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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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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.
After the announcement of iPad 2, Apple Store in Malaysia has slashed its iPad pricing to as low as RM1199 for the basic 16GB WiFi only model. The iPad 3G 16GB is even more affordable at only RM1599. That’s substantial savings of RM350 for the WiFi models and RM400 for the WiFi + 3G version.
As mentioned in the iPad 2 launch post, the new iPad 2 is more powerful, thinner and comes with 2 cameras but it isn’t much difference as we would have expected. So if the new iPad 2 features is something you can live without, the original iPad with its new reduced pricing and immediate stock availability looks like a good buy right now.
For more details, head over to at Apple Store Malaysia.
Thanks to winyap for the heads up!
Apple Store is doing one-day shopping event for Chinese New Year where they are throwing extra discounts on a range of Apple devices. If you’ve been holding up your purchase for some extra savings, now is the time to consider. Do note that this is only happening today 14th January 2011.
The iPad now is even cheaper with RM131 discounts across all models. This makes the entry level 16GB WiFi version going for RM1418 from its usual RM1549 pricing. The highest end iPad 64GB with 3G goes for RM2468.
Apart from the iPad, you can get the latest iPod Touch from RM749 (RM81 off) for the 8GB version or the tiny iPod Nano 8GB for RM508 (RM41 off). There’s also additional discount of RM331 on MacBooks and iMacs.
Check it out at Apple Store Malaysia.
So the iPad is now officially available in Malaysia with Maxis being among the first to shout availability of iPad centric data plans. However did you know that there are other alternatives as well? Practically, you just need a data plan which comes in microsim or a MiFi device that lets you connect via WiFi. Let’s take a brief look at the choices available.
The tweet from the operator’s official Twitter account seems to suggest this but details are scarce. There’s no mention of anything on Yes’ web page as well. All that is certain now is that there is no activation fee if you opt for the bundle.
The tweet also seems to suggest that you can purchase an iPad at the Yes flagship store in Lot 10. We have no confirmation on this but will try to find out more. Keep it locked on.
(Update 1531hrs 30112010:) We’ve just gotten an update that Yes is currently having an iPad promotion where if you purchase an iPad from Machines in Lot 10 you can get the RM50 Yes ID activation fee waived when you purchase a Yes Huddle outright on the same day. The 10GB free usage is also applicable in this offer. This promotion is only for new Yes subscribers. The promotion starts today and ends December 31, 2010.
For a full list of iPad compatible data plans, click on the link.
This is definitely a case of better late then never if there was any.
The Apple iPad, which was officially released in April 2010 in the US and a few selected markets, has finally and officially hit Malaysian Apple stores. If you’re counting, that’s a full seven months of waiting, if you’re counting further, Singapore got their official iPads in July 2010, four months ahead of Malaysia.
Here’s the full list of iPad prices:
To many, this is great news, to be able to purchase the iPad backed by full official tech support and warranty but the thinking man might reconsider the proposition of buying an iPad now considering the fact that a replacement will be announced in somewhere in April 2011.
Some might question, sure, Apple will announce the new iPad in April but when will Malaysia get it? If we know our Apple products, it is a safe bet that you’ll be seeing the new iPad hit Malaysian stores earlier than the original iPad did.
So if you ask us, we’ll be holding on to our cash a little bit longer. The notion of getting a device, no matter how good, knowing that it will be obsolete in less than six months doesn’t make us feel too comfortable.
In any case, here’s a full list of where you can get the iPad
Apple Shop, Harvey Norman:
Note: Limited to three units per customer
Special thanks to E.T. for the magnificent flag pic.
Just to recap, Maxis offers 3 plans – Entry 3.5GB, Super 6.0GB and Premium 15.0GB at RM70/monthly, RM90/monthly and RM200/monthly respectively, while only Entry 3.5GB for starters is available for prepaid. There are options for extra quota purchase for postpaid from 500MB to 1GB, while prepaid users have a wider choice of top ups with different quota and validity periods.
There’s no sign however of the iPad device themselves and Maxis states that “they do not currently sell iPad devices. This is for data plans only.” For those who are using or planning to get a WiFi only version of the iPad, Maxis is also offering their Huawei MiFi device (E5832) at RM380. According to their FAQ, the MiFi device add-on offer is only available during your iPad data plan subscription and you can’t get the device after walking away from the counter. It was also mentioned that Maxis iPad data plans offer speeds up to 7.2Mbps download and up to 1.4Mbps upload.
So where’s the iPad? If Maxis is not bringing them in, it might be sold at various Apple retails channels soon.
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Looking at the photo taken off the brochure above, Maxis offers both postpaid and prepaid plans for the iPad. For postpaid, they offer 3.5GB, 6.0GB and 15.0GB monthly data plans at RM70, RM90 and RM200 respectively. It looks like there’s also an additional RM10 rebate if you’re an existing iValue or iData subscriber.
If the data quota of your subscribed plan is not enough, you can top up additional 500MB at RM8 which last for a day or RM18 for 500MB that’s valid for 30 days. Topping up additional 1GB will cost RM28 a month.
For prepaid users, they offer a range from as low as RM8/day for 500MB, all the way to the more expensive RM200 for 15GB a month.
Looking at the standalone postpaid plans, the cost per GB will be calculated as follows:
RM70 for 3.5GB=RM20/GB
RM90 for 6.0GB=RM15/GB
RM200 for 15GB=RM13.33/GB
When calculated cost per GB, the iPad data plans are cheaper than the normal Maxis plans but it is still costlier than U Mobile & DiGi’s offering.
Special thanks to Matt for the heads up!
UPDATE: Maxis iPad data plans leaked ahead of launch.
Rumours started flying around last week that the local release of the world’s most popular gadget is just around the corner. There have also been some speculation on the pricing of the iPad 3G with the 16GB version rumoured to be priced at RM1,999, the 32GB at RM2,299 and the 64GB at RM2,599 — but this has yet to be confirmed by Maxis.
We’re looking forward to see how the dedicated iPad plans will compare to the iPhone plans. What we know so far from the release is that the plan are without contract, so the iPads are most definitely sold without subsidies. And considering that the press release states that Maxis will be releasing iPad 3G plans suggests to us that the iPads will be sold via Apple retail channels like Machines and EpiCentre, though we can’t confirm this but it looks very likely.
If you’re considering to purchase the iPad, it is worth noting that Apple is expected to make an announcement on the replacement for the iPad sometime in April 2011. We don’t know about you, but we’ll be waiting for that one.