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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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Celcom offers iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 from RM998

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Planning to get a brand new iPad with 4G LTE support? Celcom is now offering the latest iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 cellular versions on contract, starting from RM998. All 3 storage options (16GB, 64GB and 128GB) are available and you have a choice to subscribe to one of 3 iPad data plans ranging between 2.5GB to 10GB per month.

Its Celcom First iPad Lite at RM50/month comes with 2.5GB a month, while its First iPad Basic at RM70/month comes with 4.5GB data quota. For heavy data usage, its First iPad Advance of RM100/month comes with 10GB of data, which is equivalent to just RM10/GB.

View the full iPad bundled pricing with 24 months contract after the break.

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iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 available from Maxis on contract

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The latest iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 had went on sale in Malaysia a couple of weeks back. If you’re planning on getting a 4G version, Maxis is now offering both tablets on contract.

With its SurfMore 50 plan that offers 2GB data at RM50/month, the iPad Air 2 (Cellular version) is offered from RM1,689 while the iPad mini 3 (Cellular version) is offered from RM1,389. The full bundled pricing are as follows:

iPad Air 2
16GB – (RRP: RM2,029) – RM1,689
64GB – (RRP: RM2,349) – RM1,929
128GB – (RRP: RM2,679) – RM2,229

iPad mini 3
16GB – (RRP: RM1,699) – RM1,349
64GB – (RRP: RM2,029) – RM1,709
128GB – (RRP: RM2,349) -RM1,999

During sign up, you would need to put a 3 month advance subscription fee as advance payment, which will be refunded over 5 months. However it is waived for Maxis subscribers that have been active for the past 1 year with good payment records. All contracts are tied with 24 months duration.

For more info, visit Maxis’s iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 product pages.

CORRECTED: iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 available in Malaysia soon

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Correction: While the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 is listed on the Malaysia Apple online store with, these devices are not yet available for shipping but expect them to be available soon. Apologies for the confusion.

UPDATE: iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 are now available for online orders. Estimated 2-4 days time to ship.

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If you’ve been holding out on getting a tablet, looks like Christmas came early for you because the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 are now available in Malaysia direct from the Apple online store.

In terms of pricing, the iPad Air 2 starts from RM1,599 for the 16GB WiFi and RM2,029 for the 16GB LTE version. While the iPad mini 3 starts from RM1,279 for the 16GB WiFi and RM1,699 for the 16GB LTE.

The iPad Air 2 sells for the same price as the iPad air that it replaces, which is a good thing. Also, the 32GB iPad Air variant has been discontinued, as a result, the 64GB and 128GB pricing is more affordable than it was in the previous gen. If you want a cheaper iPad, the pricing for the iPad mini and original iPad Air have been reduced recently.

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iPad Air 2 is coming soon as it gets certified by SIRIM

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UPDATE: Both iPad Air 2 (A1567) and iPad mini 3 (A1600) have passed SIRIM certification in Malaysia.

After the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in Malaysia, Apple’s latest range of tablets – iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be available very soon. The ultra-thin iPad Air 2 has been certified by our very own SIRIM but it is only for the WiFi version (A1566) for now. The rest of the models including their 4G Cellular version and the smaller iPad mini 3 are expected to join the list very soon.

The iPad Air 2 is quite an improvement not only in thickness but also in the internal hardware department. The 6.1mm thin tablet comes with a faster A8X chip that uses 3-cores and it is mated with 2GB of RAM. The benchmarks suggest that it is up to 55% faster than the iPhone 6. Despite having a smaller battery capacity (1,487mAh less), it still manages to maintain its same 10 hour battery life.

Meanwhile the iPad mini 3 is just a minor update of its exising iPad mini 2 (formerly known as iPad mini with Retina Display) as the only difference is the addition of Touch ID fingerprint scanner and a new gold colour option. The rest of the specs are the same including the same A7 processor and 7.9″ Retina Display.

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iPad mini 3 – Hardly any changes except for Touch ID

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The iPad mini 3 was announced last night but it didn’t get as much attention as before. Like the incredibly thin iPad Air 2, it gets a new Gold colour, Touch ID and … that’s pretty much it.

The 7.9″ Retina Display that does 326ppi (pixels per inch) is still the same and it retains the same size and weight as the previous iPad mini with Retina Display, which is now known as the iPad mini 2. Don’t expect any performance improvements with this one as it is powered by the same A7 chip with a M7 motion co-processor like the previous iPad mini and iPad Air.

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iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 pops up ahead of announcement

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Apple will be refreshing its iPad range very soon and if you’re curious to find out, Apple has accidentally revealed bits of info through its iOS 8.1 iPad user guide. From the looks of it, the latest iPad will return back to its numeral system with the new models being called as the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3.

As speculated before, both devices will come with a Home button that doubles up as a Touch ID finger print scanner. Another new feature is a Burst Mode for its camera, where you can rapid fire cameras shots by pressing and holding the shutter button.

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