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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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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The much anticipated iPhone 5 is finally revealed, which marks the iPhone’s 6th generation since its introduction in 2007. When the iPhone 4S was launched last year, many were expecting an all new model rather than a facelift of the iPhone 4. The new iPhone 5 now comes in a all new body while maintaining the familiar apperance. Overall it matches the earlier rumours and leaked shots that have been circulating before the launch.
At first glance, it looks very much like the previous iPhone 4/4S but it is noticeably taller. The iPhone 5 marks the first departure away of its standard 3.5″ screen and has finally moved up to 4.0″ screen size.
After the jump, is an interesting read from Jaime Rivera of Pocketnow.com. But first, we have to make it clear that didn’t write the post below and neither are we claiming any ownership of the post published by the good people at Pocketnow.com.
We’re posting Rivera’s work here because 1) we agree with all of the things mentioned in his article and 2) we’re posting his work here so you can offer your thoughts and give some local perspective on this very interesting discussion.
Has Apple really lost the plot? Or has the landscape changed so much and become so competitive that it is increasingly difficult for any one brand to really stand out? Has Google’s Android finally come of age and taken over? Or will iOS 6 and the new iPhone reaffirm Apple’s dominant position the mobile race?
Head over to after the jump for the full article.
Foxconn makes iPhones, a lot of iPhones, along with other Apple products like the iPad and iPod touch, and gadgets from other big tech companies too like Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation. And if someone of a considerable deal of influence — say, like the Chairman of Foxconn — talks about an anticipated product that has not been released yet, you can bet that there’s some degree of credibility in what that person says.
In this case, Foxconn’s Chairman Terry Gou told China Times at a recent annual shareholder’s meeting straight up that consumers should “wait for the launch of the iPhone 5″ because “the new model will put Samsung’s Galaxy III to shame”.
Those are mighty words coming from a man that would probably know more about the iPhone 5 than anyone else outside of Cupertino and it makes you wonder if Apple does see Samsung and the Galaxy S III as a real threat. It also makes you that little bit more curious as to what goodies the new iPhone will bring when it is unveiled possibly this October.
As for now, all we know about the iPhone 5 are rumours including a longer and thinner all-aluminium body housing a 4-inch screen that is expected to have a high enough screen resolution for Apple to tag the Retina Display name on it.
Let us see a show of virtual hands, how many of you are holding off your next smartphone purchase just to see what the new iPhone will bring?
Rumours of Apple’s newest iPhone have been trickling in for the past couple of month and the most persistent among all so far is the bump to a bigger, 4-inch screen and the return to using aluminium for the body of the device.
And based on just that, one designer has painstakingly created these amazing renderings to stoke your imagination, and boy, don’t they look real. We really like the two-tone aluminium design especially in black but it’s going to take more than that to bring the iPhone back to the top of the smartphone charts in Malaysia.
Apple has not set a date yet but October looks to be the month in which all will be revealed. Seeing as to how much the mobile landscape has shifted since a couple of years ago, the latest iPhone is conceivably Apple’s most important iPhone unveiling ever.
Head over to after the jump for more concept renderings of the iPhone 5.
The rumour mills are spinning on overdrive, in the midst of a slew of Samsung Galaxy S III rumours we see a report from Reuters about Apple’s upcoming iPhone.
The report came from a South Korean media – Maeil Business Insider – which quoted an unnamed industry source saying that the new iPhone will have a sharper and bigger 4.6-inch “retina” display. The source claims that Apple has started placing orders to its suppliers for the larger display and the device is to be launched around the second quarter of this year.
Rumour of a new iPhone sporting a larger, high-definition display is not new and so far, it’s not concrete either. But then again, Apple can’t avoid the strong user demand for devices with larger displays. This means it has to abandon the much loved 3.5-inch form factor for a device that many iFans would consider bulky and uncomfortable to use.
The game has changed a great deal since 2007 when Apple revolutionised the smartphone industry with the iPhone, this time around it would seem that the leader is playing catch up. Considering the demand for smartphones with bigger screens, a larger iPhone could just be the ticket for Apple to take back the top smartphone manufacturer crown.
We’re just weeks away to the launch of the new iPhone and the rumour-mill have been spinning on hyper-overdrive churning out rumours that are believable, absurd and everything else in between. But how credible are these rumours? Fact of the matter is that almost everything that we know about the new iPhone are still very much unconfirmed and unofficial at the moment.
But despite the clutter, some rumours are more prevalent then others:
All these rumours suggest that the new iPhone will feature a new design but is this indeed the case?
Rumours are part and parcel of the Apple fanfare. In fact, you could argue that pre-launch rumours are one of Apple’s most important unofficial marketing tools, but at the end of the day when you look back at the previous device launches you can see that over 70% of these rumours are unfounded. It is very likely that many of the new iPhone will fall on the wayside as well.
This latest buzz surrounding the new iPhone puts a damper on almost of the rumours with an analyst claiming that he has information that indicates that the new iPhone is no more than an updated iPhone 4.
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 5 is going to look very much the same as iPhone 4 right down to the front and back glass panels.
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