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Is Apple replacing the iPad Air 3 with an iPad Pro mini?

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Apple‘s iPad Pro has been a huge success if we’re looking at sales figures, but it is also incredibly…well, huge. At 12.9 inches, it can be a little tricky to hold and use in one hand which may have turned some off it.

Still, that didn’t stop it from outselling Microsoft’s entire Surface lineup in Q4 of 2015. If the only thing stopping you from picking one up yourself is the size, we have good news for you because it looks like Apple has plans to launch a 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

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Have Tablets lost their flair?

With Q2 in the books, market trends of the portable-friendly tablet continues to decline. The figures for this year stand at a downward 7% based on yearly figures, accounting for 44.7 million tablets worldwide. Possibly, hampered by the rise of other manufacturers that have successfully played catch-up.

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GST: Apple increase prices for iPhone and iPads in Malaysia

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As GST kicks in today in Malaysia, owning the latest gadget with a shiny Apple logo will cost you even more. This comes right after its recent price hike on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5S.

Now the iPhone 6 is priced from RM2,702 for 16GB, which is RM303 more since its launch in Malaysia last last year. Meanwhile the phablet sized iPhone 6 Plus now costs more than RM3,000 at RM3,126. This is an increase of RM377. The same 6% increase also applies on their iPads in Malaysia but it isn’t so much as it left unchanged during the price revision that happened a few weeks ago.

You can view the full list of the latest Post-GST iPhone and iPad pricing after the break.

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Apple Malaysia reduce prices for iPad Air and iPad mini

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If you’re in the market for an iPad and don’t mind not having the latest, Apple has slashed its iPad Air and iPad mini pricing in Malaysia where you can pick one up from as low as RM1,279 and RM799 respectively.

The latest iPad pricing in Malaysia are as follows:

iPad Air
WiFi 16GB – RM1,279 RM1,599
WiFi 32GB – RM1,449 RM1,929
WiFi + Cellular 16GB – RM1,699 RM2,029
WiFi + Cellular 32GB – RM1,869 RM2,349

iPad mini 2 (Retina Display)
WiFi 16GB – RM969 RM1,279
WiFi 32GB – RM1,139 RM1,599
WiFi + Cellular 16GB – RM1,399 RM1,699
WiFi + Cellular 32GB – RM1,569 RM2,029

iPad mini
WiFi 16GB – RM799 RM999
WiFi + Cellular 16GB – RM1,229 RM1,399

The prices above are compared with last year’s official Malaysian pricing for the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display.

The iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 were just announced a few moments ago. While the iPad Air 2 gets improved hardware in an ulta-thin 6.1mm body, there’s hardly any changes on the iPad mini 3 except for its Touch ID sensor. For those prefer a smaller iPad, it is better to save the money and get the iPad mini 2 instead.

If you’re interested, head over to Apple Malaysia’s Online Store.

Celcom offers iPad mini with Retina Display starting tomorrow

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Finally after a 2 month tease, Celcom is offering the iPad mini with Retina display on contract. The WiFi + 4G LTE supported models of iPad mini are offered from as low as RM948 on contract with a choice of 12 month and 24 month contract duration on Celcom First iPad plans.

There are 3 plans to choose from with iPad Lite of 2.5GB at RM50/month, iPad Basic of 4.5GB at RM70/month and iPad Advance of 10GB at RM100/month. The full iPad mini with Retina Pricing are as follows:

iPad Lite (RM50/month – 2.5GB)
iPad mini with Retina Display 16GB (12 months) – RM1,548
iPad mini with Retina Display 16GB (24 months) – RM1,298
iPad mini with Retina Display 32GB (12 months) – RM1,868
iPad mini with Retina Display 32GB (24 months) – RM1,618
iPad mini with Retina Display 64GB (12 months) – RM2,178
iPad mini with Retina Display 64GB (24 months) – RM1,928

iPad Basic (RM75/month – 4.5GB)
iPad mini with Retina Display 16GB (12 months) – RM1,448
iPad mini with Retina Display 16GB (24 months) – RM1,198
iPad mini with Retina Display 32GB (12 months) – RM1,768
iPad mini with Retina Display 32GB (24 months) – RM1,518
iPad mini with Retina Display 64GB (12 months) – RM2,078
iPad mini with Retina Display 64GB (24 months) – RM1,828

iPad Advance (RM100/month – 10GB)
iPad mini with Retina Display 16GB (12 months) – RM1,348
iPad mini with Retina Display 16GB (24 months) – RM948
iPad mini with Retina Display 32GB (12 months) – RM1,678
iPad mini with Retina Display 32GB (24 months) – RM1,268
iPad mini with Retina Display 64GB (12 months) – RM1,978
iPad mini with Retina Display 64GB (24 months) – RM1,578

During registration, an upfront payment is required which will be rebated back to your monthly bills across 10 months. Regardless of plan or contract duration, you would need to fork out a total of RM1,658 for 16GB, RM1,968 for 32GB and RM2,278 for 64GB when signing up with Celcom. Outright, the 2nd iPad mini is officially priced from RM1,279 for the WiFi model and from RM1,699 for the WiFi + 4G LTE model.

The iPad mini with Retina display will be available at all Blue Cube outlets nationwide starting tomorrow on 15th January 2014.

Head after the break for the full plan details.

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iPad mini with Retina display now available on Maxis

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Maxis has finally revealed its bundled offering for the latest iPad mini with Retina display. The WiFi + 4G LTE model is priced from RM1,699 outright and it is offered as low as RM1,159 with its SurfMore data plans. There are 2 plans to choose from with the SurfMore 50 offering 2GB at RM50/month and SurfMore 75 which offers 5GB at RM75/month. When Maxis released its iPad Air offering, there used to be an entry level SurfMore 30 but it is no longer being offered for both iPads at the moment.

The full bundled iPad mini bundled pricing as follows:

16GB iPad mini with Retina Display
SurfMore 50 (2GB) – RM1,259
SurfMore 75 (5GB) – RM1,159

32GB iPad mini with Retina Display
SurfMore 50 (2GB) – RM1,579
SurfMore 75 (5GB) – RM1,479

64GB iPad mini with Retina Display
SurfMore 50 (2GB) – RM1,879
SurfMore 75 (5GB) – RM1,779

All bundles are tied with 24 months contract duration and there’s an upfront payment of RM500 (SurfMore 50) or RM600 (SurfMore 75) which will be rebated back to your monthly bills. If you’re looking for the WiFi only version, the 16GB unit is going for RM1,279 through Apple retailers and Online Store. You can check out the full 2nd gen iPad mini pricing here.

For more information, head over to Maxis iPad mini with Retina Display page.

iPad mini with Retina Display & iPad Air now available on Malaysia Apple Online Store

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The latest iPad mini with Retina display is now available in Malaysia on the Apple Online Store from as low as RM1,279. It makes an appearance alongside the iPad Air which was made available yesterday from RM1,599.

The official 2nd gen iPad mini Malaysian pricing are as follows:

iPad mini with Retina Display (2013)
16GB WiFi – RM1,279
32GB WiFi – RM1,599
64GB WiFi – RM1,929
128GB WiFi – RM2,249

16GB WiFi + 4G – RM1,699
32GB WiFi + 4G – RM2,029
64GB WiFi + 4G – RM2,349
128GB WiFi + 4G – RM2,679

First gen iPad mini (2012)
16GB WiFi – RM999
32GB WiFi – RM1,299
64GB WiFi – RM1,599

16GB WiFi + 4G – RM1,399
32GB WiFi + Cellular – RM1,699
64GB WiFi + Cellular – RM1,999

It is exactly a year since its previous iPad mini was launched in Malaysia. In terms of pricing, it is RM280-350 more than its predecessor with the earlier iPad mini going from as low as RM999 for the 16GB WiFi version. That’s a massive price increase for the iPad mini compared to the iPad Air vs 4th iPad with Retina display.

To place an order, head over to Apple’s iPad mini and iPad Air page. The iPad Air has a shipping time of 3-5 business days while the iPad mini is at 5-7 business days.

If you’re contented with the non-retina display model, the first gen iPad mini is now going for RM949 for the 16GB WiFi and RM1,379 for the 16GB WiFi + Cellular model on their online store.

iPad Air goes on sale in Malaysia today through SenQ

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UPDATE: Full iPad Air pricing revealed. From RM1,599 for WiFi & RM2,029 for WiFi + 4G model.

The wait is over as the iPad Air is officially on sale in Malaysia today. As teased earlier, the new iPad will be available across 10 SenQ outlets nationwide. So far they didn’t reveal the pricing yet but they are throwing extra deals such as:

1. Enjoy Extra 1 year warranty for PlusOne members.
2. Half price on selected iPad Air casing (PlusOne members only).
3. Up to 36 months 0% interest credit card installment payment.
4. Citibank credit card holder entitled for extra RM50 Discount and FREE screen protector worth RM109.
5. YES 4G, add on RM200 to get freebie worth RM1,019.

The sale starts at 10:30AM so if you’re interested to get one, it is less than 10 hours away until their doors open. Stocks are said to be limited so do expect a sell out in the first couple of hours of opening. The 10 participating SenQ outlets are:

senQ Digital Station, IOI Mall, Selangor
senQ Digital Station, 1 Utama, Selangor
senQ Digital Station, Leisure Mall, Kuala Lumpur
senQ Digital Station, Aeon Bukit Indah Johor
senQ Digital Station, Aeon Tebrau City, Johor
senQ Digital Station, CityOne Megamall, Sarawak
senQ Digital Station, Kompleks Karamunsing, Sabah
senQ Digital Station, Miri Bintang Plaza, Sarawak
senQ Digital Station, Sunway Carnival Mall, Penang
senQ Digital Station, Gurney Plaza, Penang

If you’re looking for the 2nd gen iPad mini that comes with Retina Display, looks like we would need to wait a little longer. Do expect it to be available as soon as our local telcos such as DiGi, Maxis and Celcom start offering it.

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iPad Air & iPad mini 2 to go on sale possibly on 5th December

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UPDATE: iPad Air officially available at 10 outlets across Malaysia on 5th December.

UPDATE 2: Full iPad Air pricing revealed. From RM1,599 for WiFi & RM2,029 for WiFi + 4G model.

UPDATE 3: 2nd gen iPad mini with Retina Display now officially available in Malaysia from RM1,279.

It looks like Malaysia would getting the new iPad Air & iPad mini with Retina Display this week. Retailer SenQ has placed a subtle hint of the “best year end gift” will be available this Thursday on 5th December.

In terms of availability, they have listed the following outlets without mentioning stock quantities at the moment.

senQ Digital Station, IOI Mall, Selangor
senQ Digital Station, 1 Utama, Selangor
senQ Digital Station, Leisure Mall, Kuala Lumpur
senQ Digital Station, Aeon Bukit Indah Johor
senQ Digital Station, Aeon Tebrau City, Johor
senQ Digital Station, CityOne Megamall, Sarawak
senQ Digital Station, Kompleks Karamunsing, Sabah
senQ Digital Station, Miri Bintang Plaza, Sarawak
senQ Digital Station, Sunway Carnival Mall, Penang
senQ Digital Station, Gurney Plaza, Penang

Pricing wise, do expect an increase over the previous generation of iPads in tandem with the increased pricing with the current iPhone 5S. As mentioned earlier, we’ve seen increased pricing of up to S$100 on the iPad mini with Retina Display compared to its previous model. All 3 telcos – Maxis, Celcom and DiGi too will be offering the new iPads as well and some have started offering registration of interest. At the moment, Apple has yet to make an announcement of its next wave of iPad release so hopefully this is the real deal.

Thanks @JaronYap for the heads up!

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Maxis teases iPad Air & iPad Mini with Retina Display are coming soon

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UPDATE: iPad Air officially lands in Malaysia. It is bundled from RM2,049 for 16GB WiFi + Cellular version.

It looks like the big 3 telcos in Malaysia will be offering the new iPad Air & 2nd gen iPad mini pretty soon. Maxis today has started teasing that they will be offering both iPads on their network right after DiGi & Celcom started their Registration of Interest exercise.

If they follow the same trend as before, it is likely that Maxis will be bundling the iPad Air & iPad mini with their data only SurfMore plans. For those planning to use their iPads while on the go, Maxis currently offers one of the widest 4G LTE coverage which is seen to be expanding quite rapidly in the Klang Valley.

Maxis iPad Air & iPad Mini pages are up but lacks the pricing and plan options for now. The official release of the new iPads have yet to be announced and it could be happening in the coming weeks ahead of Christmas.

DiGi starts registration of interest for iPad Air & iPad Mini with Retina Display

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Apart from Celcom, DiGi too will offering the iPad Air & 2nd gen iPad mini in Malaysia. They have just placed a teaser on their website and is also now accepting pre-registrations online. This highly indicates that the official Malaysian availability for both iPads is just around the corner.

Obviously we would expect telco bundlings to be offering the 4G supported Cellular models. If you’re looking to buy a WiFi only version, the new iPads will also be available through Apple’s Online store as well as official Apple outlets such as Machines and EpiCentre. The next question is when will the new iPads go on sale in Malaysia? We reckon it would be ideal if they start selling before the Christmas week.

If you’re interested in getting one through DiGi, head over to their ROI page.

Thanks @wong_dominic for the heads up!