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.
Missed the WWDC 2013 keynote last night? Can’t be bothered to sit through the full 2-hour long video? Here’s a 10 minute recap of all the juicy bits so that you can keep up to speed with what everyone’s talking about.
Apple is giving its iPhone and iPads a new breath of life with its latest iOS 7 operating system. After launching several mobile devices since 2007, the iOS platform has been pretty much the same with minute changes here and there. With the competition stepping up from the Android, BlackBerry and even Windows Phone camp, a change is needed by Apple to keep its mobile devices on par with today’s growing need.
Without a doubt, the iOS platform is one of the easiest to use mobile OS out there. Simplicity has always been a key which allows users from either young or old to pick up an iPhone or iPad and start using it with rather minimal learning curve.
For power users particularly those who have been comfortable with other flexible mobile platforms, would be harder to please on iOS. Biggest challenge is how could Apple offer more control and features but yet maintain the simplicity that it is has been famous for?
If you’re looking for the 3rd gen new ipad, Maxis is offering it as a bundle with SurfMore 75 plan from as low as RM799. The SurfMore 75 is a postpaid plan which comes with 5GB of data. 2 models are offered – 16GB WiFi + Cellular at RM799 and 32GB WiFi + Cellular at RM999. Both bundling are tied with 24 months contract.
During sign up, Maxis requires RM1,000 advance upfront payment which will be rebated back to your bill across 5 months period.
For more information, head over to Maxis iPad promo page.
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After the introduction of the new 4th generation iPad with Retina display, the current 3rd gen “new iPad” has been discontinued for good. It is no longer listed on the online Apple Store and the older iPad 2 still remains the entry level model priced at RM1,199 for 16GB WiFi.
If you are still interested to get your hands on the 3rd gen iPad with retina display, Machines is still selling them with a reduced pricing from as low as RM1,379 for the 16GB WiFi version. Basically they have cut RM120 across all models including the WiFi + Cellular model.
Can’t tell the difference between the 3rd gen and 4th gen iPad with Retina Display? Check out our iPad comparison post.
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There are reports coming from the US where Apple customers who’ve purchased the third generation iPad within 30 days are able to get the device replaced with the latest fourth generation version. Would Malaysians be able to swap their recently purchased third generation iPad with the new fourth-gen version?
The short answer is most probably not.
We called Apple customer support for some clarification and while they were willing to hear customers out on a case-to-case basis, the reality is this:
It will be more than 30 days till the fourth generation iPad hits Malaysia. This means by the time the new iPad gets here, your 30-day replacement window will very likely be up.
Even if your purchase is within the 30-day window when the fourth gen iPad is launched here, Apple is more likely attend to purchases made from the online Apple Store than the one made via authorised resellers. For iPads purchased via authorized Apple retailers, the chances of you scoring a free upgrade will be almost zero.
But we’ve heard of some interesting stories from people who bought their Apple gear from authorized resellers and still managed to get one-to-one swaps simply because they were not satisfied with their purchase. Of course these cases are few and far between, so you will have to be extremely lucky or persistent or both to get your recently purchased and already obsolete third generation iPad replaced with the new fourth generation one.
All we can say is, all the best!
Celcom is offering the new iPad from as low as RM798 for loyal subscribers. Similar to the Maxis One Club offer, the special pricing is exclusive for Celcom customers that have been with them for 24 months.
The promotional price is tied with 24 months contract with two choice of data plan. First is the Celcom First Data iPad Basic that offers 4.5GB of data with download speeds up to 3.6Mbps at RM70/month. For those with bigger data appetite, there’s the Celcom First Data iPad Advance with 10GB of data with download speeds up to 7.2Mbps at RM100/month. If you do decide to terminate before the 24 month period is over, Celcom imposes a hefty RM800 penalty across the board.
Full subsidised new iPad pricing below:
The offer is valid selected Celcom outlets which is listed in the link below. Promotion ends 31st December 2012.
For more information, head over to Celcom’s new iPad promo page.
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iOS 6 will be available for Malaysians to download from September 20 (September 19 in the US). The latest Apple mobile OS will support the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 4, the new iPad and iPad 2 but as with previous versions of iOS, not all supported iDevices will get all the over 200 new features the latest version has to offer.
If you’re an iDevice user, you’ll want to know that Siri is still lacking local support and is only available for the iPhone 4S and new iPad. On the up side, Apple’s own Map app will have local support including turn-by-turn navigation and local search. Flyover 3D maps won’t be available in Malaysia though.
Here’s a quick rundown of which devices getting which features:
Siri: iPhone 4S, new iPad
Flyover: iPhone 4S, iPad 2, new iPad
Photo Stream: iPhone 4, 4S, iPad 2, new iPad
FaceTime Over 3G: iPhone 4S, new iPad
VIP List: iPhone 4, 4S, iPad 2, new iPad
While you wait for the download to be available, check out this video explaining the key features coming in the new version.
Before updating to iOS 6, make sure that you’ve disabled Restrictions. Without Restrictions disabled your device may not be able to transfer purchases, backup or sync with your computer. To disable Restrictions, go to Settings > General > Restrictions.
In terms of data plan bundling, Maxis offers 3 plan options – 2GB data plan for RM48/month, 4GB data plan for RM68/month & 12GB data plan for RM108/month. As comparison, Celcom offers its 4.5GB plan for RM70/month and 7GB for RM100/month for the new iPad bundling. The plans from Maxis are tied with 24 months option and they require an upfront payment between RM300 – RM800 depending on plan. The upfront payment will be rebated back evenly across 5 months.
The iPad data plans do not charge for excess data but speeds will be throttled down once you’ve exceeded the limit. To speed up, Maxis also offers top up of data quota from RM8/day for 500MB. For long term add-on, there’s RM18/month for 750MB (30 days) and RM28/month for 1.5GB (30 days).
In addition, it’s worth noting that in certain areas, the Maxis network runs on DC-HSPA+ that’s capable of supporting theoretical download speeds of up to 42Mbps. DC-HSPA+ is supported in the New iPad and Maxis say that in DC-HSPA+ areas subscribers can expect a download speed of up to 10Mbps.
For more information, head over to their new iPad page.
For Maxis One Club member, they are throwing additional discounts where the new iPad can be yours from as low as RM699. You’ll get RM150 off on 4GB data plan bundling and RM300 off on the highest 12GB data plan option. There’s no price difference on the 2GB data plan option.
For more information on Maxis One Club new iPad offer, head over here.
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Celcom today has finally revealed its new iPad bundling plans which is offered as low as RM1,329. The new iPad WiFi + Cellular version is priced at RM1,899 for the 16GB, RM2,199 for 32GB and RM2,499 for 64GB capacity.
On Celcom, they are offering 2 plans – Celcom Broadband iPad Basic that offers 4.5GB/month at RM70 and Celcom Broadband iPad Advance of 7GB at RM100/month. In terms of speed, the Basic plan download speed is limited up to 3.6Mbps while the higher Advance plan goes up to 7.2Mbps. You’ll get a choice of 12 months or 24 months contract for the iPad bundling. Additional data quota can be topped up at RM10 for 500MB, RM15 for 1GB and RM50 for 5GB.
On the bundled pricing, you’ll get a subsidy savings of RM270 the normal price if you subscribe on 12 months contract of iPad Basic plan. The biggest subsidy obviously comes from the longest of 24 months tenure and highest plan of iPad Advance where you get to enjoy RM570 off. Full subsidised pricing of the new iPad on Celcom as follows:
iPad Basic (4.5GB) – 12 months – 16GB – RM1,629
iPad Basic (4.5GB) – 24 months – 16GB – RM1,429
iPad Basic (4.5GB) – 12 months – 32GB – RM1,929
iPad Basic (4.5GB) – 24 months – 32GB – RM1,729
iPad Basic (4.5GB) – 12 months – 64GB – RM2,229
iPad Basic (4.5GB) – 24 months – 64GB – RM2,029
iPad Advance (7.0GB) – 12 months – 16GB – RM1,529
iPad Advance (7.0GB) – 24 months – 16GB – RM1,329
iPad Advance (7.0GB) – 12 months – 32GB – RM1,829
iPad Advance (7.0GB) – 24 months – 32GB – RM1,629
iPad Advance (7.0GB) – 12 months – 64GB – RM2,129
iPad Advance (7.0GB) – 24 months – 64GB – RM1,929
When signing up, Celcom requires an upfront payment between RM180-RM240 depending on plan and contract duration. The upfront payment will be rebated evenly across 12 months period. If you plan to break away earlier, Celcom imposes a RM500 penalty.
For more information, head over to Celcom’s new iPad page.
Maxis too is offering the new iPad for bundling today and we will update as soon as the details are out.
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