The iPhone is the smartphone that changed the world. Its revolutionary design defined the way we interact with a touch screen using Multi-Touch and it showed how apps can be distributed in a seamless manner through an App Store.
In case you didn’t know, the iPhone was first released exactly 10 years ago on 29 June 2007 after it was first announced at Macworld on 9 January 2007. At that time, the first gen iPhone was offered in two options: a 4GB option at US$499 (RM1,721 in 2007) and an 8GB option at US$599 (RM2,066 in 2007) on a two year contract with Cingular in the US.
Today, the 9th of January 2017, marks 10 years since Apple introduced the first iPhone ever — though the actual device was put up for sale on the 29th of June 2007. In a press release commemorating this momentous occasion, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the “best is yet to come”.
There aren’t many technological revolutions quite like Apple‘s original iPhone. It was so radical and revolutionary that it ushered on an entire generation of new devices that we now probably couldn’t live without.
That was almost a decade ago and Apple’s idea of the iPhone has changed over 10 different iterations. So, with the launch of the brand new iPhone 7, we thought we’d take a quick look back at one of the most storied smartphones in the world.
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If you’re getting an iPhone 6s outright without contract, SenQ wants to make the switch easier. They have just announced a trade-up program where you can trade-in your existing iPhone to get as much as RM900 off on your next device.
If you talk a lot with an appetite for 1GB of mobile internet on the go, Maxis is now offering a special offer for the Samsung Galaxy S III and the iPhone 4 8GB model. With Maxis TalkMore 48 and bolt-on 1GB of mobile internet, the Galaxy S III can be yours for just RM799 with 12 months contract. Alternatively, you can get the iPhone 4 for free with 24 months contract. The TalkMore 48 offers 400 minutes of calls and 200 SMS for RM48/month, while the monthly 1GB mobile internet subscription is offered at RM48/month as well. This calculates to a total of RM96/month.
As usual, there’s a advance payment of RM1,000 required during registration which they will refund back to your account across 5 months. If you’re an active Maxis subscriber for at least a year, the upfront payment will be waived.
For more information, head over to Maxis Promo page.
Fans of the Force, you can now pimp your iPhones in the most awesome Star Wars swag this side of the galaxy far, far away. These cases are as authentic as phone cases can be — the C3PO case is every bit just as shiny as the droid it mimics and the Chewbacca case has fur!
If you’re interested in getting one — or all — the cases are available on Amazon and is available for the iPhones 4, 4S, and 5, in used and new condition, from over 30 vendors. We tried ordering a Chewbacca case from the seller “Amazon.com”, and found that on top of the USD 27 for the case, the 2-to-4-day shipping charge to Malaysia was USD 31, bringing the total to about RM175. Not bad and probably worth it considering how easily scratched the iPhone 5 can be.
Just in “case” you’re thinking of buying one of these, remember to check that you order the right size!
If you’re looking for an iPhone for cheap and don’t really need to get the latest, Maxis is still offering the iPhone 4 8GB version from as low as RM499 with 24 months contract of TalkMore 48 + 3GB of data. Meanwhile, for those that want to commit less, it is going for RM699 with 24 months contract of TalkMore/TextMore 28 with 1GB of data. The iPhone 4 8GB version is priced at RM1,449 outright.
In terms of bundling, TalkMore 48 offers 400 minutes of voice calls and 200 SMS while TalkMore 28 offers 200 minutes and 100 SMS. The mobile data are actually bolt-on monthly data plans of RM48 for 1GB and RM68 for 3GB. During sign up, Maxis requires RM1,000 upfront payment which is rebated across 5 months. However for Maxis One Club customers, the upfront payment is waived as usual.
For those looking for something newer, the iPhone 4S 16GB is offered at RM1,049 on SurfMore 75 with 5GB data.
Head after the break for the TalkMore 28/48 + data bundling details.
Most phone cases are just that, cases. Aside from protecting your device from scuffs and dings, the run-of-the-mill phone case doesn’t really do much else.
Well…that’s before the ReadyCase.
The ReadyCase is only 3mm thick but it packs more goodies than any other smartphone case out there. It has a rear panel that houses an interchangeable camera lens ring so you can attach various lenses made for the iPhone, a holder for an accompanying 8 or 16GB thumb drive (the thumbdrive doubles as an adjustable kickstand both in portrait and landscape mode). There are slots for you to store your headphones and cables, and there’s even an integrated multi-tool that can be two types of knives, a screwdriver and a bottle opener.
The people behind the ReadyCase say that the case will be made out of “aerospace grade composite materials” and is asking for US$40 from you to fund the development of the case with a goal of $15,000 by late October. If they do get enough funds the case is expected to ship early next year.
Head over to after the jump to check out what the ReadyCase can do.
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.
We’re staunch believer that when it comes to snapping great shots, it is not the camera but the photographer behind the camera and photojournalist Dan Chung is living proof of this.
You can check out all his pictures in his Olympics 2012 photoblog here.