After the announcement of the new “Resolutionary” iPad, Malaysia’s Apple store has already started slashing prices of the existing iPad 2. Now the cheapest entry model, the 16GB WiFi version is going for only RM1,199 after the RM300 reduction across all models including WiFi and 3G.
Such price reduction also occurred last year and Apple Store Malaysia had offered refunds of price difference for those that purchased within 14 days before the announcement. If you’re one of the unfortunate ones that just bought one recent, do stay tune for the refund announcement as it is likely they might be doing the same this year.
Here’s the price difference for comparison:
16GB iPad 2
32GB iPad 2
64GB iPad 2
16GB iPad 2
32GB iPad 2
64GB iPad 2
To place an order, head over to the Apple Store. If you’ve been eyeing for a cheaper iPad, this is the time to do so but you better hurry before the old stocks run out.
While the iPad 2 price in Malaysia is among the cheapest globally, we wanted to find out whether it was the same story for its accessories. So we proceeded to compare the listed price of popular accessories such as the Smart Cover, Camera Connection Kit, iPad Dock and Digital Adapter.
From our findings above, the Leather Smart Cover in Malaysia is among the most expensive of the bunch at RM299. As comparison, getting it from Hong Kong costs RM209 while Singapore at RM237. Fortunately not all accessories are expensive in Malaysia as the iPad 2 dock and Camera Connection Kit is much more reasonable below RM100. Even our poly smart cover is similarly priced as Australia.
If you have a friend or relative who is flying back from the “cheaper accessory” countries above, you might want to consider buying your Leather Smart Cover from overseas instead. Again like the previous iPad 2 price comparison, prices above are listed from Apple Store online and it doesn’t include additional tax and possible rebates depending on country.
When the iPad 2 pricing was revealed in Malaysia, the pricing was the talk of the town with its starting price below RM1500 for its entry level 16GB WiFi model. This was a significant price reduction over the original iPad being RM50 cheaper for WiFi and RM100 cheaper for the 3G models. One of contributing factors would be the strengthening of Ringgit Malaysia against the dollar, which makes US goods supposedly cheaper.
So how are we are doing globally when most Asian countries start to offer the iPad 2 recently? The above is a simple comparison of its listed iPad 2 prices from Apple’s Store online. From this list, Malaysia is among the cheapest in the world for iPad 2 pricing. Do note however that these figures are taken directly from each respective website which is inclusive or exclusive of its local taxes required by its government. In the South East Asian region, Malaysians are getting it cheaper even compared to our Singaporean neighbour which they had to fork out about RM100 extra.
This just in from Maxis:
Maxis today announced it will offer dedicated data plans for iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G in the coming weeks. iPad 2 is the next generation of Apple’s magical device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading ebooks and much more. The amazing new iPad 2 improves on the original iPad by being thinner, lighter and faster, all while maintaining the same incredible 10 hours of battery life. For more information about iPad 2 please visit www.apple.com/ipad/.
Capitalising on the hype of the iPad 2 in Malaysia Maxis came out first to announce iPad 2 specific plans for the 3G version of the device. We’re not sure how much will the iPad 2 plans will differ from the earlier Maxis iPad 3G plan, but what we know is that Maxis will not offer a iPad 2 bundle.
So how many of you will be getting the iPad 3G and who will be getting just the WiFi only version, and why?
Update: iPad 2 stock at Machines KLCC. Photo credit: cerventus.
In anticipation of long, long, long queues at all official Apple retailers across Malaysia, Machines — one of the country’s more prominent Apple retailers — have posted FAQs related to the purchasing process for the iPad 2 on launch day.
Head on after the jump for the full list but here are the more pertinent points:
UPDATE: iPad 2 launched. New stock expected next week or you can order online. Read about it here.
There you go iPad 2 hopefuls. Your biggest question about the iPad 2 has been answered. Right after the official announcement from Apple that iPad 2 is indeed coming to Malaysia this Friday, one of Malaysia’s largest Apple retailers — Machines — has revealed the official pricing for the device, and it is cheaper than expected!
Overall the iPad 2 is cheaper across the board that the original, up to RM100 for some models compared to the original and it RM100 cheaper all-round than our earlier estimated price.
16GB: iPad RM1,549 — iPad 2 RM1,499
32GB: iPad RM1,849 — iPad 2 RM1,799
64GB: iPad RM2,149 — iPad 2 RM2,099
16GB: iPad RM1,999 — iPad 2 RM1,899
32GB: iPad RM2,299 — iPad 2 RM2,199
64GB: iPad RM2,599 — iPad 2 RM2,499
No word of how much the Smart Cover will cost but now you know that it’s not going to deviate much from the estimated RM150 for the polyurethane version and RM250 for the leather casing.
Sale for the iPad 2 will start this Friday, April 29 at 9am for retail stores and 1am for online purchases. Expect long, long, long, long lines at all official retail outlets. You have been warned.
UPDATE: Official pricing revealed from RM1499 for iPad 2 16GB WiFi. Read about it here.
Apple has issued a press release that the iPad 2 is coming to Malaysia and Singapore this Friday, 29 April. Other availability countries also includes Hong Kong, India, Israel, Korea, Macau, Philippines, South Africa, Turkey and UAE. Japan is launching theirs tomorrow on 28 April.
In the release there’s no mention of local prices but we could be expecting it to be similar to the unconfirmed pricing revealed earlier.
Sales on ground are expected to start at 9am while the Apple online store starts earlier at 1am.
This is it people!
Official iPad 2 Malaysia pricing revealed
UPDATE: iPad 2 confirmed availability this Friday 29 April! Read more here.
Update 2: Full official iPad 2 pricing details here.
Looks like the iPad 2 is now available for pre-booking and the price looks similar with the original iPad when it was launched in Malaysia. The WiFi version appears to be more expensive by RM50 while the WiFi + 3G version remains unchanged. Pricing for the Smart Cover has also been revealed too.
The prices are revealed as the following:
iPad 2 WiFi
iPad 2 WiFi+3G
Smart Cover Poly : RM150
Smart Cover Leather : RM250
There’s even a discussion thread for this at Lowyat. Check out the thread here.
Of course these are unofficial prices at the moment but you know you will get the latest on the iPad 2 right here at SoyaCincau.com. Keep it locked on!
Thanks Nya Jack for the tip!
Update: Full pricing details of the iPad 2 in Malaysia has been revealed Official iPad 2 Malaysia pricing revealedhere.
Update 2: We take a closer look at the Smart Cover for the iPad 2 here.
If you’re planning to get the iPad 2, you’ve probably already read all the reviews and looked at all the videos about the device so there’s actually no need for another review here.
We’ve just bought ourselves a unit and what we want to do instead is answer any questions that you might have about the device. Just post your questions in the comment section below and feel free to ask us about anything and everything that you want to know about the iPad 2.
How’s is the camera?
Does the iPad 2 feel heavy?
Is the Smart Cover worth it?
Should I get the 3G or WiFi version?
SoyaCincau.com, where did you get your iPad 2?!
Whatever you want to know, just ask. We will post our replies to your questions based on our first hand experience as iPad 2 owners.
UPDATE: Malaysia iPad 2 Pre-booking and pricing revealed! Read more here.
Update 2: iPad 2 Malaysia launch date is confirmed — April 29. Full pricing details here.
It looks like the April 29 date for the iPad 2 launch in Malaysia is pretty much confirmed as we now have an eye-witness account of iPad 2 and accompanying Smart Cover stocks already in Apple retail stores.
The pictures you see here were taken from an Apple retail store located in Tropicana City Mall just moments ago.
While the store rep was reluctant to provide any details on pricing, the person who took these pictures said that the selected Apple retailers will be looking at providing special bundle offers for accessories like screen protector and the Smart Cover at launch.
In terms of pricing, Malaysia is expected to be one of the cheapest places where you can get an iPad 2 with prices ranging from RM1,700 for the 16GB WiFi variant to RM2,750 for the 64GB 3G+WiFi variant.
So if you’re planning to get an iPad 2, better have April 29 free and prepare for the long queues.
As always, keep it locked on to SoyaCincau.com for the latest updates on iPad 2 in Malaysia.
Thanks @nickchhan for the lead.