The 3 year old iPad 2 is officially retired from Apple’s Online Store. Taking its place is the newer 4th generation iPad with Retina display which retains the same entry level price of RM1,199 for 16GB WiFi and RM1,599 for 16GB WiFi + Cellular model.
Those who are in the market to buy the first generation iPad mini would probably be better off topping up additional RM250 for a better Retina Display and faster A6X processor. As comparison, the iPad mini is priced at from RM949 for 16GB WiFi and RM1,379 for 16GB WiFi + Cellular. If you’re interested, you can check out Apple’s Online Store here.
As for the new affordable iPhone 5C, there’s still no signs of its 8GB version. If it’s available here, we are likely to see a RM300-400 cheaper price tag than the current 16GB iPhone 5C that’s currently priced at RM1,999.
We hope nobody had ordered an iPad 2 in the past few weeks.
Apple has yet to released a low-cost version of its iPad and iPhone devices. For each new model they announced, Apple has still maintained the several generations old models with smaller storage capacities as their affordable option to own an iOS device. The cheapest official new iPhone you can purchase is the 8GB iPhone 4S that’s currently selling at RM1,499. If that’s not old enough, the iPad 2 is still selling at RM1,199 for the 16GB WiFi version.
Word has it that Apple will be retiring these old models tomorrow, giving a fresher alternative for those seeking to buy an official iPhone or iPad for cheap. The colourful iPhone 5C that’s spotted with 8GB capacity is now speculated to be the new entry-level iPhone. Meanwhile the iPad 2 is set to be retired and will be replaced by a lightning-connector friendly 4th generation iPad with Retina Display. The 4th gen iPad was initially discontinued right after the new iPad Air was announced last year.
The pricing of these new entry-level devices are speculated to be priced slightly higher than the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 that we are having right now. Let’s see what happens when the Apple’s Online Store gets refreshed tomorrow.
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?
Maxis now introduces its One Club offer for the iPad mini and 4th gen iPad, following its official iPad bundling that was just revealed lately. For Maxis One Club members, you can get a 16GB iPad Mini for RM688 and the 16GB iPad with Retina Display at RM1,088. Both models are the WiFi+Cellular version. This is valid with 24 months bundling of SurfMore 75 plan which gives you 5GB of data at RM75/month.
In addition, the RM1,000 advance payment that’s normally required has been waived until 15th April 2013. Overall, this is RM200 cheaper for the iPad mini and RM261 cheaper for the 4th gen iPad. Edit: RM200 being cheaper than the standard Maxis iPad Bundling.
For more information and participating outlets, head over to Maxis One Club iPad section.
After its short lived appearance, the iPad mini and its larger 4th gen iPad with Retina Display is now available for contract bundling on Maxis. The iPad mini goes from as low as RM899 while the iPad 4 as low as RM1,349 with 24 months contract with its SurfMore plans.
To recap on the plans, SurfMore 50 offers 2GB of data at RM50/month while SurfMore 75 offers 5GB of data at RM75/month. Full iPad mini and iPad 4 bundled pricing below:
16GB iPad mini (SurfMore 50) – RM1,009
16GB iPad mini (SurfMore 75) – RM899
32GB iPad mini (SurfMore 50) – RM1,299
32GB iPad mini (SurfMore 75) – RM1,199
64GB iPad mini (SurfMore 50) – RM1,599
64GB iPad mini (SurfMore 75) – RM1,449
iPad with Retina Display
16GB iPad 4 with Retina Display (SurfMore 50) – RM1,499
16GB iPad 4 with Retina Display (SurfMore 75) – RM1,349
32GB iPad 4 with Retina Display (SurfMore 50) – RM1,749
32GB iPad 4 with Retina Display (SurfMore 75) – RM1,599
64GB iPad 4 with Retina Display (SurfMore 50) – RM2,049
64GB iPad 4 with Retina Display (SurfMore 75) – RM1,899
The bundled devices comes with cellular support and it can support up to 42Mbps on Maxis HSPA+ network. During sign up, Maxis requires a RM1,000 upfront advance payment which will be rebated back to your monthly bill across 5 months.
For more information, head over to Maxis’s iPad page.
In terms of pricing, the 128GB WiFi only version is going at RM2,399 while the WiFi + Cellular version with micro-SIM slot is priced at RM2,799. Pricing for other models remain unchanged with the entry level 16GB WiFi priced at RM1,499 while the WiFi + Cellular version at RM1,899. Admittedly, this isn’t a model for everyone as the pricing is rather close to a full fledged notebook. However going by cost per GB, the 128GB WiFi gives about RM18.72/GB as compared to the 16GB WiFi that costs an average of RM93.68/GB. If storage on a tablet is crucial, then the 128GB might be something worth considering especially when there’s no expandable storage.
According to the online Apple Store, both models start shipping in 1-3 business days which means you probably get it after the upcoming Chinese New Year holidays. For more information or to place your order, head over to the Apple Store Malaysia iPad page.
Apple has just announced its 128GB model of the new 4th generation iPad with Retina display, doubling the capacity from its biggest 64GB model. As expected, it will be available in both black and white colours in either WiFi or WiFi + Cellular model. On the inside, there’s no changes and it retains the same A6X chip and its 9.7″ display that pushes 2048 X 1536 pixels resolution.
In terms of pricing, it is an extra US$100 on top of the 64GB model with the 128GB WiFi version priced at US$799, while the 128GB WiFi + Cellular version priced at US$929. Pricing of its 16GB, 32GB and 64GB remains unchanged at this point, so those who have just purchased one recently can breathe a sigh of relief.
If it comes to Malaysia, it is expected to be priced at RM2,399 (WiFi) and RM2,799 (WiFi+Cellular) based on the same incremental RM300 price difference across its models. The 128GB iPad will be available beginning next month on 5th February.
If you have being waiting for the right time to buy Apple products, today is your lucky day. Similar to last year‘s CNY promotion, Apple is throwing yet another Red Friday promotion on their online store where they give additional discounts on selected Apple products.
Check out some of the key promo items below:
iPad with Retina Display – from RM1,378 (Save RM121-RM181)
iPad 2 – RM1,078 (Save RM121)
iPod Touch 5th Gen – from RM938 (Save RM111-141)
iPod Touch 4th Gen – from RM628 (Save RM71)
iPod Nano – RM488 (Save RM41)
MacBook Air – from RM2,788 (Save RM311)
MacBook Pro – from RM3,388 (Save RM311)
MacBook Pro with Retina Display – from RM4,988 (Save RM311)
Apart from these devices, they also offer discounts on Apple accessories such as Wireless Keyboard, Trackpad, Mouse and covers. If you’re hoping for extra discounts on the iPhone 5 and iPad mini, unfortunately they are not on offer.
For more information, head over to Apple Store’s CNY Promo page.
Remember, this promo is only valid today, 25th January 2013.