When the iPad 2 pricing was revealed in Malaysia, the pricing was the talk of the town with its starting price below RM1500 for its entry level 16GB WiFi model. This was a significant price reduction over the original iPad being RM50 cheaper for WiFi and RM100 cheaper for the 3G models. One of contributing factors would be the strengthening of Ringgit Malaysia against the dollar, which makes US goods supposedly cheaper.
So how are we are doing globally when most Asian countries start to offer the iPad 2 recently? The above is a simple comparison of its listed iPad 2 prices from Apple’s Store online. From this list, Malaysia is among the cheapest in the world for iPad 2 pricing. Do note however that these figures are taken directly from each respective website which is inclusive or exclusive of its local taxes required by its government. In the South East Asian region, Malaysians are getting it cheaper even compared to our Singaporean neighbour which they had to fork out about RM100 extra.
The White iPhone 4 has finally launched this week should attract attention from those that simply want a different type of iPhone. Surprisingly, colour is not the only difference between the White and Black versions. According to engadget and tipb, the White iPhone 4 is 0.2mm thicker!
First thing that came to our mind is whether existing iPhone 4 accessories would fit and are we expecting a different range of case just to fit this white colour version. According to tipb, they have tested a couple of skins, pouches, bumpers, cases & even mophie juice pack pro and found no issues installing them on the White iPhone 4. This could be due to some tolerance and additional margins in the case to fit the device.
Why is it thicker? It was mentioned that Apple need to add additional UV protection layer to reduce interruptions between the cover and components. It was shared that this UV protection layer also helped to make the White iPad 2 possible.
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The highly anticipated iPad 2 was finally launched in Malaysia which attracted massive queues in all Apple retailers nationwide. This is not surprising considering the buzz and following it has created since its launch which is just under 2 months. This makes Malaysia among the earliest countries to get the iPad 2.
According to the buzz online, most Apple retail shops had long lines formed yesterday morning before its 10AM retail business hour. When the rolling shutter doors open, the iPad 2 starts to fill into the hands of hundreds of people. In just couple of hours, most retailers have already sold out by noon! You can check out the collection of Apple iPad 2 queue photos from yesterday here and Lowyat’s video coverage of Machines Midvalley here.
So how do you get your hands on one? According to Machines, new stock of iPads are coming next week which will replenish their stores. No ideas when exactly but we would expect it would be snapped up as quickly as well.
For those who are not into stock hunting, you can place an order from Apple Store Online. One of the benefits of ordering online is that you can request for custom engraving and delivery of the iPad is free. On the Apple Store, it shows that delivery takes between 1-2 weeks however we are informed that those who ordered is expected to receive their unit on 19th May as shown below:
Ordering online is the easiest way to purchase your iPad 2 but if you can’t wait to get one, you could take your chances on the new stocks that’s arriving at the retail outlets. For those that bought their iPad 2 yesterday, how was it? Was the iPad 2 as per expectation? Let us know by dropping us a comment below.
Special thanks to keithwoo for the image above!
Maxis has announced today the anticipated Android Honeycomb tablet, the Motorola Xoom will be made available from 6th May onwards. We will be getting the WiFi only version as the 3G version is mentioned to be not available outside the US at the moment.
So how do you get connected you might ask? Maxis is offering a bundle of the Motorola Xoom together with the robust Motorola Defy for a combo price of RM2499. The connectivity for the Xoom is supposedly to come from the Motorola Defy through its portable hotspot feature as mentioned via twitter. Although this is workable, having hotspot enabled would be taxing on the smart phone’s battery and isn’t a recommended solution long term. It would be better if you could connect with a proper WiFi router while the Defy’s hotspot feature is used only when it is absolutely necessary. If we can have it our way, we would prefer the Xoom to be paired together with a MiFi device.
There’s no full details on the bundling plans yet but all should be revealed next Friday. To register your interest, head to Maxis Tablet page here.
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This just in from Maxis:
Maxis today announced it will offer dedicated data plans for iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G in the coming weeks. iPad 2 is the next generation of Apple’s magical device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading ebooks and much more. The amazing new iPad 2 improves on the original iPad by being thinner, lighter and faster, all while maintaining the same incredible 10 hours of battery life. For more information about iPad 2 please visit www.apple.com/ipad/.
Capitalising on the hype of the iPad 2 in Malaysia Maxis came out first to announce iPad 2 specific plans for the 3G version of the device. We’re not sure how much will the iPad 2 plans will differ from the earlier Maxis iPad 3G plan, but what we know is that Maxis will not offer a iPad 2 bundle.
So how many of you will be getting the iPad 3G and who will be getting just the WiFi only version, and why?
Update: iPad 2 stock at Machines KLCC. Photo credit: cerventus.
In anticipation of long, long, long queues at all official Apple retailers across Malaysia, Machines — one of the country’s more prominent Apple retailers — have posted FAQs related to the purchasing process for the iPad 2 on launch day.
Head on after the jump for the full list but here are the more pertinent points:
Update: Official Malaysian pricing and comparison of Smart Cover prices from around the world here.
The thing with the Smart Cover is that its just a cover. The Smart Cover is not a casing and so it doesn’t protect the back portion of the iPad 2 which is also very prone to scratches.
Fact of the matter is, you can get a lot of pretty good cases that fully cover the iPad 2 for RM250. So what is the point of this Smart Cover then? Does the cost justify the utility of the Smart Cover?
Actually not really. As a protective shield for your iPad 2, the Smart Cover is really good at being virtually useless. Even the microfibre inner lining doesn’t keep the screen clean like Apple claim it would. In fact the inner lining is actually a dust trap. Prolonged use of the Smart Cover actually accumulates dust, fingerprint and greasy gunk on the iPad 2 screen. On the other hand, the Smart Cover does protect the screen of the device but that’s pretty much it.
As a stand the Smart Cover is probably one of the best out there but it’s not the only good stand in the market. We know of other pretty good iPad 2 cases+stands in the market that offer much better protection at the same price or even less.
So what do we like about the Smart Cover? We like that it doesn’t add any bulk to the thin and sleek iPad 2. We like that it makes the iPad 2 a joy to hold and we like that the magnets are strong enough for us to stick the iPad 2 to a fridge door, but should you get one?
Well it depends. Are you a sucker for minimalist design? If you are, then there is no other casing out there that is as minimalist as the Smart Cover but if you’re looking for a casing that can protect your precious iPad 2 and keep it in mint condition for as long as possible, then the Smart Cover is not a wise choice.
It’s official. The white iPhone 4 will make its way to Apple retail stores in the following country starting from today — Thursday, April 28.
Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Macau, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, UK and the US.
All Apple have to say about availability in other countries is that it’s coming soon. Soon being a relative term in this context.
So would you get a white iPhone 4 now or wait for the iPhone 4s/iPhone 5 to make an appearance sometime in September?
UPDATE: iPad 2 launched. New stock expected next week or you can order online. Read about it here.
There you go iPad 2 hopefuls. Your biggest question about the iPad 2 has been answered. Right after the official announcement from Apple that iPad 2 is indeed coming to Malaysia this Friday, one of Malaysia’s largest Apple retailers — Machines — has revealed the official pricing for the device, and it is cheaper than expected!
Overall the iPad 2 is cheaper across the board that the original, up to RM100 for some models compared to the original and it RM100 cheaper all-round than our earlier estimated price.
16GB: iPad RM1,549 — iPad 2 RM1,499
32GB: iPad RM1,849 — iPad 2 RM1,799
64GB: iPad RM2,149 — iPad 2 RM2,099
16GB: iPad RM1,999 — iPad 2 RM1,899
32GB: iPad RM2,299 — iPad 2 RM2,199
64GB: iPad RM2,599 — iPad 2 RM2,499
No word of how much the Smart Cover will cost but now you know that it’s not going to deviate much from the estimated RM150 for the polyurethane version and RM250 for the leather casing.
Sale for the iPad 2 will start this Friday, April 29 at 9am for retail stores and 1am for online purchases. Expect long, long, long, long lines at all official retail outlets. You have been warned.
UPDATE: Official pricing revealed from RM1499 for iPad 2 16GB WiFi. Read about it here.
Apple has issued a press release that the iPad 2 is coming to Malaysia and Singapore this Friday, 29 April. Other availability countries also includes Hong Kong, India, Israel, Korea, Macau, Philippines, South Africa, Turkey and UAE. Japan is launching theirs tomorrow on 28 April.
In the release there’s no mention of local prices but we could be expecting it to be similar to the unconfirmed pricing revealed earlier.
Sales on ground are expected to start at 9am while the Apple online store starts earlier at 1am.
This is it people!
Official iPad 2 Malaysia pricing revealed