The wait is finally over. Apple has officially announced that the iPhone 5 is coming to more countries this month with Malaysian release next Friday, 14th December. South Korea will be getting it first this coming Friday 7th December while the other countries including Malaysia, Philippines, China and Taiwan having it a week later.
In terms of pricing, there shouldn’t be any difference from the iPhone 4S when it was first launched in Malaysia, starting from RM2,199 for the 16GB version. Telco bundling is expected from the big 3 telcos and registration of interest should start anytime soon. For those that prefer to buy one without contract, we are expecting the Apple Store to sell the iPhone 5 unlocked without contract.
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UPDATED: Added Nokia & BlackBerry into Malaysian launch dates comparison.
Everyone wants to get their hands on their latest models right after it is being announced. With strong demand, manufacturers would want to get their devices into market before the competition comes out with a better model. So how long have we waited for the latest smart phone in Malaysia? We have compared global announcement and local availability dates of various iPhone and Android smart phone models to give an illustrations on our wait times.
Historically Apple has been reducing the roll out waiting time for Malaysia with the exception for iPhone 3GS which took a rather short 53 days. After that, the iPhone 4 took slightly more than 100 days which is then shorten to 72 days for the 4S.
For those still waiting for the illusive availability of the iPhone 5, so far we have waited about 59 days to-date. If Apple wants to beat the iPhone 4S in terms of waiting time, they have 13 more days to go which can be indicated if the telcos start their Registration of Interest by next week.
Apple isn’t the only one doing this as the other smart phone contenders too have been busy shortening its roll out wait times. As seen above, the Galaxy S II had taken more than 4 months for it to reach Malaysia but has shorten it to as little as 27 days for the Malaysian launch of the Galaxy S III. Other players too have strive to bring down the wait time under 2 months. The fastest roll out we’ve seen for Malaysia is the Motorola RAZR which took just 3 weeks to reach our shores.
Nokia and RIM in the other hand have taken more than 100 days to make their current models available after its initial announcement. Hopefully they can do better with their upcoming line up.
Overall we have been getting our latest gadgets quicker than before. Now it all depends on manufacturers if they can supply as quickly as possible while demand is still strong. Otherwise, it is their own loss if consumers are spending their money with something newer in the market.
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Apple has just released its official ads for the iPhone 5. The first ad talks about the iPhone 5 perfect size using the thumb being able to reach all ends as an example. After all, the new iPhone 5 maintains the same width of 58.6mm as the iPhone 4/4S despite having a bigger screen. This is probably the best size for single handed operation when compared to its mammoth sized flagship rivals.
Head after the break for the rest of the iPhone 5 commercials that shows off its dimensions, panorama camera mode and the new EarPods
p/s Can’t help to think that the “Thumb” ad is Apple’s way of poking fun at Samsung’s “Designed for Humans” tagline for the Galaxy S III.
UPDATE: As pointed out by reader apple7, Oct 26 is a public holiday (Hari Raya Haji) which isn’t an ideal launch date. We could be seeing a different iPhone 5 launch date for Malaysia when the roll out approaches.
UPDATE 3: iPhone 5 officially announced for Malaysia on 14th December.
The recently announced iPhone 5 will be available commercially starting next Friday where our neighbour Singapore will be among the first in the world to have it. While Malaysia’s availability is still unknown, word has it that we will be getting it sooner that expected.
Malay Mail has reported that Malaysia will be getting the iPhone 5 on October 26, according to one of their industry sources. That’s just slightly more than a month away from now. However the only caveat is that the tentative launch date may get pushed if demand is higher than expected. They added that if demands are within Apple’s projection, the October 26 launch date for Malaysia and other selected countries should remain unchanged.
Apple has constantly increasing their international iPhone roll out speed and if the October 26 date is true, other smart phone players would need to step up their game especially when it comes to Malaysian availability. Samsung recently has shown faster releases in Malaysia with their Galaxy S III being available in Malaysia in less than a month after its announcement in May. Hopefully they too will be releasing their upcoming Galaxy Note II soon before the iPhone 5 reaches Malaysia.
In terms of iPhone 5 pricing, we don’t expect any difference compared to the iPhone 4S that starts from RM2,199 for the 16GB version. In Singapore, the iPhone 5 pricing on Apple Store is identical to last year. If you’re planning to get one from down south, it is much expensive now because of the current exchange rate.
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It’s happening people, the new iPhone is coming and more and more details are starting to trickle in. While we still don’t know the final specification of the new iPhone (what most are referring to as the iPhone 5), clues have surfaced as to when the device will be launched.
A leaked internal memo originating from Sprint (one of the three operators that will be offering the new iPhone) addressed to its employees has revealed that Sprint employees are not allowed to take any leave starting from September 30 to October 15. As with previous iPhone launches, a blanket holiday blackout can only mean one thing — launch day.
Nailing the exact launch date is tricky as the blackout period spans across two weeks, but in any case it doesn’t really matter as Apple is expected to unveil the device and announce its in store dates before the end of this month. So we will know the exact date soon enough.
What is important is figuring out when the new iPhone will come to Malaysia. Now that we know when the US launch will roughly be, we can try to estimate when the device will come to Malaysia.
First, we have the iPhone 4 which was announced in June 2010, in-store availability for tier-1 countries was one month later in July. The iPhone 4 officially launched in Malaysia in September 2010, three months after it was announced globally.
Looking at the previous launches, the pattern is very obvious, the time it takes from announcement to launch in Malaysia is getting shorter and it is safe to assume that it will get shorter still when the new iPhone is announced.
So based on this, we’re predicting that the new iPhone could be in Malaysia as early as November possibly late October. Would the new iPhone be launched earlier in Singapore? We don’t think so. As with the iPad 2 launch where Malaysia and Singapore got the device on the same day, we’re predicting that it would be the same for the new iPhone.
Disclaimer: We could be wrong