we wonder what will to those who had earlier registered their interest for the iPhone 5. Will they get a pre-order slot provided that they pay the require RM200 booking fee? Of to they have to redo to process again? What has peed your experience?
So far, no operator have revealed any plans of pricing details of the iPhone 5 but we expect more information to trickle in as we move closer to release date, so stay tuned for updates.
To pre-order your iPhone 5 from Celcom, you can head over here.
UPDATE: The iPad mini and iPad 4 are available for purchase in the Apple Store online. Prices start from RM999 for the 16GB WiFi version of the iPad mini and RM1,499 for the 16GB WiFi version of the iPad 4. The WiFi version of the iPad 4 ships in 1-3 business working days while the others might take up to two weeks to deliver. Full details here.
The iPad mini and iPad 4 will be available from authorised Apple reseller, Machines, starting from today. While Machines have announced that the two new iPad variants will be available in store, the actual pricing of the devices have not been revealed. Replying to comments on its Facebook page, the Apple reseller says that it will make the pricing of the iPad mini and iPad 4 available when its stores open at 10am.
On the note, Electrical and electronics chain store, Senheng and SenQ will be taking pre-orders for the iPad mini and iPad 4 from today. Like Machines, the chain store brand have yet to release the RRP for the iPads.
Yesterday, perhaps by accident, uploaded a banner on its webpage saying that the iPad mini is “coming soon” suggesting that the operator will be offering plans for the device. However, the banner has since been taken down and Celcom has, so far, not yet said anything about offering the iPad mini.
Update (12Dec2012-1152hrs): It looks like Celcom has removed the iPad mini coming soon listing from its website. We’ll keep you posted on developments. (Thanks tweetybird from the comments)
No other details are made available at the moment but if the Singapore pricing of the iPad mini is any indicator, we expect the device to retail from around RM1,300 for the base 16 GB WiFi model. We also have a feeling the iPad mini will be available from authorized Apple resellers when it is available from Celcom.
For those wondering, there is still not sign of the 4th-gen iPad making an appearance in Malaysia anytime soon.
More updates when we have them.
Thanks @BeruangAli for the Twitter tip.
Following Maxis’ move, Celcom has started pre-registration for the iPhone 5 as well in preparation of the December 14 launch date. Celcom’s pre-registration method differs greatly from Maxis’ and it seems that Celcom method requires a high degree of manual processing at the back end which could lead to errors or missing orders on collection day. Also unlike Maxis, the Celcom pre-registration doesn’t allow you to specify the iPhone 5 variant (16GB, 32GB or 64GB), it only allows you to choose either black or white.
While operators have starting talking about the iPhone 5 many important information related to the launch of the device are still unknown. Actual pricing, plans on offer and launch venue have all not been made public at the moment.
In any case, if you’d like to book your iPhone 5 with Celcom, click here.
The wait is finally over. Apple has officially announced that the iPhone 5 is coming to more countries this month with Malaysian release next Friday, 14th December. South Korea will be getting it first this coming Friday 7th December while the other countries including Malaysia, Philippines, China and Taiwan having it a week later.
In terms of pricing, there shouldn’t be any difference from the iPhone 4S when it was first launched in Malaysia, starting from RM2,199 for the 16GB version. Telco bundling is expected from the big 3 telcos and registration of interest should start anytime soon. For those that prefer to buy one without contract, we are expecting the Apple Store to sell the iPhone 5 unlocked without contract.
Thanks @ihelpboard for the tip!
For those that enjoy watching classic TV Ads, now there’s a one stop collection for Apple. There’s a YouTube channel Every Apple TV Ads which claims to have every single Apple ad that has been broadcasted on TV. That includes Macintosh, Powerbook, Newtons, Apple Switch, iPod, iPhone, iPads and pretty much everything that Apple has advertised.
It goes all the way back to 1977 with their Apple II ad which is shown above. With a current total of 458 of them, you’ll probably take the whole afternoon to finish them. If you wish to start all the way from the first ad, view the full playlist here.
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Click this link if you can’t see the embedded video player.
This is an old video (appeared to be finished in July 2011 and Ron Johnson is no longer in Apple) but it has remained unreleased in the public domain up till now. No matter what your opinion is about Apple, you can’t argue that they’ve made the mundane retail store into a work of art, the humdrum retail experience into something memorable.
No wonder Apple Stores are always packed, people don’t come to just buy something, the come to experience Apple.
Wondering when will we get our very own Apple Store here in Malaysia.
Apple ads are almost always pretty and straight to the point. This one is no exception, except that the feature that this latest iPhone 5 ad is selling is neither unique nor groundbreaking. Still, it’s a nice ad.
Along with the noise cancellation ad, Apple also released another iPhone 5 ad in conjunction with the Thanksgiving holiday. The ad highlights the useful Photo Stream feature on the iPhone 5. It’s a brilliantly simple ad and you can view it right after the jump.
Guess what, you can now add Nokia’s Here onto the list of alternative map/navigation applications for your iOS device.
Available for free on iTunes, Here brings Nokia’s mapping and navigation expertise to iOS and if you’re not a fan of Apple’s Maps, Here is a worthwhile replacement. Though, we have to say that we haven’t gotten a chance to fully test out the application yet but from what we’ve experience so far, Here is pretty decent.
The transitions and animation are not as fancy as Maps and you don’t get 3D view but Here makes up for it with greater ease of use, a public transport layer and offline viewing feature which allows you to save portions of the map onto your device for viewing without using a data connection. There is however a 10MB limit. So the bigger the map area you save, the less details you get.
You can download Nokia Here from iTunes, err…here.
Let us know what you think of the app.