Apple iPhone 5 finally here in Malaysia on 14th Dec 2012 [Not Rumor!!]

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For those who are waiting for the iPhone 5 to reach Malaysia, its been a very very long suffering wait. But guess what? Apple finally announces that the iPhone 5 will officially (not the one brought in and sold with a ridiculously high price) available in Malaysia on the 14th December 2012. Which is a Friday. We will have our very own black Friday! YAY!! Together with us, a list of other countries will also be getting the iPhone 5 on the 14th. South Korea will be getting it on the 7th.

This is how the Apple press info looks like:

iPhone 5 Arrives in South Korea & More Than 50 Additional Countries in December

CUPERTINO, California—December 3, 2012—Apple® today announced iPhone® 5 will be available in South Korea on Friday, December 7, with more than 50 additional countries being added in December, including Brazil, Russia and Taiwan. iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, completely redesigned to feature a stunning new 4-inch Retina™ display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for blazing fast performance; and ultrafast wireless*—all while delivering even better battery life.**

iPhone 5 is currently available in 47 countries around the world including the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and the UK. iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features including: Shared Photo Streams, Facebook integration, all-new Maps app, Passbook® organization and even more Siri® features and languages.

iPhone 5 comes in either black & slate or white & silver for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model, $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model. iPhone 5 will be available through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

iPhone 4S is available for just $99 (US) and iPhone 4 is available for free with a two-year contract from participating carriers.

iPhone 5 will be available in South Korea on Friday, December 7 and on Friday, December 14 in Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Grenada, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Montenegro, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela. iPhone 5 will also be available on Friday, December 21 in Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Egypt, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St.Vincent & the Grenadines, Tunisia, Uganda and Vietnam.

*Network speeds are dependent on carrier networks. Check with your carrier for details.
**Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

Press Contacts:
Natalie Harrison
Apple
harri@apple.com
(408) 862-0565

Teresa Brewer
Apple
tbrewer@apple.com
(408) 974-6851

We are expecting the iPhone 5 to be priced at the same price as the iPhone 4S when it first launch in Malaysia which it RM2199 for the cheapest model. If you want to be on a telco contract to utilize the bundled package, Maxis, Celcom and Digi will all 3 be selling it simultaneously. And do expect the register your interest for the iPhone 5 soon. If you want the contract free/outright iPhone 5, Apple will be selling it in the Apple online store.

So rejoice for all who are waiting for the iPhone 5! The wait is finally over!!!! I cant wait for it!

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Leaked screenshots of native Google Maps for iOS 6

Google Maps is out finally coming back to iOS6 after much fuss worldwide on the problems encountered with the new Apple Maps in iOS6.

  • It’s vector-based.
  • It’s got two-finger rotation to any angle.
  • It’s super fast.
  • 4-inch height of the iPhone 5 is supported!

Here are some blurry photos. Ever since iOS 6 came out, we lost Google Maps. However, Google has been rumored to be hard at work on their own replacement!

It’s coming. It’s in alpha. It’s shown below.

Get excited.

Anyone have any serious problem with the new Apple Maps in iOS6? Please comment below!

Roundup on Apple’s iPhone 5 Event!

The Apple iPhone 5 event was packed with juicy stuffs and we are sure Apple fans will be very happy with the new iPhone 5. Yes, the iPhone 5 is announced together with lots of other stuffs. Although most of the things announced about the iPhone 5 was leaked in a way or another, this is still very exciting. Here is a highlights and list of info round up you want to know.

Here’s everything that Apple announced at today’s keynote:

Everything Apple Announced At Today’s iPhone 5 Event [Mega-Roundup]

iPhone 5

  • New4-inch 326ppi Retina display, with 1136×640 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Same width, but slightly taller
  • A6 CPU is 2x faster than iPhone 4S A5 CPU
  • New 8-pin Lightning sync-cable replaces old 30-pin connector
  • LTE, HSPA+, and DC-HSDPA cellular data and 802.11 a/b/g/n Wifi
  • Battery life has been improved to 8 hours of 3G/LTE talk time
  • Camera has been upgraded to 8 megapixel sensor, with hybrid IR filter, five element lens, and f/2.4 aperture
  • Panorama feature can create 28megapixel photos
  • Screen has 44% more color saturation and improved integrated touch sensors
  • Three new microphones on the iPhone 5 and Enhanced Audio
  • It’s 7.6mm thin which is 18% thinner than the iPhone 4S
  • At 112 grams it’s also 20% lighter than iPhone 4S
  • Comes in black and white at 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB
  • Price is the same as iPhone 4S when it is first announced (expected to be RM2199)
  • Pre-orders start September 14th, and ship on September 21st (Singapore will be getting it on 21st September, expect Malaysia to get it on October 2012)

Everything Apple Announced At Today’s iPhone 5 Event [Mega-Roundup]

Lightning Connector

  • New 8-pin Lightning sync-cable replaces old 30-pin connector
  • 80% smaller than the old iPod cables
  • Improved durability
  • An adapter will be available so you can still use old accessories with the iPhone 5

New iPods

  • iPod Nano has been redesigned with a 2.5inch display
  • iPod Nano now has Bluetooth, Lightning port, widescreen video, and longer battery life
  • Lightning port and FM Tuner integrated to iPod Nano and it comes in 7 different colors
  • New iPod Touch now comes with same 4inch display as the iPhone 5, an A5 processor, and Lightning port.
  • iPod Touch battery life last 40 hours, and it’s got the same iPhone 5 iSight camera, and is only 6.1mm thin
  • There’s a new iPod Touch Loop accessory so you can wrap it around your wrist and not drop it
  • Siri and AirPlay mirroring comes to the iPod Touch now, along with improvements for wireless across the board
  • Siri is now available on the iPod Touch
  • 2GB iPod Shuffle, RM169, 16GB iPod Nano, RM529, and new 32GB iPod Touch, RM1049 , 64GB version for RM1399, available in October.

Everything Apple Announced At Today’s iPhone 5 Event [Mega-Roundup]

New EarPods

  • Apple spent 3-years designing new headphones they’re calling EarPods
  • The EarPods are supposed to fit almost everyone’s ear and direct sound into the eardrum
  • They have the same inline mic and volume control point
  • They will be included with iPhone 5, iPod Touch and iPod and are available now.

Everything Apple Announced At Today’s iPhone 5 Event [Mega-Roundup]

New iTunes

  • iTunes for Mac has iCloud built-in
  • New edge to edge design features an album view that expands when you click on individual albums
  • Split screen view lets you browse your full library will adding songs to a playlist
  • Select “play next” to add songs to the new “Up Next” queue feature
  • Search has been improved for inline viewing
  • iTunes for iOS has been redesigned, runs across all stores, books, music and video.
  • iTunes for Mac store now looks similar to iOS counterpart
  • Facebook likes integrated into every entry
  • Available in late October

Everything Apple Announced At Today’s iPhone 5 Event [Mega-Roundup]

iOS 6

  • Maps search engine now finds points of interest and has 3D flyover views of cities
  • From Notification Center you can tap to Tweet or Post to Facebook
  • Safari now has fullscreen mode so it can use the entire display
  • PhotoStream lets users share photos, like, and comment on them, but it’s not integrated with Facebook
  • Siri has been upgraded to know more about sports, movies, restaurant reviews, Facebook integration, etc.
  • Apps not optimized for 16:9 aspect ratio are centered with black bars so they work as intended
  • Release date – September 19th (So everyone iDevices, get updated soon!!)

Everything Apple Announced At Today’s iPhone 5 Event [Mega-Roundup]

Quick Stats

  • 83 million people visit the Apple store every quarter.
  • 7 Million copies of Mountain Lion have been downloaded so far
  • Apple is No. 1 in U.S. market share for notebooks for last three months
  • 17 million iPads were sold between April and June
  • The iPad commands 68% of the tablet market share, but 91% of all tablet web traffic
  • 350 million iPods have been sold to date
  • Apple has sold 600 million earbuds over the years
  • Along with 380 retail stores, Apple opened up a new store in Barcelona. It’s awesome and has gorgeous limestone.

Price Drops

  • iPhone 4 (8GB) should be priced at RM1199 contract free
  • iPhone 4S (16GB) should be RM1799 contract free
  • iPhone 3GS is no longer for sale, goodbye!

So will you get the new iPhone 5? or any of the gorgeous iPods? I am so very tempted!
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Everything We Expect Apple To Announce At WWDC 2012

On Monday, Tim Cook will take the stage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco for Apple’s annual WWDC keynote, and if the rumor mill is to be believed, he’ll be hard pressed to fit everything Cupertino is ready to announce into its 90 minute presentation. We’re looking at massive upgrades to the entire Mac line, the official unveiling of iOS 6, loads of new apps, and maybe possibly even our first glimpse of the iPhone 5 and Apple HDTV.

Here’s what we think Apple will (and won’t) announce on Monday, ranked in order of likelihood.

 

Almost Definitely Happening

New Ivy Bridge Macs: It looks almost certain that almost every Mac out there will see at least a minor update at WWDC. Intel has finally released its next-generation Ivy Bridge chips, and there’s a chip that is perfect for almost every Mac model, from the venerable iMac to the MacBook Air.

New, Slimmer MacBook Pros: Expect Apple’s MacBook Pro line to undergo a major revision, ditching their antiquated optical drives in favor of a slimmer form factor and better battery life.

USB 3.0 Coming To Macs: Steve Jobs may have been skeptical that USB 3.0 would ever take off, but the new Ivy Bridge processors Apple is using will finally support the protocol. It’s a given the new Macs will be updated accordingly.

iOS 6 Unveiled: See our guide on what we expect from iOS 6 for more details, but in short: Apple will ditch Google Maps, rebuilt most of the core apps from the ground up, slap on a new silver coat of paint, add Facebook integration, and upgrade Siri, amongst other improvements.

Mountain Lion Release Date: The next version of OS X, Mountain Lion, has already been scheduled to release in late summer. Expect Apple to name an actual date.

The Resurrection Of The Mac Pro: The Mac Pro line hasn’t been updated for two years, but Apple’s not going to kill it. They know they need it: losing the Mac Pro means losing the video, audio and graphic professionals who helped establish OS X to begin with. It topples a domino that could reverberate through the entire Mac line. Apple will finally update the Mac Pros, but don’t expect Ivy Bridge. They will use Sandy Bridge Xeon E5 series processors because of voltage and yield problems in the Ivy Bridge server class line. In addition, the new Mac Pros will feature SATA III/SAS compatibility, and will be upgraded to Thunderbolt and USB 3.0.

Probably Happening

Retina Display Macs: OS X has supported ultra high-resolutions for a while now, but it’s widely believed that at WWDC 2012, the Mac line will get ultra high-res displays, similar to the iPhone and iPad. Many predict that ppi in the Mac line will double across the board, but Apple doesn’t need to update their Macs nearly that drastically to achieve Retina resolutions in its Mac line.

Entry-Level MacBook Pro: The MacBook Pro is definitely getting updated, but what if you just can’t live without an optical drive. It looks like Apple might still sell a slightly beefed up version of the existing 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Retina Display Thunderbolt Display: If Apple’s releasing Retina display Macs at all, they need to offer the ability for Mac minis and Mac Pros. Here’s where an updated, Retina-capable Thunderbolt display comes in.

Thunderbolt / USB 3.0 External Optical Drives: Apple will need to sell an external optical drive if the new MacBook Pros lose theirs, and it makes sense these would end up supporting either Thunderbolt or USB 3.0.

iCloud Upgrade: Apple unveiled iCloud exactly a year ago, and reports from the Wall Street Journal indicate that iCloud will, at the very least, get an upgrade to its video and photo syncing abilities. You’ll be able to share photos and albums outside of Photostream, get comments on video, and videos will start syncing with Photostream (or its equivalent, Videostream).

Maybe Happening

Apple TV Gets Supercharged: We’ve heard murmurs that the Apple TV will get the ability to run apps, and this will be announced at WWDC 2012. The idea here is that this is a bridge move to get apps ready for the rumored Apple HDTV set, which could be unveiled as early as later this year. The remote might also be supercharged to allow other entertainment devices to use the same remote (and Remote.app) as Apple’s.

iPhone 5 Unveiled: Consider this a big maybe. We don’t really expect the iPhone 5 to be unveiled until late September or early October, but if Apple is, as some expect, going to change the screen dimensions of the iPhone to accomodate a longer, 4-inch display, they may give developers a heads up at WWDC so they can prepare their apps in time.

No iPhone 5, But Apple Still Tells Devs To Get Ready For Larger Displays: John Gruber at Daring Fireball has some great thoughts on how Apple could signal to developers they need to make their apps vertically flexible (ostensibly to better accomodate Notifications) without actually saying anything about the iPhone 5.

Almost Definitely Not Happening

Apple HDTV Unveiled: Some analysts like Peter Misek have suggested we’ll see the Apple HDTV unveiled at WWDC, to go on sale later this year, but there’s zero rumblings of this outside of analyst speculation. If production were ramping up, we’d be hearing things from the supply chain at this point, and anyway, the HDTV industry tends to release all of their TVs earlier in the year. We think we won’t hear word of the Apple HDTV until late 2012 or early 2013.

iPad Mini: There’s been a lot of empty talk about an iPad mini, and we’ve even seen a couple of laughable “leaked” components, but frankly, we’re really skeptical Apple even plans this, let alone plans on unveiling it at WWDC. Not only did Steve Jobs hate 7-inch tablets, but there’s pretty much zero market for them. They just aren’t biting into Apple’s market share.

Stay tuned as we will be updating more about the WWDC2012 happening this coming monday!

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