UPDATE: Celcom offers new iPad 16GB WiFi + Cellular version on contract from RM1,329.
Apart from Maxis, Celcom too will be offering bundled plans for the new iPad beginning next Friday, 22nd of June 2012. They have also initiated a pre-registration process on their website where you can select your desired model (16GB, 32GB and 64GB). The new iPad bundling will be offered at their CUBE @ Subang Parade outlet from 11AM onwards next Friday.
As an early bird promo, they are giving a special surprise at their launch event for the first 80 that turn up wearing blue. This time, they have added a note for “first come first served basis” which probably means no wheel spinning to determine what promo to give out.
To pre-register, head on over to Celcom.
UPDATE: Maxis offers the new iPad from as low as RM699 for Maxis One Club Members.
Maxis has started teasing on its front page that the new iPad is coming next Friday on 22nd June 2012, which indicates that they are possibly offering the Apple tablet on their network. Despite not having 4G LTE capabilities, Maxis now offers a faster wireless broadband service with its newly revamped DC-HSPA+ network that supports up to a maximum of 42Mbps.
The new iPad WiFi + Cellular model supports this and should have an edge over others in terms of built-in connectivity (without the use of external MiFi). In terms of plan, Maxis is offering 6GB of monthly data at RM98/month. More details of their DC-HSPA+ broadband plan here.
If you’re been wanting to get an iPad with internet connection bundled in, you might consider holding your purchase until next Friday when the plan is revealed. Hopefully they will be generous in terms of iPad price subsidy.
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The new iPad which comes with a 4G version has created quite a stir among consumer lately. While the 4G term is often confused between LTE, WiMAX, HSPA+ and various frequencies, Apple decides to change the name to a safer alternative. Instead of calling it “iPad WiFi + 4G”, it is now called “iPad WiFi + Cellular”.
This makes it clearer since the WiFi version is devoid of any mobile network support while the now “WiFi + Cellular” version supports anything from EDGE/3G up to DC-HSPA+/4G LTE. While we don’t get the supported 4G LTE band in Malaysia, the “Cellular” version does work in Malaysia on 3G and DC-HSPA+ networks.
The name change has already reflected on Apple’s Online Store as shown above.
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Before the clock strikes 12, the new iPad is now ready for online orders at the Apple Store. As expected, there’s no change of pricing compared to the previous iPad 2 with the 16GB WiFi version going for RM1,499.
For the 4G + WiFi version, although the 4G band is not supported in Malaysia, it still supports the usual 3G networks here with micro-SIM. The extra difference is the support for HSPA+ with download speeds up to 42Mbps which is currently supported by U Mobile. Of course, availability of higher speeds depend on actual coverage with HSPA+.
If you don’t want to spend on the latest, you still can order the iPad 2 which is priced at RM1,199 for the 16GB WiFi or RM1,599 for the 16GB 3G version. 32GB and 64GB models are no longer available online.
To order the new iPad at the comfort of your home, head over to the Apple Store.
UPDATE: New iPad now available with similar pricing from RM1,499 for 16GB WiFi.
This is it. If you’re anticipating for the high resolution new iPad, your wait is finally over as Apple has announced 20th April 2012 as the official availability for Malaysia and other 11 countries including South Korea and Brunei. Our neighbouring Thailand will be getting theirs the following Friday on 27th April.
Pricing wise we don’t expect deviation from the current RM1,499 starting price for the 16GB WiFi version. As for the 4G + WiFi version, although it isn’t fully supported in Malaysia, we believe it will still make an entrance considering it supports 3G and HSPA+ speeds up to 42Mbps.
The new iPad isn’t a huge leap forward compared to the previous version apart from the high resolution screen, faster processor and improved 5MP camera. The new version is slightly thicker and heavier but it shouldn’t be that noticeable. If being the latest isn’t a priority, you can snap the iPad 2 from the Apple Online Store from just RM1,199 while stocks last.
So anyone going to queue up on Thursday night? Hopefully no grandmas queuing this time.
When the new iPad was revealed, Samsung had thrown pot shots by having a comparison of their own. Obviously it wasn’t that fair as it left out other aspects of the hardware. To find out which is better on paper, we have laid down the details on a comparison table above.
In terms of display, the new iPad is much superior with its higher 2048×1536 resolution that gives a density of 264ppi. While it is no way near its iPhone 4 Retina display density, it trumps even the latest crop of HD Android tablets of 224-226 ppi. The processor of the new iPad 2 is still running dual-core but comes with an improved quad core GPU and double the amount of RAM compared to the outgoing model.
While the new iPad is thicker by 0.6mm, the battery capacity is tremendously increased to 42.5 Wh which is nearly double of the iPad 2’s 25 Wh. That’s approximately 11,666mAh which is heaps more than most tablets in the market right now. Having to support 4G LTE, battery life is definitely a concern and it is good to know that the new iPad has bumped up the battery capacity to maintain its 10 hour battery life. However in terms of weight, the new iPad seems to be the heaviest among the lot.
With current line up, the new iPad with its high resolution screen is looking like hot choice right now but perhaps not for long. Earlier, it is rumoured that Samsung is working on a 11.6″ tablet that would be powered by its 2GHz dual-core Exynos 5250 processor. The new Exynos is capable of pushing 2560×1600 display resolution which is higher the new iPad. Samsung is better known for developing new models rapidly and their recent abstinence from churning out high end models is probably a strategic move to see what their competitors are up to. Last year, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was redesigned after the iPad 2 was introduced.
2011 was a big year for Android tablets but the iPad still manages to maintain its dominant spot for tablets. For 2012, it is no longer a battle between iOS and Android, as Microsoft’s Windows 8 tablet is expected to shake things up. The early previews have created some excitement and it is interesting to see if the final product is able to live up to its expectation.
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UPDATE: We compared the new iPad with other tablets. View the comparison here.
Samsung has published a comparison table that highlights why its Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, announced at MWC last month, is better for content creation than the new iPad. The Korean company is banking on its tablet’s ability to work with two apps simultaneously on one screen as well as its unique S-Pen stylus input to entice users.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 comes pre-installed with a number of apps developed by Samsung that allows users two run two apps side by side on one screen. Third party apps can offer the same functionality as well so long as the apps support the Google instancing API that enables this side-by-side feature.
In addition, the Galaxy Note 10.1 also features a Wacom digitizer and a pressure sensitive stylus that is superior to your average capacitive stylus that’s sold by third party manufactures as an accessory for the iPad.
Interestingly, the table doesn’t highlight some of the advantages the new iPad has over the Galaxy Note 10.1, namely the much higher screen resolution and the updated A5X SoC featuring a new quad-core GPU (though the Galaxy Note 10.1 is rocking a 1.4Ghz dual-core processor while the new iPad is powered by a 1Ghz unit).
So what do you think, which one’s better?
The full 85-minute new iPad presentation is now available for viewing here. If you have the time, we do recommend you take a look at it. If you don’t have an hour and twenty minutes to spare, you can check out the super compressed 90 second version here.
With a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels the Retina Display on the new iPad packs four times more pixels than the iPad 2. Not only that, with a total pixel count of 3.1 million pixels, the new iPad’s Retina Display has one million extra pixels than a 1080p HDTV (1920 x 1080). When viewed at a distance of 10-inches — Apple considers this as the normal viewing distance – the individual pixels are indistinguishable from one another and by that definition the display on the new iPad is able to carry the Retina Display moniker. We have a problem with Apple’s definition but we’ll save that argument for a later date.
In this post we’ll just share with you a side-by-side comparison of the iPad 2’s standard 1024 x 768 pixels uploaded by AnandTech. Take a look at the icon comparison after the jump. Immediately you can see that the bump in pixels makes a world of a difference and that’s going to pull a lot of “oohs” and “aahs”.
Still pictures can only show you so much, to really see if the new iPad’s Retina Display is all that, we’ll have to wait for the official Malaysian launch to experience it for ourselves. Unfortunately, we don’t have a firm indication on when that will happen. We’re shooting for March 16 at the same time as Singapore but this is purely speculation at the moment.