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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UPDATE: Celcom reveals iPad Air plans. Offered as low as RM1,248 starting 9th December.
The recently announced iPad Air & iPad mini with Retina Display is coming to Malaysia pretty soon. Celcom has put up teasers for the 2 new iPads on their site and is now accepting registration of interest for those who are interested.
The new iPad Air is a whole new revamp over its predecessor which is 20% thinner and 28% lighter but still maintains the same 9.7″ Retina Display. Meanwhile the iPad mini finally gets a boost with a 7.9″ Retina Display which pushes a rather high display density of 326ppi (pixels per inch). Both devices are powered with the latest Apple A7 chip that’s currently powering their current iPhone 5S. You can read up more on the new iPads in our earlier post here.
From what we’ve seen with the iPhone 5S pricing, we can expect the new iPads to be priced higher than usual. So don’t expect the same starting price of RM999 and RM1,499 for the iPad mini and its full sized iPad Air this time around. Hopefully the new iPads will go on sale in Malaysia before Christmas.
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In the just concluded special event, Apple has refreshed its tablet line up for 2013. The full sized iPad in its 5th generation is given a new name – the iPad air while the iPad mini gets a much needed screen bump in resolution with Retina Display.
The new iPad Air retains the same 9.7″ Retina Display but now comes in a much slimmer package. As expected, it follows the same design language as the current iPad mini with a thinner bezel for a narrower width. The new iPad air is now just 7.5mm thick and weighs 469 grams which is 20% thinner and 28% lighter than the current 4th gen iPad with Retina Display. In fact, the iPad Air is currently the lightest full sized tablet. As comparison, the water and dust resistant Sony Xperia Tablet Z is heavier at 495 grams but it is still thinner at just 6.9mm.
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Before the iPhone 5 hits Malaysia next Friday, Apple has made a surprise unannounced move by making the iPad mini & 4th generation iPad with Retina Display (aka iPad 4) available today. It took Apple just 45 days from its official announcement to reach Malaysia.
If you don’t like queuing up at the local retailers today, you can also place an order on the Apple Online Store and have it shipped direct to you. The iPad mini is priced from RM999 for the 16GB WiFi only version and has an estimated shipping time of 2 weeks. Meanwhile the 9.7″ 4th gen iPad remains unchanged with its starting price of RM1,499 but it ships faster in just 1-3 working days.
Full pricing as follows:
16GB WiFi – RM999
32GB WiFi – RM1,299
64GB WiFi – RM1,599
16GB WiFi + Cellular – RM1,399
32GB WiFi + Cellular – RM1,699
64GB WiFi + Cellular – RM1,999
iPad with Retina Display (iPad 4)
16GB WiFi – RM1,499
32GB WiFi – RM1,799
64GB WiFi – RM2,099
16GB WiFi + Cellular – RM1,899
32GB WiFi + Cellular – RM2,199
64GB WiFi + Cellular – RM2,499
The full sized iPad in its 4th generation offers little difference externally. Apart from using the latest lightning connector, the iPad 4 comes with performance bump with its new A6X chip and a higher 1.2MP camera in the front that offers HD Facetime. For clearer comparison, do check out our post here.
To place your order, head over to the Apple Online Store.
UPDATE: The iPad mini and iPad 4 are available for purchase in the Apple Store online. Prices start from RM999 for the 16GB WiFi version of the iPad mini and RM1,499 for the 16GB WiFi version of the iPad 4. The WiFi version of the iPad 4 ships in 1-3 business working days while the others might take up to two weeks to deliver. Full details here.
The iPad mini and iPad 4 will be available from authorised Apple reseller, Machines, starting from today. While Machines have announced that the two new iPad variants will be available in store, the actual pricing of the devices have not been revealed. Replying to comments on its Facebook page, the Apple reseller says that it will make the pricing of the iPad mini and iPad 4 available when its stores open at 10am.
On the note, Electrical and electronics chain store, Senheng and SenQ will be taking pre-orders for the iPad mini and iPad 4 from today. Like Machines, the chain store brand have yet to release the RRP for the iPads.
Yesterday, perhaps by accident, uploaded a banner on its webpage saying that the iPad mini is “coming soon” suggesting that the operator will be offering plans for the device. However, the banner has since been taken down and Celcom has, so far, not yet said anything about offering the iPad mini.
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.
With a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels the Retina Display on the new iPad packs four times more pixels than the iPad 2. Not only that, with a total pixel count of 3.1 million pixels, the new iPad’s Retina Display has one million extra pixels than a 1080p HDTV (1920 x 1080). When viewed at a distance of 10-inches — Apple considers this as the normal viewing distance – the individual pixels are indistinguishable from one another and by that definition the display on the new iPad is able to carry the Retina Display moniker. We have a problem with Apple’s definition but we’ll save that argument for a later date.
In this post we’ll just share with you a side-by-side comparison of the iPad 2’s standard 1024 x 768 pixels uploaded by AnandTech. Take a look at the icon comparison after the jump. Immediately you can see that the bump in pixels makes a world of a difference and that’s going to pull a lot of “oohs” and “aahs”.
Still pictures can only show you so much, to really see if the new iPad’s Retina Display is all that, we’ll have to wait for the official Malaysian launch to experience it for ourselves. Unfortunately, we don’t have a firm indication on when that will happen. We’re shooting for March 16 at the same time as Singapore but this is purely speculation at the moment.
Check out the first of what will surely be a series of commercials for the new iPad. The focus is on the new iPad’s 2048 x 1536 pixel Retina Display and that’s pretty much expected as the new display will be a key selling point and one of the most visually dramatic and appealing feature when you first pick up the new iPad.
With a high definition display, improved graphic performance and an improved 5MP camera that can shoot 1080p videos, the new iPad brings enough improvements to bring the masses by the droves to Apple stores to get one but for us we expected much more. The “resolutionary” new iPad brings welcomed improvements to Apple’s iconic tablet but it is by no means the game changer that it used to be.
The iPad will still dominate the tablet market. Nothing on other tablet right now offer a more complete user experience. If anyone asks us which tablet to get, we’d still point them to the direction of the nearest Apple store but the same time we’d tell them to keep an eye on the horizon because the next big thing in tablets might be coming from somewhere unexpected.
What do you think about the new iPad? Yeah or meh? iPad 2 owners, will you make the move? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
As if you need more proof that Retina Display on the iPad 2 is a mathematical improbability at this point in time, 9to5mac brings out what is very likely to be legit pictures of the display panel for the iPad 2 at the same time pounding a nail into the iPad 2 Retina Display rumour.
The picture you see here is what the source claim to be the display panel of the iPad 2′s LCD, fresh off of the assembly lines of China.
Observers report it to be an LG Phillips’ 9.7-inch XGA 1024 x 768 H-IPS panel bearing the part number LP097X02-SLN1. The pane appears to be lighter and somewhat thinner than the one the iPad — 1mm thinner.
You can also see that the bezel is much thinner making it possible to shrink the size of the iPad 2 to some degree.
1024 x 768 is no Retina Display we all know that, but the sighting of the display still beckon questions. Rumour has it that the display on the iPad 2 will feature a state-of-the-art anti-reflective coating to enable better viewing under direct sunlight. Nothing of this nature has been observed in the 9to5mac post, but as always you can expect many more details on the iPad 2 surfacing as we near its unveil date.
With the speed of how word spread nowadays, its very easy to get sucked into so much hype via the internet. One such hype is the rumour that the new iPad will feature a high resolution screen that is double what the current iPad is churning out.
When we first heard about this, we were split between two camps — the believer and the skeptic. The writer of this post is the later, and true enough, Daring Fireball presents a very convincing case on why a 2048×1536 resolution (incidentally, a full HD TV run 1920×1080 pixels) iPad is not entirely feasible in the next version of the tablet.
And here are the reasons why (excerpts for the Daring Fireball post presenting arguments against a “Retina Display” iPad.
A 2048 × 1536 iPad display would seemingly be cost prohibitive today. Not just for the display itself, but for the RAM. The current iPad has 256 MB of RAM, which is shared between the CPU and GPU. I don’t think 512 MB of RAM would be enough for an iPad with a 2048 × 1536 display. That’s almost as many total pixels as on a 27-inch Cinema Display (resolution: 2560 × 1440).