If you’re an Apple fan, today is better than Christmas Eve. Tomorrow Santa Cook and the Cupertino elves will trundle out their newest toys for us to “Oohh” and “Aahh” over. Countless rumours are coursing through the Internet with “news: and “leaks” about the presents under the Apple tree and here at SoyaCincau.com we’ve done our best to separate the possible from the ridiculous. Join us and read on as we pick up a crate, shake it about and try to guess what delights are inside.
The most anticipated announcement tomorrow is that of the new iPhone 6 that’s expected to be introduced in two sizes, 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. While the iPhone 5 got a bit taller than its predecessors, the width of iPhones has remained constant ever since the first model was introduced in 2007.
By increasing the screen size of the iPhone 6 Apple will be doing more than just making it easier to read text and view images on the latest generation of its flagship product. Larger screens also give developers more space for controls and visual features and we hope this will catalyse a new wave of innovation across the App Store.
The bigger iPhones are also expected to be equipped with larger batteries and the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 will likely have one that’s 1,810 mAh, around 16% larger than the battery in the iPhone 5S. The 5.5 inch iPhone 6 may come with a 2,915 mAh battery.
But at 5.5 inch, the iPhone 6 will be Apple’s largest iPhone ever and by going large, will Apple compromise its trademark ease of use over screen real estate? If a 5.5-inch iPhone is indeed true, it will be interesting to see how Apple designers strike a balance between the two.
Just a friendly reminder that Apple’s upcoming special event is happening tonight at 1AM (10th September 2014) Malaysian time where we are expected to see the new iPhone 6 and its first iWatch wearable device. To catch it live, Apple is opening a live stream over here which is accessible on Safari Browser on Macs, iOS mobile devices and Apple TV.
Don’t know what to expect? Read on to find out what we know so far.
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With lots of brands announcing their flagship devices during IFA 2014 next week, it will be interesting to see how would Apple stack up in the final quarter of 2014. Also not forgetting smart watches, which has been pretty exciting on the Android front with the likes of the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R. Can Apple reinvent the smart watch?
Mark your calendars 9th September (or probably 10th September Malaysian time). The live stream is happening at 10AM PDT, which is 1:00AM the next day in Malaysia.
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UPDATE: Apparently the posted by China Telecom is actually a render by two Argentinian students. So this isn’t the real deal.
The folks at Cupertino are waiting for the IFA 2014 fever to settle down as the iPhone 6 is expected to be announced on 9th September. One of their partner telcos in China had gotten a little excited and was reported to have published the new iPhone 6 ahead of its official announcement.
The image shown above has already been taken down from its official Weibo account but screenshots of it has already spread all over. From the image, the new iPhone 6 is taking similar design cues as its current iPad Air and iPod Touch with rounded off edges and it has the power button at the sides. Like its current line up, it will be available with 3 colours – Gold, Silver and Dark Grey.
Now they had acknowledged an issue affecting a small number of iPhone 5 that suffers shorter battery life and as a result it requires more charging than usual. They added that this only affected selected units that were purchased between September 2012 and January 2013.
If you’re facing similar issues, you can check if you qualify by entering your serial number over here. The serial number can be obtained under Settings > General > About. The battery replacement program will commence in Malaysia beginning next Friday, 29th August 2014 and you can send your phone to your nearest Apple Authorised Service Providers which can be located here. It is advisable to perform a full back up using iTunes or iCloud and then perform a full data wipe before sending your device in.
This isn’t the first time Apple has offered a replacement program. A few months back, Apple had admitted an issue with the power/wake button for the iPhone 5 and had also offered free replacement as well.
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The upcoming iPhone 6 will be bigger than before with its purported 4.7″ and 5.5″ sizes. Currently their iPhone 5S with its 4″ screen has been doing reasonably okay with its 1,560mAh capacity but as the screen gets bigger, it is natural to expect higher battery consumption like its bigger Android counterparts.
For the next iPhone, its purported batteries have surfaced revealing a 1,810mAh capacity unit for the smaller 4.7″ and a much bigger sized 2,915mAh for its alleged 5.5″ model. The iPhone 4.7-inch’s direct nemesis is undoubtedly the Samsung Galaxy Alpha and that packs a slightly higher 1,860mAh capacity battery. For its bigger 5.5″ model, having a 2,915mAh battery might sound little compared to other phablets that are having at least 3,200mAh capacity. But don’t forget that Apple devices have been quite frugal with all day battery life with half the capacity of its Android competition.
The new iPhones are expected to be revealed at their upcoming September 9 event.
Check out the clearer images of the batteries after the break.
Entertainment tabloid site TMZ has been buzzing with its latest scoop on the new iPhone 6. As people got excited or disappointed with what the next iPhone would look like, the so called exclusive pictures are nothing but a cheap knock off of the purported iPhone 6.
The folks at 9to5Mac had rebutted its claims by pointing out several UI flaws which turn out to be a re-skinned version of Android. The new iPhone would be running on the latest iOS 8 but the interface is rocking on an older iOS 7 apperance. Another giveaway is the overly thick font used for the calendar and the use of Back button on the overlay interface. The exterior design is still heavily based on what has been speculated on the internet for several months now.
While the good news is that this isn’t the real device, will the real iPhone be drastically different from what we’ve seen so far? Thankfully we won’t have to wait too long as Apple is said to be announcing the next iPhone this coming 9th September.
After months of anticipation and leaks, the iPhone 6 is expected to be announced next month, right after the busy IFA 2014 week. According to recode, Apple is organising a major event on September 9 which is quite a significant date when it comes to product announcements.
From what we’ve seen and heard so far, the new iPhone 6 is expected to be up-sized with a 4.7″ and a 5.5″ screen. This would mark a major jump from its current 4″ offering which is the smallest among the flagship smart phones in the market. The initial leaks also point to a slimmer design with rounded edges which follows closely with its current iPad Air and its latest iPad mini with Retina Display. The biggest change to the iPhone experience also comes from the software where it harnesses the latest features of their latest iOS 8.
Jimmy Kinmel crew is at it again and this time they went to the streets of New York to see if they can trick people into thinking that a thinly disguised US$20 Casio is a smart watch from Apple.
It gets funny when the poor unsuspecting victims go gaga over simple features like a large hours and minute display and a built in stop watch.
Watch the short skit after the break.
If you’re looking for a cheaper way to own an iPad in Malaysia, it looks like there will be an option to purchase a certified pre-owned unit very soon. One of our readers have spotted a Refurbished iPad section on Apple’s Online Store but the image is not linked properly at the moment.
According to Apple’s Certified Refurbished FAQ, some of these units were returned due to technical issues which have been resolved under strict Apple quality control. Before it goes on sale, it is treated like brand new product where it undergoes testing, repackaging and it even gets a new serial number.
Obviously the main benefit is getting substantial savings over an actual brand new unit. For greater peace of mind, it is also covered by a standard 1 year limited warranty as you would have on a fresh new product. So far there’s no details of when Apple will commence such sales in Malaysia but we reckon stocks would be very limited. You can check out yourself at the iPad section of Apple’s Malaysia Online Store.
Thanks BorneoBoi for the tip!