UPDATE: Before Maxis removed its iPhone 5S & iPhone 5C contract plan page, tipster @wong_dominic has managed to get a screenshot of its purported Maxis One Club offering. View the full image after the break.
UPDATE 2: Official Maxis iPhone 5S/iPhone 5C Plans and pricing revealed.
Just couple of hours ago, Apple has released its official iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S pricing in Malaysia. Now Maxis’s iPhone 5S pricing has appeared as well with a slight price difference from what we have seen earlier.
The outright iPhone 5S and 5C retail pricing from Maxis are as follows:
iPhone 5S 16GB – RM2,349
iPhone 5S 32GB – RM2,699
iPhone 5S 64GB – RM2,999
iPhone 5C 16GB – RM1,999
Basically it is RM50 cheaper for the 16GB and 32GB version while the 64GB unit is RM150 lower. For the iPhone 5C the price remains unchanged at RM1,999 and comes with a single 16GB variant on Maxis. Nevertheless, it is still much more expensive than the iPhones launched in the past few years. Of course, it will be cheaper to own when bundled with contract postpaid plans. The full Maxis bundled plans and pricing are expected to be revealed soon and those who have pre-registered would be notified by email.
In case you’re wondering, the page above was stumbled upon by @wong_dominic via twitter which currently is not available. It could be possible that this is not the finalised pricing so we would rather wait until Maxis officially reveals their plans.
Thanks @wong_dominic for the alert on Twitter.
Check out the purported Maxis One Club offering after the break.
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Apple has quietly rolled out its iOS 7.0.3 update which provides necessary improvement and bug fixes. It is available to download over the air in Malaysia which can be done under Setings > General > Software Updates.
Some of the new additions include a new iCloud Keychain that lets you track personal passwords across different devices and the ability to search the web and wikipedia from spotlight search. Also this update finally address the bug allowing people to bypass the lock screen. Well, just in time before the iPhone 5S & 5C hits Malaysia next Thursday with a rather expensive price tag.
The file size is about 68MB on the iPhone 5 and entire process including download with installation shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes.
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In the just concluded special event, Apple has refreshed its tablet line up for 2013. The full sized iPad in its 5th generation is given a new name – the iPad air while the iPad mini gets a much needed screen bump in resolution with Retina Display.
The new iPad Air retains the same 9.7″ Retina Display but now comes in a much slimmer package. As expected, it follows the same design language as the current iPad mini with a thinner bezel for a narrower width. The new iPad air is now just 7.5mm thick and weighs 469 grams which is 20% thinner and 28% lighter than the current 4th gen iPad with Retina Display. In fact, the iPad Air is currently the lightest full sized tablet. As comparison, the water and dust resistant Sony Xperia Tablet Z is heavier at 495 grams but it is still thinner at just 6.9mm.
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UPDATE: Maxis One Club iPhone 5C/iPhone 5S plans surfaced. More details over here.
UPDATE 2: Machines provides updated info on iPhone 5S availability in all its stores here.
UPDATE 3: Celcom offers the iPhone 5S from RM1,638 with 24 months contract.
The iPhone 5C & iPhone 5S will be officially available in Malaysia next Thursday on 31st October and now its official pricing has been revealed on Apple’s Online Store. The iPhone 5C is priced from RM1,999 for the 16GB model while its high end iPhone 5S is priced from RM2,399.
That’s quite a remarkable RM200 increase on the iPhone 5S from the usual RM2,199 for a 16GB unit. It gets worse with larger storage as the 32GB and 64GB models are RM250 and RM350 extra respectively compared to the previous iPhone 5 pricing. Even for the iPhone 5C, the RM400 price difference between the 16GB and 32GB model is quite hard to comprehend.
The full Malaysian iPhone 5C & iPhone 5S pricing below with comparison of last year’s iPhone 5 pricing:
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
iPhone 5 (December 2012)
iPhone 5 16GB – RM2,199
iPhone 5 32GB – RM2,499
iPhone 5 64GB – RM2,799
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iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C hopefuls can now register their interest to purchase the device with Maxis. The operator follows DiGi and Celcom in announcing that it will also make the iPhone 5S/5C available presumably on October 31 as announced by Apple.
Expect Maxis, Celcom and DiGi to announce pricing, plans and pre-order details anytime after the Hari Raya Haji holidays. For now, Maxis is the only operator that will be able to take advantage of iPhone’s LTE connectivity as it is the only operator that currently offers LTE data together with its voice plans. Celcom and DiGi currently offer data-only LTE plans.
If contract purchase is not your thing, expect retail stores line SenHeng to make the iPhone duo available soon after the October 31 launch if not on launch day itself. The Malaysian Apple Online store have also started advertising the new iPhones in anticipation of the local launch so you will be able to order direct from them as well.
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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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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.
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.
A fingerprint scanner in an iPhone. When we heard about it, we dismissed it as a ridiculous rumour and for good reason. Fingerprint scanners have been in computers for years now, they promise enhanced security but they are notorious for piss poor accuracy and when they do work they take way too long to read your print.
So you can understand why we didn’t think Apple would bother with a fingerprint scanner on their latest iPhone. It’s just too cumbersome, too finicky, too unApple to find the place in the sleek, intuitive iPhone. And then Apple reinvented the fingerprint scanner.
Obviously we’ve not yet tried Touch ID ourselves but looking at the many hands-on reviews and comments from people who have the experience is totally unlike anything that we are used to.
Apple’s Touch ID does everything fingerprint scanners didn’t. It’s easy to setup, it’s accurate, its fast, its intuitive and most important of all, it doesn’t change the way you use your iPhone. Yet at the same time Touch ID offers substantial benefits for mobile security than any other security method currently being used in a smartphone. It’s practical, robust security that’s so easy to use that it becomes second nature, and it makes Google’s Face Unlock look like a plaything.
No one sums up Touch ID more perfectly and succinctly than Johnny Ive: “Touch ID defines the next step of how you use your iPhone making something as important as security so effortless, so simple. We believe that technology is at its very best, at its most empowering when it simply disappears.”
That’s just beautiful.
Touch ID is a amazing and competitors will scramble to offer something similar in their next flagship product but is it enough to put the iPhone back at the top? We don’t think so.
See a demo video of how Touch ID works after the jump.
Americans on the street were handed an iPad mini and they were told that it is the new iPhone 5S, watch the video and be amazed. Wonder if Malaysians could be tricked just as easily.