UPDATE: Celcom reveals iPad Air plans. Offered as low as RM1,248 starting 9th December.
The recently announced iPad Air & iPad mini with Retina Display is coming to Malaysia pretty soon. Celcom has put up teasers for the 2 new iPads on their site and is now accepting registration of interest for those who are interested.
The new iPad Air is a whole new revamp over its predecessor which is 20% thinner and 28% lighter but still maintains the same 9.7″ Retina Display. Meanwhile the iPad mini finally gets a boost with a 7.9″ Retina Display which pushes a rather high display density of 326ppi (pixels per inch). Both devices are powered with the latest Apple A7 chip that’s currently powering their current iPhone 5S. You can read up more on the new iPads in our earlier post here.
From what we’ve seen with the iPhone 5S pricing, we can expect the new iPads to be priced higher than usual. So don’t expect the same starting price of RM999 and RM1,499 for the iPad mini and its full sized iPad Air this time around. Hopefully the new iPads will go on sale in Malaysia before Christmas.
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Apple has released another iOS 7 update which fixes a couple of bugs on the iPhone and iPad. The update carries iOS 7.0.4 which focuses on FaceTime which is said to be unstable for some users. It is available to download over the air and the file size is much smaller the the earlier iOS 7.0.3 update.
To download, head over to Setings > General > Software Updates.
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With allegedly growing consumer demand of having larger screen smart phones, Apple is still not bowing down to such pressure. It’s current iPhone 5S is still rocking a 4 inch display which currently is the smallest among today’s flagship smart phone models.
Now a Bloomberg report suggests that Apple is eventually up sizing its iPhone displays for next year. The 2014 iPhones are said to come with a 4.7″ and 5.5″ screen size, which is similar to the HTC One & Galaxy Note II respectively. In addition, the front glass is speculated to be curved downwards over at the edges.
This could be a reaction to the recent curved smart phones that LG and Samsung has produced lately but we are inclined to believe its nothing more than curved glass edge like the 3D Gorilla Glass on the HTC One X. Apple is also said to be testing out pressure sensitive technology which will be likely to be introduced in the following iPhone in 2015.
So are we finally seeing a phablet coming from Apple? With the iPhone 5S just recently launched, it is still too early to confirm any of these yet. A bigger screen iPhone is definitely welcomed and we hope to see fresher handset designs for 2014.
The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C goes on sale in Malaysia yesterday and now you can buy one direct from Apple’s Online Store. The iPhone 5S is listed with 2-3 weeks shipping time while the colourful iPhone 5C is ready to ship in the next 1-3 business days. All colours are available at time of posting.
As priced earlier, the iPhone 5S starts from RM2,399 for the 16GB version and it goes up to a whopping RM3,149 for the 64GB unit. The iPhone 5C is priced at RM1,999 for 16GB and RM2,399 for 32GB. To place an order online without the hassle of queuing or hunting down for stock, head over to the Online Store.
If you’re looking to buy one without contract through walk-in, Machines has updated that all units have been sold out except for a single iPhone 5S 64GB at Bukit Tinggi (as of yesterday at 5.30PM). Retailer SenQ is offering the iPhone 5S/5C today but with limited iPhone 5S stock at their Puchong IOI outlet. The iPhone 5S stocks are said to be replenished in the coming weeks.
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The iPhone 5S will be available at the senQ Digital Station at IOI Mall, Puchong from November 1. As an initial offering, only the 16GB version of the gold iPhone 5S will be available at the store and preference will be given to Senheng PlusOne members but Senheng assures that stock of the iPhone 5S (in black, white and gold) will be replenished every week. In addition, the iPhone 5C will also be available at Senheng stores nationwide from November 1.
In terms of price, do expect the iPhone 5C/5S from SenQ to be priced the same as the Apple Online Store:
iPhone 5C 16GB – RM1,999
iPhone 5C 32GB – RM2,399
iPhone 5S 16GB – RM2,399
iPhone 5S 32GB – RM2,749
iPhone 5S 64GB – RM3,149
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Windows Phone saw phenomenal year-on-year growth in the 3rd quarter of this year up 165% from last year’s 3rd quarter with Nokia devices accounting for 95% of Windwos Phone devices shipped, according to market analysts are ABI Research.
The firm estimates that over 244 million smartphones were shipped during the the period with Samsung making up 35% of the volume (approximately 85.4 million units), while Apple’s market share remained flat at 14%. Despite strong sales of the new iPhones in late Q3 2013, prospects of growth at Apple is low. Analysts are expecting the company to achieve 18.7% market share in Q4 2014 down from the 22.6% it achieved in the same quarter last year.
“Even with a record Q4 for the iPhone, Apple is only expected to achieve 18.7% market share which is down from the 22.6% Apple achieved in Q4 2012, due to Android’s growing dominance and the importance of emerging markets,” said ABI Research’s senior practice director, Nick Spencer.
Finally Maxis has revealed its official pricing the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C that’s being rolled out in Malaysia today. The new iPhones are being offered on contract with an option of 12 months and 24 months duration on iValue Simple, iValue 1, iValue 2 and iValue 3.
Going into the plans, iValue Simple costs just RM50/month and comes bundled with 200 minutes of calls and 100 SMS to all networks along with 1GB of data. Moving up is iValue 1 at RM100/month with 333 minutes of calls and 2GB of data and these are doubled on iValue 2 at RM155/month. For the ultimate heavy duty user, iValue 3 offers 1,500 minutes of calls and 6GB of data at RM250/month. All iValue 1,2 & 3 also comes with additional 1,000 minutes of calls and 1,000 SMS within Maxis/Hotlink network. In terms of contract price, it looks similar to the plans which we saw earlier.
Check out the official iPhone 5S/iPhone 5C Maxis bundled pricing after the break.
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Some iPhone 5S are plagued with high battery drain and slow charging reports The New York Times. According to an Apple spokesperson, the battery issue is affecting a “very limited number” of devices and is attributed to a manufacturing defect:
“We recently discovered a manufacturing issue affecting a very limited number of iPhone 5S devices that could cause the battery to take longer to charge or result in reduced battery life,” said Teresa Brewer, an Apple spokeswoman. “We are reaching out to customers with affected phones and will provide them with a replacement phone.”
What is not clear is how many iPhones are affected by this defect and whether the issue is isolated to certain variants of the iPhone 5S designated for different countries — in this case the US. So at this moment, it is unsure whether iPhones designated for Malaysia are affected by this.
The iPhone 5S and 5C will be available in Malaysia from 31 October and one of the more prominent Apple authorised resellers in the country, Machines, have confirmed that they will have stock of the iPhone 5S in store on launch day.
To make it easier for Apple fans to get a hold of their iPhone 5S of choice Machines have also created a Facebook page that updates readers on availability of iPhones at their various store locations. The page will be updated daily and you can check it out here.
The chart uploaded on the page is riddled with errors at the moment but we expect the people running Machine’s Facebook page to get that fixed shortly considering there are already a number of people complaining about the glaring mistakes. Update: Looks like they’ve updated the chart.
Is the iPad Air the best iPad Apple has ever made? Maybe. Maybe Not. Whatever your opinion about the new iPad may be you can’t deny that its first TV spot is quite possible, Apple’s most powerful commercial ever.
More videos about the iPad Air after the jump.