WSJ Confirms iPhone 5S Fingerprint Sensor On Eve Of Apple Event

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The iPhone 5S has already been expected to feature a fingerprint sensor for months, and now The Wall Street Journal has corroborated the rumor less than 24 hours ahead of Apple’s planned unveiling of the device tomorrow. (2 a.m 1 A.M on the 11th Sept Malaysian time).

“People familiar with the matter said last week that Apple will include a fingerprint scanner on the more expensive of two iPhones it is expected to unveil Tuesday,” according to the Journal. The second iPhone is rumored to be the iPhone 5C, a lower-cost, multi-colored iPhone 5 with a plastic back.

Apple purchased a company called AuthenTec last year that specialized in biometric security, and a patent was recently filed by Apple that details the company’s designs for a reader built into a button. It’s believed that the 5S will feature a redesigned home button with a ring around the edge that will act as a capacitive scanner.

Part of the Journal’s report notes that, “at least one new smartphone running Google Inc.’s Android operating system to be released this year will include a similar fingerprint sensor” as well.

Stay tuned for more about the event and the new iPhone 5S and 5C.

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Get your liveblog of Apple iPhone Event 2013 here

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Apple’s iPhone event is happening in a fer hours time (2 a.m 1 A.M Malaysian time, 11th Sept 2013). We are anticipating the event to be as awesome as always!

Apple’s making some huge changes to iOS this year, so what are the chances that the iPhone will undergo a similar transition? Based on what we’ve been hearing, the likelihood is pretty high; Tim Cook, Sir Jony Ive and the rest of the crew may show off not one but two new iPhone models for the very first time. We’re expecting to see both a 5S and a colorful 5C, but we’re still in the dark on when they’ll arrive, how much they cost and where they’ll be available. There’s always potential for a top-secret product nobody was anticipating, too.

Follow the live blog here!

Stay tuned for more!

Big iOS Titles Go Free As App Store Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

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As the App Store’s fifth anniversary approaches, a whole host of developers have begun makes some of their most popular apps and games for iOS completely free. Some of the titles included in the sale are Infinity Blade II, Disney’s Where’s My Water?, and Traktor DJ, which is usually priced at $20.Big iOS Titles Go Free As App Store Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

It’s unclear whether the giveaways are to celebrate the App Store’s birthday, or whether the timing is just a coincidence. The Verge was first to spot the changes, and they note that none of the titles on sale have ever gone free before.

So this isn’t just your average App Store sale where the likes of EA and Gameloft make all of their older titles super cheap in an effort to boost sales. Some of the most popular iOS titles are included, such as gems like Tiny Wings and Day One, a wonderful app that makes keeping a journal super simple.

Here’s a full list of the titles that have gone free so far:

Apple hasn’t mentioned the freebies yet, and none of the apps acknowledge the reductions in their descriptions, so we can’t confirm why they’re been made free yet. But this week marks the App Store’s fifth birthday, and it certainly appears that this is part of the celebration.

If that is the case, we’d expect to see many more titles reduced in the coming days.

If you spot any other apps and games that have been made free this week, let us know in the comments section below.

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Apple WWDC Round-Up. Everything you have to know.

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Apple just finished its WWDC keynote and holy crap, there is a ton of new stuff coming to iOS 7 and OS X. A radical looking Mac Pro was also showed off alongside some MacBook Airs with all-day battery life.

To help save you some time, here’s a list of everything new Apple introduced today at WWDC 2013 that we’ll be updating throughout the day as new info become available.

iOS 7

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  • Completely redesigned interface
  • New Lockscreen
  • New translucency and Parallax allows you to see layers of info
  • Weather app has interactive displays
  • Calendar has new minimalist UI
  • Multiple page support in Folders
  • Notification Center now available on Lock Screen
  • FaceTime audio calls
  • Notification syncing
  • Phone and Message blocking
  • Activation lock disables phone if stolen
  • iPhone beta available to developers today
  • Coming this fall

We think the new design of iOS does somewhat resembles the UI design of Windows Phone and that is awesome. We would expect this from Jony Ive, the man behind MacBook designs. Check out more screenshots of iOS7 here.

Control Center

  • Swipe up from bottom of device to access toggles quickly
  • Turn on Airplane Mode, adjust brightness, AirDrop, etc.

This is what everyone has been waiting for. Better late than never. Finally here.

Multitasking

  • New interface shows app cards
  • Multi-tasking for all apps with great battery life
  • Puts apps into scheduled background cycles
  • Adapts to network conditions

New app cards interface is pretty cool.

Safari

  • New full-screen look
  • Pull down from top brings up smart search field
  • iCloud Keychain support

Camera

  • Redesigned UI
  • New filters
  • Accessible from Control Center

New filters? YAY!

New Photos App –

  • Collect photos into ‘Moments’ based on location, date, or people.
  • Look across photo collection by pinch-to-zooming through Photostream
  • Share photos via AirDrop, Twitter, Facebook, iMessage, etc.
  • See comments from people you’ve shared the picture with directly in image

AirDrop

  • Share images with friends
  • System-wide support with apps with share-sheets
  • Works on iPhone 5, iPad 4, 5th Gen iPod Touch

Always a fan of AirDrop!

Siri

  • New interface with wave animation
  • All new female and male voices
  • Can now control more of your device such as adjusting brigthness
  • Wikipedia and Bing search results integrated directly into Siri

Siri is now sexier! With new voice!

iOS in the Car

  • Get iOS on your car’s dashboard screen
  • Get directions, play music, have iMessages dictated to you and more, eyes free.
  • Supported by more than 12 car manufacturers in 2014

App Store

  • Search for apps by age range
  • Find apps based on current location
  • Apps are updated automatically (John McCain is well pleased)

iTunes Radio

  • Built directly into iOS Music app.
  • Featured Stations stream music based on its theme.
  • Share stations with friends, or create your own based on favorite artists
  • Preview and purchase songs directly in the app.
  • Support on Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Apple TV
  • Free for all users
  • Completely ad-free for iTunes Match subscribers
  • Launches in the U.S.
OS X 10.9 Mavericks

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  • OS X names will now be California-themed
  • New Finder Tabs
  • Tags for files – keep track of files by adding a tag in OS X
  • Multiple Displays – much more powerful. Menus and dock appears on both displays.
  • OpenGL 4 support
  • Time Coalescing – helps improve your CPU efficiency by up to 72%
  • 1.5x faster at waking a system from standby
  • Accelerated Scrolling optimized for Retina displays
  • AppNap – lets you pause apps to prevent battery drain
  • Developer preview available today
  • Releases Fall 2013

Safari

  • New Sidebar with reading list, bookmarks and shared links
  • Big performance improvements
  • 1.44x faster in SunSpider JavaScript benchmark than Chrome and Firefox
  • Improved CPU energy uses

iCloud Keychain

  • Remembers your website logins, credit card numbers, etc.
  • Can suggest to auto-fill your forms for you with private info

Notifications

  • Reply to iMessages, Email, FaceTime calls right from desktop
  • Get push notifications from iOS apps on your Mac
  • Tells you what you missed on your lock-screen
  • Apps update in the background

Maps for OS X

  • Street Maps
  • 3D Flyover
  • Info cards
  • Turn-by-turn directions
  • Send directions to your iPhone

iBooks for Mac

  • Access to 1.8 million books in iBookstore
  • Read books from your desktop or iOS
  • Interactive books just like in iOS

iWork for iCloud

  • Create iWork docs from a web browser
  • Works on OS X or Windows
  • New iWork releases coming to Mac and iOS later this year
Macbook Air

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  • All-day battery life thanks to Haswell processor
  • 2X GPU execution units with 40% faster graphics
  • 11-inch MBA will have 9 hours of battery life
  • 13-inch MBA now has 12 hours of battery life
  • 45% faster SSD storage
  • Faster WiFi 802.11ac card
  • 11-inch starts at $999 with 128GB storage
  • Ships today
Mac Pro

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  • New unified thermal-core body
  • Intel Xeon with up to 12-core
  • Fastest ECC memory
  • PCIe Storage that’s 10x faster than any previous Mac Pro drive
  • Thunderbolt 2 support. 20GBps throughput
  • Dual workstation GPUs
  • 4k display support
  • 1/8th the size of old Mac Pro
  • Made in the USA
  • Coming later this year

AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule

  • New design
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Room for harddrive storage to beam files
Company Stats
  • 600 million iOS devices sold to date
  • 24th WWDC
  • attendees from 66 countries
  • 6 million registered developers
  • WWDC sold out in 71 seconds
  • 1 million daily vistors at the 407 Apple Stores in 14 countries
  • 50 billion apps download from the App Store
  • 300 million iTunes in the Cloud users
  • 900,000 apps in the store
  • 375,000 iPad apps
  • 575 million App Store accounts (more accounts with credit cards than any store)
  • $10 billion has been paid to developers ($5 billion just last year)
  • 72 million Macs installed
  • 28 million copies sold of OS X Mountain Lion
  • 35% of Mac users are now using OS X 10.8

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Samsung Galaxy S4 will be announced tomorrow: What to expect?

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is set to be unveiled by Samsung in the event on Thurdays 7PM in New York (It will be 7AM 15th March 2013 local time). With all the recent hype and marketing by Samsung, a truly revolutionary device is expected. A device that most people say will finally take over iPhone in the top spot of the Smartphone battle. We will see it for ourselves when the Samsung Galaxy S4 is officially announced.

Here is what you should expect from the S4. Sadly Bloomberg confirms that there will be no eye-scrolling for the S4 yet but it will surely be in the future.

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One of the leaked photos of Samsung Galaxy S4

1. Dimensions

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This mantra sounds like it’ll apply to the dimensions of the Galaxy S4, which is said to be only slightly different from the Galaxy S3 — and that’s a good thing. In fact, it looks like Samsung is following its own formula when it transitioned from the S2 to the S3: Make the screen a little bigger, but the phone a little thinner. The Samsung Galaxy S3 measured 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm, but the Samsung Galaxy S4 is said to measure slightly longer at 140.1 mm and slightly wider at 71.8 mm, but much thinner than its predecessor at just 7.7 mm thick, which is just a tad (0.1 mm) thicker than the iPhone 5.

2. Display

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is a beautiful smartphone with a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display and a 1280 x 720 resolution of 306 pixels per inch, or ppi; its successor, the Samsung Galaxy S4, is said to feature a slightly larger 4.99-inch Full HD SoLux Display with a reported resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, which comes out to be an extremely dense-looking display at 450+ ppi. If the display isn’t SoLux, it’s possible Samsung will implement its experimental phosphorescent organic light-emitting diode (PHOLED) displays, which can be up to four times more power efficient than the current OLED screens in the Galaxy S3. That said, we’re not sure if those PHOLED displays are fully ready for mass production just yet, so we’ll keep our money on the Full HD SoLux Display showing up in the Galaxy S4.

3. Chipsets

The Samsung Galaxy S3 was powered by Samsung’s own quad-core 1.4 GHz Exynos 4 processor and an ARM Mali-400 for its GPU. Both chips are said to get an upgrade in 2013, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 is said to feature a new Exynos 5 Octa CPU, which was initially used in the company’s Chromebook model — the new processor is said to have eight cores for enhanced work flow and power efficiency. Last year’s ARM-based GPU is also said to be replaced by a new 1.9 GHz Snapdragon 600 chip from Qualcomm, which will help power the display and the phone’s operating system (likely Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, since we’re not expecting Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie until Google’s i/O Conference in May). The new Smapdragon chips don’t quite touch NVIDIA’s top-of-the-line Tegra 4 SuperChip Processors, but Qualcomm’s 600s clock in at about twice as fast as the Exynos 4 chip in the Galaxy S3.

4. Connectivity

More and more customers use their phones to browse the Web, so Internet connectivity speed is a major issue for customers, particularly in connecting over Wi-Fi and cellular bands. While the Samsung Galaxy S3 featured 4G LTE, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is said to boast an even more powerful chip from Broadcom — the “5G Wi-Fi combo chip,” listed as the BCM4335 chip. According to Broadcom’s press release, the BCM 4335 is the “only combo chip to address unique interference challenges in systems with both 4G LTE cellular radios and wireless connectivity.” The 5G Wi-Fi combo chip is also said to improve the wireless range of devices, making it even easier and faster to stream and download large files or videos.

5. Camera

Compared to the 8-megapixel camera in the Galaxy S3, many reports have claimed the Samsung Galaxy S4 would boast a beefy 13-megapixel camera, with an added feature that would put the iPhone’s Panorama to shame: While Google introduced its 360-degree panorama called “Photosphere” in Android 4.2, the Galaxy S4 will reportedly include a similar feature called “Samsung Orb,” which is said to create similar 360-degree images to create 3D-like photography; the company has allegedly been working with Facebook to ensure easy sharing of Orb images to the popular social network.

6. Special Features

Among the quirky features we’ve heard may be coming to the Galaxy S4, we believe the main “special feature” of Samsung’s 2013 handset will be Atmel’s new MaXTouch S controllers, which allow users to interact with their devices without actually touching the screen. The feature is similar to the Galaxy Note 2 S Pen, which can draw on the 5.5-inch phablet by simply hovering over the screen in what’s called Air View, but in the Galaxy S4, users will reportedly not need a pen.

7. Price Tag

As far as price goes, we fully expect Samsung to retain identical price tags from the Galaxy S3 in the Galaxy S4. Now that the Galaxy S3 has seen a price drop — Samsung is selling last year’s model anywhere between $49 and $99 — Samsung is free to sell the Galaxy S4 at last year’s prices. If the company follows the same plan as last year, the Galaxy S4 could cost $199 for 16 GB or $249 for 32 GB. Without a two-year contract, it’s possible Samsung could sell the new handset at $599 and $649 for 16 and 32 GB storage models, respectively, like it did last year.

Considering the growing number of reports saying Apple is working on a cheaper iPhone, Samsung might be keen to lower the price range for the Galaxy S4 to make its flagship smartphone even more competitive throughout the year, especially when we reach the all-important holiday season.

8. Release Date

Last year, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S3 on May 3 but didn’t release the device until May 28, and that was in Europe. The US didn’t even get the Samsung Galaxy S3 until June 21; it’s possible Samsung will roll out the Galaxy S4 in a similar manner, releasing the phone in the US roughly a month after its public unveiling.

With the unveiling set for tomorrow, it won’t be long until the official release date hits: Considering how Samsung is announcing the phone in the US, it would make little sense to tease the home crowd by telling them the release date isn’t for another two months. That said, it’s entirely possible Samsung will make customers wait until April to actually purchase the new Galaxy S4, just so it has enough time to build more hype until the release. As we learned with the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, a little hype can go along way when it comes to selling smartphones.

* Expect many features in terms of software from Samsung Galaxy S4.

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Celcom finally reveals it’s unconventional plan for iPhone 5, starting from RM98/Month [Updated]

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Celcom has revealed the plan for iPhone 5 to those who registered their interest on iPhone 5 with Celcom. So I who registered myself got an email from Celcom with the plan like above. Celcom is doing it the unconventional way without any tailored made iPhone plans like they do previously and like how Digi and Maxis still does. But instead, they offer iPhone 5 with a subsidized price when you sign 12 months and 24 months contract of the bundled Celcom First Plan + Mobile internet.

The plan is like the image above, please click on the image for a larger clearer look.

So basically, you can choose between 4 choices of plans which includes:

Celcom First Prime (RM40) + 1.05GB free data + Mobile internet 3GB (RM58) = RM98/month
Celcom First Prime (RM40) + 1.05GB free data + Mobile Internet 5GB (RM88) = RM128/month
Celcom First Premier (RM80) + 1.1GB free data + Mobile Internet 5GB (RM88) = RM168/month
Celcom First Elite (RM150) + 1.2GB free data + Mobile Internet 5GB (RM88) = RM238/month

These plans from Celcom does look good and feel different from those conventional iPhone plans. The bundled talk time, SMS and MMS varies depending on which Celcom First plan you take. And they offers monthly rebates also that also varies depending on your iPhone 5 model.

For more information, Click here.

If there are any questions, please feel free to ask! Thanks.

Cant make up your mind on which plan and which telco to go for? Stay tuned for the plan comparison! Coming soon!

See plans from Digi here and Maxis here!

UPDATE: Celcom plans are out in their website. Click here!

iPad Mini to cost RM1009 in Malaysia? [Rumor]

There is an insider information from a reliable source that says the new iPad mini will cost RM1009 in Malaysia. It is reported that the pricing is now in the system of retailers and shops that will be selling it. Compared to the price in Singapore which is SGD449 (around RM1120), the Malaysian price is alot cheaper. But it is normal that the price in Malaysia is cheaper because all Apple products in Malaysia are comparatively cheaper than in Singapore.

But if the iPad mini were to be priced at RM1009, it will be cheaper than the currently available iPod touch which cost RM1049 for the 32GB unit (iPod touch does not come in 16GB anymore). So the question is, will Apple be dropping the price of iPod touch in Malaysia after the iPad mini becomes available?

Regarding the availablity of iPad mini, it will be expected to come together with iPhone 5 and iPad 4th Gen. And the best guess we can give after so many rumors going around is that they will all be available before Christmas. Thats for sure! So wait up!